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Senator Murray Includes $450,000 for Washington Workforce Association in Senate Spending Bill

Jun 26 2008

Funding will support the In-Demand Scholars Program that brings students, local employers, labor, and schools together to put students on the path to successful careers

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) announced that she has included $450,000 for the Washington Workforce Association in an important Senate spending bill. The funding will go to the In-Demand Scholars Program which helps prepare high school students to enter secure, local, high-demand occupations in Washington's workforce through job shadowing, internships, and scholarships. The funding was included in the Senate Labor, Health, Human Services and Education (LHHS) Appropriations bill. The LHHS Appropriations bill cleared the full Appropriations Committee today and will next be considered by the full Senate. Senator Murray is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

“Since 2004, the In-Demand Scholars Program, with the help of community and businesses leaders, has been showing Washington state high school students ways to move through school toward successful careers," said Senator Murray. "And each year that I have worked to support their program they have exceeded my expectations. This funding will be used to bring local businesses into the classroom and create mentors and support for students throughout our state that want to change their lives by pursuing an in-demand career."

The Washington Workforce Association, Washington State Labor Council, and Association of Washington Business created the In-Demand Scholars program in 2004 with the help of federal funding secured by Senator Murray.  By using outreach to local employers, job shadowing, internships during high school, and scholarships for post-secondary training, the program introduces students in the state to new careers and built our skilled workforce. The In-Demand Scholars Program trains highly skilled workers to take on jobs in areas of our state's economy where they are most needed including in the aerospace industry, hospitals, and construction firms.

The Washington Workforce Association, Washington State Labor Council, and Association of Washington Business created the In Demand Scholars program in 2004.  By using outreach to local employers, job shadowing, internships during high school, and scholarships for post-secondary training, the program has introduced students in the state to new careers and built our skilled workforce. The In-Demand Scholars Program has trained highly skilled workers to take on jobs in areas of our state's economy where they are most needed including in the Aerospace industry, hospitals, and construction firms.

"Senator Murray has led the creation of a highly innovative model that brings businesses, students, labor, and schools together to close skills gaps in key local industries, while also providing a clear pathway to economic success for high school students and young people across the state," said Tim Probst, CEO of the In-Demand Scholars Program.