The federally funded WISE Grant had many student successes, and best practices were established through this grant and its consortium.

Bates Technical College: Employment

93% of completers in the first TOOL Center pre-apprenticeship cohort found employment within 90 days.

Renton Technical College: Student overcomes

One student began school with 0 work experience, connected with WISE Navigator to be connected with SNAP, BFET, ORCA Lift, Medicaid, on-campus food assistance, emergency assistance, FAFSA help, registration help, and scholarship help. Student completed 3 stackable degrees and was employed within 1 month of exiting college in his field of study.

Best Practices

Shoreline College: College partnerships

The Shoreline/South Seattle partnership is a promising strategy. The two colleges are offering the Shoreline CNC machinist certificate and the Georgetown campus of South Seattle College. This quarter a NEG was awarded for this partnership to assist in recruiting students that have been long-time unemployed.

Centralia College and South Seattle: Extra college organizations

Many colleges have had success reaching out to organizations to do specialized training. South has connected with Urban League to recruit students for certification upgrades. Centralia is working with exiting veterans to provide Lean/ Six Sigma certifications.

Everett Community College: TAA Student Success

An Everett Community College student was unemployed and TAA eligible when entering the welding program. He completed this WISE program in the spring of 2017 with an Associate’s degree in Welding & Fabrication along with several stackable certificates in welding. Upon completion of training, the student immediately obtained employment as a full time metal fabricator.

Walla Walla Community College: Challenged Student Success

A food processing plant hired a Walla Walla Community College graduate of the Energy Systems Program in their electrical/maintenance department. At WWCC this student overcame many challenges, including homelessness, lack of family support, and struggles stemming from low socioeconomic status. Navigators and instructors provided her significant supports. She has received a promotion and will soon be purchasing a home ironically built by a non-profit in partnership with the WWCC carpentry program.

Centralia College - Credit for Navigation Effort

In the Power Plant Operator/Energy Tech program at Centralia College, technical faculty and the navigator collaborate to increase student participation in navigation activities. Faculty support the navigation process by awarding credit towards the student’s grade for completed navigator facilitated tasks, such a resumes, cover letters, and other retention and employment products. This increased the timeliness and focus of students on the tasks and led to further student/navigator interactions.

Everett Community College: Coordinated Industry Training

The Center of Excellence (COE) for Aerospace & Advanced Manufacturing coordinated ongoing professional development for WISE consortium faculty in innovative robotics technology through industry partner FANUC America Corporation. Faculty use this training to enhance machining and manufacturing skills and integrate them into programs of study. Centralized COE coordination was efficient and effective in providing for consistent faculty skills across multiple colleges.