Webinar: Strategies to Expand Youth Apprenticeship

The Western Governors’ Association hosted the webinar, Strategies to Expand Youth Apprenticeship,

The webinar examined the wide variety of elements, from funding to policy, that play a role in implementing youth apprenticeships. Panelists also discussed strategies for expanding apprenticeship programs. The webinar is part of a series for the Western Governors’ Workforce Development Initiative, the Chairman's Initiative of South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

Moderator: Brent Parton, Deputy Director, Center on Education and Skills at New America. Panelists: Diane Jones, Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor; Christopher Nesmith, Career and Technical Education Director, West Valley School District – Yakima, Washington; Mark Tapy, Apprenticeship Program Manager, Pinnacol Assurance. (See, download presentation slides)

Highlights from the webinar:

"One of the great benefits of the new focus on apprenticeship is that it is no longer being presented as an either-or option, meaning vocational or college. We are seeing that apprenticeship is woven into high school, community college, and four-year institutions. Those partnerships are important to not only improve the quality of the apprenticeship, but also to push back against the negative stigmas of apprenticeship.” -Diane Jones, Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor

"Only 5% of high school students consider themselves ‘very interested’ in a career in insurance. We, as a company, know that we need to launch some innovative and nontraditional programs to help find and develop talent and sustain our operations.” -Mark Tapy, Apprenticeship Program Manager, Pinnacol Assurance

If you are interested in supporting the Initiative’s webinar series, please contact WGA Director of Development, Sarah Olsen at 720.897.4540 or solsen@westgov.org. Get the latest news about the West and its governors by following the Western Governors' Association on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.


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