Webinar: Strategies to Expand Youth Apprenticeship

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