By Michelle Thomassian, Career And College Access Manager
By 2020, 70% of jobs in Washington State will require some form of education after high school.
Our students experience career-connected learning opportunities outside the classroom with the help of our Secondary Success, College & Career Readiness Team.
Why Career Access? Students can see the relevance of what they are doing in the classroom and tie it to their college and career interests.
Students are exposed to a range of careers that require postsecondary educational training, whether it is technical, 2-year or 4-year college and beyond (T-2-4). This reveals the numerous pathways available to them.
Robust, real-world career-connected learning opportunities are developed by our hundreds of career partners, as well as college and career access specialists, district and school staff, teachers, and community organizations. Experiences include career exploration tours, internships, job shadows and multiple specialized events, such as financial literacy, Women in STEM, speed networking and more. For example, last week the Port of Seattle welcomed Highline High School students to an innovative entrepreneurship event, which is featured in the Port's Connections newsletter. Read the article below.
Highline High School Students Learn About Entrepreneurship from Sea-Tac Businesses
More than 30 Highline High School sophomores visited and interviewed several Sea-Tac Airport dining and retail businesses as part of a recent Young Entrepreneur career awareness event in partnership with the Port of Seattle. Students interested in entrepreneurship were invited to visit the businesses and discuss challenges and goals with the owners. After the tour, students were tasked with developing their own business concept and designing their own space within the Sea-Tac Airport layout.
With the help of Port staff and HMS Host, student groups designed creative floor plans, described their intended customers and pitched their ideas to a panel of judges, which included port, airport, retail and dining leaders; HMS Host staff; and Airport Director Lance Lyttle.
Groups were judged on design, concepts and airport fit. Pitches designed to improve the airport experience included a barbershop and ice cream store. Participating businesses included CHALO Seattle, Starbucks Evenings and Rel’Lish Burger Lounge. The event is part of a Port partnership with local school districts that help communities learn about and benefit from job and business opportunities in Port-related industries.