Our best projections tell us the jobs of the future will require a degree. Of the 7.2 million jobs lost in the Great Recession, nearly 80% were those that required only a high school diploma. Conversely, over 99% of the jobs created post-recession went to workers with a college education.

In Washington, less than half of working-age adults hold a two- or four-year college degree, while our workforce projections indicate almost 70% of our state’s job openings will require postsecondary education in the next seven years.

Complete Washington

Led by the Office of Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib, the Complete Washington program is a statewide adult higher education re-engagement initiative designed to address both state workforce and individuals’ needs by providing a low-cost academic delivery model matched with high-demand degrees. The Complete Washington model facilitates collaboration between industry and education sectors to create new online degree programs specifically tailored to empower economically vulnerable populations.

Complete Washington Apprenticeship Pathway

Central Washington University | Bachelor’s degree in Project Management

The Complete Washington Apprenticeship Pathway aims to connecting working adults in the trades with viable pathways to industry-relevant degree programs. The Lt. Governor has partnered with Central Washington University to deliver the first Apprenticeship Pathway degree program: an online bachelor’s degree in project management designed to meet the needs of workers in the building and construction trades.

Delivery model: Central Washington University will offer the project management program online at a more affordable rate, and on a more flexible schedule, than its traditional on-campus programs.

Credit for Work: The Apprenticeship Pathway program enables working adults to complete their degrees at an accelerated, affordable rate, by allowing students to count certain work experiences and apprenticeship programs for college credit.

Industry Alignment: To ensure that the program is relevant to workers and employers in the building and construction industry, the curriculum, outreach, and prior learning policies of the Apprenticeship Pathway are developed in collaboration with the labor and industry representatives who make up the program’s steering committee.

Apprenticeship Pathway Steering Committee: Higher Education, Labor, Industry, Government

Education: Central Washington University

Labor: The Washington Building and Construction Trades Council, the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters, the Washington & Northern Idaho District Council of Laborers, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the International Union of Operating Engineers, the Washington State Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters, the Pacific Northwest Ironworkers and Employers Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee, Sheet Metal Workers Local 66, the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades District 5

Industry: the Association of General Contractors

Government: Office of the Lt. Governor