For Immediate Release
August 23, 2019 Contact: Jodi Runyon, Director of Engagement and Outreach
Marysville Pilchuck High School campus to house site for Regional Apprenticeship Pathways Center
Marysville, WA - Through a unique and powerful collaborative project spanning business, industry, education, community, and government, the Marysville Pilchuck High School campus located in the Marysville School District will be home to the new Regional Apprenticeship Pathways (RAP) Center.
The Center aims to improve access for students to learn trade skills necessary to be job ready on day one. This would be accomplished through a clear apprenticeship pipeline that can lead to a career in the trades and the ability to earn dual college credit and high school credit equivalencies leading to graduation.
The building location for the Center is ideally situated for minimal impact to the day to day functions of the school campus and had previously been used as the school’s wood shop. The seamless educational program will start with students completing pre-apprenticeship training. Students may then choose to move into college courses to graduate and then transition directly into a full apprenticeship course of study. Upon completion of the program and all other graduation requirements, students would graduate high school with their diploma, a college credential, and a pre-apprenticeship certificate recognized by local labor unions.
The RAP Center is the first of its kind in North Snohomish County. The focus is to increase economic mobility and to help close the construction skills gap. The Center will be open to all North Snohomish County schools (high school juniors and seniors this coming school year, and EvCC students in its second year). Through a collaborative workgroup with Snohomish County Councilman Nate Nehring, stakeholders, and legislative funding; the Center has now become a reality. We are grateful to the following stakeholders who helped make this happen:
This opportunity is of great benefit to Marysville and Tulalip students and surrounding communities. North Snohomish County presents many opportunities to ensure the success of a program such as this. With vibrant construction and manufacturing industries, there is great potential for growth of career connected learning and Career and Technical Education programs in the area. Assets such as the Cascade Industrial Center and many aerospace companies in the region lay the groundwork for the expansion of this program to keep Snohomish County competitive in the construction, aerospace, and manufacturing industries.
The Center will open to students in grades 11 and 12 students starting this fall for the new 2019-2020 school year. Enrollment is done through an application process. For more information about the Regional Apprenticeship Pathways program, contact: Marysville School District’s Career and Technical Education Program Director Ryan Beatty at 360-965-0027 (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Anne Carnell, RAP Center Program Assistant Director at 360-965-0035 (email@example.com) 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.