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Senate Bill 5600 - Concerning the sustainability and expansion of state registered apprenticeship programs.

Senate Bill 5764 - Concerning apprenticeships and higher education

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IAM District 751

Dates and Deadlines 2022

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August 2 - Primary - Deposit your ballot in an official drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

November 8 - General Election - Deposit your ballot in an official drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Day.


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Senate Bill 5600 - Concerning the sustainability and expansion of state registered apprenticeship programs.

Requires the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council (Apprenticeship Council) to establish sector-based platforms to promote industry collaboration and review classroom and on-the job

training standards for apprenticeship programs, review and recommend applications for new apprenticeship

programs to the apprenticeship council and collaborate with any relevant Centers of Excellence. Requires the

Governor to establish a committee to develop apprenticeship programs for state agencies. Requires

apprenticeship programs seeking approval to provide an assessment for future sustainability. Requires the

Apprenticeship Council, when evaluating applications for new apprenticeship programs, to consider whether

graduating apprentices will move toward a living wage, the availability of a career ladder to graduating

apprentices, or the existence of non-wage benefits as factors in the approval process. Requires the Department of

Labor and Industries to perform an apprenticeship retention study and provide the Legislature a report on

incentivizing apprenticeships and an assessment on the lack of local apprenticeship programs in rural

communities and the logistical burdens apprentices in those areas encounter and to develop policy options for

alleviating these issues. Establishes grants for technology and remote learning infrastructure modernization,

wrap-around support services for apprentices and updating necessary equipment in apprenticeship programs.

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Senate Bill 5764 - Concerning apprenticeships and higher education. 

Aligns the maximum Washington College Grant for full-time apprentices (WCG-A) to

the maximum award for full-time students attending two-year institutions. Requires the William D. Ruckelshaus

Center to study, consult stakeholders, and report on further developing and improving opportunities for

apprentices to receive credit towards degrees. Requires access to the financial aid offices at the community and

technical colleges, or verification of access to the WCG-A by the Washington Student Achievement Council, for

apprentices by the 2025- 26 school year. Requires credits to be established for registered apprenticeship

programs by the 2028-29 school year.

Both SB 5600 and SB 5764 have been signed into Law with an effective date of 6/9/22.

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