Career Readiness and Work-Based Learning: experiences in seven states

In partnership with the National Association of State Boards of Education, the Washington State Board of Education is hosting a pair of online forums in which leaders from seven states will share innovative approaches to preparing students for life after high school. Led by Randy Spaulding, the board’s executive director, and moderated by board member MJ Bolt, panelists will describe work-based learning opportunities in their states: youth apprenticeships, internships, and career and technical education programs. They will also address coordination across multiple agencies, best practices for engaging employers, and alignment of work-based learning with graduation requirements and postsecondary pathways.

Panelists include leaders in K-12, higher education, CTE, workforce development, and business from across the country. You are invited to join them for one or both panels. Registrants will be able to see and hear the presentations and discussion, submit written questions to panels, and access informational documents provided by panelists.

Tuesday, May 29 Panel (Register here –


Carrie Lively, Director of Apprenticeship and Work-Based Learning, Indiana Department of Workforce Development

Beth Meguschar, Assoc. Chief Operating Office, Indiana Department of Workforce Development


Dave “Lefty” Lefkowith, Assistant Superintendent, Louisiana Department of Education

Susie Schowen, Director of Workforce Initiatives, Louisiana Economic Development


Anne Holton, member, Virginia State Board of Education, former Virginia Secretary of Education

Charles Britt, STEM Outreach Coordinator, Office of the Provost, Northern Virginia Community College


Maud Dauden, Career Connect WA and Chair, WA Student Achievement Council

Wednesday, May 30 Panel (Register here –


Gretchen Morgan, President, CareerWise

Misti Ruthven, Executive Director, Innovation, Colorado Department of Education


Luke Rhine, Director, Career & Technical Education and STEM Initiatives, Delaware Department of Education

Shana Payne, Director of Higher Education, Delaware Department of Education


Terry Holliday, former Kentucky State Commissioner of Education

Kim Menke, Regional Director, Toyota Motor North



Marc Casale, Kinetic West, Career Connect WA

– Washington State Board of Education