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    Student and Community Workforce Agreement
    Posted on 09/30/2020
    Speakers at the event

    Student and Community Workforce Agreement (SCWA)

    On September 23, the Seattle School Board unanimously passed a resolution designed to provide more opportunities in the construction trades for SPS students, former students, and family members of students.

    This Student and Community Workforce Agreement (SCWA), is an unprecedented program for SPS, and among the first in the country will focus on creating priority training and employment opportunities for people with SPS ties, on SPS construction projects that exceed $5 million.

    A speaker at the eventTo mark the importance of the SCWA, SPS School Board President Zachary DeWolf and Superintendent Denise Juneau were among a small group who signed the resolution. The in-person signing ceremony at Rainier Beach High School was held Thursday, October 1, 2020.

    The Priority Hire program has three components which create direct links into construction employment.

    1. The SCWA (signed agreement with unions and construction firms to hire trained and qualified SPS related students and families);
    2. Pre-apprenticeship training classes (the precursor training that prepares students, young adults and other workers to do construction work); and
    3. Priority access to paid apprenticeship work, both at SPS and for some, other construction work as well.

    Read more about the SCWA Priority Hire Program.