Passport to Careers
IT &About the Program:
The 2018 Legislature passed Senate Bill 6274, establishing the Passport to Careers program to help more Washington students—specifically, those who have been in foster care or who have experienced homelessness—prepare for careers.
The bill adds to the existing Passport to College Promise program, which has provided college scholarships and support services for foster youth who have been dependents of the state. Changes implemented as of July 2018 include expanded eligibility to youth in federal and tribal foster care and to students in pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships. The bill also adds eligibility for homeless youth beginning in 2019.
The Passport to Apprenticeship Opportunities program will assist students participating in registered apprenticeship or pre-apprenticeship programs with covering occupational-specific costs such as tuition for classes, fees, work clothes, rain gear, boots, and occupation-related tools.
Forty-two colleges throughout Washington have committed to developing a viable plan for providing support services to students who are eligible for Passport. These colleges have a designated support staff (DSS) person to help Passport to College students navigate through college.
ANEW’s Passport to Careers is a program designed to connect young adults (ages 18-21) who are currently in or have previously been in the foster care system, including unaccompanied homeless to family-wage careers. Careers beginning with apprenticeships is the primary focus of our program.
Passport-eligible students looking for detailed information on preparing, applying, and paying for college, apprenticeship, or pre-apprenticeship programs can find more information in the Passport to Careers Guide or visit: https://www.wsac.wa.gov/passport-to-careers
What is Pre-Apprenticeship?
Pre-apprenticeship is a program or set of services designed to prepare individuals to enter and succeed in a Registered Apprenticeship program. A pre-apprenticeship program, by definition, has a documented partnership with at least one Registered Apprenticeship program.
What is Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship is a kind of job training that involves following and studying a master of the trade on the job instead of in school. Carpenters, masons, IT technicians, health care professionals, and many other professions often learn their trade through apprenticeship.
To apply or for more information/questions, please contact:
Emily Stochel, Apprenticeship & Outreach Specialist