Students from underrepresented communities are gaining improved access to career pathways through hands-on learning opportunities at Washington Roundtable member companies like Avista Utilities and Fred Hutch. Internships and research programs in energy and biomedical sciences, respectively, provide the chance to work with professionals, learn by doing, receive mentorship, build their networks, and more.
Avista’s Energy Pathways is a four-week paid summer immersion opportunity developed by the Spokane-area utility company to introduce incoming high school juniors and seniors to the energy industry.
“Some of the benefits that we receive – someone that’s familiar with the industry and already knows that this is a fit that they’ve discovered,” said Jeremy Gall, Avista’s director of safety and craft training. “Another benefit that we get as a company is expanding our pool of candidates and bringing more diversity in that pool of candidacy.”
Research shows employers in Washington will create an estimated 373,000 net new jobs over the next 5 years, a majority of which will be filled by workers with a post-high school credential, such as a degree, apprenticeship, or certificate. In Partnership for Learning’s latest blog and video series about Avista’s Energy Pathways program, learn how students are working toward their credentials and cultivating their paths to promising careers. Find PFL’s blog and video series about Fred Hutch’s student pathways here.