Regional employment data for North Central Washington highlights the top sectors in North Central Washington have remained relatively steady over the last decade and even though the pandemic. Agriculture, Healthcare, Local Government, Retail Trade, and Hospitality hold the greatest majority of the jobs in the region; however, within those sectors, the types of jobs and their respective career paths have changed over time. That is particularly true in agriculture.
In February, our Career Connected Learning team worked in partnership with our regional CTE program directors, school counselors, teachers and advisors to host a regional event focused on the great variety of careers in agriculture. The Youth Ag Forum was a virtual event, hosted regionally through a live stream on February 3rd. The Career Connected Learning team worked with area schools to stream the live event in classrooms and libraries across the region.
“I thought the forum was a great way to have a lot of people who entered the agriculture industry in their own way talk about how they got where they are today and talk about what they do,” Chelan High School student, Cassandra S., shared. “I think that appeals to a lot of young people who are still deciding what they want to do with their lives.”
More than 500 students, educators, and community members learned more about careers in agriculture by watching the discussion live or on-demand afterwards. Watch the discussion now on Youtube!