This week, hundreds of students in South Seattle and the South King County area will participate in the third annual DiscoverU week, an initiative created by the Road Map Project to help students explore potential career fields in our region. Educating every student about local job opportunities and the skills needed to be successful in these opportunities is essential to supporting inclusive growth in our region, as the Chamber has highlighted through its work on global competitiveness.
This year, DiscoverU has teamed up with Challenge Seattle to increase the access to career and college exploration activities. Through this new partnership, students will have the opportunity to participate in interactive worksite tours at various companies, have CEOs visit them at their schools, and hear directly from business executives about different career opportunities in our state. These activities will be happening from October 17 through October 21 in the Seattle School District as well as in Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton and Tukwila.
The Chamber is happy to support DiscoverU week, and we’re proud to see so many of our members participating in this important initiative. Participating member companies include Alaska Airlines, Amazon, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Boeing, Expedia, JP Morgan Chase, Microsoft, Puget Sound Energy, REI and Starbucks. In addition to opening their doors to students, many of these companies’ executives will be visiting schools—including Brad Tilden, our current board chair and CEO of Alaska Airlines, who will be returning to his alma mater, Highline High School, to share his story with students and build excitement around what the future holds for them.
All employers can participate throughout the week to show their support of DiscoverU through social media by using the hashtag #DiscoverUWA. Companies can participate in one of the many themed activities days or share career pathway information within your organization. Informing students early of future career opportunities helps put them on a path to success and strengthens our local workforce so that our region can better compete in the global marketplace.
To learn more about DiscoverU week, how you can partake and who the participating partners are, please visit www.discoveruwa.org.