In 2018, Councilmember Nehring began discussions with employers, labor leaders, and education officials to address the lack of workforce in the building and construction trades. These critical workers build everything around us and Snohomish County is one of the fastest growing regions in the state.
The product of these discussions was an effort to increase the pipeline of potential workers in the trades, now called the Regional Apprenticeship Pathways (RAP) Program.
The RAP Program started in the 2019-2020 school year. The program is a county-wide state-certified pre-apprenticeship program located on the campus of Marysville-Pilchuck High School. RAP helps students get started down the apprenticeship pathway to becoming trained professionals in the building trades.
The RAP Program has been funded by the State Legislature through legislative provisos since 2019.
In the 2023 legislative session, RAP Stakeholders are working with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to secure permanent funding for the RAP Program in Marysville as well as efforts to expand these opportunities to students in other parts of the state.
To learn more about the RAP Program, visit their website at this link.