WHEREAS, the state of Washington has provided leadership in its education programs for elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education; and

WHEREAS, the state of Washington has continued to be in the forefront concerning innovative educational programs in the 1990s; and

WHEREAS, these innovative programs have included performance-based education, the Education Reform Act of 1993, the School-to-Work Transition Program, applied academics, TECH PREP, the Task Force on College and University Admissions Standards, integration of vocational and academic programs, and student enrollment options; and

WHEREAS, a skilled workforce is the foundation for economic development and a high standard of living; and

WHEREAS, the state of Washington, like the rest of the nation, lacks a comprehensive and coherent system to help its youth acquire the knowledge, skills, and information about the labor market necessary to make an effective transition from school to career-oriented work; and

WHEREAS, three-fourths of Washington's workers enter the workforce without baccalaureate degrees; and

WHEREAS, there is a dramatic need for an educational system that facilitates transition from secondary to postsecondary education, from education to the world of work, and continued education in the work place:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Mike Lowry, Governor of the state of Washington, by virtue of the authority vested in me, do hereby establish the Governor's Council on School-To-Work Transition.

I. The Council is charged with the responsibility to develop an action plan to establish the Statewide School-to-Work Transition System. At a minimum, the system should include:

II. Members of the council shall be appointed by the Governor and shall include representatives of common schools, two-year colleges, four-year colleges and universities, business, labor, community, government, and members of the public.

III. The Governor shall designate the Chair of the Council.

IV. The Council Chair will establish committees and work groups as may be necessary to carry out the work of the Council. The Chair shall also designate a Vice Chair and provide for the recording of activities and actions taken by the Council.

V. The Executive Director of the Council shall be selected by the Governor and shall serve at his pleasure.

VI. The Council Shall:

VI. The Office of Financial Management will provide funds from federal grants for the staffing and support of the Council, with public agencies and private-sector firms loaning staff as may be necessary. The Chair of the Council shall establish a Council budget from these funds. Members of the Council shall receive per them and travel expenses in accordance with OFM policies.

VII. This Executive Order shall take effect immediately.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto
set my hand and caused the seal of the State
of Washington to be affixed at Olympia
this 28th day of January A.D., Nineteen hundred and ninety-four.




Governor of Washington

Secretary of State