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Career Launch Grants

Career Launch programs provide students with real-life work experience related to their classroom studies. Students graduate with a valuable credential beyond a high school diploma and skills to compete in the job market. For more on Career Launch programs, visit Career Connect Washington.

WSAC provides grants to eligible Career Launch endorsed programs at public four-year institutions to provide for new or expanded enrollment

  • Eligible Career Launch programs are credit-bearing programs that have received an endorsement from the Career Launch Endorsement Review (CLER) team. 
  • Grant-funded resources will support the implementation of new and expanded Career Launch endorsed programs by providing Full-Time Equivalent Student (FTES) funding to successful applicants. 

Grant Application Process

  • WSAC will review program applications that are submitted by close of business on three review dates: 
    • August 15, 2022
    • November 14, 2022
    • Jan 16, 2023
  • Applications must be submitted prior to or on the due date.
  • Applications must be submitted via email to CLGrants@wsac.wa.gov.
  • Programs with Career Launch endorsement applications that are pending approval may apply for grants. Awards are contingent on final endorsement. 
  • Detailed information regarding the program and application can be found in the guidelines.

Coming Soon 

WSAC will hold a Career Launch Enrollment Expansion webinar for public baccalaureates in August 2022. The webinar will be recorded for those unable to attend live, and a link will be available on this website.

Additional Resources

  • Looking for Career Launch Grants for community and technical colleges? Visit SBCTC’s Career Launch Funding website.  
  • Building a Career Launch Pipeline: On behalf of the Career Connect Washington (CCW) coalition, the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) issues CCW Program Builder grants to entities who create, expand, or enhance Career Launch, Career Prep, and Career Explore programs.
    • Grants are issued to successful bidders via a Request for Proposals (RFP) process. ESD typically conducts two to three RFP rounds per year, awarding roughly 10-15 grants per round.
    • Public baccalaureate institutions are eligible and encouraged to apply.
    • All procurement details, such as application requirements and timelines, are published on WEBS.
    • The CCW Partner Resources page archives information for prospective bidders.
    • Prospective bidders are strongly encouraged to engage with their respective Regional Network when developing proposals.
    • For more information: