Career Education in Washington County
Mary Lou Erlacher, director of Workplace Learning Connection (WLC), made her annual visit to the Washington County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning. Workplace Learning Connection offers career education to students in Washington County, as well as Cedar, Benton, Iowa, Jones, Linn and Johnson counties.
The Washington County Board of Supervisors has been providing 4 cents per Washington County resident for several years. Based on the 2010 census, that amount is $868 per year. Erlacher asked the supervisors to consider raising the contribution to 5 cents for a total of $1,085. Seated next to her is Ed Raber of Washington who is a member of the WLC Advisory Council South.
Facing Raber and Erlacher are supervisors Jim Miksch and Steve Davis.
During the 2011-12 school year, 600 Washington County students attemded a WLC event, 159 students participated in job shadowing and 26 held internships or practicums.
WLC is a department of Kirkwood Community College.
The supervisors made no decision about how much they will contribute.