Can Swiss apprenticeship model help Washington boost high-school-graduation rates?

February 27, 2018

Does the Swiss apprenticeship model offer a better way to teach students technical skills in Washington?

Gov. Jay Inslee thinks so. Last November, Inslee led a delegation to Europe to study the Swiss apprenticeship and technical training program. Among the participants was Maud Daudon, who chairs the Washington Student Achievement Council — a policymaking state council for higher education.

Daudon, the outgoing president and CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, has been charged with writing a 10-year plan to bring more apprenticeships and technical training to this state. In this interview, she talks about why she was so impressed with the Swiss system, and what it can teach us.

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