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FWPS Opens A New Outdoor Learning Space at FWHS

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FWPS Opens A New Outdoor Learning Space at FWHS

Federal Way Public Schools Opens New Outdoor Learning Courtyard to Support Pre-Apprenticeship Program Scholars Develop Trade Skills.

Pre-Apprenticeship Learning Courtyard Ribbon Cutting

Federal Way, Wash. — Federal Way Public Schools held a ribbon-cutting on Monday, November 14, 2022, to celebrate the official opening of the new Pre-Apprenticeship Program’s outdoor learning courtyard at Federal Way High School. Scholars in the two-year program which launched in 2021 have been developing trade skills inside and outside of the classroom, and the new dedicated space will further enhance their ability to acquire relevant, job-ready skills in the trades.

The ribbon cutting occurred on the first day of National Apprenticeship Week, a national event led by the U.S. Department of Labor to promote participation in apprenticeships and trade skills across the nation. During the ribbon-cutting program, guests heard from current and former Pre-Apprenticeship Program scholars, FWPS and FWHS leadership, and guest speakers, Washington State Representative Jesse Johnson and King County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer – who have both been instrumental in the courtyard project. Scholars then showcased their learning through several on-site skills demonstrations and presentations.

“When we formed the program in partnership with local trades organizations, we knew we would eventually want to provide a larger space for scholars to work on large-scale projects to maximize their learning,” shared Superintendent Dr. Dani Pfeiffer. “Our scholars must know we support multiple pathways to success, and this courtyard embodies our investment to ensure students view a career in the trades as a viable option.”

The Pre-Apprenticeship Program, recognized by the Washington State Trades and Apprenticeship Council, allows 11th and 12th grade scholars who complete the course to earn free college credits, industry-recognized trade credentials, and direct entry into apprenticeship programs after high school graduation. The new learning courtyard will support trade instruction in the areas of masonry, carpentry, electrical, construction, and more.

“The Pre-Apprenticeship Program helps high school students get direct entry into future trade work, or to get your name noticed and have unions recognize you,” shared Christopher, an 11th grade program participant. “This program could get you into future apprenticeships, and then after apprenticeships, you can become journeymen and make a lot of money.”

To learn more about the Pre-Apprenticeship program, visit