The Hutch Advance initiative is a cross-divisional effort designed to foster research-adjacent careers in technical and administrative areas at Fred Hutch. It addresses broad workforce needs by fostering awareness of wide range of careers and by creating intentionally designed pathways of opportunity for young people.
While many existing student programs emphasize traditional academic pathways to scientific research careers, similar programs for other important career areas are lacking. Working with community partners (including school districts and two-year colleges) ensures that we have a strong pool of candidates and allows students, especially those furthest from opportunity, to become engaged with our work.
Across Washington state, policy and business leaders recognize the need to support and prepare local students for jobs in our region. Students need pathways that provide career awareness as well as "learn and earn" career launch opportunities and that are intentionally coordinated with their education.