College & Career Events Weekly Newsletter Issue 10- 12/4/20

What jobs are related to December and colder winter months?

In this issue we showcase jobs related to the transportation industry, which is significantly impacted this time of year with holiday travel and online shopping.

Who is keeping our roads clear during the winter months?

Washington Department of Transportation


Highway Snow and Ice Removal Crew

During the winter months, WSDOT maintenance crews work around the clock to keep highways drivable and traffic moving by using salt and anti-icing compounds, or sand when temperatures fall too low for chemicals to work. Supervisors check weather reports and move equipment, materials, and personnel where needed most.

One of the many salt sheds in across the state.

WSDOT crews start ice and snow removal on heavily-traveled state routes, clearing the far right lanes first.

Snowplow operators usually work 10-hour shifts but during major snow events, they will work 12-hour shifts with some overlap so that plows are always running.

Check out the video below to see a WSDOT employee help manage winter road conditions:

Traffic Management Centers

Traffic Management Center in Shoreline, WA – monitor hundreds of cameras to help crews respond and also deliver information to the public.

WSDOT Traffic Management Centers (TMC's) operate 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week, 365-days-a-year. In the winter, a TMC is added at Snoqualmie Pass. At the TMC's, engineers and dispatchers have the tools and technology to manage and dispatch winter roadway crews where they are needed most. They view traffic cameras, monitor Washington State Patrol radio and post information on the overhead freeway signs, highway advisory radio, the 5-1-1 travel information line, Twitter and e-mail updates.

Live weather cam and pass report accessible on WSDOT website.

During significant and long-term storm events, WSDOT operates several Emergency Operation Centers (EOCs) to expedite the movement of resources to areas of critical need, and assist with emergency response.

Mechanics work to keep our fleet of 500 snow plows in good shape.


A career at WSDOT is a career where you make a difference in people’s lives every day. You will help drivers get where they want to go and get there safely. You will help keep our economy going. What’s better than that? How about unparalleled training opportunities, generous benefits, and flexible schedules?

WSDOT is an agency with one of the highest employee satisfaction ratings. We value and appreciate our employees’ hard work. The public does too. We get thank you notes from them every day.
The work we do touches every single person in Washington State.

WSDOT delivers generous benefits, flexible work schedules, training and opportunities for advancement and relocation. We know work-life balance and career growth are key to keeping talented, dedicated employees.

Click below to see a wide range of jobs currently open at WSDOT (Engineers, Drivers, Mechanics, IT, Administrators, etc). Some positions only require a HS diploma and drivers license.

We Want to Hear from You

Online recruiters are available Monday - Friday 8-5 to answer your questions in real time. We want to help, we want to know! To contact a recruiter, email us at jobinfo@wsdot.wa.gov.


Biggest Online Retailer in the World.

Amazon is the world's largest online retailer and is rapidly growing its footprint in other areas such as physical retail stores, subscription services, and web services. Amazon's retail store rivals include Target, Walmart, Best Buy, and Costco.

Amazon has a market value of $1.14 trillion, making it one of the world’s largest and most valuable companies.

Amazon now employs nearly a million workers worldwide. At the end of the first quarter of 2020, the tech giant had more than 840,000 full- and part-time employees, according to its earnings report.

Jobs in the Warehouse

The Amazon jobs that have gotten the most media attention have been those at the company’s fulfillment centers, which is its nickname for warehouses. Amazon has about 75 huge fulfillment centers in North America that employ more than 125,000 full-time workers.

The tech company utilizes a variety of building types for fulfillment centers, and its largest ones are around 800,000 square feet in size. Typically, these warehouses employ about 1,500 full-time associates. In some fulfillment centers, Amazon employees work alongside robots that help sort, pick, and transport packages.

Amazon warehouse employees are typically assigned the roles of pickers or packers. Pickers pull merchandise off shelves and place them on conveyor belts, while packers package products, give them labels, and send them down conveyor belts to be taken to delivery drivers.

Check out this Amazon warehouse in DuPont, Washington, and learn how robotics plays a major key in warehouse functionality as they prepare for Cyber Monday:

Amazon currently lists 24 different job categories:

  • Administrative Support
  • Audio/Video/Photography Production
  • Business and Merchant Development
  • Business Intelligence
  • Buying/Planning In-Stock Management
  • Customer Service
  • Data Science
  • Database Administration
  • Design
  • Economics
  • Editorial, Writing & Content Management
  • Facilities, Maintenance & Real Estate
  • Finance & Global Business Services
  • Fulfillment and Operations Management
  • Hardware Development
  • Human Resources
  • Investigation & Loss Prevention
  • Leadership Development & Training
  • Legal
  • Machine Learning Science
  • Marketing
  • Medical, Health, & Safety
  • Operations, IT & Support Engineering
  • Project/Program/Product Management, Non-tech
  • Project/Program/Product Management, Technical
  • Public Policy
  • Public Relations & Communications
  • Research Science
  • Sales, Advertising & Account Management
  • Software Development
  • Solutions Architect
  • Supply Chain/Transportation Management
  • Systems, Quality, & Security Engineering
  • Warehouse and Shopper


The holidays are here, with online shopping and shipping at an all-time high.

Connecting people with goods, services, ideas and technologies creates opportunities that fuel innovation, energize businesses and lift communities to higher standards of living. FedEx believes that a connected world is a better world, and that belief guides everything they do.

Amazon expects to deliver 2.5 billion packages in 2020, up from 2.28 billion in 2019 (statistic.com).

FedEx Express covers every U.S. street address and services more than 220 countries and territories. Fed Ex's global network provides time-sensitive, air-ground express service through more than 650 airports worldwide.

Check out the video below to see what it is like for a FedEx driver in Alaska, who is an expert at winter driving conditions:

According to Indeed.com, the average FedEx Ground salary ranges from approximately $30,000 per year for Drivers Helper to $81,675 per year for Truck Driver. Average FedEx Ground weekly pay ranges from approximately $686 per week for Driver (Independent Contractor) to $1,924 per week for Team Driver.

There are many other opportunities to work at Fed Ex outside of being a driver or pilot. Check out that the FedEx Ground Maintenance Team does:



If you love to travel, truck driving is the perfect occupation for you. Many truckers say there’s no better way to see the country than behind the wheel of their big rig. If the idea of a desk job leaves you cold, sign up for an adventure to see the United States. How many jobs allow you to look out a window and see the Grand Teton National Park, Lake Tahoe, Florida Keys, Golden Gate Bridge, Rocky Mountains, Grand Canyon, Texas Hill Country, Joshua Tree National Park, Brooklyn Bridge, Mount Rainier, or any of our other stunning American landscapes? Oh, and did we mention all the views are free?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job prospects for qualified truck drivers is expected to be very good.

Demand is high from trucking companies, and many truck drivers are expected to retire, leading to more job openings that need to be filled. The truck driver shortage in parts of the country has led many employers to start offering sign-on bonuses and paid training, often partnering with schools to help fill vacancies in the trucking workforce. No matter what region in the country you live in, odds are there will be transportation companies that are hiring drivers based in your area.

The starting wage in Washington State for CDL drivers is $52, 532 (ziprecruiter.com).
"Hawk Truck" transports University of Iowa football equipment to and from games.

Have you heard of Shelby?

Shelby, also know as, happiness_by_the_mile on Instagram is gaining a large following on most social media sites. Shelby's website happinessbythemile.com documents her life as a professional truck driver. Her website is full of great tips for starting and maintaining a successful career as a truck driver. Shelby has 187k followers on her YouTube channel.

Want to learn more about the trucking industry? Click the link below to find resources and training.

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Meet with us online!

This year whether you spot us at a virtual college night, high school presentation or other event, we look forward to e-meeting you.

Take a virtual tour of Carroll College here, located in Helena, Montana:

Columbia Basin College

Running Start Virtual Information Session

Thursday, December 10th, 6:00 - 7:00 PM

What is Running Start?

Running Start allows academically eligible high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn college credit while fulfilling high school graduation requirements. Students may enroll in both high school and college classes or solely in college classes. Private school and home-schooled students are welcome to apply!

Listen to what high school students have to say about Running Start:

Join the virtual front row for 'SCAD Fashion in Frame'

Student Work- "Avant Oppidan" collection | Brandon Zayden Skipper

Step into Fashion in Frame as SCAD presents a bold new answer to the future of the fashion experience: a stylish cinematic approach to showcasing SCAD student and alumni designs.

This premier digital fashion event features top models and influencers including Kate Bosworth, Blake Gray, Lauren Chan, Emanuela de Paula, Nikita M’Bouroukounda (B.F.A., accessory design, 2013), and Julia Wheatley (B.F.A., industrial design, 2018) as they share their favorite looks from SCAD fashion collections.

View captivating garments by SCAD alumni designers, including Kahmani Zeon (B.F.A., fashion, 2020), Emily Zebala (B.F.A., fashion, 2020), Ming Yang (B.F.A., fashion, 2020), and Danyang Li (B.F.A., fashion, 2020), and portraiture by acclaimed fashion photographer Alexandra Arnold (B.F.A., photography, 2014).

Creative leaders join SCAD students and alumni to discuss the future of fashion and emerging platforms for an evolving industry at a curated panel, followed by the premiere screening of Fashion in Frame. After the screening, tune in to workshops on fashion branding, photography, and more, followed by an info session presentation for prospective students.

An ASL interpreter is available. After the event begins, visit the resources tab at the bottom left of your screen for information on the Zoom session for each presentation.

Learn how SCAD Fashion students marry fashion and film:

Lunch With Leaders Program

Lunch With Leaders brings together Washington State leaders and K-12 students in a no-cost virtual format to inspire students and prepare them for a stronger tomorrow! Leaders will share their stories, discuss the skills and qualities necessary to succeed in their field, and advise on how to plan for a rewarding future. The format for each session will be a 15-minute presention from the speaker, and 15 minutes for Q&A.

We're excited to announce our first two speakers!

Ethan Stowell

Wednesday, December 9, 1-1:30pm

Seattle restaurateur and nationally recognized chef. Restaurants include Rione XIII, Cortina, Staple & Fancy, and more!

Jen Mueller

Wednesday, December 16, 1-1:30pm

Mariners television and and Seahawks radio broadcaster and founder of the Talk Sporty to Me organization that introduces the value of sports conversations in the corporate environment.




December 9th, 10:00 am

Today’s Navy handles operations on and under the sea, in the air and on the ground. It spans 100 international ports and the open ocean. Elite groups within the Navy, such as the SEALs and Navy Divers, receive specialized training for advanced warfare situations. A Navy Sailor generally serves a term of four years aboard one of the Navy's 293 deployable ships, though options for shorter time commitments exist.

Have a college or career related event to share with students? Email a CHS Student Services Specialist below to be featured in the next newsletter:

Mike Brown, College & Career Guidance Specialist, mbrown@psd1.org

Ana Tuiaea-Ruud, Career & Technical Education (CTE) Community Engagement Manager, aruud@psd1.org