January 22, 2018
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Lobby Lunch series begins Feb. 1 with update from governor's staff

Olympia's "power lunch" resumes Feb. 1 as the AWB Lobby Lunch series kicks off. Top advisors to Gov. Jay Inslee will meet with AWB members to give an update on the legislative session from the gubernatorial perspective. The talks will continue with updates from Republican and Democratic legislative leaders.

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Boeing opens $17 million workforce readiness center in Auburn

Boeing has opened a new workforce training center in Auburn, a $17 million investment that is the first new building at the company's Auburn location in 25 years.

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WSU appoints new dean to oversee agriculture programs across the state

Andre-Denis Girard Wright will serve as dean of one of the largest colleges at Washington State University. He'll lead the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resources Sciences, which includes oversight of 40 county and tribal extension offices across the state. Its 1,200 faculty and staff are key players in Washington's wheat, tree fruit and other agricultural sectors.

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Agriculture safety conference coming in Feb. to Yakima and Wenatchee

Washington's 14th annual Agriculture Safety Day is happening in two Eastern Washington locations again this year. The February events in Yakima and Wenatchee are put on by the state Department of Labor and Industries to help meet the specific safety and health training needs in the agricultural industry.

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Key Workforce Education

Help community colleges meet job training needs

By The Editorial Board of The (Everett) Herald

The state's 34 community and technical colleges are playing an indispensable role in educating and preparing students for further study and advanced degrees at universities but also for more immediate jobs with employers throughout the state, particularly in manufacturing and other trades.

With some 740,000 job openings in the state expected over the next five years -- and more than half of those requiring post-high school education and training -- community and technical colleges represent the best option for many of those students...

Read the full editorial in The Herald
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