April 29, 2019
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BECU opens storefronts at Junior Achievement facility in Auburn

The public is welcome to attend the celebration of two BECU storefront openings at the Junior Achievement of Washington World in Auburn next month.

Junior Achievement (JA) World provides hands-on financial learning for youth of all ages. More than 18,000 students visited JA World last year to explore careers, build personal budgets, run businesses as teams and more. Junior Achievement of Washington is dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy.

The celebration is scheduled from 10-11 a.m., May 6, at JA World, 1610 Perimeter Road SW, in Auburn. To learn more, contact Junior Achievement of Washington at 206.296.2600 or click here.

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STEM skills vital to rural students, too

By Kevin Chase, superintendent of ESD 105

In the next five years an estimated 225,465 jobs that earn a family-sustaining wage will require credentials that many of our Washingtonian students are not on track to earn. In south-central Washington, 14,455 high-paying jobs will need a credential in the next five years.

I see the chasm between education attainment and how that translates to employment and jobs. We have to make changes in our education system that allow our families and kids to visualize their path forward and to have local employers be able to recruit and train their workforce in novel ways. Career Connect Washington, a statewide initiative, is bringing together business, labor, government and education leaders so that young people have the education and skills needed to connect with high-demand, family-wage careers across Washington and in the Valley...

Even though we are an agriculture-based region we are not immune from changing workforce demands, as agriculture becomes more and more automated. Our students are ready and willing to step up to the challenge of 21st century work demands. It is up to us to prepare them...

Read the full op-ed in The Yakima Herald-Republic
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