April 29, 2019
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Protect your business by learning more about cybersecurity at special event June 19

Protecting customer data is critical to running a small business in today’s business environment. Learn more about steps you can take to maintain a secure business through the Cybersecurity Series on Wednesday, June 19, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle.

The event, scheduled from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., includes a networking lunch, risk assessments and a live “hack,” among other content.

The event is led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and co-sponsored by AWB.

Click here to register and learn more.

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Teaching for Tomorrow

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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