April 29, 2019
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Applications open for Don C. Brunell Scholarships

Active AWB member employee’s children or grandchildren are encouraged to apply for the 2019 Don C. Brunell Scholarship for Future Leaders.

The scholarship was established by the AWB Board and funded by AWB members in honor of Brunell, who stepped down as AWB's longtime president in 2013, to inspire and aid Washington’s future business leaders.

Scholarship recipients may receive up to $2,000. The scholarship is targeted to undergraduate, graduate or career/vocational students currently pursuing or who intend to pursue a course of education that will lead to a degree or certification in business from any public or private university, community or technical college, or private career school.

The deadline for submitting applications is June 30, 2019. Scholarships will be announced and awarded after July 15, 2019.

Click here to download the complete details on eligibility, application packet and instructions to complete the application. Or contact the scholarship administrator, Susie Griffin, at SusieG@awb.org.

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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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