April 29, 2019
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House Democrats to choose new speaker this summer

Longtime Speaker of the House Frank Chopp plans to step down from the leadership position after this legislative session. So far four main candidates have emerged in the race to replace him: Democratic Reps. June Robinson of Everett, Monica Stonier of Vancouver, Gael Tarleton of Seattle and Laurie Jinkins of Tacoma. Majority Democrats will pick their next speaker this summer.

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BECU opens storefronts at Junior Achievement facility in Auburn

BECU has partnered with Junior Achievement of Washington to provide more financial literacy to Washington's young people.

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Electric car manufacturer announces major project for Spokane area

An ambitious project by California-based Mullen Technologies aims to build electric sports cars in Spokane and create more than 800 jobs.

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Applications open for Don C. Brunell Scholarships

There is still time for the children or grandchildren of AWB members to apply for the 2019 Don C. Brunell Scholarship for Future Leaders. The scholarship, in honor of AWB's longtime former president, can fund up to $2,000 for students attending undergraduate, graduate or career/vocational programs.

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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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