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July 17, 2017

AWB honored with Job Placement & Training Award by PSBJ

By: Brian Mittge   Comments: 0
AWB received the Job Placement & Training Award at the Puget Sound Business Journal's Success in Education luncheon on July 14, 2017, at the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle. From left: Amy Anderson, director of the AWB Institute; Shaunta Hyde, managing director of community relations for Alaska Airlines; AWB President Kris Johnson; and Emory Thomas, publisher of the Puget Sound Business Journal. (Photo: Brian Mittge/AWB)

The Puget Sound Business Journal held its first-ever Success in Education awards luncheon last week. AWB was among four award honorees at the event, along with such visionaries as former Gov. Daniel Evans.

AWB received the Job Placement & Training Award, presented by Alaska Airlines Director of Community Relations Shaunta Hyde, Puget Sound Business Journal Publisher Emory Thomas, and longtime radio personality Patti Payne.

AWB President Kris Johnson accepted the award, noting the work of the AWB Institute in workforce development, along with the innovative and far-reaching work by employers across the state in helping students and educators better understand the real-world skills needed in today's workplaces. Johnson mentioned SEH America in Vancouver and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories in Pullman as a few of the many employers making a difference for today's students.

The day's other honorees were the Technology Access Foundation for high-tech diversity education, the philanthropists at the Raikes Foundation, and former Gov. Dan Evans.

The event included a panel discussion with Marty Brown, former executive director with the State Board for Community & Technical Colleges; Trish Millines Dziko, co-founder and executive director of the Technology Access Foundation; Steve Mullin, president of the Washington Roundtable; and Chris Reykdal, Washington superintendent of public instruction.

Many attendees tweeted highlights from the event with the hashtag #PSBJeducation, including this quote from Johnson about the battle to ensure that students learn the talents they need to succeed in the workplace: "You can't win the war on talent without collaborations & partnerships."

Amy Anderson, director of the AWB Institute, discussed the role of AWB and the business community in workforce development with the Puget Sound Business Journal in this interview published on Friday.

"What we are really trying to do is to identify the skill gaps that our businesses are facing and find the appropriate tools in our programs to address the gaps," Anderson said. "We are developing the next generation of the workforce to be able to grow and expand."