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Around the Table: Avista, Fred Hutch, Comcast, Seattle Storm, Nordstrom, U.S. Bank

Education-to-Career Pathway Spotlight: Students from underrepresented communities are gaining improved access to career pathways through hands-on learning opportunities at Washington Roundtable member companies like Avista Utilities and Fred Hutch. Internships and research programs in energy and biomedical sciences provide the chance to work with professionals, learn by doing, receive mentorship, build their networks, and more. In Partnership for Learning’s latest blog and video series about Avista’s Energy Pathways program, learn how students are working toward credentials and cultivating promising careers.

Supporting Communities: Comcast announced a new round of cities – including Seattle – will receive grants from the Comcast RISE Investment Fund, providing an additional $5 million to hundreds of small businesses owned by people of color, including Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, and Asian American owners, and women. Seattle Storm and Nordstrom are working with Shoes That Fit on their 12th annual back-to school- campaign to provide sneakers to youth in need.

Changing the Quality of Work: U.S. Bank is working to improve job quality for lower-wage workers by providing community development financial institutions (CDFIs) access to capital investments. This initiative will help small businesses meet their financial goals, build racial equity, and enable more small businesses to prosper.

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