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Around the Table: PNNL, Seattle Kraken, Retail Lockbox, Seahawks, Microsoft, PSE, Virginia Mason, & more

September 15th, 2020

Adapting to COVID-19 After Pacific Northwest National Laboratory summer internships went virtual because of COVID-19, interns continued to do research about biofuels, a radiation detector, and more. Learn how PNNL adapted to new circumstances from this column by director Steven Ashby. The Space Needle has reopened to visitors with limited capacity after investing $1 million in coronavirus-related safety upgrades. Staff installed ultraviolet lights… Read more

Around the Table: Space Needle, McKinstry, Seattle Foundation, JPMorgan Chase & Co, Boeing, Starbucks

August 24th, 2020

Space Needle reopens to visitors after safety upgrades After investing $1 million in coronavirus-related safety upgrades, the iconic Space Needle has reopened to visitors with limited capacity. Staff installed ultraviolet lights to kill airborne viruses, eliminated the use of cash, and other safety measures. Masks are provided and required. Read more here. McKinstry’s “Return with Confidence” service featured in the Puget Sound Business… Read more

Business Coalition Launches “Stay Safe, Stay Open” Campaign

July 16th, 2020

“Stay Safe, Stay Open” is a new public service campaign funded by a coalition of Washington state business and industry associations, including the Washington Roundtable, that urges the public to wear masks in public places to save lives, protect jobs, and keep our economy moving forward. The new website and video focus on how businesses are preparing for reopening by investing in protective… Read more

New Path to 70% Report: Restarting Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

July 14th, 2020

Spring 2020 in Washington state was defined by the rapid escalation of the COVID-19 pandemic, unprecedented economic disruption, and a much-needed public conversation about racial equity. The Washington Roundtable and its education foundation, Partnership for Learning, are committed to playing a collaborative and productive role as we move forward, together. Today, we release a report that shares lessons from the Great Recession; shines… Read more


Washington Roundtable @waroundtable3 weeks agoThe #apprenticeship program from @amazon is exciting. It works w/ higher ed partners to get participants the education, training & prep needed to earn #credentials and certifications for in-demand positions. Check out the article attached:
Washington Roundtable @waroundtable3 weeks agoRT @wsu: This is great news! @WSUEverett is partnering with @amazon's Career Choice program. Career Choice will provide @amazon employees w…
Washington Roundtable @waroundtable2 months ago“Washingtonians will need more education & training, not less, to prepare for the jobs that our state’s employers are creating,” says Roundtable pres. Steve Mullin. Find out how the WA College Grant can make college & career training a reality. ▶️[]
Washington Roundtable @waroundtable2 months agoRT @Part4Learning: New from Zillah HS Principal @JeffCharbonneau: WA state needs to allow more high school students to earn college credits…
Washington Roundtable @waroundtable3 months agoLegislators are considering a bill that would open the door for schools to graduate students who lack core basic skills, leaving them ill-prepared to lead economically self-sufficient lives. Say no to HB 1308 as currently written. #waleg #waedu