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Setting priorities for special legislative session

May 2nd, 2013

This week’s WashACE Insider has a full update on business priorities for the special legislative session scheduled to begin May 13.  Top priority: pass a sustainable budget. WashACE also urges lawmakers to make progress on key education reforms, approval of a transportation investment package, and workers’ compensation reform.  Get all of the detail at washace.com with a link to reach out to your lawmakers… Read more

Opinion: Make 2013 the year of STEM

April 30th, 2013

McKinstry CEO Dean Allen has a compelling opinion piece in today’s Olympian, detailing the need for improved STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in Washington state and making the case for legislation during the legislature’s upcoming special session.  STEM is critical to our state’s current and future economy. As the Roundtable’s recent skills gap report, Great Jobs Within Our Reach, detailed –… Read more

Opportunity knocks for STEM students

May 28th, 2012

From the WashACE blog this week… “Getting into one of Washington’s public universities takes a good deal of scholastic elbow grease, and, these days, a small fortune. However, an ambitious public-private scholarship program funded by Microsoft and Boeing, with matching taxpayer dollars, is giving students who focus on science, technology, engineering and math a better shot at a four-year degree. The Washington State… Read more

Making computer science a credit that counts

April 18th, 2012

Our recent skills gap report, Great Jobs Within Our Reach, took an in-depth look at the gap between the skills that workers in Washington have and the skills needed to fill a growing number of jobs in our state.  There are currently 25,000 jobs that have been open for more than three months because employers can’t find qualified candidates.  Washington has a leaky… Read more

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Washington Roundtable @waroundtable1 day agoWA employers continue to create jobs – From 11/2021 to 11/2022, employers added more than 130,000 jobs – and they want to fill those positions with skilled WA workers. The problem: enrollment in post-HS education & training continues to fall. https://t.co/2X48yPJUEq #WAleg #WAedu https://t.co/Ug8uhN9CC8
Washington Roundtable @waroundtable2 days agoRT @WA4Equity: Want to see equitable hiring practices in action? Learn how @LEWISbuilds integrated hiring goals into its business plan and…
Washington Roundtable @waroundtable2 days agoRT @DiscoveryEd: ✈️ On 2/7, go behind-the-scenes at three @Boeing manufacturing centers to meet #STEM professionals using groundbreaking te…
Washington Roundtable @waroundtable3 days agoFind out how WA Roundtable Member @Microsoft empowers students to learn about technology and develop the skills to help solve some of society’s biggest challenges. https://t.co/qjdIFcdMge https://t.co/XQlwkqcTrt
Washington Roundtable @waroundtable4 days agoNew in @SeaTimesOpinion: Lower achievement and declining postsecondary enrollment cannot be the new post-pandemic normal. https://t.co/2X48yPJUEq #CredentialEssential #WAleg #WAedu @waOSPI @WA_SBE