Wenatchee makes list of national cities with best job growth

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Landscape photo of Wenatchee WACurrently, the United States is experiencing an exceptional rise in available employment. The U.S. added 134,000 new jobs alone in September, which marked the 96th consecutive month of gains in employment for the nation. While over the last five years, the number of people in the U.S. who have found work has risen by 11.2 million or 7.8 percent. More…

Career and technical education is win-win for students, job creators

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Donna Grethen graphic art of worker cranking collection of gearsFor years, American manufacturers have expressed concern about a gap between the talent they need and the workers they can find. According to a 2015 report from Deloitte, 3.5 million American manufacturing jobs need to be filled by 2025, but two million of them are expected to go unfilled because of a lack of skilled workers. This challenge is becoming particularly acute as a wave of Washington’s manufacturing workforce prepares for retirement. More…

Aviation students in Everett train for high-demand, high-paying careers in aircraft mechanics

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Male mechanic working on airplaneCareers in aviation continue to be hot right now. Boeing for example, projects hundreds of thousands of new pilots will be needed over the next 20 years.

At the same time, there is an equal, if not greater need for mechanics to fix the planes of the future. We got an inside look at Everett Community College’s Aviation Maintenance Technology Program to see how they’re preparing the aviation mechanics of the future. More…

School stats: How well are Washington students prepared for the jobs of the future?

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Chart showing future jobs in King CountyBy 2021, 740,000 jobs are expected to open in Washington state.

For the most part, employers will likely staff these positions with workers who have completed some formal education beyond high school. But that could cause a disconnect in the Evergreen State, where only 40 percent of high-school graduates ever go on to earn a college degree, apprenticeship or other such credential by the time they turn 26. That means employers likely will have to import workers from other states — or countries — to fill high-demand jobs, especially those that pay well in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. More…