Education beyond high school is win-win for students, economy

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Eastern Washington is rich with opportunities for a good quality of life, including well-paid careers in a variety of sectors. We are a regional hub for health care and are educating the next generation of health care professionals. We are home to hundreds of manufacturing businesses in aerospace, medical equipment, paper and plastic products, and more. Information technology companies are opening their doors here at an increasing rate, too. More…

Construction sector is building jobs as the county grows

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Positions in that field may increase by 2.4 percent in 2019. That’s higher than most industries.

EVERETT — The growth that’s happening in Snohomish County has helped create jobs. Apartment complexes and business spaces that have been built here in the past couple of years have made construction one of the top industries for employment. That’s expected to continue for at least the next five years. More…


Editorial: How to fill 740,000 job openings in the state

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A state investment of $110 million will help guide students’ paths to fulfilling and well-paid jobs.

Dwarfed by bigger-ticket items in Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed $54.4 billion budget for the 2019-21 biennium released last week — including K-12 education, mental health services and environmental work — it would be easy to overlook some $110 million in spending. More…

STEM Education Support Key to Diverse Workforce of Tomorrow

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SEATTLE – How will Washington state diversify its workforce as technology radically changes the jobs landscape?

One answer is investment in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, education for underserved students.

By 2030, two-thirds of family-sustaining job openings in the Evergreen State are projected to require STEM credentials, according to the group Washington STEM. More…