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Closing the Skills Gap
World Trade Center Seattle - Holland America Line Executive Dining Room
Seattle, WA
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Closing the Skills Gap
Brought to you by Northestern University and the World Trade Center Seattle.

Event Details:
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Breakfast - 7:30 AM
Program - 8:00 AM
Q&A - 9:00 - 10:00 AM

Half of millennials are unemployed or underemployed and older job seekers are struggling to find work. Recent studies have demonstrated a growing gap between the number of jobs available in Washington state and the number of qualified workers available in-state to fill those positions. This is all while in Seattle there are thousands of open positions in computer science, engineering and other STEM related fields at Microsoft, Amazon and smaller and major companies. This skills gap is something that the business community, higher education and others have the economic interest to work together to solve.

This program will highlight:
-The scope of the current skills gap the Pacific Northwest
-The dramatic impact this gap has on the local economy
-How this gap is particularly affecting the technology, sciences and engineering sectors (STEM)

You'll Learn:
-The different ways educational institutions are tackling   the skills gap problem and readying the future workforce
-Innovative ways the business community is looking to make a change
-What current programs, in the public and private sectors, are doing to address this problem

This panel discussion, led by Tayloe Washburn, will feature the following representatives from the business community, higher education, government and technology associations. The group will discuss the problem as it exists today, what industries are doing to address it and what collaboration among participants looks like going forward.

-Michael Schutzler, President and CEO, Washington Technology Industry Association
-Eleni Papadakis, Executive Director, Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board
-State Representative Larry Seaquist, Chair of the Higher Education committee in the House of Representatives
-State Representative Chad Magendanz, Member of the House Higher Education Committee
-Tayloe Washburn, Founding Dean and Executive Officer, Northeastern University  Seattle graduate campus

-$35.00 WTCSE Members | $45.00 Non-Members
Includes breakfast, networking, program and Q&A session.

Questions: Contact Michelle Kim at


World Trade Center Seattle - Holland America Line Executive Dining Room (View)
2200 Alaskan Way #410
Seattle, WA 98121
United States




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