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 Preparing the Workforce for Economic Recovery
       Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington state. Photo taken pre-COVID.
      COVID-19 has been devastating to families and businesses across our state, almost immediately impacting our state’s economy. Community and technical colleges are at the core of economic recovery. While the state looks toward economic recovery, laid-off workers are preparing to retrain and members of the workforce are updating their skills.
“I’m so proud of how our community and technical colleges have adapted to keep students on track during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Washington state Governor Jay Inslee. “Colleges like Lake Washington Institute of Technology have been incredibly innovative and flexible. I saw
this firsthand when I visited the college. It’s more important than ever that Washingtonians have the training they need to strengthen our workforce, as we work toward our state’s economic recovery.”
Jayne Heyde, Assistant Director of LWTech’s Workforce Development department, comments “We’ve seen a dramatic increase in students who have been laid-off since the pandemic began. Many are upgrading their current skills to be a more competitive job seeker, while others are training for new careers altogether.” She adds, “We’re seeing a high demand for training in IT and Healthcare.”
LWTech’s programs are designed to train students for the workforce. With short certificates that can be completed in one or two quarters, long certificates that can be completed in a year, associate’s degrees,
or applied bachelor’s degrees, LWTech, in partnership with Industry, continues to play a vital part in the state’s economic recovery.
Heyde continues, “This is a great time to assess the tools in your career toolbox. Just like we make sure we have all the tools needed when we are going to build or enhance a project, we need to make sure we have the tools needed to be ready for the new labor market.”
For information on LWTech’s Workforce Development department, visit LWTech.edu/WFD
“Colleges like Lake Washington
Institute of Technology
have been incredibly innovative and flexible. I saw this firsthand when I visited the college. It’s more important than ever that Washingtonians have the training they need to strengthen our workforce, as we work toward our state’s economic recovery.” –Governor, Jay Inslee
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