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Governor Presents 2008 Best Practices Awards

Gov. Chris Gregoire presented the 2008 Economic Development and Workforce Best Practices awards at the Governor's Economic and Workforce Conference in Lynnwood, Sept. 4.

Five projects were recognized as models of success in workforce and economic development at the Governor’s Economic and Workforce Development Conference from among many strong programs, including those in this year's awards booklet.

”These five exceptional partnerships between public and private interests benefit state and local workforces and economies,” Gregoire said. “Each partnership is helping our state build a globally competitive economy, and a better future for working families.”


Best Practices Winner - Health Care Collaboration and Online Learning

Healthcare Collaboration and Online Learning (Whatcom County and Yakima Valley) This partnership of education and industry has made it possible to train physical therapist assistants (PTA) in an area of the state that needed the skills but didn’t have the educational program. Whatcom Community College developed an online version of its PTA program and partnered with Yakima Valley Community College and area clinics to provide area students the training access and the practical experience necessary to succeed in this profession.

Cascade Summit Physical Therapy
Charles R. Martin, President, Physical Therapist
111 South Third Street
Yakima, WA 98901
509-249-8704 or  martpt@hotmail.com

Whatcom Community College
Linda Maier, Dean for Workforce Education
237 West Kellogg Rd.
Bellingham, WA 98226
360-650-5348 or  lmaier@whatcom.ctc.edu

Yakima Valley Community College
Bonnie Smith
Center of Excellence – Allied Health, Interim Director & Faculty
South 16th & Nob Hill Blvd.
Yakima, WA 98902
509-574-6863 or blsmith@yvcc.edu


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Best Practices Winner - Workforce & Economic Development Integration

Integration of Local Workforce and Economic Development (Southwest Washington) Southwest Washington Workforce Development, Columbia River Economic Development Council, and Cowlitz Economic Development Council restructured to share staff. The leaders of these organizations put territories aside in the interest of their overriding goal, which is to match the needs of employers with the skills of the workforce. They provide avenues for youth and adults to prepare for careers and become more self-sufficient while providing Southwest Washington industries with a skilled workforce.

Southwest Washington Workforce Development
Lisa Nisenfeld, Executive Director
805 Broadway St., Suite 412, Vancouver, WA 98660
lnisenfeld@swwdc.org    Tel : (360) 567-1070

Columbia River Economic Development Council
Bart Phillips, Director
805 Broadway St., Suite 412, Vancouver, WA 98660
bphillips@credc.org  Tel : (360) 567- 1060

Cowlitz Economic Development Council
Ted Sprague, President,
1452 Hudson Street, U.S. Bank Building, Suite 208,
P.O. Box 1278 , Longview, WA 98632
sprague@cowlitzedc.com  Tel : (360) 423-9921


Best Practices Winner - Integrating Apprenticeship with language training

Integrated English as a Second Language and Apprenticeship Program (Pierce County) United Union of Roofers, Local 153, Clover Park Technical College and Pierce College pooled their resources and expertise to help Spanish-speaking apprentices overcome language barriers to completing the roofer apprenticeship program. The collaboration created an instructional program that integrated technical and language skills, making them more relevant and easier to learn. At one time, most non-English speaking apprentices did not complete roofing apprenticeship training. Today, with a retention rate of 100 percent, this program is a model for similar programs around the state.

Pierce College
Jon Kerr, Chair for Transitional Education
1601 39th Avenue SE
Puyallup, WA  98374
jkerr@pierce.ctc.edu or 253-864-3285

Clover Park Technical College
Mabel Edwards, Dean of Workforce Education
4500 Steilacoom Boulevard SW
Lakewood, WA  98499
mable.edmonds@cptc.edu or 253-583-8711

Pierce County Roofers JATC
Eva Avalos, Program Administrator
3049 South 36th, Room 214
Tacoma , WA  98409
roofapp@qwest.net or 253-474-0528

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Best Practices Winner - Education and Employment for Homeless Youth

YouthCare’s Occupational Skills Center (Seattle/King County) YouthCare, a community-based non-profit providing services to homeless youth in six sites in the greater Seattle area, formed a public/private partnership — the Occupational Skills Center — to increase education and employment opportunities for homeless and disconnected youth. The Center provides high school completion, college preparation, and a range of occupational skills training and internships for homeless and at-risk youth. It is the only occupational skills and education program targeting youth in the Seattle/King County area.

2500 NE 54th Street, Seattle, WA 98105

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Best Practices Winner - Industrial Park Development

Mint Farm Development Project (Longview) The Longview City Council and Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Development Company entered into a joint venture to finance and develop 300 acres of land for the Mint Farm Industrial Park. The project encouraged the private sector to invest in the local economy, and the region continues to attract new businesses. It created more than 600 family-wage jobs, increased tax revenues, and diversified the Longview area’s economy.

Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Development .
Scott Dahlquist, Vice President,
PH 2, P.O. Box 9777
Federal Way, WA   98063-9777

Cowlitz Economic Development Council
Ted Sprague, President
P.O. Box 1278
1452 Hudson St./US Bank Bldg, #208,
Longview, WA  98632,

Cowlitz PUD
Brian Skeahan
P.O. Box 3007
961 12th Avenue
Longview, WA  98632-0037

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The Governor’s Economic and Workforce Development Conference is organized by the Washington Community, Trade and Economic Development Department (CTED) and the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board. CTED is the lead state agency charged with enhancing and promoting sustainable community and economic vitality in Washington. The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board is a partnership of labor, business and government, dedicated to helping Washington state residents obtain and succeed in family-wage jobs, while meeting employers’ needs for skilled workers.

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