At a recent ‘TAG Tech Talk’ presented by Faith Life in Bellingham, TAG (Technology Alliance Group for Northwest Washington) board member, Meg Weber interviewed Liz Pearce, recently retired CEO of LiquidPlanner asking her opinion about Northwest Tech. The women discussed, among many tech topics, the gap found between local college graduates’ skillsets and those needed to fulfill open technical jobs available within our region. Pearce blamed workforce issues on the lack of funding and the results of past strategic decisions within learning institutions which haven’t traditionally focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning programs. However, Bellingham’s Western Washington University (WWU) seems to be making changes in that regard. The Bellingham Herald is reporting WWU’s 2017-2018 operating budget will include “funding to improve access in targeted areas, including STEM” (source article).
Reference: What’s Your Perspective? 2017 Year in Review
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