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Video: Harbor Island Training Center dedicated; Vigor-South Seattle Community Center partnership


Today brings the second ribbon-cutting in two days involving South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) – but this one wasn’t AT the college; instead, it happened a few miles north at Vigor Shipyard, where the new Harbor Island Training Center has just been dedicated. It includes a computer lab, classroom space, and industrial training floor, and its purpose, as explained in the announcement, is to provide students with the industrial skills they need to get family-wage jobs at the region’s industrial manufacturers.” Those jobs are available – but companies such as Vigor have trouble finding skilled workers to fill them, so this will help “bridge that disconnect,” as Vigor’s senior VP of HR Sue Haley puts it. SSCC already had welding and manufacturing programs, so the partnership made perfect sense. Vigor Industrial CEO Frank Foti and SSCC president Gary Oertli were among those who spoke:

Other local leaders on hand included City Council President Sally Clark and State House Transportation Committee Chair Judy Clibborn, in the photo below with SSCC president Oertli:

Enrollment information and other details about the new training center can be found on this SSCC webpage.

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Vigor Industrial and SSCC teaming up to launch Harbor Island training center


From: Information from Vigor Industrial

Vigor Industrial and South Seattle Community College have partnered to launch an industrial training center at the shipyard on Harbor Island. The Harbor Island Training Center, which opens with a ribbon cutting ceremony June 7, will provide students with the industrial skills they need to get family-wage jobs at the region’s industrial manufacturers.

“There’s a disconnect between industry and a lot of talented, hardworking people in this country,” explained Sue Haley, Vigor’s senior vice president of human resources. “People want to work and industry needs a highly skilled workforce. However, Vigor and other manufacturers can’t find enough workers with the right skills to fill good-paying jobs. This training center will bridge that disconnect by providing motivated local people with critical industrial skills.”

Partnering with South Seattle was a natural fit, she said, with Vigor providing the location, equipment and a real-world industrial workplace, and South Seattle Community College’s welding and manufacturing programs bringing their long expertise in skills training and instruction. The center is already garnering wider community support, including a partnership with the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters and Local 32, which donated welding machines and will provide additional training options.

The center is located on-site at the shipyard, and includes a computer lab, classroom space and an industrial training floor with weld-booths and industrial machining equipment. The shipyard location will also allow students to experience how the facility works and learn from veteran workers. The college worked closely with industry to design a curriculum that imparts marketable welding and fitting skills for maritime and other manufacturing industries and will administer the program.

“This is truly an exciting partnership for our welding and related manufacturing programs ,” South Seattle Community College President Gary Oertli said. “The training program will allow its graduates to obtain the skills that they need to contribute to this booming industry and will keep the Seattle maritime industry a key component of our local economy for many years to come.”

Visit South Seattle Community College’s information web page to learn more about the program.

Training Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

What: The opening of the Harbor Island Training Center. Events include:

• Remarks from South Seattle Community College President Gary Oertli, Vigor CEO Frank Foti and elected officials including state Rep. Larry Seaquist, chair of the House Higher Education Committee.
• Reception with incoming students and veteran craftspeople
• Tours of the facility

When: 11:00 a.m. – Noon, Friday, June 7, 2013

Where: Harbor Island Training Center
Vigor Industrial, 1801 16th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98134

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Seattle’s candidates for mayor make First Hill stop to talk arts, culture


Seattle’s candidates for mayor make First Hill stop to talk arts, culture
Posted on June 2, 2013 – 6:05 am by jseattle

Screen Shot 2013-06-01 at 4.12.45 PM Monday night, the 2013 Seattle mayor’s race turns its attention to the arts with a forum at First Hill’s Town Hall Seattle.

CHS’s most recent Election 2013 coverage – including an endorsement for candidate Ed Murray in our 43rd Legislative District – is here.

Hopefully somebody asks the candidates about the planned Capitol Hill arts district Monday night.

Seattle Cultural Community 2013 Mayoral Forum

Monday, June 3, 2013, 7:30 – 9:00pm

Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. Free, but reservations suggested.

KUOW Weekday host Steve Scher moderates an in-depth discussion among seven of Seattle’s 2013 mayoral candidates on the current state—and future—of Seattle’s cultural community, and how its health relates to our city’s economic vitality. Participating candidates include City Councilmember Bruce Harrell, a former corporate attorney; Greenwood neighborhood activist Kate Martin; Socialist Workers Party candidate Mary J. Martin; incumbent Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn; State Sen. Edward B. Murray; businessman and arts patron Charlie Staadecker; and architect Peter Steinbrueck, a former City Council member. Presented by the Seattle Cultural Community and Town Hall as part of the Town Hall Civics series. Series supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True/Brown Foundation.