Employment That Will Sustain Our Local Workforce and Economy
As communities strive to lure tech giants, and companies complain about needing workers in this full employment environment, how do our local institutions remain nimble when new ideas and technology are happening so fast?
Can the Port and other governmental agencies lure new opportunities to our community and can our colleges provide the needed educational training for their students as they look for jobs in this new economy?
Our speakers will address the synergy between our hopes for developing more jobs and the educational challenges that the community colleges are facing as they strive to provide a work force prepared for the future.
Don Goldberg, Economic Development Director of the Port of BellinghamDon Goldberg Bio
Kathi Hiyane-Brown, President of Whatcom Community CollegeKathi Hiyane-Brown Bio
Dr. Hiyane-Brown holds a B.A. in Sociology from Grinnel College, an M.A. in Instructional Design and Technology from the University of Iowa, and a Doctorate of Education in Community College Education from Oregon State University. Among her numerous awards Kathi was chosen for the. 2017 Female Empowerment Award from the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce. She values her time mentoring young leaders, primarily those who seek careers in higher education. Kathi enjoys spending time with her four grandchildren and visiting her friends and family.
Kim Perry, President of Bellingham Technical CollegeKim Perry Bio
Kim began her career in education as a high school agriculture and natural resources instructor in Fremont, California. In addition, for eight years she was the Executive Director of the National Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization, an organization affiliated with the National FFA Organization. Kim and her husband Ellis Evans enjoy musical theater, country music, fine dining and spending time with their canine and feline ‘family.’