On Thursday (Mar. 4), Highline Community Collegeâ€™s Center of Excellence for International Trade, Transportation and Logistics (ITTL) announced that it had received $250,000 to provide additional job training opportunities for positions in the international trade sector.
â€œAs our economy continues to change and adjust so too must our workforce,â€ said U.S. Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA). â€œThis funding will help do just that by training Washington state workers for a career in a growing sector of our local economy â€“ international trade.â€
The project â€” part of the final version of the 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act signed by President Obama on Dec. 16, 2009 â€” will lead to a 20 percent increase in the number of trained ITTL workers in Washington state.
U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Smith secured funding for the project that will also improve the image of international trade throughout Washington state and create awareness of career and training opportunities that lead to family wage jobs.
â€œIn these tough economic times, it is more important than ever to ensure that our workers have the skills they need to compete in the 21st century economy,â€ Murray said.
Positions in the ITTL sector include managers, logisticians, cargo and freight agents, shipping and receiving clerks, locomotive engineers, drivers and warehouse workers. Washington state will need nearly 77,000 new employees in ITTL by 2018, according to estimates based on data from the stateâ€™s Employment Security Department.
For more information about the Center of Excellence for International Trade, Transportation and Logistics, visit www.ittlwa.com .
Located in Des Moines, Highline Community College was founded in 1961 as the first community college in King County. With approximately 18,300 students and 350,000 alumni, it is one of the stateâ€™s largest institutions of higher education. The college offers a wide range of academic transfer and professional-technical education programs, with day, evening and weekend classes. Alumni include:
- Former Seattle Mayor Norm Rice
- Entrepreneur Junki Yoshida
- Washington state poet laureate Sam Green
- And yes, even BTB Publisher/Editor Scott Schaefer