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External Engagement
Building Direct Pathways to Industry by Creating and Strengthening Relationships
Creating relationships with community and business leaders is a top priority for our college. Building these important connections creates opportunities for our students while they’re at LWTech as well as after they graduate. Over
the past year, LWTech President, Dr. Morrison Goings, college leadership, faculty, and staff connected with many community and business leaders from near and far.
We Connected with Healthcare
Industry Leaders
Dr. Morrison Goings strengthened our connections and increased awareness of our vast School of Health Sciences programs over the past year. These programs include the state’s only Associate of Applied Science degree in Funeral Service Education and our Bachelor of Applied Science
in Public Health. She networked with healthcare industry leaders through participation in Washington Health Care Authority’s Health Innovation Leadership Network, which is made up of representatives from 50 providers, businesses, health plans, consumers, community and government entities, and tribes. John Wiesman, Washington State Secretary
of Health, visited the Kirkland campus to learn more about our Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Health program.
We were honored to welcome Robert Malte, CEO of EvergreenHealth, as our keynote speaker at the 2016 LWTech Commencement Ceremony. EvergreenHealth offers our students opportunities for internships, research projects, and employment after graduation.
We Strengthened Relationships with
Technology Industry Leaders
Our LWTech Redmond and Kirkland campuses are located in the epicenter of technology. We took advantage of our close proximity to Microsoft and Google and engaged with both industry giants to bring awareness to our programs. Our School of Information Technology and School of Science, Engineering, and Math faculty and students benefit as a
result of our industry connections. In February, Dr. Morrison Goings attended Google’s expansion completion Open House along with Congresswoman DelBene, Kirkland City Manager Kurt Triplett, Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen, and Governor Jay Inslee.
We Partnered with Higher
Education Leaders
By keeping our finger on the pulse of higher education, we can continue to incorporate innovation into our offerings and be on top of educational trends. We partnered with Corporate and Workforce Training at Everett Community College and Cascadia College to bring cutting-edge continuing education opportunities to the eastside at
our Redmond campus. This new partnership, called the Corporate Continuing Education Center-Eastside (CCEC- Eastside), created a venue for working professionals to enhance their professional development skills or forge a new career path. Classes began Spring quarter.
We Advocated for College Funding and Built Relationships with Congressional and State Representatives
When it comes to making change happen through
state and federal laws and funding higher education initiatives, our college makes it a priority to connect with representatives in person to advocate for our students’ and college’s needs. We welcomed these leaders to our campus this past year, where they connected with Dr. Morrison Goings, faculty, and staff: House Appropriations Chair Rep. Hans Dunshee, Senate Ways and Means Chair Sen. Andy Hill, and Rep. Larry Springer.
Travis Johnston, staff to Senator Murray on the HELP Committee (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions), visited our Redmond and Kirkland campuses to see our nationally recognized I-BEST programs in action.
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