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LWTech receives $275K grant for advanced manufacturing training

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Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech), in collaboration and partnership with the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, received a $275,000 Washington state Talent and Prosperity for All (TAP) grant to train current and future advanced manufacturing students for in-demand jobs. The partnership joins public and private resources to help promote 250 current manufacturing employees, and create training opportunities for entry-level workers to fill the resulting vacancies, with a focus on populations that face barriers to employment.

The retirement of Baby Boomers has resulted in looming middle to high-skill job vacancies, and the “Upskill-Backfill” model strategically applies workforce development resources to help advance incumbent workers into higher-skill, higher-wage positions, and then filling the openings with entry-level workers receiving training opportunities that would otherwise be unavailable.

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