Thursday, January 31, 2013

Manufacturing-Industrial-Maritime Luncheon

Today the Chamber hosted our Manufacturing-Industrial-Maritime Lunch at the La Quinta Inn & Suites. M-I-M's purpose is in recognizing the wealth generation that comes from basic industries, to support manufacturers, maritime and basic industries.

The meeting started off with an update on last meeting's roundtable focused on: education, advocacy, and business.

There were presentations about some incredible programs we have access to here in Pierce County. The first program is called Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA). YEA is an opportunity for high school students to work with business professionals over the course of a year and create their own full functioning business, that may carry on after they graduate.

The next presentation was on Invista Performance Solutions, a company who provides high quality workforce training. After that we got a chance to hear about the Pierce County Skills Center, and the great things that the skills center is offering to K-12 and Community Colleges in the region. The last presentation of the day was a presentation on Washington Business Week. Washington Business Week is offering a manufacturing week for high school students in grades 11 and 12. Manufacturing week is a full week learning about careers such as Aerospace, Marine or Process Control Techonology.

I was so excited to see all these wonderful organizations for business community that are working to prepare the future generations of the business and manufacturing work force. If you are interested in coming to the next M-I-M meeting please contact: Savannah Kimball at

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