Rural communities across Washington are struggling with workforce development issues – from job preparedness for high school students to entrepreneur training to industrial manufacturing skills. WSU’s Rural Pathways to Prosperity partnered with the Washington Governor’s Summit on May 31, 2017 inspiring 26 communities to connect with the central site at the Microsoft Campus. Over 855 people at the regional sites learned about new skills and along side 346 at the central site.
Please join us on Tuesday, October 4, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm to learn about an innovative way to address these challenges. Public, private, non-profit and community leaders who are interested in rural workforce development will learn about the 2017 Washington Rural Pathways to Prosperity (P2P) Conference.
P2P uses a unique model to digitally deliver an expert keynote presentation to multiple sites across the state, followed by locally facilitated action plans and networking. P2P is a two-time national award winning program (2015 UEDA Leadership and Collaboration and 2016 NACDEP Educational Technology Team) but more importantly, it is a statewide conference that allows more rural community leaders, businesses and members to work together and with resource providers without the expense of traveling to a traditional conference.
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Connecting multiple sites with technology; engaging local participants into action.
Past Participant Comments
“P2P was a great springboard to bring more economic development resources to our rural communities.”
Clea Rome, WSU Clallam County Extension
“This was an exciting opportunity to bring different groups and agencies together to all work on small business solutions.”
Margie Hall, Director Lincoln County EDC
Timeline for the 2017 Conference:
On October 4, 2016, presented a webinar to describe and explain the P2P model and how it might work for workforce development issues. Webinar Link for this 2017 Open House Webinar.
On August 25, 2016, we gathered a group of agencies and organizations that work in and around workforce development to explore this topic. Strategic Notes is a collection of challenges and successes they identified for us to explore.