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Regional Education and Training Center History and Vision. Select RETC Programs Completed or Underway. Process Logic Control. Laboratory to teach industrial control technology to future workers in manufacturing, energy, healthcare, and other high wage industries

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process logic control
Process Logic Control
  • Laboratory to teach industrial control technology to future workers in manufacturing, energy, healthcare, and other high wage industries
  • Industrial Controls Systems Technology Course collaboration of:
    • Curriculum from Bellingham Technical College
    • Taught by Grays Harbor College
    • Lab Funded by WIRED
    • Hosted by RETC
  • Academic Year Enrollment of XXX Students
forestry program
Forestry Program
  • Program to Manage 1700 Acres of Certified Forest on the Satsop Site combined with an educational program
    • Grays Harbor College Contributes Students and Instructor
    • WIRED Grant provided forestry tools
    • RETC facilitates classroom learning space and IT tools
    • Satsop Development Park Contributes Land
  • Over 40 Students currently enrolled in the program
  • Summer Youth Academy to promote green efficiency programs and serve as a pathway to a career in a trade
  • 21 Students completed the program including OSHA 10 Certificate
  • Collaborative Effort between RETC and four area school systems (Hoquiam, Aberdeen, Elma, and Montesanto)
try a trade
Try A Trade
  • RETC hosted the first try-a-trade event in May 2009 and will host a second in May 2010.
  • First Event attended by over 550 students from 16 different schools with participation from 48 different companies
  • Highlighted Green Elements of traditionally “dirty” jobs
lean manufacturing
Lean Manufacturing
  • 12 Course Seminar to teach Six-Sigma and efficiencies training primarily aimed at the manufacturing industry
  • Taught by world renown professor from the University of Washington School of Business
    • Guest Speakers from top companies and schools from around the globe
    • Students gain access to continuing education forum and online community
  • Marketing has just begun with substantial interest from local companies
  • Future offerings may expand industry focus to healthcare or other areas where lean principles apply
leed associate training
LEED Associate Training
  • LEED Associate Certificate is the gateway to advanced learning and certification in sustainable building
    • Requires students to read material before the seminar, and after completion to sit for an exam
  • First Pilot course being offered on December 5, 2009 targeting current trade apprentices
  • If successful will expand course offering to both represented trades and others in the industry
retc vision as a legacy entity
RETC Vision as a Legacy Entity
  • The Vision of the RETC is to create a sustainable, nimble and innovative center of learning that creates synergies with regional education, industry, and workforce partners to drive the transformation and development of a highly trained and effective workforce in the Pacific Mountain Region
  • 501(c)(3) Corporation formed and Board Appointed
    • Strong Board with representation from business, trades, education, and the community.
    • Executive Director to develop continuity/business plan
  • Support for an RETC Strong in the Region from diverse actors that see the need for a community and regional resource to advance workforce development
what does it mean to learn green

What does it mean to Learn Green?

Green is Sustainable

Fiscal Sustainability: All parties contribute to training and all share in the benefits

Social Sustainability: Focus on training a workforce to earn a family wage not a minimum wage

Environmental Sustainability: Transforming the region from a source of resource exploitation to one of environmental innovation

retc cooperative model
RETC Cooperative Model

Regional Workforce Advancement


Assets of the RETC

  • Satsop Facility
  • Able to Host Small and Large Scale Events
  • Centrally Located in the Region
  • Unique Environment for Hands on Training
  • High-Tech Adaptable Classrooms and Laboratories
  • Online Learning Laboratory
  • Deploying State of the Art LMS
  • Accessible to all Partners and Clients
  • Content Development Laboratory
  • Nimble and On-Demand Learning
  • Capital Equipment
  • Host Site for Shared Equipment Saving Costs and increasing access for Training Partners
  • Mobile Training Systems for use by multiple providers
  • Works in synergy with Satsop Site and Online System
funding barriers
Funding Barriers
  • WIRED Funding Expires on June 30, 2010
  • Current Economic Crisis Limits Funding Availability from Partners
    • Colleges are Overenrolled
    • Private Enterprise struggling to maintain the bottom line
    • Unemployment at near record highs
    • Trade Educational Trusts suffering funding setbacks
  • Need to create a draw to the RETC as a place for workforce training
capital equipment investment
Capital Equipment Investment
  • Concept of a Sustainable RETC as a legacy from the WIRED Grant; final year should have both immediate impact and sustainable implications
  • Construction Equipment Proposals:
    • Forklift, Man-lift, Backhoe, Boom Truck
      • Documented need from DOSH, Laborers, Operational Engineers, Electrical Workers, and Skill Centers
      • Identified immediate needs as well post-WIRED impact for training
    • Crane Procurement: Potential to house a donated crane to be used to train workers and comply with 2010 State Certification Requirements
      • Documented need from Operating Engineers Trade Trust as well as private industry
      • Immediate need to comply with regulations in effect on 1/1/2010 and to help clear the emerging backlog
  • Grant regulatory structures create barriers to approval of these programs; capital investment will extend and magnify the impact of the WIRED grant funds