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CB Tech's Marketing and Culinary programs help decorate for Apple Stem and GWATA's black tie event

- Moses Lake, WA

Columbia Basin Technical Skills Center's Entrepreneurship/Marketing and Culinary programs helped decorate for Apple STEM Network and GWATA's black tie event.

Apple STEM Network based out of Seattle, WA, is a three-dimensional alliance of K-12, Higher Ed. They represent a diverse region with tremendous potential for STEM industry in agriculture, energies, and innovation.

The video GWATA and Apple STEM presented highlighted the annual Othello Career Showcase, the event is held at Othello High School for more than 1,500 students to explore future careers in Othello. The video also highlighted Moses Lake's manufacturers SGL Carbon and Chemi-Con Materials, two companies who have invited the community into their businesses through tours and apprenticeships.

“Being a growing business, it’s important for us to work with these younger people to develop them,” said Will Bowen, production manager at SGL Carbon. “They are the future of the workforce – especially in this community – and helping to develop our future talent is going to be critical. To help these young people understand that they don’t have to leave [the Columbia Basin] to get a good paying job.”

Produced by GWATA, the video highlights a variety of regional manufacturers, economic development leaders, and students who have spent the past few years creating resources and opportunities for students to connect with the family-wage jobs in the Columbia Basin, including the formation of the Workforce Alliance group and a burgeoning partnership between Moses Lake School District and community agencies like the Port of Moses Lake and the Grant County Economic Development Council.