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Seattle Southside Chamber Announces Education & Workforce Summit and Career Showcase at Showare:

On Thursday, April 27th, 2023, the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce will hold its Workforce and Education Summit, in Kent, WA. The Summit will convene education leaders, business owners, community members, and students to provide insight into the state of our schools and opportunities within the school-to-work pipeline, in our region.

“We recognize that one of the greatest challenges facing businesses in our region is finding candidates to fill family-wage, skilled positions,” said Seattle Southside Chamber President/CEO Annie McGrath. “The Summit is a fantastic opportunity to connect leaders in education at the state and local levels with our business community and shine a light on career pathways available to our students in our region.”

The event will begin with a Welcome by Kent Mayor Dana Ralph and feature a Keynote presentation by WA State Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education and Pathway Preparation, Becky Wallace. The keynote will be followed by a panel discussion including:

  • Dr. John Mosby, President, Highline College

  • Dr. Flip Herndon, Superintendent, Tukwila Public Schools

  • Therese Tipton, Principal, Raisbeck Aviation High School

  • Neidy Avila Ramirez, Student, Raisbeck Aviation High School

Members of the business and greater community are invited to attend.

2023 PNW Education & Workforce Summit

Date: Thursday, April 27, 2023

Time: 7:30am to 9:30pm

Location: ShoWare Center, Kent WA

Immediately following the Summit, high school students from 12 Puget Sound region districts will participate in the “Career Showcase at Showare” job fair, hosted exclusively for local high school youth and in partnership with the Highline School District, LiUNA and other partners in education and employment.

Students will have an opportunity to engage with over 75 local businesses representing a variety of employment opportunities and family-wage career pathways at the robust job fair.

Businesses interested in hosting a booth at the Career Showcase can register here.

Thank you to our sponsors: Comcast, Multi-Service Center, Voices of Tomorrow, Gesa Credit Union, Homestreet Bank, Salal Credit Union, Port Jobs, and Highline College.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available and are a great way to connect your business with the Southside Community. If you are interested in a sponsorship, please contact Samantha Le at for a custom package tailored to serve your marketing and advertising goals.



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