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Category: Education


Cranes drawing extra scrutiny from feds after string of fatalities in the Northwest

Federal inspectors will be conducting a round of enhanced inspections of cranes  at construction sites and ports beginning this week in an effort to reduce injuries and fatalities from cranes mishaps in the Northwest.

Officials from the federal Occupational Health and Safety have investigated 13 crane-related fatalities in the last five years in Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho.

The latest crane-related fatality  in Pierce County happened  March 12 when a longshore union crane mechanic was killed on a crane at the Port of Tacoma’s Pierce County Terminal.  Jeff Surber, 46, of Bonney Lake died while adjusting machinery atop one of

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Credit union sponsoring five scholarships for high school students to attend Washington Business Week

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union will contribute $5,000 to Washington Business Week, a weeklong camp held four times this summer at four colleges across the state, according to a news release.

The funds are intended to sponsor five high school students who want to attend but can’t afford the full $1,200 cost.

The camp closest to home will be at Pacific Lutheran University on Aug. 4-10. The others are earlier in the summer and will be held at Western Washington University, Central Washington University and Gonzaga University.

Students participate in small teams, or “companies,” and complete challenges with real-life business

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KWA hiring 100 home care workers Wednesday

KWA, formerly the Korean Womens Association,  is hiring 100 home care workers at a work fair scheduled for Wednesday at Work Force Central, 3650 S. Cedar Street in Tacoma.

KWA supervisors will be on site to make immediate hiring decisions.  The hiring fair is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The social services organization will provide training for the workers.  Wages range from $10.17 to $10.88 an hour depending on the worker’s experience.

KWA is partnering with Home Depot, Work Source, Work Force Central and American Medical Rental & Supply to present the hiring fair.

“This is an awesome opportunity to

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Tacoma Art Museum plans 10th birthday party on Saturday

Head downtown Saturday to help celebrate the Tacoma Art Museum’s 10th birthday with free admission to the museum and its spring festival.

Tacoma Art Museum moved to 1701 Pacific Ave. in 2003, and the museum plans a day of family friendly activities to celebrate, including a magician and live music.

The schedule of events, according to a news release:

  • 11 am: Magic performance by Jeff Evans
  • Noon: Performance by Grant Elementary students
  • 12:30 pm: Live jazz performance by Jazz Misfits
  • Ongoing: Design a pop-up flower garden card; decorate a Flat Leroy; join the community collage



Milgard School of Business dinner and award ceremony tickets remain available

Tickets remain for Tuesday evening’s banquet and ceremony honoring the five winners of the University of Washington Tacoma Milgard School of Business 12th Annual Business Leadership Awards.

This year’s honorees include Rick Brandsma, of Sound Credit Union; Janine Terrano, of Topia Technology; Joseph Wilczek, of Franciscan Health System; Brian Sonntag, retired Washington State Auditor; and Michael Slevin of the City of Tacoma.

The event begins with a social hour at 5 p.m. Tickets are $125. For further information, contact Efigenia Spacher at 253-692-4580.


Four Tacoma-area businesses win award for carbon dioxide emission reductions

Four local businesses – two private companies and two public entities – are the first annual winners  of an award that recognizes their efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

The honor,  the first annual Polar Bear Paw of Approval Award, is presented by Metro Parks Tacoma’s Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, the City of Tacoma Sustainability Commission and the Arctic Action Team. That team promotes awareness of the plight of polar bears.

“The annual award recognizes outstanding achievement in the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions that form a large heat-trapping blanket around the earth, resulting in climate change and global warming,”

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Workforce Central receives $360,000 grant to train workers in manufacturing

Tacoma’s Workforce Central has received a $360,000 grant from Building Changes, through its Washington Families Fund, for a two year job-training project. The program will recruit and place homeless families into training within the advanced manufacturing industry leading to employment in high-demand careers.

The main training tool will be the successful Manufacturing Academy, a 10 week training program with a 95 percent completion rate and an 85 percent placement rate for graduating participants. The program was developed by and for manufacturing employers needing access to a pipeline of qualified workers, according to a release Wednesday from Workforce Central.The public/private

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Washington Saves Week set for next week; educational materials available

If you’re wondering what you or your organization can do to celebrate Washington Saves Week – Feb. 25 through March 2 – then the state Department of Financial Institutions has some ideas.

This will be the seventh annual iteration of the event, meant to promote the idea that pennies saved (in a savings account, in an IRA, as part of a 401(k) plan, in a piggy bank or in any other of dozens of ways) are pennies earned.

Gov. Jay Inslee recently proclaimed the week, and DFI has several programs to assist citizens and businesses in heeding the theme: “Set

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