Vandana Slatter

Seattle Times Op-Ed: Fully fund WA community colleges to solve worker shortages

Read Vandana’s latest op-ed in the Seattle Times:

In spring 2022, the Puget Sound community confronted the distressing prospect that insufficient funds could shut down Seattle Central College’s culinary program and other important workforce programs at Seattle Colleges. These are accessible, high-quality public programs that prepare skilled workers for good jobs in sectors that fuel our economy, including culinary, maritime, construction and apparel.

After the public became aware of this potential outcome, our businesses, legislators and college’s staff rallied and bought these programs time. But we will face the same dilemma again, at community and technical colleges across the state, if we don’t do more.