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Seattle Southside Chamber’s Education & Workforce Summit and Career Showcase will be April 27

April 27, 2023 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 pm

EDITOR’S NOTE: South King Media Founder/Publisher Scott Schaefer serves on the Board of Directors for the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce.

On Thursday, April 27, 2023, the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce will hold its Workforce and Education Summit at the accesso ShoWare Center in Kent. 

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.

  • WHAT: 2023 PNW Education & Workforce Summit
  • WHEN: Thursday, April 27, 2023: 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: ShoWare Center, Kent WA (map below)

Register Here

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.

About the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce

The Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit business organization that has served the communities of Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac, and Tukwila since 1988.  The Chamber focuses on business advancement in the region by helping to build and maintain a strong economic environment.

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