Video: Harbor Island Training Center dedicated; Vigor-South Seattle Community Center partnership

June 7, 2013 at 12:59 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 2 Comments

Today brings the second ribbon-cutting in two days involving South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) – but this one wasn’t AT the college; instead, it happened a few miles north at Vigor Shipyard, where the new Harbor Island Training Center has just been dedicated. It includes a computer lab, classroom space, and industrial training floor, and its purpose, as explained in the announcement, is to provide students with the industrial skills they need to get family-wage jobs at the region’s industrial manufacturers.” Those jobs are available – but companies such as Vigor have trouble finding skilled workers to fill them, so this will help “bridge that disconnect,” as Vigor’s senior VP of HR Sue Haley puts it. SSCC already had welding and manufacturing programs, so the partnership made perfect sense. Vigor Industrial CEO Frank Foti and SSCC president Gary Oertli were among those who spoke:

Other local leaders on hand included City Council President Sally Clark and State House Transportation Committee Chair Judy Clibborn, in the photo below with SSCC president Oertli:

Enrollment information and other details about the new training center can be found on this SSCC webpage.

2 Comments

  1. it’s interesting that neither of the two stories include photos of the 2 new buildings that just had ribbon-cuttings.
    do you guys have any photos you can post?
    is this the gray and yellow building on harbor island? I’ve always wondered what that was.

    Comment by sam-c — 2:37 pm June 7, 2013 #

  2. Sam-C – there is no “building” per se for the Harbor Island one. It’s inside the Vigor compound. That other building isn’t on Vigor property – I’m not sure what it is, to tell you the truth. Anyway, they were doing tours of some of the features after speeches. We couldn’t stay that long. Re: the other one, we’re actually going back to SSCC in a little while to get some pix during the tasting event that IS open to the public today (see today’s daily preview) … TR

    Comment by WSB — 2:56 pm June 7, 2013 #

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