Green Expo Oct. 9
An electric Tesla Roadster can go from zero
to 60 in less than four seconds and four lucky people will get to
experience that green horsepower Friday, October 9, at the Green
Industrial Business and Career Expo at the Puget Sound Industrial
Excellence Center in Georgetown.
A 2010 Roadster is part of an expo
exhibit about electric cars and trucks. The Roadster is owned by Chad
Schwitters, a software developer who will provide the rides to people who
will be chosen through a drawing. The drawing will be held at 12:30 pm
following the expo lunch and just before the keynote address by Randy
Dorn, the new state Superintendent of Public Instruction.
will include exhibits about new solar, wind and geothermal power systems
as well as biodiesel displays and a car that is being equipped at Ingraham
High School to run on a biodiesel fuel based on Pollock oil from the
Bering Sea. The expo also includes workshops about new national curriculum
for high school and middle school construction and manufacturing
The expo is open to the public, with a focus on teachers.
Registration and details are available at http://www.greenexpo-wa.com.
More than 100 educators from throughout western Washington are registered
to attend. About 200 people are expected.
Co-sponsors include the
Manufacturing Industrial Council of Seattle, South Seattle Community
College, the Puget Sound Industrial Excellence Center, the City of Seattle
Office of Economic Development, The Boeing Company, Nucor Steel Seattle,
the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee, the King County and
Washington State Building and Construction Trades Councils, Aerospace
Machinists 751, the Cement Masons and Plasterers of Washington, the ML
King County Labor Council and the Office of the Superintendent of Public
Meet Randy Dorn
Just seven days after taking office last January,
Randy Dorn announced he was terminating the controversial Washington
Assessment of Student Learning. That kept a promise he made to replace the
WASL during his campaign last fall for state Superintendent of Public
Instruction. Dorn says he will replace the WASL with a new statewide test
that will take less time, be more practical and, hopefully, save
As Superintendent, Dorn's priorities also include a
re-emphasis on technical education. Dorn believes such programs are
successful vehicles to teach applied math and science. Research also shows
technical programs reduce dropout rates and improve grades while
introducing kids to career paths that can lead to family-wage jobs in
services, retail and industry.
Dorn will be available to answer
audience questions after he delivers the keynote address at the Green
Industrial Business and Career Expo Friday.
If you or your
business would like to meet Dorn at the Expo, RSVP to the Manufacturing
Industrial Council at 206-7672-2470.
Local public school districts
in Washington are governed by local school boards, but the state
superintendent controls state enhancement dollars that support local
schools. Dorn's staff also establishes curriculum frameworks that must be
followed by local schools accessing state funds.
Dorn and his staff
are working with Seattle industrial companies, the Seattle Community
College District, local apprenticeship programs, labor organizations and
the City of Seattle to help reinvigorate technical education in our
The partnership includes the Puget Sound Skill Center,
a technical high school in Burien that offers construction, engineering,
automotive science, marine science, welding and other programs to 800 to
900 students from the Highline, Tukwila, Tahoma and Federal Way Public
Schools. The skill center is one of two pilot schools in the state that
are implementing a new national curriculum that will introduce students to
careers in construction, engineering and architecture. That project will
includes teachers from the Pipefitters and Plumbers training program in
Renton and it is based on rigorous applied math as well as tools and basic
The partnership is also supporting an effort to create
a "green tech" skill certificate program in the Seattle Public Schools.
Students in that program would take classes culminating in a hands-on
project based on some aspect of manufacturing, construction or
transportation. Curriculum for that program is still under
If you, your company or your organization would like
to engage in these activities, email Dave Gering at
email@example.com or Marilyn Young Skogland at
firstname.lastname@example.org Opportunities are available for companies
willing to host work site tours for teachers and students, provide guest
speakers for classes, offer input into curriculum, or support internships
and other work-based learning experiences.
Gov't Releases Swine Flu Preparedness
Guide for Small Businesses
MIC members, Evergreen Safety Council, maintains a health &
safety related news blog on their website. This is an excerpt from their
Sep 18, blog. Visit http://www.esc.org
for the original, very informative, posting.
To follow up on our
September 9th Swine Flu and You posting. Government officials this week
guide (.pdf file) designed to help small businesses prepare for the
H1N1 influenza virus.
The guide includes tools small businesses can
use to plan for a flu outbreak, which may cause increases in absenteeism,
restricted service capabilities or supply chain disruptions.
guide will help America's small businesses maintain continuity of
operations and resiliency as the fall flu season approaches," Secretary of
Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said in a press release.
related news, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new H1N1 flu
vaccine. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said the
vaccine should be widely available to the public by mid-October.