Education & Training

Members of Mission Support Alliance’s Synergy Network show off the backpacks they collected for Stack the Packs, a program that provides backpacks and school supplies to foster kids. The women’s group offers informal networking, formal panel discussions and community volunteer opportunities. (Courtesy MSA)

MSA women’s group provides networking, community service opportunities

By Stacey Denny Anel Suarez credits a group of female colleagues for encouraging her to apply for a new position at Mission Support Alliance. Suarez said members of MSA’s Synergy Network bolstered her confidence to seek the promotion. “All of the women in the group were very supportive and encouraging. I’m not sure I would…

Savannah Wammock teaches at Kirkwood Elementary in Toppenish as part of the Heritage University’s accelerate program. Students like Wammock earn a master’s in teaching while working as the teacher of record in K-12 classrooms. (Courtesy Heritage University)

Heritage University tackles teacher shortage with accelerated programs

A shortage of certified teachers is making it difficult for school districts statewide to find qualified educators to fill open positions. That’s according to a report from the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction last fall. Heritage University in Toppenish is helping alleviate this shortage through two teacher education programs designed to put…

Kamiakin High School senior Mitchel Denke runs a four-hour radio program each weekend at U-Rock Radio in Kennewick, thanks to the station’s Training The Kids program that began in March.

U-Rock radio trains young DJs, then gets them on-air

A weekend DJ on U-Rock Radio admitted he didn’t know much about ’80s rock music when he started. Age might have something to do with it. Mitchel Denke is a senior at Kamiakin High School, born around the turn of the century. But joining the station has turned him into a fan of the music.…

Paul Strand, a Washington State University Tri-Cities professor of psychology, is among a team of researchers working to evaluate and refine a data-driven program to reduce truancy in kindergartners to seniors across the state. (Courtesy WSU Tri-Cities)

WSU leading implementation of statewide online truancy prevention program

WSU Tri-Cities professor serves on research team working on project Washington State University is leading the online implementation of a program aimed at reducing school truancy that could positively affect schools across the state — and possibly the nation. The Washington Assessment of the Risks and Needs of Students, or WARNS, program uses data-driven procedures…

Hanford’s vit plant project is on pace to treat low-activity tank waste as soon as 2022, and ahead of full WTP commissioning, taking advantage of those facilities close to completion. Bechtel hired 22 students for internships at the site this summer. (Courtesy Bechtel National)

Bechtel offers real-world experience to college students

Bechtel National Inc.’s radioactive waste treatment plant project has provided more than 330 internship opportunities for college students seeking real-world experience in their fields of study since 2006. From engineering, construction, procurement, environmental, safety, and information technology, to the human resources and public communications departments, interns receive unique opportunities to directly contribute and assist in…

Zurla Lucatero, from left, Haylee Carnes and Beverly Burns of the Children’s Developmental Center in Richland will be working with children diagnosed with autism through applied behavior analysis, or ABA. Several Tri-City businesses and groups contributed money to start up the new program.

Business donations help to launch new autism therapy program

Nearly $42,000 contributed to Children’s Developmental Center in Richland The Children’s Developmental Center in Richland soon will begin offering an intensive research-based and data-driven therapy program to help children with autism. The therapy, called applied behavior analysis, or ABA, helps children with autism learn through behavioral intervention by using everyday tools and routines from the…

Tri-Tech students’ successes showcase school’s importance in region

By Paul Randall In late August, 862 juniors and seniors from area high schools crossed the threshold of Tri-Tech Skills Center in Kennewick to take the next step to improve their competitiveness in the job market and expand their post-secondary options. Tri-Tech is a public school of choice for students from the Kennewick, Richland, Pasco,…

Ryan De Leon, a 2016 Washington State University Tri-Cities nursing program graduate, talks about what he learned about his homestay family during a Sept. 6 dinner and gathering for students in the Tri-Cities cohort for the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. The event marked an opportunity for the students to get to know their homestay families. The students also got the chance to meet local health professionals and get to know the Richland campus. (Courtesy WSU Tri-Cities)

WSU College of Medicine shows glimpse into medical education need

A new overview of the Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine charter class shows it is made up of a strong percentage of female, low socioeconomic status and first generation students. The class, a group of 60 students who are current residents of or have significant ties to Washington, represent a population…

Brett Crusselle, 33, of Pasco, landed a full-time job as a nuclear chemical 
operator for Washington River Protection Solutions in June after earning his degree from Columbia Basin College’s nuclear technology program.

CBC’s nuclear tech grads find jobs in their own backyard

A pastry chef traded his apron and kitchen for protective gear to work at the Hanford nuclear reservation tank farms. Just how does a pastry chef become a nuclear chemical operator? For Brett Crusselle, it meant a tough two years of classes in the nuclear technology program at Columbia Basin College. Crusselle, 33, of Pasco,…

Nehal Abu-Lail, an associate professor in the Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering at Washington State University, is a co-principal investigator of the two-year project to identify what motivates women to study engineering in Jordan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia. (Courtesy WSU)

WSU looks to Muslim countries to find out how to attract women to engineering 

A new study co-led by researchers at Washington State University aims to understand why significantly more women study engineering in some predominantly Muslim countries than in the United States. The study seeks to identify what motivates women to pursue engineering in Jordan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia, where participation rates by women are as high…

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