Backs school bond to build workforce

COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALDFebruary 5, 2014 

High-quality education is at the root of a successful and prosperous community, state and nation. To prepare children to be successful in school and life we need to ensure school districts have appropriate facilities to get the job done. Please vote yes for the Ferndale High School capital bond.

To develop a sustainable economy in Whatcom County and Washington State we must continue to invest in our education system. According to a 2013 survey by the Washington Roundtable, more than 25,000 jobs requiring STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills are currently unfilled. These jobs run the gamut from manufacturing to health care, construction to aerospace engineering. That number is expected to swell to 50,000 by 2017. Of these jobs, two-thirds will require a certificate, apprenticeship training or four-year college degree.

We know that living-wage jobs are harder and harder to come by. The majority of these 25,000 unfilled jobs are living-wage jobs and we know living-wage jobs help create more living-wage jobs.

Ferndale School District administration and board of directors have done their homework and are looking to the future to create safe and appropriate learning environments for kids to be successful. Their foresight along with your support in voting for the bond will not only contribute to stemming the tide of the shrinking middle class but help build it.

Dave Finet

Everson

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