Opinion

In Focus: Higher education critical to success in the global marketplace

As technology and the use of social media expand and people around the world become more connected, the value of higher education continues to grow.

In this global market, ideas, collateral and human resource talent evolve on a daily basis. Twenty-first century employers are seeking highly educated and technically proficient workers to lead companies, which requires greater access to training and experience. Students also increasingly expect that they will engage in research and find internships that will allow them to graduate job-ready.

That is why at Washington State University Tri-Cities, students are exposed to a multitude of hands-on opportunities that will ensure they remain connected and up-to-date on the latest techniques for succeeding in the global market. As the state’s only research, land-grant university, we align our resources with the needs and challenges facing our state, nation and world, including preparing the work force leaders of tomorrow.

At WSU Tri-Cities, we are working to meet this challenge, driven by a commitment to dynamic student engagement, research experience and community involvement. An entrepreneurial spirit and polytechnic approach at the university allows our urban campus to leverage opportunities and provide the type of student experiences usually found at private colleges, but at a fraction of the cost.

WSU Tri-Cities emphasizes the polytechnic “learning while doing” approach in educating students with a focus on the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines. Albert Einstein said, “Example isn’t another way to teach; it is the only way to teach.” Our university fosters this approach with small class sizes and an emphasis on faculty involvement.

Our students benefit from the ample opportunity to pursue internships with local industry partners at the Hanford site, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and environmental companies that are unique to the region. Our partnership with the Wine Science Center also creates opportunities to pursue degrees in agribusiness and work collaboratively with the newly created Hospitality Business Management program on campus.

The work force of tomorrow must be globally competitive in order for our state and nation to be globally competitive. Washington State University is not only up to this challenge, but is leading the way in preparing students in this global economy.

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