Larsen Secures $125,000 for Bellingham Technical College to Train Energy Workers for Family Wage Jobs in Northwest Washington</A

Jul 20, 2007


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Rick Larsen (WA-02) announced that he has secured $125,000 to help Bellingham Technical College train energy workers for family wage jobs in Northwest Washington. The funding was included in the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2008, which passed the House on Thursday by a vote of 276 to 140.  The House and Senate must agree on a final version of the bill before the President can sign it into law.

“These funds would help Bellingham Technical College expand their programs preparing Whatcom County residents for high-skill, family wage jobs in our region,” said Larsen. “I am committed to worker training efforts that keep good jobs right here in Northwest Washington.

The funding would help Bellingham Technical College’s Alternative Energy and Process Technology Workforce Development Project educate more students, acquire hands-on teaching tools and modernize its curriculum.  Funds would be used for project management and design, software, teaching aids and equipment. 

The Northwest region is home to four large petroleum refineries and four power co-generation plants. With more than 50 percent of the workforce in these facilities projected to retire over the next 5-10 years, highly-skilled workers will be in demand for family wage jobs.