Lower Columbia College upcoming community lecture series will examine where unemployed workers, new graduates and adults seeking to advance their careers can find jobs.
“Northwest Jobs of the Future” is the theme of the LCC’s Community Conversations series for winter quarter, which kicks off at noon Thursday in the Wollenberg Auditorium, Rose Center for the Arts. All lectures are free and open to the public. LCC students may earn credit for the series by enrolling in Humanities 106.
The series will examine employment trends for emerging occupations of the Northwest. Speakers will include local employers and community experts sharing information about the knowledge, skills and strategies needed for success in the new economy.
The first lecture, Economic Demand and Job Skills for the Economy of the Future, will focus on job skills and search strategies that workers will need in the next 10 years.
Speakers will be Marc Ogata, business services consultant/case manager at WorkSource Cowlitz/Wahkiakum, and Sandy Tilton, who has worked directly with job seekers at WorkSource to help them return quickly and effectively to work.
Ogata works with Southwest Washington employers to determine workforce needs and to assist them in finding qualified candidates through programs such as on-the-job training. He is a graduate of Western Washington University’s bachelor of arts Business Administration program and has 20 years’ experience in retail bank management.
Tilton holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and communication and a master’s in social science, both from Azusa Pacific University, and has more than 20 years in education/training and career development as a teacher/trainer administrator and consultant.
Topics for upcoming lectures:
Jan. 24: Employment Trends in K-12 Education
Jan. 31: Small Business Development
Feb. 7: Emerging Careers in Energy and Engineering
Feb. 14: Why You Should Consider a Career in the Trades
Feb. 21: Growing Demand for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
Feb. 28: High-Growth Careers in Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing
March 7: The Changing Field of Occupations in HealthCare
March 14: The Future of Social Work and Human Service Occupations