The Association of Washington Business (AWB) presented Wagstaff, Inc., with its Washington Achieve Award on Thursday, November 19, 2020, at its annual Evening of Excellence. The award recognizes a business that has excelled in creating, implementing, or supporting a high-caliber education and/or workforce development system aligned with closing the employment gap.
Dr. Wade Larson, Chief Human Resources Officer at Wagstaff, is a current Spokane Workforce Council board member and an integral part of our area’s workforce development system. Wagstaff has been a leader in education and workforce development for years. Collaborations with Eastern Washington University, Washington State University, and the Community Colleges of Spokane have led to hundreds of internships and jobs in engineering, welding, and machining. And recently, Wagstaff increased its K-12 engagement, with increased career technical education and business partnerships, middle school grants, after-school programs, scholarships, and their upcoming production and manufacturing academy.
Congratulations to Wagstaff, and all award winners, for successfully adapting to the pandemic and continuing to innovate workforce development needs through a challenging year.