Embracing Tomorrow’s Workforce: How Rural Communities Can Prepare Their Workforce for Tomorrow’s Jobs

In the face of rapid automation and technological changes, our economic realities are being upended by the minute. Rural occupations are in transition across all industry sectors and basic questions remain as to whether our workforce and employers are prepared to seize job opportunities of the future. This session will feature a realistic assessment of how globalization and technological changes will impact the rural Northwest and how communities can best position their workforce and employers for future success. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from interactive discussions with innovative rural communities, industry leaders, and community colleges who are on the cutting edge of creating the next generation workforce, with a focus on tangible initiatives and resources for communities of all shapes and sizes.


Dr. Roberto Gutierrez
President, Klamath Community College

Melissa Brandao
Founder and CEO, HerdDogg

Heather Ficht
Executive Director, East Cascades Workforce Investment Board

Heather Stafford
Director of Adult Education, Siskiyou County Office of Education

Wally Corwin 

Track: Elevating Rural Voices & Priorities

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