Workforce Development Workshop

Start Date: January 17, 2024
Location: Vancouver, WA

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

7:30am            Coffee

8:00                 Breakfast buffet

8:40                 Overview: Workforce Development Needs and Opportunities Workshop – Nicole Jacobsen, Western Forestry and Conservation Association

8:45               Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 101: Increasing Awareness in the Workplace – Marika Barto, Washington State Department of Labor & Industries 

9:30               Industry Survey: Current Efforts and Future Needs  – Kathryn Kurtz, Pacific Education Institute 

10:15               Break

10:30             Updates from WA Dept. of Natural Resources: Community Outreach and K-12  Involvement Clare Sobetski, Washington Department of Natural Resources

11:10             Why DEI? What does it look like in the forestry industry?  – Cal Jackson, Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion at Rayonier 

12pm               Buffet Lunch

1:30                Brainstorming / Planning / Working Group

We’ll split into groups to brainstorm aspects of program development and management, desired goals and outcomes, and implementation specifics.

3:00                 Wrap-up and Adjourn

About the Conference
FRA and WFCA are excited to announce the first in a series of Workforce Development workshops.  This first workshop will focus on current efforts to create educational and training opportunities for future natural resource workers as well as an interactive workshop to discuss best management practices for developing opportunities for future employees. 

This workshop is co-located with Mapping the Course at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, WA and will take place on the 17th of January from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm . We will be offering a special discount to attendees who register for both Mapping the Course and the Forestry Workforce Development Workshop.