As a health care professional, I have seen first-hand, the growth and aging of our local population. We need to prepare for the future, and educating the next generation is one of the greatest responsibilities to which we are charged. On Feb. 13, vote yes on the Everett School District bond and levies.
The 2018 capital bond is focusing on readiness for growth, careers and improving existing facilities for Everett schools. This will provide funding for a needed fourth high school, pay for 38 additional permanent classrooms throughout schools in the district, secure land for future school sites, and develop unique vocational and technical training facilities at each of the four high schools. The goal is to train career-ready local workers in the areas of medical and health care, aerospace and advanced manufacturing, information and communication technology, and energy and sustainability. Each high school will focus on one area, partnering with local businesses to prepare future local talent.
With the growth and aging of our population, there is a great need to prepare the next generation for careers at all levels in health care. By 2035, it is estimated, we will need three times as many medical and health care workers as we have now (13,700) in Snohomish County. Much of that talent comes from outside the region. Voting yes on the 2018 capital bond will ensure that more of our health care workers are trained locally and remain locally.
Dr. J. William Finley