The port can be a strong partner in helping support the development of a skilled workforce to increase job opportunities across the port district. Like many businesses, the port tenants need to find and retain qualified workers, keep their employee skills current, and address the skilled employee shortages that are happening as Baby Boomers retire.

This kind of work requires partnerships across Clark County and the region. Jack has a unique blend of experience in business, education, and government. He will use this background to strengthen partnerships that support workforce development programs, especially for trade related jobs.

Over the years, the emphasis has been on college education to the detriment of education for trade jobs. Now there is a labor shortfall for those good paying, durable jobs. Jack will help address this issue for port businesses and those looking to locate to the port.

Apprenticeship programs have a proven track record of helping raise skill levels and expanding the labor force. Jack will help lead an effort to establish an apprenticeship program for port trade employees and ensure apprenticeship and vocational training opportunities occur on the port’s public works programs.

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“I am running for Vancouver Port Commissioner, District 3, to bring my experience in business, local government, and leadership to the port board.”

- Jack Burkman