News Conference on Monday, January 3, 2011: Governor to Receive Higher Ed Funding Recommendations

Parents and students to talk about college aspirations

Dec 30, 2010, 14:17 ET from Higher Education Funding Task Force

SEATTLE, Dec. 30, 2010 /PRNewswire/ --


11 a.m., January 3, 2011


Aki Kurose Middle School Academy

School library (check in at administration office)

3928 S. Graham Street

Seattle, WA 98118


- Governor Chris Gregoire

- Brad Smith, Higher Education Funding Task Force Chair and General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation

- Mia Williams, Aki Kurose Principal

- Parents and students


The task force's recommendations are designed to increase the number of Washington students who earn a college degree, including those studying science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines which are likely to be central to future jobs.  While Washington currently is one of the top states in the country for its percentage of college-educated residents, at more than 31 percent, the state is in the bottom third among states for graduating its own residents from college. By 2018, two out of three jobs in the state will require workers with at least some college education, according to a Georgetown University study.

The task force, appointed by Gov. Gregoire in June, includes leaders from business, education, agriculture, technology, law, and local government.  


Anne Fennessy

206.652.9506 (o)

206.953.8932 (cell)

SOURCE Higher Education Funding Task Force