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December 2000

The Puget Sound Center Starts Training!
Nearly two years have passed since the Puget Sound Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology began operations as a startup nonprofit organization with a mission to provide information technology and communications training. As a collaboration between Shoreline and Edmonds community colleges, we have been focused on providing training to help meet the long-term regional demand for IT workers and on providing opportunities for people who may not be able to take advantage of the programs currently available. I'd like to give you an update on how far we have come.

Since our founding, we have raised nearly $3.6 million of the $10.0 million needed to match a challenge grant from the Morgridge Family Foundation, become a Cisco Regional Academy working with ten schools to provide networking training to faculty and students, partnered with The Boeing Company to deliver specialized training for their employees, and received nearly $2.0 million in federal grants for workforce training and faculty development and innovation. We have opened a satellite facility with Shoreline at the Lake Forest Park Towne Centre this fall and will have one lab at that site.

With these federal grants we are pressed to begin operations and desperately need administrative offices and lab space. We asked the Seneca Group, respected facilities consultants, to help us find a permanent location in the North King or South Snohomish area. Given the short supply in the current real estate market, nothing suitable is currently available along the I-5/Hwy 99 corridor for an interim or permanent facility, although we continue to seek real estate that may offer us an opportunity for a permanent site. However, the Seneca Group did locate a building in South Snohomish County off I-405 that accommodates our interim needs. We are pleased to inform you that the Center will be opening a facility at Canyon Park in late fall 2000. It will house our administrative offices, a lab for the Cisco Academy training, and several general computer labs. We are very excited about being able to start delivering services and fulfilling our obligations under the federal grants.

This is an exciting time for the Puget Sound Center. I invite you to visit us at 21540 - 30th Drive SE, Suite 310, Bothell, WA, and I will be pleased to arrange a tour of the facility once we are settled. We believe the PSCTLT will be very effective in helping address the IT worker shortage in our region.

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