Education among biggest winners in state operating budget

Education among biggest winners in state operating budget

Rep. Drew Hansen, D-Bainbridge Island, worked with Washington State University to bring an electrical engineering program to OC and with Western Washington University to get a cybersecurity degree. WSU already offers mechanical engineering at OC, and Western has degrees in environmental policy, environmental science and business administration. A bachelor’s in nursing also is available.

“Our local employers, like Avalara, Paladin and the Navy, are crying out for qualified graduates, and this budget funds new opportunities for Kitsap County students to get the skills they need to compete for those jobs,” said Hansen, chairman of the House Higher Education Committee. “And we closed tax loopholes to cut tuition so students can actually afford to get these degrees.”

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