Our area has a shortage of workers trained in technical disciplines, especially in high-tech and medical fields.

Roger passed legislation (HB 1885, Chapter 166, Laws of 2008, enacted as companion SB 5104) allowing Lake Washington Institute of Technology to offer a four-year degree program in applied science, for which Roger also secured the needed funding.

This successful program is already implemented at some community colleges around the state, and this was the first technical college program of its kind in our state. It provided an opening for those working to pursue additional education, as well as helping local businesses by supplying skilled new talent.