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State Board for Community and Technical Colleges elects new chair

August 15, 2023

The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges recently elected Chelsea Mason-Placek of Puyallup to serve as its new chair. Mason-Placek has worked in the public policy and workforce development field for more than 20 years and is currently a workforce development director for the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO. She previously served as legislative director for the International Association of Machinists (IAM) District 751 and, before that, as the legislative director for the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA)/IFPTE 2001. She also served in several roles in the office of United States Congressman Adam Smith. >>

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