Astronaut with local roots will highlight the importance of innovation Nov. 16

Dr. Michael Barratt, a Camas High School graduate who became a NASA astronaut, will speak at a special public event for Global Entrepreneurship Week in Vancouver on Thursday, Nov. 16. Titled “Celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week: Lift Off to Innovation,” the event is sponsored by WSU Vancouver’s Business Growth Mentor and Analysis Program and the Columbia River Economic Development Council as part of its GROW Clark County series. It runs from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Pearson Air Museum Historic Hangar.

Barratt will discuss how his local educational experience set him on the path to become a NASA medical doctor and astronaut. His career highlights the importance of investing in education, particularly STEM skills and career-connected learning opportunities, as well as the long-term economic impact of a well-educated and highly skilled local workforce.

General admission is $25 and includes hors d’oeuvres, CREDC investor admission is $20, and college student admission is free with a student ID. To purchase tickets, visit Doors open at 5 p.m., and the program begins at 5:30 p.m.