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Thanking Our Partners | Celebration of Success (July 2015)

July 30, 2015

The SAWDC Thanks Our Many Partners
Celebrations of Success

The Passport to Career Success

  

The Passport to Career Success was recently made available to the community thanks to the hard work of members of the SAWDC Youth Council, local businesses, education and nonprofit partners, and young adult volunteers. Since introducing the career readiness tool to the community in February, the SAWDC has received hundreds of inquiries and presented on a national webinar offered in partnership with the National Association of Workforce Boards and the U.S. Department of Labor.

 

The online multi-media tool is designed to assist young adults with career exploration. With the unemployment rate for 16- to 24-year-olds hovering around 20%, a team of business leaders, young adults, educators, professionals, and community partners came together to create tangible career planning options. The travel-themed Passport leads young adults through 17 steps of career exploration and planning in four phases, providing lessons on topics such as developing a career plan, exploring the local labor market, preparing for post-secondary education and training, financial literacy, and the power of networking.

 

The Passport utilizes multiple mediums to engage a broad array of users, and includes functionality to allow users to check off activities as they are completed to provide a record of their progress.

 

The Passport would not have been possible without the contributions of so many partners. We would like to specifically thank Machelle Johnson, HR Director with Pearson Packaging; the Chase Youth Commission; Christi Harter, CTE Director with Spokane Public Schools; Susan Christenson, CTE Director at Central Valley School District; Ann Everett at Medical Lake SD; Will Sarett, Director of the NEWTECH Skills Center; Scott Oakshott, Director at Spokane Valley Tech; and the teams at Design Spike and Switch Up.  

                      

For more information on the Passport or for a demo, please contact Jessica Cato, Workforce Program Manager for the SAWDC.

New Next Generation Zone Website

Thanks to the generous support of our partners, and after months of meticulous work and collaboration, the Next Generation Zone launched its brand  new website on July 1st. After a year of exponential growth at our region's only on e-stop career center for young adults, which saw a 40% increase in walk-in traffic and over 3,500 visits, the center was due for a much needed website upgrade.  Working with Design Spike, a local web design firm, staff envisioned a modern site that mo tivates and inspires young adults to achieve their goals. 

"The launch of the new site caps off a big year at the Next Gen Zone - we are seeing a very high level of engagement and motivation from our youth customers, which is a direct link to the many businesses and partners pouring their time into the youth in our community. We are thankful for the support in the last year that has enabled us to transform the center," said Trina Clayeux, Next Generation Zone Director.

In addition to housing information on career, education, and employment programs at the Next Generation Zone, the website is also home to the Passport to Career Success. Click here to explore the new site!

Thanking Our Board Members for Their Service

The SAWDC Announces its Officers and Reappointment of Members to the Board of Directors for 2015-2016 

 

The SAWDC would not be able to perform its work for the local labor force without the dedication of its many board members. Our board is comprised of representatives from local businesses, K-12 and higher education, non-profits, and local government. These valuable perspectives help us lead a dynamic, demand-driven workforce system in the Spokane area. 

 

For the SAWDC, the 2015-2016 year began on July 1, at which time new officers of the board began their terms. Rob Goranson will serve as Chair of the Board. Goranson is the Chief Financial Officer at Hotstart, Inc., and serves as a business representative on the board. Jeff Benesch will serve as the Vice Chair of the Board. Benesch is the Vice President of Personnel at Trans-System, representing business. Joe Tortorelli, the President of Economic Development Northwest, is the Immediate Past Chair of the board. Five other board members' terms expired on June 30, 2015, and all five were reappointed for another three-year term. Business representatives include Craig Dias, Vice President/General Manager, Haskins Steel Inc.; Brian Read, Executive Vice President, Retail Banking, Umpqua Bank; and Diana Wilhite, Owner, Wilhite Enterprises. Reappointed higher education representatives are Dr. Christine Johnson, Chancellor of the Community Colleges of Spokane; and Dr. Rebecca Rhodes, Vice President of Instruction at Spokane Community College.

 

A full list of board members is available here

 


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