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Grant Received for Upskill Initiative

June 01, 2017

Grant Received for Upskill Initiative Meeting the Regional Need for Registered Nurses SPOKANE, WA: Over the next seven years, approximately 1,245 job openings for Registered Nurses are anticipated for Spokane County and creative approaches are necessary to help meet this demand. The Spokane Area Workforce Development Council (SAWDC) is excited to announce receipt of a $142,614 grant that will fuel efforts to skill up existing healthcare workers and help fill this critical talent ...Read full post.

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Women's Leadership Academy

March 15, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Allison Armfield, CWCE Program Assistant Community Colleges of Spokane Center for Workforce & Continuing Education (CWCE) (509) 533-8482 Allison.armfield@ccs.spokane.edu Women’s Leadership Academy is Back Spokane, WA, March 15, 2017 – Young women in Spokane will gain business and leadership tools necessary to achieve their goals at the second annual Women’s Leadership Academy in April. The Spokane Area Workforce Dev ...Read full post.

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Next Generation Zone named Learning Lab for STEM careers project

September 27, 2016

Governor Jay Inslee, Washington STEM, and the Workforce Board identified twenty one career related programs across the state to explore best practices in Career Connected Learning. The selected programs (the Learning Labs) will receive a $15,000 grant to participate in an assessment of high-quality Career Connected Learning and identification of best practices. The Learning Labs program will ultimately create more work experience opportunities for young people throughout Washington. Funding f ...Read full post.

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Washington Businesses to Benefit From New Work Ready Certification

June 02, 2015

SPOKANE, WA June 1, 2015 – Washington employees can now be certified as “work ready,” positioning the state to better compete for jobs, business growth and economic development. The announcement came late last week at the 10th annual Energy and Construction Best Practices summit at Bates Technical College in Tacoma, putting Washington on the national map of more than 20 states promoting similar efforts. The certification program uses the National Career Readiness ce ...Read full post.

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Next Generation Zone Receives 2015 Chase Youth Commission’s Award

May 04, 2015

  Spokane, WA April 21, 2015: The Next Generation Zone has been selected to receive the 2015 Chase Youth Commission’s Champion of Youth Award in the non-profit category.  The Next Generation Zone is the only career center in eastern Washington tailored to young adults ages 16-24.  The career center was created by the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council in 2007 in response to the increased need to prepare the next generation of our workforce.  The one-o ...Read full post.

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The SAWDC Awarded Grant from Governor's YouthWorks Initiative

December 02, 2014

Spokane, WA December 2, 2014: The Spokane Area Workforce Development Council (SAWDC) has received a state-awarded grant entitled “YouthWorks” in the amount of $147,000 to be implemented this winter through multiple partnerships. The grant provides Opportunity Youth (youth who are out-of-school and out-of-work) with access to a dedicated College and Career Navigator, increased access to training and education opportunities, internships, industry mentors, and wrap-around services su ...Read full post.

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SAWDC Receives Private Grant from JPMorgan Chase Foundation

November 03, 2014

Spokane, WA: The Spokane Area Workforce Development Council (SAWDC), who recently became a 501(c)(3) organization, received its first private grant entitled, “High Demand Workforce Pipeline,” in the amount of $100,000 from JPMorgan Chase Foundation to support the expansion of training and education opportunities in the SAWDC’s Next Generation Zone and to develop a Healthcare Workforce Roadmap. JPMorgan Chase Foundation, through their New Skills at Wor ...Read full post.

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WDC receives $282,000 to help long-term unemployed

May 13, 2014

More than 1,300 long-term unemployed workers in Washington will be placed in jobs over the next year through grants awarded today by Gov. Jay Inslee and the Employment Security Department. ...Read full post.

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Kyle West Joins WDC Staff

November 25, 2013

Spokane, Wash. – The Spokane Area Workforce Development Council recently hired Kyle West to fill the role of workforce program manager for the organization.  West brings a varied background in program development, grant writing and community relations. Most recently West was the development manager at Mobius Spokane, and he previously operated his own business as a development consultant. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Saint Norbert College in De Pere, Wisc. and a mast ...Read full post.

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Careers in Energy Week Breaks Records for Third Year

October 30, 2013

26 events reached more than 1,600 people throughout the state during October’s Careers in Energy Week. Read the full press release here. ...Read full post.

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SAWDC Sponsors Pathways to Apprenticeship

September 20, 2013

Presented by the Construction Center of Excellence, Pathways to Apprenticeship will be Wednesday, September 25 at the Spokane Ironworkers Training Center located at 16610 E. Euclid in Spokane Valley. From 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. high school counselors and teachers will learn about apprenticeship opportunities for their students. Attendees will receive tools and resources to help guide students into apprenticeship, connections to apprenticeship programs representing many industries, a chance t ...Read full post.

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Demand for Behavioral Interviewing Workshop on the Rise

April 18, 2013

  Spokane, Wash. – Demand for a workshop focused on behavioral interviewing at WorkSource Spokane is on the rise as employers are gearing up to increase hiring. The three-hour workshop, which is provided at no cost to local employers, is held monthly at WorkSource and can also be delivered on-site at employer facilities. Behavioral interviewing is a method for conducting interviews based on the premise that past behavior predicts future behavior, and the best way to assess ...Read full post.

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SAWDC Releases RFP for Operators' Consortium

March 07, 2013

The Request for Proposal released today by the SAWDC is for funding to create an Operators' Consortium responsible for managing WorkSource Spokane, the Next Generation Zone, and all required services and programs under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. ...Read full post.

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Jeanette Facer, CPA Joins SAWDC Staff

February 07, 2013

Spokane, Wash. – The Spokane Area Workforce Development Council (SAWDC) recently hired Jeanette A. Facer, CPA to fill the role of finance manager for the organization. Facer comes to the SAWDC with a varied background in accounting and finance and 20 years of experience.  Most recently she was responsible for managing the finances of local nonprofits YFA Connections and the United Universalist Church of Spokane, in addition to working for the accounting firm Brown & Delaney ...Read full post.

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Spokane Area Workforce Development Council Moves to a Nonprofit

October 24, 2012

SAWDC separates from City of Spokane, joins forces with Community Colleges of Spokane to serve business and job seekers Spokane, Wash. – The Spokane Area Workforce Development Council (SAWDC) will become a stand-alone nonprofit organization, separating from its 38-year relationship with the City of Spokane, and it will establish a new partnership with Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS) to streamline management and increase efficiency.  The SAWDC board, City of Spokane admi ...Read full post.

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Spokane Receives Governor's Best Practice Award

November 16, 2011

Program that builds stronger ties to employers and job seekers Spokane, Wash. - Governor Gregoire announced Tuesday her selection of the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council’s Work Ready Spokane initiative as a Best Practice in Workforce and Economic Development. The award recognizes programs and projects that  create additional jobs and economic activity while at the same time helping Washington workers get the training they need to land a job and earn a living wage. &ld ...Read full post.

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