North Cascades Law Group in Okanogan County is renowned for its high-quality legal services. The owner, Dale Crandall, was unaware of the resources offered through the WorkSource system until Gabriela, a youth career counselor, reached out to him. She introduced to Dale the benefits to his business by providing work experience, and let him know about a special candidate who would be a good fit with the firm, Rebecka Allen.
Rebecka had dropped out of high school and juggled the complexities of being a young, single mother at 19 years old. She faced challenges in setting and managing her goals, and after learning about WorkSource through word of mouth, she enrolled at the Learning Center in Omak to work on completing her high school diploma and to pursue work experience.
Through the partnerships with WorkSource Okanogan, SkillSource, and DSHS, Rebecka received educational instruction, work-based training and additional support such as BFET (Basic Food Employment and Training) to enable a path forward toward a career. She began a paid work experience with North Cascades Law Group in October 2023 and honed her work readiness skills, and as a result is currently preparing for an internship with the firm with a guaranteed job earning $19 an hour following her internship.
“It’s great to find a business and program that cares about family and flexibility and works that into its business practices,” shared Rebecka. Rebecka intends to continue her path to become a professional legal assistant in a law office, with a long-term goal of one day navigating into the medical field.
Dale Crandall now has an exceptional addition to the firm, thanks to the resourced support and strategic partnerships offered through the WorkSource system. Dale shared, “Businesses that are flexible and adaptable will retain great talent. Sometimes, it’s not enough to look for a person with the degree or certifications, especially in a small town that struggles to retain talent. We have to be willing to think outside the box and be willing to work with quality PEOPLE.”
Rebecka’s determination to achieve success was half the battle, but it takes a village to make an impact. Thank you North Cascades Law Group for offering the work experience, and congratulations to all!