Workforce Collaboration Summit energizes staff and promotes effective customer service

May 2023

On May 10, over a hundred representatives from more than thirty organizations gathered for the third annual Chelan/Douglas Workforce Collaboration Summit hosted at Wenatchee Valley College. It was the first gathering of its kind since the COVID-19 pandemic, and all involved came together with excitement. The Summit is an annual convening of local workforce development partners, community organ...

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SkillSource provides labor market information at quarterly board committee meetings

March 2023

In March 2023, SkillSource performance manager Aaron Parrott delivered labor market informational updates to the three local committees of the SkillSource Regional Workforce Board. Continuing a practice started during the COVID-19 pandemic, board members were given an overview on demographics, industry sectors, and employment trends in their labor market area. These complete presentations are ava...

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SkillSource students pose by the Special Olympics torch shortly before seating the athletes at the Opening Ceremony

Students Complete Project-Based Learning at Special Olympics

March 2023

Hosted March 3-5 in Wenatchee, WA, the state Special Olympics Winter Games provided a unique backdrop for a learning project for five high school students from the SkillSource Learning Center. This “Project-based Learning Group” promoted the inclusion of people of all abilities through activities that supported the games. Leading up to the event weekend, students studied mental and physica...

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Molly Robertson, CVC Apprentice, stands in a clinic holding a small dog.

First Apprentice Begins Innovative Veterinary Apprenticeship Program

January 2023

On January 9, Molly Robertson — the very first apprentice in the Cascade Veterinary Clinics Registered Apprenticeship Program — began her veterinary training in an apprenticeship program unlike any other in Washington state or the nation. This new beginning for Molly came as a result of the huge victory won in Olympia on October 25, 2022, when the Washington State Apprenticeship Training Coun...

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SkillSource building in Moses Lake.

SkillSource Regional Workforce Board announces selection of a One-Stop Operator

November 2022

With excitement, SkillSource announces the selection of a One-Stop Operator for the WorkSource centers in Okanogan county and the Central Basin. This is great news for job seekers and employers in these parts of North Central Washington, and will bring positive benefits for the region’s labor force and businesses. The contract with the chosen operator — North Central Workforce Consortium ...

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SkillSource exterior building sign in Wenatchee.

SkillSource releases performance information for 2021-2022

January 2023

The SkillSource Regional Workforce Board is pleased to share its annual performance report for the program year starting July 1, 2021 and ending June 30, 2022. Each year, SkillSource negotiates performance targets for its federally funded workforce programs with the Washington State Education and Training Board. These targets in turn support statewide performance targets from the U.S. Department ...

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The SkillSource Regional Workforce Board seated at a large U-shaped table in a brightly-decorated conference room at Cave B Wineries.

Regional Workforce Board retreat bodes well for the labor force in North Central WA

October 2022

After three long years without meeting face-to-face due to COVID-19, the SkillSource Regional Workforce Board met together with great anticipation in October 2022. The two-day Board Retreat was both energizing and successful as long-time Board members and new Board members alike explored labor and workforce issues facing North Central Washington and examined opportunities and challenges with hope...

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Hispanic mother and her two young sons.

Economic Security for All Grant

June 2022

SkillSource has formed a consortium of partners, including the Department of Social and Health Services, OIC of Washington and Big Bend Community College, to provide cohort training to the communities of Mattawa, Othello and Royal City. Residents of these communities often travel up to 60 miles to access services or training opportunities. The Economic Security for All (EcSA) project delivers hig...

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Vet tech checking out injured dog.

Career Connect Intermediary Grant for Veterinary Care

Aaron Parrott | February 2022

SkillSource and Cascade Veterinary Clinics, based in Wenatchee, have partnered to develop registered apprenticeships in veterinary care as a Career Connect Washington intermediary project. The $147,000 grant will result in apprenticeship programs for licensed veterinary technicians (LVTs) and veterinary assistants. Previously, LVT certification was only possible after completion of a two-year cer...

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Image of Lisa Romine, executive director of SkillSource.

SkillSource announces new executive director

January 2022

In January, SkillSource announced the promotion of Lisa Romine as executive director. Her assumption of the executive role at SkillSource follows the retirement of former director Dave Petersen, who held that position for nearly forty years and retired on December 31st. Under his leadership, the organization assisted approximately forty thousand residents of North Central Washington in obtaini...

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