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2007 Governor's Best Practice Award Winners

Highlighting the value of collaboration, the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board designated six partnerships as winners of the 2007 Governor’s Award for Best Practices in Workforce Development. 

avid Harrison, chairman of the Workforce Board, announced the awards at the Workforce and Economic Development 2007 Leadership Conference held in Tacoma last month.  The winners were selected for innovation in problem solving, collaboration with other partners and for their results in improving the lives and businesses of participants

The 2007 winners:

Construction trades day at Spokane Public Schools

The annual “Pizza, Pop and Power Tools” event is designed to showcase the careers of the construction trades to female middle school students.  The event has grown from its launch in 2005 with 27 students spending a day at the Apprenticeship Training Center to over 400 students with participation from 12 different apprenticeships. 

For more information, contact Lisa White, Spokane Public Schools career and technical education director, (509) 354-7335.

(left to right) Mark Mattke, Spokane Area Workforce Development Council; Linda Poage, Community Colleges of Spokane; Lisa White, Spokane Public Schools Career and Technical Eduation; Kevin Managhan, Inland Northwest Apprenticeship and Coordinators Council.

Workforce Investment Partnership of Clark County

The Workforce Investment Partnership of Clark County, a collaborative of state, community and private organizations, resulted in a 445 percent increase in the number of job orders generated by the Vancouver WorkSource and filled by persons of disability over a two-year period.

The project focuses on customer needs and coordinates the efforts among the Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council, Washington Employment Security Department, Columbia River Mental Health, the Department of Social and Health Services' Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and other community organizations.

For more information on the project, contact Lynnae Ruttledge, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation director, (360) 725-3610. 

Back row, left to right: Karen Ramage, Jerry Petrick, Barbara Reed, Keith McPhun, Robert Gaffney, Paul Vertrees, Tennille Johnson. Middle row: Teresa Anda, Monisha Wasson, Matt Sneed, Beverly Kimble, Lisa Nisenfeld, Cindy Williams, Sally Garcia. Front row: Beth Hammer, Lynnae Ruttledge, Meredith Hardin, Darcy Hoffman, Medolie Pazolt, Joyce Smith

Automotive Training and Career Opportunities at Shoreline Community College

In a partnership with the Puget Sound Automobile Dealers Association, Shoreline Community College combined entry-level technical training with English language and basic skills programs to open automotive service careers to non-traditional populations, including immigrants, out-of-school and at-risk youth, dislocated workers, “first generation” students, veterans and disadvantaged adults.

For more information about this program, contact Lee Lambert, Shoreline Community College president, (206) 546-4551.

Back row, left to right: Don Schultz, Joanne Warner, Pete Calkins, Jim Hammond, Matt Houghton, Jesus Jasso, Berta Lloyd, Aaron Helenihi, Judy Yu. Front row, left to right: Dick Stucky, Shoube Liaw, Gidget Terpstra, Lee Lambert, Susan Hoyne.

Brownfields Job Training at Clover Park Technical College

In partnership with the City of Tacoma, the Metropolitan Development Council and the Tacoma-Pierce County Employment and Training Consortium, Clover Park Technical College provides short-term training in basic environmental science and hazardous waste handling. Low-income students recruited from Pierce County neighborhoods with contaminated sites are trained to safely address the handling and removal of hazardous substances from soil and water.

For more information about this program, contact Andrea Olson, Clover Park Technical College vice-president for economic development, (253) 589-5510.

Back Row, left to right: Mabel Edmonds, Director of Workforce Development - Clover Park Technical College; Dr. John Walstrum, President - Clover Park Technical College; Cristi Rupp, WorkSource Pierce - The Business Connection; Peter Guzman, LEAP Coordinator - City of Tacoma HUB and LEAP Office; Linda Nguyen - Executive Director - Tacoma-Pierce County Employment & Training Consortium/Workforce Development Council; Andrea Olson, Vice President of Economic Development - Clover Park Technical College. Front Row, left to right: Marcy Longosky, Program Manager - WorkSource Pierce; Cynthia Neubauer-Lee, Supervisor - High Demand Industry Program - Metropolitan Development Council, Christine Campbell; WorkFirst Training & Employment Coordinator - Clover Park Technical College.

Center of Excellence for Energy Technology & IBEW Local 77

With a focus on the development and expansion of education and training programs for the energy industry at Centralia and other colleges in Washington, the center has brought together International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local  77 with regional power employers such as Tacoma Power, Puget Sound Energy, and Bonneville Power Administration to identify skill standards for jobs in electric power generation. 

For more information on the center, contact: Barbara Hins-Turner, executive director, (360) 736-9391.

Back row, left to right: Dr. Jim Walton, President Centralia College, Jay Pickett, Power Trader Energy Services, Chris Martin, Power Plant Mechanic IBEW Local 77, Steve Miler, Workforce Dean Centralia College, Judy Guenther, Trustee Centralia College, Lori Provience, WIA Liaison Washington State Labor Council, Arlene Abbott, Mid Columbia Liaison Polar Star Counsulting. Front row, left to right: Don Guillot, Business Mgr, IBEW Local 77, Barbara Hins-Turner, Executive Director Center of Excellence for Energy Technology Centralia College, Bob Guenther, Lobbyist IBEW Local 77.

Dropout prevention intervention at Sedro Woolley School District

The Northwest Workforce Development Council and the Sedro Woolley School District combined resources and expertise to provide dropout prevention intervention services for at-risk youth who had failed one or more of their seventh grade WASL tests.  Targeted services such as parental contacts, individual academic and social counseling, and additional instruction, have increased the school retention rate, the WASL pass rate and the projected on time graduated rate of 242 current Sedro Woolley High School juniors.

For more information, contact Gay Dubigk, Northwest Workforce Development Council executive director, (360) 676 3206.

Back row, left to right: Dave Carroll, Dick Nord, Gary Warman, Barb Urbach, Rich Weyrich. Front row, left to right: Eleanor Nakis, Mike Schweigert, Robyn Miller, Mark Venn, Mike Janicki.

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