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Mentors, Work Experience Key to Opportunity Partnership Program


Jessica Baker, welding at her full-time position at EDCO, Inc. in Mount Vernon.

“I am very happy that I completed my internship and was hired by EDCO. At the beginning, I didn’t know how I could get my foot at the door of a manufacturing company, but this program made it happen. I feel I’m part of a family at EDCO. They know how to find the right people and make them feel valuable”

Jessica Baker: Making Career Sparks Fly

As a mother of a four-year-old, Jessica needed to get a job that could help create a better future for her family. When she enrolled in the Opportunity Partnership Program, she was working part time and receiving food stamps. She took an interest in welding, and began a 50-hour welding technology internship with EDCO, Inc. in Mount Vernon.

Upon completing the internship, EDCO, Inc. offered her a full-time position in their welding department. She was also able to finish an associate's degree in Welding Technology.

Photo: Gerardo Medina working on a car

Gerardo Medina, using his skills at his new full-time position at Downtown Toyota Scion in Spokane.

"This was a good program...it has increased my knowledge."

Gerardo Medina: The Value of Job Shadowing

Gerardo is a 6th quarter student in the Toyota T-10 program at Spokane Community College. Gerardo was working a part-time job Thursday-Saturday, while going to school Monday-Thursday. As a result of his hard work and participation in the Opportunity Partnership Program, Gerardo was recently offered a full-time position at Downtown Toyota Scion where he was doing his mentorship job shadow.

He is now employed full-time and is completing his final quarter of school.




Photo: Alejandra Sanchez and her mentor, Savannah Miller
Alejandra Sanchez (left), discusses career options and work life with her mentor, Savannah Miller, in Longview.

“After my meetings with Savannah there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to become a Medical Assistant. Savannah shared so much information with me, it was perfect, and I even learned things that I will be able to apply when I start working. I could not ask for anything more; it was perfect!”

Alejandra's story: Building a Career Through Mentorship

Alejandra Sanchez signed up for the Opportunity Partnership Program during a tumultuous time in her life- her recent divorce had left her to provide for her family financially. Being an immigrant from Mexico, she had been learning English on her own, and she had no other family or friends in the area. After she was accepted into the medical assistant program at Lower Columbia College in Longview, she went to weekly meetings to help students build job-readiness and soft skills, such as resumes, cover letters, and interviewing/networking skills.

She was also matched with a mentor from the local healthcare industry, who was able to guide her through the process of pursuing her dream of becoming a medical assistant. Her mentor, Savannah Miller from PeaceHealth Women’s Clinic in Longview, helped her realize that her career was something she was truly passionate about.

Staff contact: Mike Brennan, (360)-709-4616.

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