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Our Mission: Lead a dynamic, demand-driven workforce system.
July 2013
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SAWDC awards $95,000 for health IT grant 


By 2015, more Americans will access the web via mobile devices than desktop computers. Health information technology (IT) jobs are expected to increase 20 percent by 2020. To meet demand for this growing need, the workforce needs to be prepared today.


The SAWDC, through Spokane Community College, has been funded by a Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Community College and Career Training grant to expand and improve the ability of community colleges to deliver education and career training programs in health IT.


The SAWDC recently released a competitive RFP for a Healthcare Information Technology Education and Career Navigator who will assist individuals with navigating a career path into training and employment in the health IT sector.


Career Path Services was the successful bidder and was awarded a contract for $95,000. The navigator position will work assist job seekers and college students from now until the end of the grant in September 2015.

WorkSource Spokane helps job seeker gain skills, keep hope

Tony Klutz When Tony Klutz was laid off in July 2011, he thought the odds were against him. He'd been with one company for more than 30 years. "And I have to admit, I was concerned about my age," he said.


He also didn't know where to begin. He holds a bachelor's degree and two masters' degrees. "I have academic skills, but I didn't have job search skills because I never needed them," he said.


He attended the orientation to WorkSource services and soon began participating in workshops. He learned about behavioral interviewing and social networking like LinkedIn, among other valuable tools. He took the WorkKeys tests and earned his National Career Readiness Certificate at the gold level.


He started attending the Career Infusion Job Club, which meets weekly with other job seekers and WorkSource staff to network, brainstorm, develop job leads and share struggles and advice. All of the activities and meetings with staff kept him focused. He had a schedule and places to be so he didn't fall into bad habits, he said.


As time went by, he was worried about being unemployed for too long. "I knew the statistics, and they were getting grim," said Tony. But no one at WorkSource made him feel hopeless. "They made you think this is not impossible."


He had several interviews and went on site visits, and then the right fit came along in April. Tony is now a manager of health and safety at a large company.


"I feel the support I got from WorkSource was well worthwhile," he said. "I just want to say thank you."

Youth present work experiences at Next Generation Zone


Several youth from the Next Generation Zone displayed their work at a trade show for the community last month. 


They presented on internship experiences and leadership activities they have participated in at the Next Generation Zone. More than 35 people attended from partner agencies and other community nonprofits. Manager Heidi Peterson plans to make the event annual to highlight the students' achievements.
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Katie Willoughby presents on her internship as a veterinary assistant.
SAWDC transition to nonprofit complete
The SAWDC has completed steps to become a nonprofit organization, separate from the City of Spokane, as of July 1.

"The collaborative effort between the City, Spokane County, the Employment Security Department, Community Colleges of Spokane, and the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council board and staff has helped to create a strong foundation for this new organization," said SAWDC CEO Mark Mattke. "We look forward to working with our partners to continue developing a skilled workforce and strengthen our regional economy."

In This Issue
WorkSource helps job seeker gain skills, keep hope
Youth present work experiences
SAWDC transition to nonprofit complete

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August 14

7:30 - 9:30 a.m.

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