Celebrating NDEAM #InclusionWorks

#InclusionWorks, Trending Today, Here To Stay.Skills Inc. is proud to support National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Held each October since 1945, NDEAM aims to educate employers about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of American workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “#InclusionWorks.”

For over 50 years, Skills Inc. has been a leader in disability employment and inclusion by focusing on the strengths and abilities of our workforce. We take great pride in serving our community while supplying quality goods and services to the aerospace and technology sectors.

Skills Inc. encourages all employers to embrace diversity while promoting a culture of inclusion where all people can thrive. Take part in NDEAM by participating in one or more of the below events. The Office of Disability Employment Policy, (ODEP) website also provides various ways to celebrate the month, including “31 Days of NDEAM – What you CAN do!“.

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Dates to Note:

Oct. 4th-6th 6pm-4pm PDT
Disability Employment Awareness Month Conference hosted by Community Employment Alliance

Oct. 4th, 10am-12pm PDT
Job Club Workshop hosted by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Oct. 5th, 10am-10:30am PDT
Employment Law Developments and Advocacy Strategies radio show hosted by ADA Live!

Oct. 6th, 10am-11:30am PDT
Customizing Employment: Success through Partnerships Webinar hosted by LEAD Center

Oct. 7th, 7:30am-11am PDT
2016 Governor’s Employer Awards Event hosted by Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues & Employment

Oct. 11th, 12pm-1pm PDT
Golden Hearts Luncheon to benefit Northwest Center

Oct. 11th, 4pm-6pm PDT
The Disability Civil Rights Movement Event hosted by AtWork

Oct. 12th
Virtual Job Fair hosted by AbilityLinks

Oct. 12th, 10am-12pm PDT
Strategies for Rural Job Development Webinar hosted by GoWise

Oct. 12th, 5pm-8pm PDT
Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace – Talk & Hack MeetUp hosted by Linked: Seattle

Oct. 13th, 10am-12pm PDT
Disability Diversity in the Higher Education Workforce hosted by EARN

Oct. 19th
Disability Mentoring Day

Oct. 19th, 11:00am PDT
NDI Chat: “Best Person for the Job” hosted by National Disability Institute

Oct. 20th, 10:45am-11:30am PDT
PEAT Talks Virtual Speaker Series: Celebrating NDEAM with Maria Town, Associate Director for the White House Office of Public Engagement hosted by PEAT

Oct. 20th, 5pm-9pm PDT
Inclucity 2016 hosted by Provail

Oct. 24th-26th in Reno, NV
ASSETS Conference on Computers and Accessibility hosted by SIGACCESS

Oct. 25th-27th in Austin, TX
Diversity & Inclusion Conference & Exposition hosted by SHRM

Oct. 26th, 9am-10am PDT
Disability Inclusion Across the Employment Process Webinar hosted by Cornell University

Oct. 26th, 12pm-1:30pm PDT
Ticket to Work and Mentorship Webinar hosted by WISE

Oct. 27th, 11am-12:30pm PDT
Rural Job Development Webinar hosted by APSE

Nov. 3rd, 9am-3:00pm PDT
Service for Service: Washington Goes to the Dogs hosted by Veterans Training Support Center

Nov. 9th, 5:15pm-7:30pm PDT
Leave & Accommodation in the Workplace – Panel Discussion and Social sponsored by SRHM/ LWHRA

Nov. 17th, 10am-11am
Tapping the Talents of Veterans with Disabilities: Steps to Success hosted by EARN

Feb. 1st, 2017 in Olympia, WA
Employment for All Advocacy Day hosted by The Arc Washington State

AIP Golf Fundraiser a Big Success

golf tournament winnersOn September 9th, Skills Inc. held its 11th Annual Golf Tournament at Druids Glen. The event raised funds for our Aerospace Internship Program, which gives high school students with disabilities the opportunity to learn valuable life skills, receive one-on-one training, personalized instruction, and gain practical work experience in aerospace manufacturing and finish, all while earning credit toward their high school diplomas.

This year’s tournament was a big success! 146 golfers enjoyed a beautiful day on the links, another 50+ joined us for the awards banquet and a record amount of money was raised for our youth program. Thanks to everyone that participated and supported this event. We are extremely grateful for your generosity.

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Kibble & Prentice
Pacific Metallurgical, Inc.

Rudd Company, Inc.
Umpqua Bank


BlackHawk Industrial
First Choice Health
HRP Properties
Selway Machine Tool Company


Adept Fasteners    |    AJAC    |    Andrea Insley
Artistic Solutions    |    Cascade Hydraulics & Machine
Copiers Northwest    |    In Memory of Curt Denning    |    Rohner
Stack Metallurgical Services, Inc.    |    Tim Reiterman


Andrea Corey    |    Aramark    |    Bill George    |    Bill Heeter    |    Cascade Columbia    |    Charlie Frampton
Druids Glen Golf Club    |    Fife Auto Spa    |    Gail Gilbertson    |    Group Health    |    Jerry Tysdal
John Dacy    |    MetalTech, Inc.    |    Package IT    |    Pat O’Hara    |    Priscilla Armstrong
Todd Dunnington    |    Wells Fargo Advisors    |    Wells Fargo Banking    |    Valley Buick GMC of Auburn

Skills Inc. Featured in Manufacturing Engineering Magazine

Toolholder System Empowers Workers, Boosts Productivity

First published in the August 2016 edition of Manufacturing Engineering magazine


Dan Olson and South facility

Dan Olson, Plant Manager of Manufacturing, Skills Inc.

How do you boost productivity in a highly competitive industry segment while improving the quality of life for your workforce? That’s the story of Skills Inc. (Auburn, WA), a company that is so unique it has two bottom lines—one financial and one social.

Skills Inc. is exceptional within the manufacturing world in that it is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit company that is 100% self-funded through its four lines of business—aerospace manufacturing, aerospace finishing, technical services and business solutions. Despite the intense competition in its industry segment, the company successfully operates in an open market and receives no government subsidies.

Although nearly 60% of its 700 employees have a self-identified disability, Skills Inc. employs and serves a very diverse population of adults and youths across the organization. It provides essential industry, technical and workplace readiness training that is greatly needed but sorely lacking in today’s marketplace. The company has been in business since 1966 and operates three plants in Auburn and Seattle.

When Dan Olson joined Skills Inc. as plant manager of manufacturing in 2012, the company was using a hodge-podge of extended length tools held by milling chucks, collet chucks, and side-lock toolholders. The skilled operators were turning out a quality product, but it was slow, took a lot of effort and produced a lot of chatter and scrapped pieces. Dan knew the only way to get rid of the chatter and pick up some speed was to make a change in toolholders.

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2016 NDEAM Theme & Poster

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), observed every October, celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates employers about disability employment issues. This year’s theme is “#InclusionWorks.” ODEP, The Office of Disability Employment Policy, has released the 2016 poster, now available to download and order.

The 2016 NDEAM theme – #InclusionWorks–appears in large white letters on a blue background in the center of the poster. Above the theme in yellow are the words National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Surrounding the theme are three images of people with disabilities working in inclusive workplaces plus three colored boxes with the following messages: Inclusion Works for Business, Inclusion Works for Opportunity and Inclusion Works for Innovation. There is a red box in the lower left corner that includes DOL’s logo with the following words in white underneath: OFFICE OF DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT POLICY, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR and the URL to ODEP’s website dol.gov/odep.