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 “America’s Workforce: Empowering All.” ODEP, The Office of Disability Employment Policy, has released the 2018 poster, now available to download and order.
Congratulations to the Skills Inc. Aerospace Internship Program class of 2018! This year, thirty high school students from four school districts graduated from the program with valuable work-readiness skills, increased confidence and hands-on experience working in the aerospace industry.
The graduation ceremony, which was co-sponsored by the Boeing Company, was held at Emerald Downs on Friday, June 8th. The event was well attended by parents, school administrators, community partners and mentors. Guest speakers included Senator Joe Fain, Kari Burrows from Boeing, Christopher Willis from Orting School District, and Michael Nelson from Enumclaw School District. All qualifying seniors will be graduating from high school and nineteen will be returning to Skills Inc. for a summer internship.
Skills Inc. would like to express our gratitude to the graduates for their hard work and dedication to the program. We would also like to thank everyone that had a hand in their success including family and friends, instructors, supervisors, mentors, school administrators, community partners and donors.
On May 12th, Skills Inc. partnered with the City of Auburn to host the first annual 5K for Abilities. Over 300 participants joined us on a beautiful and fun filled morning while we increased disability awareness, built community relationships, and celebrated people of all abilities.
We were honored to have many community partners show their support, including Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus who started the race off. A big thanks to all that helped make this event such a success! View race results, finish line photos and/or download event photos.
Gold & Silver Sponsors
Aerospace Futures Alliance
Association of Washington Business
First Choice Health
Fleet Feet Sports
MultiCare Connected Care
Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance
USI Insurance Services
Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) | Arc of King County | AtWork!
Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce | Bridgeways | Cares of Washington | Chinook Enterprises
Community Employment Alliance (CEA) | Enumclaw School District | Federal Way Public Schools
Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center (HSDC) | Lighthouse for the Blind | My Team Triumph
Northwest Center | Orion Industries | Orting School District | Pioneer Human Services
PROVAIL | SKCAC Industries | Skookum Contract Services | Trillium Employment Services
Washington State Business Leadership Network | Washington Relay | WA Department of Services for the Blind
WA Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) | Work Force Development Center
Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County | WorkSource