Congrats AIP Class of 2018

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.

Group photo of graduates

5K for Abilities a Big Success!

Runners starting off 5KOn 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 resultsfinish line photos and/or download event photos.

Gold & Silver Sponsors

Boeing Logo

Logo: Center for Advanced Manufacturing Logo: RBC Royal Bank


Aerospace Futures Alliance
Association of Washington Business
First Choice Health
Fleet Feet Sports
Full Circle
Impact Washington
MultiCare Connected Care
Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance
USI Insurance Services

Affiliated Partners

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

Celebrating NDEAM in October

It's About Abilities. Inclusion Drives Innovation. October is National Disability Awareness Month. At Skills Inc., Inclusion Works Every Day.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 “Inclusion Drives Innovation.”

For over 50 years, Skills Inc. has been a leader in inclusion and disability employment 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 so everyone 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!“.

Participate. Celebrate. Educate. Share. #NDEAM

Dates to Note:

Enroll now to 12/12/17. Free Online edX Course: Introduction to Inclusive Talent Acquisition for hiring managers and recruiters. Self-paced course by Perkins School for the Blind and Harvard Extension School. 

Oct. 3rd-5th in Chelan, WA
Disability Employment Awareness Month Conference hosted by Community Employment Alliance

Oct. 4th, 10am-10:30am PDT
The Process of Customized Employment radio show hosted by ADA Live!

Oct. 5th, 5pm-9pm PDT in Seattle, WA
Inclucity 2017 hosted by Provail

Oct. 6th, 12pm-1pm PDT in Seattle, WA
Golden Hearts Luncheon to benefit Northwest Center

Oct. 6th, 6pm-9pm PDT in Federal Way, WA
Oktoberfest for Inclusion! to benefit Kiwanis Foundation of Federal Way

Oct. 11th, 10am-11:30am PDT
Reconsidering the Status Quo webinar hosted by AtWork

Oct. 11th, 4pm-6pm PDT in Bellevue, WA
National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2017 hosted by AtWork

Oct. 12th, 10am-11am PDT
Strategies for Retaining Talent after Injury or Illness webinar hosted by EARN

Oct. 12th, 1:30pm-4pm PDT in Seattle, WA
Communicating with Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind People hosted by King County Civil Rights

Oct. 17th, 8am-1pm PDT in Seattle, WA
Diversity & Inclusion Talent Acquisition Workshop hosted by Washington State SHRM

Oct. 18th
National Disability Mentoring Day. Seattle area employers interested in participating, see UW Do-It Program.

Oct. 19th, 6pm-9pm PDT in Edmonds, WA
A Toast to Abilities hosted by Washington Vocational Services

Oct. 19th, 11am-12pm PDT
PEAT Talks: Strategies to Drive Awareness and Engagement at a Large Enterprise hosted by PEAT

Oct. 20th, Nationwide
American Red Cross Disability Mentoring Day

Oct. 23rd-25th in San Francisco, CA
Diversity & Inclusion Conference & Exposition hosted by SHRM

Oct. 24th, 12pm-1:30pm PDT in Seattle, WA
Invisible Voices – Video & Discussion hosted by King County Civil Rights

Oct. 24th, 6pm-8pm PDT in Vancouver, WA
Clark County Informing Families & Educators: Start Now! Preparing for Transition hosted by GoWise

Oct. 24th-25th in Seattle, WA
WELN Job Development and Marketing hosted by GoWise

Oct. 24th-25th in Union, WA
Recruit, Train, and Retain Workshop hosted by GoWise

Oct. 27th, 9am-4:00pm PDT in Seattle
Positive Psychology: Helping our Veterans Shift from Surviving to Thriving hosted by Veterans Training Support Center

Oct. 27th-29th in San Mateo, CA
Abilities Expo hosted by

Oct. 30th-31st in Spokane, WA
WELN Intro to the History of Supported Employment, Discovery & Person Centered Planning hosted by GoWise

Oct. 30th– Nov 1st in Baltimore, MD
ASSETS Conference on Computers and Accessibility hosted by SIGACCESS

Oct. 31st, 7:30am-11:30am PDT in Redmond, WA
2017 Governor’s Employer Awards Event hosted by Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues & Employment

Nov. 14th-15th in Seattle, WA
WELN Social Security Benefits, Work Incentives & Unpaid Work Experiences hosted by GoWise

July 9th-12th in Las Vegas, NV
2018 USBLN 21st Annual National Conference & Expo hosted by USBLN