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Self-taught filmmakers driving local industry

Self-taught filmmakers driving local industry

Ask a local about the film scene in Southwest Washington, and you’re likely to b...

Legal marijuana sales underway in Washington state

Legal marijuana sales underway in Washington state

A year and a half after voters legalized recreational marijuana in Washington st...

New apartment complex breaking ground in downtown Vancouver

New apartment complex breaking ground in downtown Vancouver

Portland-based DBG Properties LLC will break ground next week on a new $17.4 mil...

Southwest Washington’s Innovation Advantage

Southwest Washington’s Innovation Advantage

What enables Southwest Washington to attract innovation giants such as Hewlett P...

Clark College introduces new technical program

Clark College introduces new technical program

Clark College has introduced a new technical program while adjusting some existi...

Q&A: Commissioner Barnes talks business

Q&A: Commissioner Barnes talks business

We recently sat down with newly-appointed Clark County Commissioner Ed Barnes to...

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Self-taught filmmakers driving local industry

Self-taught filmmakers driving local industry

Ask a local about the film scene in Southwest Washington, and you’re likely to be met with a blank stare. We have a few movie theaters, and there are some places that make videos, but a real film industry? If we do have one, where is it?

Well, if we’re looking for a real film “industry,” we’re going to have to keep looking for a while. However, there are many more hobbyists making their own movie...

Education & Workforce Development

Workforce Development: A return to personnel investment

Workforce Development: A return to personnel investment

It is a common reaction to economic downturn: companies understandably tighten their budgets; non-essential or slow-to-return investments get nixed pretty quickly. During the Great Recession, this was the case not only in Southwest Washington, but throughout much of the nation, as investing in a company’s most valuable asset – their employees – fell victim to the reigning in of purse strings.

Wit...

News Briefs

DiscoverOrg achieves record revenue growth in first half of 2014

DiscoverOrg, a Vancouver-based provider of IT sales leads intelligence, announced that it has achieved record revenue growth (+62 percent) in the first half of this year, compared to the same period in 2013.

Spotlight

Teamwork & training driving growth at Premiere Property Group

Teamwork & training driving growth at Premiere Property Group

Four years ago, Steve Borwieck, owner of Premiere Property Group LLC, (PPG) decided to launch his own brokerage.

“When you know something you should teach it, because when you teach it you master it,” said Borwieck.

But when he approached his boss with the idea of teaching some classes to brokers, they “brushed him off.” So, he said, “I rocked back in my chair and thought ‘I can do this as well’...

Panel Advises on Employer Needs and Fears

Finding a job in the midst of a jobless recovery is daunting. Add in the fact that you're blind and now you have an idea of the challenges facing the participants in the Boot Camp for Success series. Sponsored by the State of Washington Department of Services for the Blind and held at the Washington State School for the Blind in Vancouver the series finished up June 30 and was one of four planned for around the state this year.

Boot Camp for blind job seekers focuses on job hunting skills

Finding a job in the midst of a jobless recovery is daunting.  Add in the fact that you're blind and now you have an idea of the challenges facing the participants in the Boot Camp for Success series. 

Sponsored by the State of Washington Department of Services for the Blind and held at the Washington State School for the Blind in Vancouver the series finished up June 30 and was one of four planned for around the state this year.

The closing session in the series included a panel of local business people discussing what employers are looking for when they hire new employees.

Panelist included Kim Capeloto, CEO of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce; Tracey Peterkin, owner of TJ & Associates; Linda Frischmeyer, attorney at Landerholm, Memovich,

Lansverk & Whitesides and D'Alene White a Clark County Juvenile Justice Center Probation Officer. 

While the panel offered advice that you would expect to hear at any gathering of job seekers, where the session differed from the norm was in the comments from the business panel members on how and when to disclose their disability.

Utilizing the entire process of application, interview and hiring to build a relationship of trust was the theme echoed by each member of the panel.

They suggested that participants focus initially on the "essential functions" of the job and their ability to perform those functions. At the right time, being transparent about their blindness, the panelist said would help to build that trust.

Cheree Heppe, a participant in the series who recently moved to Vancouver from Connecticut, when asked about this series compared to others said, "It's realistic.  We're hearing from people who are legit.  Most of these types of classes are dumbed down.  This one is not."

As for what the business community should do differently, Capeloto said, "Business owners need to be open minded enough to consider the possibility.  If as employers we would really listen to how an individual with disabilities could fit . . . good things could happen." 

Michael MacKillop, Department of Services for the Blind Team Leader, said the impetus for the Boot Camp centered around a number of agency clients in the state ready to work but lacking in the areas of networking and job seeking skills.  The series was facilitated by Kathy Condon, of Vancouver based KC Solutions.

Over the course of the four sessions Boot Camp participants learned about resume construction, interviewing skills, personal presentation and interaction as well as what employers are seeking in successful candidates. 

Boot Camps were held in Seattle and Tacoma and one is planned for Yakima. The program statewide was funded through appropriations from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

According to MacKillop, the state intends to replicate the series and is looking for potential funding sources at this time.

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A long-term win for all

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Outstanding employees are standing by

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