The academies are aimed at helping department managers and
hourly supervisors gain retail skills and the
knowledge needed to run their specific departments, according
to a news release. Participants receive two weeks of
hands-on training in classrooms and on the sales floor.
The K-8 Waldorf school currently
shares space with Eagle Harbor Congregational
Church in Winslow. About 130 students attend the school each
year, according to its website.
Madrona’s new campus will be
constructed on a 1.3-acre property just north of the intersection
with NE Valley Road (see the inset image above).
Plans for the
complex include classrooms, assembly space,
offices, a playfield, 39-parking spaces, stormwater
infrastructure and on-site septic, according to pre-application
submitted to the city in June. An existing single-family
residence, barn and sheds will be demolished.
The public participation meeting is a
mandatory step in the city’s permitting process.
YouthWorks is a collaborative program
between workforce councils, schools and other educational
agencies to provide job search skills, career assessments and work
experience jobs to high school dropouts and
other youth re-engaging with school after dropping
“This YouthWorks investment opens
wonderful opportunities for our youth to gain valuable work skills
and experiences,” County Commissioner and Olympic Consortium Chair
Charlotte Garrido said in the release. “It will enhance our
local workforce and spur our economy.”
The official WARN notice
reports 520 positions are being cut, though Concentrix spokeswoman Jyllene
Miller told me fewer than 500 people are currently employed at
Miller said the displaced employees will be given priority
for “a few hundred” work-at-home jobs Concentrix is hiring
The center is slated to close March 4, according to the WARN
notice. Concentrix will continue paying employees through March
A team from the local
WorkSource office is responding to the call center to provide
employees with information about unemployment insurance claims,
retraining opportunities and job leads. Kitsap WorkSource
Administrator Margaret Hess said a forum for employees is
The BE$T (Business Education Support Training) program provides
classes for people interested in starting their own
businesses and ongoing support for established
businesses. The “boot camps” cover a a wide range of topics
including business plans, marketing, taxes, licensing and
Tuition assistance is available for low-income applicants.
“A lot of entrepreneurs are trying to start a
businesses on a shoestring,” Program Manager Dayna Ebersole
Last year 92 participants
graduated from the eight-week training course, resulting in 32
business startups, according to the program’s website. Another 67
existing businesses received counseling and training.
KCR Executive Director Larry Eyer said
BE$T complement’s the organization’s other services.
“We think it’s a great fit, because our mission is to
help people become economically successful, and become self
sufficient,” he said.
The BE$T showcase is scheduled for 5:30
to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at 4131 Pine Road NE. Businesses that
have benefitted from BE$T will showcase their goods and services.
Guest speakers include Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent and state Sen.
West Sound Technology Association booted
up the CoderDojo this spring as a nomadic program,
offering courses at different places around the county. The
partnership with WWU will give coders a consistent meeting
West Sound Coder Dojo’s first class at the WWU center in
Poulsbo will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 11.
Tickets are free but registration is required.