• Retirement of John Clayton and Thank You from Cheryl Fambles

    “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”    Dr. Maya Angelou My name is Cheryl Fambles. I am the Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Mountain Workforce Council.  On behalf of the Council, the staff who have work on the My Journey Out Beyond (MyJOB) project, and the hundreds of young men and women you have served–thank you. Using critical funding for DVR transition students, the enthusiasm of your committed JR staff and the wisdom of the principals on those campuses we built a project that helps ensure those coming out of Juvenile Rehabilitation will have a better chance at being contributing members in today’s economy.  Jobs and careers are redemptive and they deserve those opportunities. Over these many years, I am sure you have thousands of memories of your work, but I hope you will let me leave you with an image that should remind you of what your work inspired.  On December 2, we came to Green Hill to celebrate the first cohorts of graduates from the MyJOB Uplift! training. Members of my Board were there, the student speakers were amazing and the breakfast was delightful.  The room was full of staff and students and even some parents.  When we concluded, it was time for pictures.  The 10 or so young men from Naselle Youth Camp gathered and lined up, in a somewhat orderly fashion; orderly as it gets for teenagers!  They each stood tall with their khaki pants, white tennis shoes and blue polo shirts.  They were proud, tidy and impressive—just what any employer would want. Here’s the back story and what makes that image SO memorable:  Pat Escamilla told me the night before, after each had been provided new shoes and pants, some of the shirts were wrinkled and one of the young men explained that was just NOT going to be acceptable.  Pat said it set everyone scurrying to find an iron. That night, pride in oneself drove a few of those young men to learn how to press a shirt.  That’s beyond surviving–that’s thriving with style—that’s believing in excellence.  Thanks for modeling those things for them and for us.  Please accept this gift as a token of all our best wishes in your retirement. -Cheryl
  • Cheryl B. Fambles Appointed to the Seattle Branch Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

      Olympia, WA, January 3, 2017 —The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco has appointed Cheryl B. Fambles, CEO, Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council, to the Seattle Branch board of directors for a three-year term, effective January 1, 2017.  She is replacing Greg Leeds, former President and CEO of Wizards of the Coast, Renton, WA, who is retiring from the Seattle Branch board of directors. Ms. Fambles is CEO of Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council (PacMtn), a 501(c)(3) and has served in that capacity since joining the organization in 2012.  PacMtn serves a five-county area in Western Washington that encompasses over 7,000 square miles of mostly rural areas.  It administers millions of dollars in grant funding with the goal of enhancing economic success by convening groups of businesses, collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders, funding innovative solutions for workforce challenges, and leading efforts to ensure education and training support is available for those seeking employment.  Prior to PacMtn, Ms. Fambles was most recently Executive Director, Washington Workforce Association.  Ms. Fambles holds degrees from The Evergreen State College and The City University of New York and is a graduate of the Senior Executives in Government program at Harvard University. “This appointment of Cheryl is a tremendous opportunity for her and PacMtn.  I think we will all benefit because she can speak to workforce issues and the importance of paying attention to rural areas”, says Duane Evans, Vice President US Forestry Operations Port Blakely Tree Farms and Chair of the Board of PacMtn Board of Directors. “These are important issues in any discussion of today’s economy.” The Bank of San Francisco also appointed Drew Wolff, Vice President and Treasurer of Starbucks Coffee Company, for a three-year term, effective January 1, 2017. He replaces Nicole W. Piasecki, Vice President and General Manager, Propulsion Systems Division, The Boeing Company, Seattle, WA, whose term has expired.   Other Seattle Branch Board of Directors include: Craig Dawson, President, Retail Lockbox, Seattle, WA West Mathison, President and CEO, Stemilt Growers LLC, Wenatchee, WA Sophie Minich, President and CEO, Cook Inlet Region Inc. (CIRI), Anchorage, AK Scott L. Morris, Chairman, President and CEO, Avista Corp., Spokane, WA Carol Nelson, Pacific Region President and Seattle Market Executive, KeyBank, Seattle, WA   The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, with branch offices in Los Angeles, Seattle, Salt Lake City, and Portland, and a cash processing office in Phoenix, provides wholesale banking services to financial institutions throughout the nine western states. As the nation’s central bank, the Federal Reserve System formulates monetary policy, serves as a bank regulator, administers certain consumer protection laws, and is fiscal agent for the U.S. government.
  • Grays Harbor Youth Works – recipients of $5,000 High Impact Community Grant funds!

    Congratulations to Grays Harbor Youth Works – recipients of $5,000 High Impact Community Grant funds! They offer hands-on internship opportunities for students and exposes students to technical skills, as well as knowledge and training necessary to succeed in specific occupations and careers. It also prepares students for work by introducing them to workplace competencies. We applaud this organization and all of their great work!
  • Grays Harbor Coastal Community Action Program – recipients of $5,000 High Impact Community Grant funds!

    Congratulations to Grays Harbor Coastal Community Action Program – recipients of $5,000 High Impact Community Grant funds! CCAP has been providing Life Skills and Job Skills training classes out of the Raymond, Long Beach, and Aberdeen offices. Since early 2016, they have assisted 18 individuals in addressing barriers to employment, finding work/life balance, and building skills specific to employment goals through participation in personalized trainings. This grant provides an opportunity to expand these programs into highly rural areas that are routinely under-served. We congratulate this organization and all of their important work!
  • Mason County Hands On Personal Empowerment – recipients of $5,000 High Impact Community Grant funds!

    Congratulations to Mason County Hands On Personal Empowerment – recipients of $5,000 High Impact Community Grant funds! Also known as The HOPE Garden Project, this organization works with low-income and at-risk Mason County youth to provide training in basic job and life skills as well as focused job training in several disciplines including food preparation and food service, agriculture, forestry, floristry, business and marketing, and mechanics. We congratulate this organization and all of their valuable work!
  • Mason County Coastal Community Action Program – recipients of $5,000 High Impact Community Grant funds!

    Congratulations to Mason County Coastal Community Action Program – recipients of $5,000 High Impact Community Grant funds! This organization provides an opportunity to expand youth and young adult workforce development in the rural areas of Mason County that are routinely under-served. We congratulate this organization and all of their much needed work!

    The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Centralia College $1.98 million over five years to support the TRIO Talent Search program for middle and high school students in Lewis and south Thurston counties. Talent Search currently serves 825 middle and high school students in Centralia, Chehalis, Mossyrock, Napavine, Onalaska, Pe Ell, Rainier, Rochester, Tenino, Toledo, and Winlock. Two-thirds of those students are low-income or from parents with no college education. READ MORE…
  • Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County featuring our very own Melissa Crouse

    Check out this great video from our friends at the Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County featuring our very own Melissa Crouse who is a YouthWorks Specialist here at PacMtn! She is currently working on the IMPACT program, which is a youth employment pilot program working with local agencies to train and support 16-24 year olds to successfully acquire and maintain employment. She volunteers with the Dispute Resolution Center, is a lead Communication Trainer and is a State Certified Mediator. She is an Evergreen State College Graduate with her BA in Psychology, Multicultural Counseling and Gender Studies. We love sharing all the different ways PacMtn staff support and impact their communities!  
  • SPSCC Recognized as One of Nation’s Best Community Colleges

    Good news for South Sound residents: one of the best community colleges in the country is right in our backyard. Every two years, the Aspen Institute recognizes community colleges around the country for exceptional student outcomes in four areas. In January, South Puget Sound Community College learned that it was one of 150 schools now eligible to receive the $1 million Aspen Prize, which will be awarded in 2017.   “It’s an honor and a privilege because there are 1,200 schools that can participate in this competition,” says SPSCC’s Vice President of Instruction Michelle Andreas. “Once they select the top 150, we submit information and they come on campus. There’s an extensive process to determine those that are selected.” READ MORE…
  • Article from TEDC Newsletter about PacMtn’s strategic planning efforts

    What skills will your employees need in the future, and will you have enough workers? Might you need assistance finding them, training them or possibly enhancing/retooling their abilities as time goes on? What type of team members will make your business, and therefore our region’s economy, stronger and sustainable? “These are the kinds of things we want to know,” shares Cheryl Fambles, the woman charged with making sure the workforce enhances our region’s economic success. Cheryl is the Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council (PacMtn). “What workforce solutions can PacMtn provide to help your business succeed?” asks Cheryl. A major part of PacMtn’s charge is leading and providing oversight for the local workforce system. The primary delivery for those services is WorkSource, but many partners help make the system work. “We want you to help set workforce development priorities for the region. What are the needs of the economy, business and job seekers? Your answers will help pave the path to prosperity,” says Cheryl confidently. Cheryl and her crew have made it easy for you to answer these questions through a survey on PacMtn’s website, that is available now. This is in addition to their other outreach activity. Survey questions are related to things like where your business is headed, the types of workers and skills you need today and anticipate needing in the future, and what type of human resource assistance you could use. “We are a demand driven system. Tell us what you need so we can invest dollars in the right types of programs and services,” encourages Cheryl. She adds that PacMtn wants to ensure there are enough competent, skilled and knowledgeable workers available to maintain and grow our region’s businesses and to offer the residents of this region good jobs and careers. Part of the timing of the outreach and survey is related to the federal WIOA (Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act) passed in 2014. “It really accelerated PacMtn’s trajectory by re-emphasizing the strong connections between individual prosperity, business success and a healthy economy.” PacMtn is charged with implementation of significant elements of the Opportunity Act, including establishing a vision, fostering and strengthening partnerships, aligning goals and increasing accountability. Cheryl talks in glowing terms about integrated service delivery and collaboration across the region between Chambers, EDCs, educators, social service agencies and others. She values the shared vision of a strong regional economy, with people employed in living-wage jobs. “We play to each of our own agencies’ strengths and provide a powerful continuum of integrated services,” says Cheryl. “We have two primary clients: employers and job seekers,” Cheryl says. However, she says, their mandate is clear: “Meeting employer needs for a skilled workforce is the highest priority. We want to be sure dollars are invested in the right place, for jobs that will still be there tomorrow, sustaining our families and the region’s economy.”