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Next Generation Zone
Careers in Energy Week
October 15 - 19

Almost half of today’s energy workforce will be retiring in the next decade. As technology within the industry quickly increases, so does the need for a tech-savvy workforce to support high-skill, high-wage jobs. The right education and training will provide men and women a rewarding, well-paying career that benefits millions of people every day.

The Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy (PNCECE)/A Centralia College Partnership, is organizing statewide events for a national initiative that will engage students of all ages, teachers and school counselors in activities to support Careers in Energy Week (October 15 – 19).

Governor Gregoire, the Spokane County Commissioners and City of Spokane Mayor David Condon have signed proclamations to support the awareness of energy careers. Events for the week include:

Oct. 15: Newport School District and dam tour: High school students, parents and teachers will attend an energizing assembly and will tour the Box Canyon Dam – to celebrate National Public Power Week (Oct. 8 – 12, 2012) and Careers in Energy.

Oct. 16: Avista Line School: High school counselors and teachers will experience life as an apprentice at the Jack Stewart Training Center in Spokane, Wash. Credit hours will be available. RSVP’s to Robyn Swanson ( RSwanson@greaterspokane.org )

Oct. 17: Spokane CC and Gonzaga University: This after school event will invite 60 6th – 8th grade Girl and Boy Scouts to participate in hands-on activities that will include cars powered by water, windmill building, and a tour of the new hydro power lab. The event will be held at SCC, 1810 N Greene, Bldg. 28. RSVP’s to Patrick Lewis ( patrick.lewis@scc.spokane.edu )

Oct. 17: Lewis & Clark High School: This College and Career Fair from 5 PM to 8 PM at LCHS will bring together colleges, employers and apprentice program representatives to inform LC students and their parents about many post-high school opportunities that are available, including within the energy industry. Contact: Christin Mackleit ( ChristineM@SpokaneSchools.org ) or 509-354-6912.

Oct. 15-19: Mobius Science Center, Spokane: hosting several local professionals in hydropower, nuclear and alternative energies. Additionally, experiential activities will be facilitated on the exhibit floor all week. Included with general admission to Mobius Science Center. Call (509) 433-5669 for specific schedule .

Oct. 18: Spokane Regional Solid Waste System Steam Plant Tours: Beginning at 1 pm, 90-minute tours will show how 800 tons of trash are burned daily to generate electricity. Open to the general public (wear closed-toed shoes and dress for weather). RSVP’s to Seth Dyson ( sdyson@wdcspokane.com )

Oct. 19: LaunchPad INW Job Seekers Info Session: lunch time information sharing on energy-industry careers and tips for job-seekers. Details and RSVP via www.launchpadinw.com/events

Oct. 20: Gonzaga University and Avista Veterans’ Outreach: Gonzaga will lead a 2 hour training session in the power system simulator lab (ZagOps). Avista representatives will talk about training paths for veterans to transition into the power industry. RSVP’s to Jennifer Boettcher ( Jennifer.Boettcher@avistacorp.com )

Nov. 10: Expand Your Horizons in Spokane: 125 6th – 9th grade Girl Scout and non-Girl Scout girls will explore the world of energy through hands on science and technology (STEM) projects at Gonzaga University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. RSVP’s to Sarah Betts ( sbetts@gsewni.org )

For more information: Jennifer Boettcher – Avista, (509)-495-2440 (Jennifer.boettcher@avistacorp.com) or Seth Dyson – Spokane Area Workforce Development Council, (509)-533-8472 (sdyson@wdcspokane.com)

Meet the Employers
Wednesday, October 17
3:00 pm
Redwood Room

Guaranteed admittance by TICKETONLY!!! Tickets for the event are available only on the day before the event. Get your ticket October 16, 8:00am–5:00pm, from the Greeter in our lobby or at the front desk. Remaining seats (if any) will be on a first come, first served basis at 2:57 PM. ***Interview appropriate attire for this event, please***

Meet the Employers! Gathers the 3rd Wednesday of each month in the Redwood Room

Get the inside track! Listen to area employers (from a wide variety of organizations and industries) present info about their companies, current/future employment opportunities & how to apply for them.

Get answers! Ask a panel of experts the questions you’ve always wanted to ask (but were hesitant to…) about applications, resumes, interviews, interview attire, etc.

Network! Spend some one-on-one time speaking with the recruiters. Bring copies of your resume and take advantage of having multiple employers at the same location & same time!

Who was here last month? Spokane VA Medical Center, Wagstaff, Central Pre-Mix/Old Castle, Aerotek, INHS – St. Luke’s Rehabilitation, Provisional Staffing, City of Spokane, Pinnacle Investigations, Northern Quest, Spokane County, and AcraNet.

Plan to join us! If you have any questions, please contact Dirk Vastrick at 509-532-3038 or (509) 532-3186 .

Prepare for Disability Job Fair
Monday October 15 and Thursday October 18

Monday October 15
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Conf. Rm. #1
1313 N. Atlantic
10:30 am – 12 noon
ASL Interpreters will be available.

Thursday October 18
WorkSource, Redwood Rm.
10:30 am – 12 noon
ASL Interpreters will be available upon advanced request. Please contact us at 509-532-3120 or email STaylor@esd.wa.gov to make arrangements for accommodation.

We want to help give you the tools to be successful in communicating with future employers. What do you need to bring to a Job Fair? What do employers want to see and hear? What questions should you ask? What questions should you be able to answer? When do you discuss your disability? What questions can the employer ask? This workshop is sponsored by WorkSource Spokane and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Workers with Disability and Diversity Job Fair
Thursday, October 25
10:00a.m. – 2:00p.m.
Spokane Community College Lair
1810 N. Greene

Meet with employers, service providers and check out the latest in assistive technology.

  • Come dressed professionally

  • Bring your resume

  • Be ready to talk with employers

  • Please park in the east parking lot, parking passes are available in the security office

  • There are three bus routes to SCC (32,29,39)

  • ASL Interpreters will be available upon advanced request. Please contact 532-3120 to make arrangements for accommodation no later than October 12th

West Corporation, Liberty Mutual/Safeco, Spokane County, City of Spokane, Kalispel Tribal Economic Authority, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, WorkSource, Career Path Services, Next Generation Zone, Social Security

Veterans Resource Fair and Community Event
Thursday, Nov. 1
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Centerplace Region Event Center
2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley, WA 99216

Serving Those Who Served


  • VA Health Care Information
  • Community Resources
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Job Fair



10 a.m. Peter Schmidt, PsyD
Project Director for the Veterans Training Support Center. National Certified Counselor.


2 p.m. Mark Fisher, MS Vet Corps Manager, more than 30 years of experience working with veterans and combat stress

Brought to you by EWU Veterans Resource Center and EWU Counseling and Psychological Services


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