With school supplies on sale at stores everywhere, it's hard to
avoid the sad truth. Summer is half over. Some folks love the
coming sweater weather and the colors of fall… At Columbia Industries we
look forward to the arrival of fall and new students who joins us
when they go back to school. To celebrate Back to School, we'd like
to share a couple student success stories to warm the heart.
Clients at CI
assemble lanterns for Railtek,
a Whidby island company.
Finished lanterns are shipped to
customers across the country.
Ricardo started at Columbia Industries in 2003 as a high school
student. He received training at CI Solutions
and at CI's laundry facility. When he graduated from high
school, Ricardo continued his job training at CI Solutions.
He learned how to make Trainman Lanterns, manufacture hoods for the
U.S. Navy, type, prepare mailers, and complete light janitorial
tasks. Ricardo also learned skills to help him manage
stressful situations. Recently, Ricardo made the choice to
transition from Pre-Vocational training to Individual
Employment. He will now work with a job coach to find and
maintain competitive employment. The staff at CI Solutions
are very proud of Ricardo for taking that next step into Community
Employment and wish him well on his new venture.
Aaron also started at Columbia Industries as a student, in
2013. He was able to transition to Pre-Vocational services at
graduation. After three years of job training, Aaron decided
that employment was not what he wanted. During a meeting with
Aaron and his family, CI staff explained all the options available
to Aaron, both in employment and in recreation. Aaron's
family encouraged him to choose the service that would make him
happy. Aaron chose to leave employment services and engage in
recreational activities and volunteer work. CI Staff were
excited by the way Aaron chose his own life path once he knew what
options were available for him.
At Columbia Industries, our mission is
to help people with disabilities and other barriers achieve
personal success. Our student programs are just a couple of the
ways we reach out to the community. Columbia Industries also
Community Center, a safe, creative and supervised place for
people with disabilities. Regardless of the level of employment,
many clients and former clients enjoy being members of CI Community
Center, where they can socialize, learn life skills and explore our
community in an entirely different setting.
Members at CI Community Center enjoy the opportunity to
socialize and build relationships in a safe and fun
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