Columbia Industries Student Training Program Success!

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.

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Clients at CI Solutions
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 operates CI 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.

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Members at CI Community Center enjoy the opportunity to socialize and build relationships in a safe and fun environment.

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Mom & Baby Expo 2016


On February 27th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Mom and Baby Expo will take place at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick. This annual event is meant to be a one-stop shop for moms and families of young children to see what resources and businesses are available in our area.
Vanessa Sanchez-Bell, from Bell Productions, created this event last year and hopes for it to continue growing each year.  As a mom of young children herself, she wanted to create a place where moms can get inspired, engage with one another about their journey through motherhood, and where they can shop not only for their needs but for their children's needs as well.  This event is a place where moms can go and find support from other moms and it gives them a chance to break from their normal routines. It will be a fun event with entertainment for both children and parents.
There will be two great Fashion Shows during the event. The Babywearing fashion show at 1:00pm will highlight some cute fashions by Babywearing International of Southeastern Washington, and the Mom and Baby fashion show at 4:00pm will highlight some cute fashions for moms and babies that can be found at numerous boutiques in this area.
There will be a Kids Zone for children and a Dad's Zone as well. The show is also a great educational platform where parents can attend seminars and classes taught by experts. There will be a car seat safety class taught by Safe Kids, a toddler nutrition class taught by the Health District, a Babywearing 101 class taught by the Babywearing International of Southeastern Washington and more! Vendors and businesses at the Expo will be offering many products, services, and resources from health, wellness, and beauty to photography, clothing, and birthing options.
Area businesses will be offering samples, expo specials, and product giveaways during the event. Safe Kids is giving away a car seat. Tickets can be pre-bought at Swanky Babies in West Pasco or Sassafras Children's Re-Sale Boutique in Kennewick or at the door the day of the event. Adult admission is $5 and all the seminars and classes are free with admission. Kids 12 and under are free. For more information and updates you can visit



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