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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.

The August/September issue is here with Cover MOM: Kelsey Shay

TRI Aug Sept 2016 Cover

Click on the image above or here to view the current issue.

Click on the stories below to read more:

Cover MOM: Kelsey Shay

Because I said so: A message from MOM Magazine

Think outside the lunch box: back-to-school lunch gear

Safety first: When are your kids old enough?

Let's do lunch: school lunch made easy

SuperDad: Efren Hernandez is SuperDad