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Improving our Workforce to Benefit our Community

Historically, Pend Oreille County has had above average unemployment rates, hovering between 11.5% and 13.9%. Recognizing the need to prepare well-trained, educated persons to the local workforce, the Kalispel Tribe, along with community partners have developed the Kalispel Career Training Center (KCTC). KCTC provides youth and adults vocational training needed to acquire living wage jobs in the community. 

It is vital to the Kalispel Tribe that community members are given an opportunity to fulfill dreams and expand their knowledge. KCTC provides vocational training and work-based learning to any community member who wants to increase their skill set in preparation for self-sustaining employment opportunities. Each individual is given the opportunity to learn and grow as an individual while completing projects that better the community in which they live. Through this process they are introduced to area industry leaders both within Tribal Departments and throughout the surrounding areas, making valuable connections to sustain self-supporting employment. KCTC takes great care in helping an individual ignite their passions and challenge themselves to accomplish their goals.

Iris Strangeowl Fabricates Metal Sculpture of Buffalo Head

Watch Iris Strangeowl fabricate a near life-size metal sculpture of a buffalo head. Iris works at Kalispel Career Training Center, which has completed dozens of projects including work at Kalispel Golf and Country Club, Northern Quest Resort & Casino, Pend Oreille Skills Center, K-Dev, Crossroads Family Restaurant, KNRD, Kalispel Culture Department, KALTRAN, the Town of Cusick and Pend Oreille Youth Emergency Services. Kalispel Career Training Center provides vocational training and work-based learning to any community member who wants to increase their skill set in preparation for self-sustaining employment opportunities. For more information, call Colene Rubertt, Director of  Career Training and Mentoring at 509.447.7440.

Video by David Bluff

Kalispel Tribe Honor Song by JR Bluff

"Better Employment Starts Today" added to the Kalispel Tribe's Workforce Enhancement Initiative!

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Kalispel Career Training Center adds “Better Employment Starts Today” also known as "BEST" to services under the Kalispel Tribe’s Workforce Enhancement Initiative:


With a grant from the Washington State Health Care Authority individuals who have identified a desire to pursue a vocational or employment goal as part of mental health or substance use disorder recovery, and request assistance in order to meet that goal can now apply for Supported Employment Services through Kalispel Career Training Center. 

 Supported Employment Services will assist individuals with obtaining and maintaining employment.

Help with goal setting, resume development, employment attainment.

More information on Supported Employment can be found on the Pathways to Employment website

https://fortress.wa.gov/dshs/p...

 For more information contact Colene Rubertt, KCTC Director at Crubertt@kalispeltribe.com or by phone at (509)370-8170.

 

Our Staff

Name Title Email Phone
Colene Rubertt Director, Career Training & Mentoring KCTC@Kalispeltribe.com (509) 447-7440