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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.

Kalispel Community Crew Member Iris Strangeowl Fabricates Metal Sculpture of Buffalo Head

Watch Iris Strangeowl fabricate a near life-size metal sculpture of a buffalo head. Iris is a member of the Kalispel Community Crew, which has completed dozens of projects including work at Kalispel Golf and Country Club, Pend Oreille Skills Center, K-Dev, Crossroads Family Restaurant, KNRD, Kalispel Culture Department, KALTRAN, the Town of Cusick and Pend Oreille Youth Emergency Services. The Community Crew operates from the Kalispel Career Training Center, which 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.

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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

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



Your Life. Your Plan. Your Way.

Whether you're preparing for college, joining the workforce, or still discovering what's right for you, we can help.  With programs designed to fit your goals and people dedicated to your success, the Pend Oreille Skills Center can prepare you for college, for work, and for life.


Our hands-on program gets you ASE certified to start working

  • Train with ASE Master Technicians
  • Diagnose, maintain, repair, and finely tune a wide range of vehicles
  • Work with advanced diagnostic equipment to troubleshoot and repair complex automotive systems
  • Gain hands-on experience with real customer vehicles

Let us help you discover a career that's best for you

  • Career assessment
  • Get employment-ready or advance your education
  • Grow your network through internships, job shadowing, and mentoring
  • Participate in local apprenticeship programs
  • Build your skills through local certification programs

Our Staff

Name Title Email Phone
Colene Rubertt Director, Career Training & Mentoring (509) 447-7440