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A recent Gallup Poll showed that about 70 percent of workers are not engaged in their jobs, and therefore are not reaching their full potential at work. They estimate this disengagement costs U.S. companies between $450 and $550 billion a year.

What creates engagement? In the 2012 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), 83 percent surveyed said it was their ability and confidence that they could accomplish their work goals. Seventy-five percent said their ability to use their skills and capabilities contributed to their engagement. SHRM reported this as an increasing trend, with more employees now desiring the opportunity for career advancement within their organizations. The poll found 86 percent of respondents reported that the organization’s commitment to professional development was either important or very important to them. read more »

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Mark and Cindy Sparks are the owners of Omohundro Co., and recently relocated their composites manufacturing operation from Southern California to a 42,000-square-foot building they bought in the Port Orchard Industrial Park.A millennial and a Gen-Xer who weren’t on viable career tracks went back to school to learn some new skills. The Olympic College training program they enrolled in was a key factor in the decision of a company that does high-tech manufacturing of composites for the aerospace industry to relocate from Southern California to Kitsap County. That manufacturer, Omohundro Co., wound up hiring both those guys and several others from OC. read more »

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Michele Laboda, the public information officer for North Kitsap Fire District, enrolled at the University of Washington this fall to pursue a bachelor's degree in communication. (Courtesy Photo)Tamara Sellman has been writing since she was 4 years old, and as an adult she’s built a successful career in the publishing industry. But after running an editing business, Writer’s Rainbow, for about five years, the Bainbridge Island mother of two was ready for a change.

“I missed my own writing as I was helping everyone else,” she said.

So she closed her business in 2010 and took some time off for writing, all the while thinking about a new career. read more »

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Olympic College Poulsbo CampusKitsap Peninsula students will soon be able to obtain four-year degrees in business administration and in computer information systems without leaving the area. Olympic College is working on implementing a baccalaureate of applied science program in computer information systems — its second four-year degree — and its partner, Western Washington University, is adding a four-year business administration program at the OC Poulsbo campus. read more »


SEATTLE — Gov. Jay Inslee and Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn announced Washington’s adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards on Oct. 4 at Cascade Middle School, where a pilot project supported by Washington STEM is putting the school’s teachers on the leading edge of implementing the new standards.

Next Generation is a set of internationally benchmarked standards that are rich in content and practice and connect multiple science disciplines in a meaningful way from elementary through high school in order to better prepare students for college and careers. They are designed to ensure consistent instructional standards from district to district and state to state, and allow teachers in different areas to share ideas and best practices. For the first time, Washington state will have a set of K-12 engineering standards, which are also embedded in the Next Generation Science Standards. read more »


POULSBO — Western Washington University will offer a lecture series and professional development opportunities this fall at the new Western Washington University Center at Olympic College in Poulsbo.

The fall Western Lecture Series will explore topics surrounding environmentalism, drawing on the expertise of Western’s Huxley College of the Environment, which has a longstanding history on the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas.

The series will offer two free fall events open to the community read more »


The 2013 Professional Rain Garden Workshop is a two-day session for green industry professionals covering the design and installation of rain gardens: benefits, regulations, site analysis, hydrologic modeling, materials specifications, maintenance and special attention to how to market these Low Impact Development (LID) features to clients.

The class is available for total of 11 CPH and CLT credits and is presented by WSU Extension Kitsap. A database of businesses that have completed the training is provided for homeowners and small business owners in Kitsap County who are seeking to hire professional firms for rain garden projects. read more »


BREMERTON — Mental Health First Aid is a nationally acclaimed training course recognized for its effectiveness in educating adults about how to respond to mental health problems and for reducing the stigma that often prevents people from seeking help. Certified instructors from Kitsap Mental Health Services will offer the eight-hour course to the Kitsap community on Sept. 24.

Participants learn to assess a situation and respond to signs of mental health concerns, such as helping a person through a panic attack, or talking with someone who is anxious or depressed. The course is useful for everyday events, and especially helpful to people working with the public. read more »


PULLMAN, Wash. — The Washington State University College of Business has created three new certificate programs to expand academic flexibility for students admitted to the program. Professionals seeking MBA degrees now have graduate certificates in marketing, finance or international business from which to choose.

“WSU’s new online MBA certificates offer more in-depth focus and flexibility than ever before,” said Cheryl Oliver, assistant dean for online and graduate programs in the College of Business. “We know our students balance academic ambition with professional careers, and WSU is committed to creating programs that will meet their needs and their schedules.” read more »

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