Congrats to Pat E-B … library future … scone zone … employee certification?

20 May

The Willamette Education Service District in Salem has hired former Hood River County School Superintendent Pat Evenson-Brady. Our loss is their gain. Congrats, Pat …

Speaking of smart, SOL isn’t giving up the fight. No, not that SOL. I’m talking about Save Our Library, the political action group that mounted the campaign to create a new library district in Hood River County. That effort, as you know, failed at the polls Tuesday. The library issue was subject of much pained discussion this morning at the meeting of the Heights Business Association. FYI, the SOL PAC will meet at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 25, at (where else?) the library, to review election results, and talk about what next …

Had some great scones awhile back, produced by Lindamay Woosley, just one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. She and husband, Roger, opened a side business late last year, Tricycling Along, up on the Heights, at 1115 Hull Street (just west of 12th, if you turn at Tammy’s Floral; 541-386-1337). I finally got a chance to pop in today; nice selection of antiques, plus the kitchen in back, where you can taste the pastries. Yum. After operating her own firm for several years, Lindamay has joined Windermere Glenn Taylor Real Estate’s downtown office …

As an employer, would you like it if potential employees could prove they have the basic skills to do that job? That’s the question, behind a national initiative to offer skill assessment and provide workers with the National Career Readiness Certificate. Suzanne Burd of Columbia Gorge Community College explained it to business people this morning. It would be an extra tool in the job applicant’s kit, to demonstrate to employers that they have competence in reading for information, applied mathematics, and researching information. The idea is that it would help employers screen applicants, reduce turnover and training, and increase productivity by boosting the quality of the company’s workforce. Bronze, silver and gold certificates would be issued. Want to learn more? Contact Burd at 541-506-6123 or Holli Francis at the Mid Columbia Council of Governments, 541-298-4101. Does this sound of interest or value to you? Comment here.

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