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Mentors, Work Experience Key to Opportunity Partnership Program


Photo: Alejandra Sanchez and her mentor, Savannah Miller
Alejandra Sanchez (left), discusses career options and work life with her mentor, Savannah Miller.

“After my meetings with Savannah there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to become a Medical Assistant. Savannah shared so much information with me, it was perfect, and I even learned things that I will be able to apply when I start working. I could not ask for anything more; it was perfect!”

Alejandra's story: Building a Career Through Mentorship

Alejandra Sanchez signed up for the Opportunity Partnership Program during a tumultuous time in her life- her recent divorce had left her to provide for her family financially. Being an immigrant from Mexico, she had been learning English on her own, and she had no other family or friends in the area. After she was accepted into the medical assistant program at Lower Columbia Community College in Longview, she went to weekly meetings to help students build job-readiness and soft skills, such as resumes, cover letters, and interviewing/networking skills.

She was also matched with a mentor from the local healthcare industry, who was able to guide her through the process of pursuing her dream of becoming a medical assistant. Her mentor, Savannah Miller from PeaceHealth Women’s Clinic in Longview, helped her realize that her career was something she was truly passionate about.

Photo: Gerardo Medina working on a car

Gerardo Medina, using his skills at his new full-time position at Downtown Toyota Scion.

"This was a good program...it has increased my knowledge."

Gerardo Medina: The Value of Job Shadowing

Gerardo is a 6th quarter student in the Toyota T-10 program at Spokane Community College. Gerardo was working a part-time job Thursday-Saturday, while going to school Monday-Thursday. As a result of his hard work and participation in the Opportunity Partnership Program, Gerardo was recently offered a full-time position at Downtown Toyota Scion where he was doing his mentorship job shadow.

He is now employed full-time and is completing his final quarter of school.




Photo: John Ramsey welding metal

John Ramsey, working with metal in his new welding career.

"This program was excellent and pushes for progess...the program was always willing to help."

John Ramsey: Making Career Sparks Fly

John is a student at Spokane Community College in the Welding Program. John has overcome multiple hurdles and obstacles and is truly an inspiration to others. He worked very hard in the classroom and with his mentor in the Opportunity Partnership Program, John Ruddach. These two had an instant bond and both worked very hard with one another to focus on the goals that needed to be attained for his career success.

John was offered a job with R.W. Fab where he is now working mornings and is attending school nights to complete his certification. John has said this program was “excellent and pushes for progress” and his perception of the program was “excellent always willing to help”.

For more information about the Opportunity Partnership Program, contact Mike Brennan at (360)-709-4616.

Return to the Opportunity Partnership Program page.




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