What Chambers Are Doing Around the West

North County Business Organizations Partner for Job-Readiness Program

The Carlsbad, Escondido, Oceanside, San Marcos, and Vista (CA) Chambers of Commerce and the San Diego North Economic Development Council have partnered with their cities, the North County Libraries, Lightcast and Bendable to engage North County employers in a new Job-Readiness Room program and help connect candidates with businesses and interviews.

This pilot program is designed to connect entry-level, excluded and/or vulnerable workers with basic skills training and connections to key North County employers who are hiring for office administration, manufacturing, hospitality and food service jobs. It is free for candidates and businesses to participate.

Employers who participate in this program are asked only to guarantee a job interview for candidates. Candidates commit to utilizing these services to take 15–20 hours of self-paced online skills training in office administration, manufacturing, hospitality and food service. Upon completion, they receive a micro-credential and are flagged for the chambers to make introductions to North County employers.

Learn more here!

Puyallup Sumner Chamber Holds Successful City 2 City Tour

The Puyallup Sumner (WA) Chamber partnered with the Gilbert (AZ) Chamber for their new City 2 City Tour. The tour brought together community stakeholders from their area on an in-depth, guided visit to a thriving, revitalized community of Gilbert (AZ). The successful program brought 20 key stakeholders from Washington to Gilbert (previously known as the hay shipping capital of the world and now rated one of the “Best Places to Live” and “Phoenix’s Coolest Suburb”).

This trip proved to be “one of the most worthwhile experiences” the chamber could bring to their community and so far, has had lasting benefits including interest from the city council.

To view photos and see the full itinerary and program details, visit www.puyallupsumnerchamber.com/city2city.

Vail Valley Provides Professional Fundraising Certificate Program

The Vail Valley (CO) Partnership is holding an eight-week training program customized around the core competencies for nonprofit success. Participants will learn critical information about fundraising, major gift prospecting, solicitation, database segmentation, and winning grants. They also will be provided information to better understand how business principles guide the operation while building relationships based upon donors’ interests keep a nonprofit strong.

This program incorporates knowledge of fundraising in rural communities like the Vail Valley and is ideal for people who currently work, or those who want to work in charitable organizations to gain the knowledge that typically is acquired over years of experience, into classroom and experiential learning. This may include staff, directors, program administrators, board members, philanthropists, members of faith-based communities, volunteers, or those interested in employment or volunteering.

Participants complete a development audit at their nonprofit or another nonprofit and present the audit report and their completed portfolio to the review panel in the final class. Based on the review panel recommendation, the certificate is awarded.

Full participation in the program also is applicable for points toward the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

You can learn more about the program at www.vailvalleypartnership.com/vvw/professional-development/fundraising-certificate/.

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