ORION'S MARCH 2020 NEWSLETTER
Max, Orion graduate.
Max has made tremendous progress over the past year.
MAX
While at Orion, Max learned more than just technical skills. Max feels that Orion helped him prepare for his Quality Assurance position at Exotic Metals, by letting him gain an understanding of what it means to put in a full day’s work, and how to get used to the rhythm of a full week. “Orion taught me about work ethic, and how to maintain a job,” Max said.

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MARINA
Never Been Employed But Need Experience?
When you have never been employed, how do you find a job when most require work experience? Marina found the solution to that riddle at Orion, through a Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) counselor. The DVR counselor recommended that Marina check out Orion’s paid Manufacturing Training Program , so she came for a tour and then enrolled in the program.

Orion’s training programs offer on-the-job training in several production areas, giving the program participants the opportunity to learn skills that cover a wide range of manufacturing jobs. Program participants work one-on-one with a trained mentor in each area, improving their soft skills while also learning valuable technical skills.

Mentors aim to discover how each individual learns best, tailoring the training program to meet each person’s needs.

“My mentors provided visual instructions for tasks, and that was a turning point for me,” Marina explained. “I learned to notice the fine details that each part has, and what to look for. I found that if I make an effort I could learn anything!”

“Marina has shown that she is focused, and has great attention to detail,” Marina’s Job Developer, Lavada Kindle, related. “Marina has good attendance and is here every day. She is a fast learner and excels in hands-on tasks such as assembly, packaging, or shipping & receiving duties.”

Marina is excited to take the skills that she learned at Orion to a new employer. “Orion helped me build up my potential,” Marina said. “Orion gave me the skills and experience I need to go far in life. I know I can do things that before I never thought I could, and I’m proud of that!”

While in Orion’s training program Marina gained experience in Mechanical Assembly, Part Mark, Packaging, and Shipping & Receiving. She also took Orion’s Blueprint Reading class. If you would like to learn more about Marina, or if you would like to see her resume, please contact Lavada Kindle at 253.661.7805 x262 or email her at lavada.kindle@orionworks.org .

Karissa Hagan (right), Orion Mentor, with Amy (left), Orion Program Participant.
MENTOR PROFILE
Orion Helps People Overcome Barriers
Karissa Hagan is a mentor in Orion's manufacturing training program. She understands the value that Orion provides, not just for program participants, but for Orion staff also. Karissa, and mentors like her, provide the one-on-one training that makes the Orion mission possible. She truly appreciates being in the position to help people.
Because everyone learns differently I’ve learned to keep an open mind and to be patient.

– KARISSA // ORION MENTOR
From left to right: Erin Mezek, Joanna Boatwright, Ashleigh Merrill, Tabby Lewis, Liz Hickman and Jennifer Hudgens.
Hot Chocolate 15k/5k Fun Run
ORION STAFF ATTEND SEATTLE FUN RUN
Orion's Wellness Committee helped to organize a group of fun runners who participated in the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k fun run at Seattle Center on March 1st, 2020. The fun run benefitted Make-A-Wish.

For more information visit:  https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/seattle
Cold, Flu, and Coronavirus Prevention
PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST COLD, FLU, CORONAVIRUS AND OTHER SICKNESSES!
Take steps to help prevent the spread of germs:
  • Use soap
  • Wash hands for 20 seconds with warm water
  • Rinse well
  • Dry your hands
  • When you cough or sneeze cover your mouth with the inside of your elbow or a tissue
  • Throw the tissue away in a covered receptacle
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces (door knobs, computer keyboard and mouse)
  • Avoid other sick people
  • When sick, stay home 

Visit the CDC website for more information:

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