Message from President and CEO Kirk Adams
In order to compete in today’s global economy and increase the number of livable wage jobs we provide for people who are blind, Deaf-Blind, and blind with other disabilities, The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. offers a variety of training programs to our employees.
You are probably familiar with many of our mission-related training programs such as braille literacy, computer and technology training, and American Sign Language (ASL) instruction. Not only do these vital programs teach the necessary skills for people who are blind to be successful in a sighted world, the training itself helps our employees gain the confidence and independence to live more enriched lives throughout their community as well as in the workplace.
These programs and the accessible technology required to support our employees learning are made possible by the generous support of community members who understand and believe in our mission. Because of your commitment, each employee is eligible to take three hours of paid time for training per week.
We also offer many opportunities for employees to learn new job-related skills that enhance their overall efficiency and job satisfaction.
In this issue you will read about several employees who recently completed the journey-level machinist certification program from the Aerospace Joint Apprentice Committee (AJAC). With this high-level training they are able to take on new projects and train fellow employees to operate complex machinery.
The Lighthouse believes in supporting all employees in their personal and professional development. To strengthen our inter-departmental communication and empower each employee to take initiative and support their teammates, we’ve recently began offering Leadership Training to all employees. Classes are being taught by retired Navy Admiral Bill Center, member of the Lighthouse’s Board of Trustees, who has also taught a similar course at the University of Washington.
With a better trained workforce, we can grow our business capabilities and compete with other manufacturing facilities, while meeting our mission of creating and enhancing opportunities for independence and self-sufficiency for people who are blind, Deaf-Blind, and blind with other disabilities.
President & CEO