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Training for Business

Customized Training for Business

Does your organization have a training challenge? Let us help!

It is an understood fact that productivity is increased through targeted quality training, but not everyone has the time or money to identify, develop and deliver the training needed. Our staff can offer you a way to meet your training needs and stay within your time and cost budget.

We bring years of expertise in the field of training and education to help you find the right solution. We have the wealth of knowledge and expertise of the Skagit Valley College faculty as well as many expert trainers. We can customize a program in any suitable location at the most affordable price available.

  • Broad range of safety training through the Worksafe Institute
  • Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher
  • Quickbooks -- introduction, intermediate and advanced
  • Communication, conflict management, and customer service
  • Languages including Spanish, Russian, Italian, French
  • Leadership, management and supervisory
  • Diversity, ADA and other related programs

Call 360.416.6631 to find out how we can help you address your training challenges to take your organization to the next level.

Meet our Instructors

Lars Antonsen, Marine & Manufacturing

Lars Antonsen, SVC instructor for the Marine Maintenance Technology, Composites, and Manufacturing programs. He is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and has 25 years of experience in long run and commercial printing and ten years as a graphic designer at an advertising firm. Continuing education and training is a driving force for Lars. He is especially dedicated to increasing worker skills sets, inspiring critical thinking and questioning, and teaching management practices that establish safety, quality, and production. Lars has written and developed new courses for SVC, both traditional and on-line.


Max Collette, Communication, Coaching & Teamwork

Max Collette, a certified mediator, trainer, master facilitator and instructor for the SVC Business Management program. Max earned a masters in Organizational Development after 25 years as a professional chef, and provides interactive fun workshops that employ real world leading-edge information.


Darlene Mindrum, Management & Leadership Development

Darlene Mindrum, M.Ed. has over 20 years in training and education both in public and private settings. Her teaching style is fun, interactive and hands-on helping workers of all types engage and learn new skills to help them be more successful on the job. She has worked in manufacturing at a leadership level, taught at Skagit Valley College, and trained staff at several local manufacturers.


 

Bill Overby, Management & Leadership Development

Bill Overby - During a career spanning over 32 years with State Parks, Bill served in several park ranger and management assignments throughout the state, and managed the Deception Pass Area for the final twenty years of his career.  It was while working at Deception Pass that Bill began an association with Skagit Valley College as an instructor in its Parks Resources Management and the Criminal Justice programs.  Involved with park academy training since its inception at Everett Community College in 1985, Bill has been a lead instructor or academy coordinator for the past 26 years at Skagit, and as a training instructor for many years with State Parks.  A reflection of the magnitude of this service is his being named the winner of the prestigious 2007 President’s Award by the Washington Recreation and Park Association.


ReBecca Shotton, Marketing & Goal Setting

ReBecca Shotton, head honcho of Small Business Specialties is a Coach and Trainer, who has been a small business owner since 2005, She helps other Small Business Owners with organization and marketing to create optimum ROI for their time and money. Her experience working for the government, private companies, and small business owners along with her Certification as a Professional Life Coach have honed her skills in problem solving, planning, and implementation of strategies that facilitate effective changes. ReBecca has a passion for helping people, and getting to see them be successful. She and her husband like hiking in the Skagit area, biking, rock climbing, and kayaking. She enjoys antiquing, fossil hunting, learning Zetangle®, "up cycling" furniture, amateur photography, and day dreaming about future interior decor.


Jennifer R. Willner, Labor & Employment Law

Jennifer R. Willner is a principal in Halvorson Losie Willner PLLC, which has offices in Bellevue and Bellingham, Washington. The firm’s attorneys have over 75 years combined experience representing employers throughout the Northwest in all labor and employment law matters. Jennifer is a past Chair of the Washington State Bar Association, Solo & Small Firm Section and a past Chair of the WSBA Continuing Legal Education Committee. She holds several leadership positions in Divisions of the American Bar Association. A frequent speaker to human resources and other industry groups, Jennifer is a member of the Mt. Baker Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County.  She received her B.A. in Psychology from Reed College and her J.D. cum laude from Seattle University School of Law.


Catherine Torres, Marketing and Management

Catherine Torres graduated from the US Air Force Academy in 2009 with a BS in English. She garnered management experience working as an Air Force Airfield Operations Officer (AOF) from 2009-2014. During that time Catherine supervised more than 95 civilian and military members at one of the Air Force's busiest airfields. For her final assignment she taught air traffic control and airfield management concepts at the AOF technical school. During this time she also completed a MA in Humanities from the American Military University. Presently, Catherine works as a freelance writer and business marketing consultant specifically in social media marketing. Her portfolio includes web content for a bridal boutique, articles for a financial advising firm, and marketing and grant writing for the Anacortes Food Co-op. She lives in Anacortes, WA with her husband.


 

Tony Salas, Business Management, Marketing and Sales

Tony Salas, SBDC Certified Business Advisor, joined EDASC in January 2015 after 35 years in the Retail and Restaurant industries. Tony served as a Manager, District Manager, Regional Manager, Trainer, Consultant, or Owner with over 20 years as the owner of a consultancy helping small and medium sized businesses maximize their sales and profitability. Tony’s broad experience in business gives him the unique ability to see a business from both the inside and outside, making his work with clients easy to understand and impactful. He has participated with numerous community business organizations to promote small business growth and sustainability and currently serves as President of the Sedro-Woolley Chamber of Commerce. Tony serves the entire Skagit County area which also includes serving businesses in Island and San Juan counties. Tony has developed courses for businesses in Marketing, Networking, and Sales Process Design. He has participated in the implementation of these processes to develop business expertise and productivity. Tony’s areas of specialization include Marketing and Advertising in both the traditional and digital world, Branding, Sales Process Design, Training Systems, Organization, and Retail Development.


Contact Us

Kim Davis
Director, Business & Customized Training
360.416.6631

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