Today, the Washington State Veterans Employee Resource Group honored 67 Vietnam Veterans in a Re...read more
Today, the Washington State Veterans Employee Resource Group honored 67 Vietnam Veterans in a Reception at the Washington Department of Revenue. Chris Liu, Director Department of Enterprise Services and Vietnam Veteran gave a poignant speech which touched everyone in the room. Afterward honorees received a VERG Welcome Home Challenge Coin.
Thank you to the VERG Committee for all the work you do to help integrate the experience, values, and knowledge of both veterans and service members in state employment.
This is a high-quality, research-based approach to business planning for food- and farm-based ent...read more
This is a high-quality, research-based approach to business planning for food- and farm-based entrepreneurs in the South Puget Sound. Whether you are just starting your business or have been in business for a while, this Program will help you learn how to reach your financial goals for the future by using sound business planning concepts and tools tailored specifically to small farm and food-based entrepreneurs.
You will learn vital skills for running a successful small farm or food-processing business with:
A comprehensive business planning process
Excellent instructors and quality materials
Technical assistance, and peer support
Access to credit for your small enterprise
Guest speakers will include local buyers (restaurants and stores), Washington State Department of Agriculture, and successful business owners.
While the VTSC operates in a preventative nature, it is acknowledged that there will occasionally...read more
While the VTSC operates in a preventative nature, it is acknowledged that there will occasionally be issues in which action on part of the VTSC staff is required. This procedural description serves as a guideline.
VTSC is fully committed to providing quality continuing education in an ethically sound manner. Our goal is to strictly adhere to American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles of Psychologists as well as applicable legal and ethical standards, including non-discriminatory standards. The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards will be the responsibility of the Project Director in consultation with the members of the planning committee, Washington Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Director of Behavioral Health, and WDVA Ethics and Compliance Officer.
While the VTSC operates in a preventative nature, it is acknowledged that there will occasionally be issues in which action on part of the VTSC staff is required. This procedural description serves as a guideline for handling such grievances. When a participant, either orally or in written format, reports a grievance, the following actions will be taken.
1. If the grievance concerns a speaker, the content presented by the speaker, or the style of presentation, the individual filing the grievance will be asked to put his/her comments in written format. The VTSC Director will review and discuss these comments, as well as post-workshop evaluation comments (when applicable), with the speaker. In all cases confidentiality of workshop participants will be upheld to the best of the VTSC's ability.
2. If the grievance concerns a workshop offering, the content, level of presentation, or the facilities in which the workshop was offered, the VTSC Director will mediate and will be the final arbitrator. If the participant requests action, the VTSC Director will a. provide a credit for a subsequent workshop, or b. provide a partial or full refund of the workshop fee if applicable. Actions 2a and 2b will require a written note, documenting the grievance, for record keeping purposes; a signature is not required.
3. If the grievance concerns VTSC CE program, in a specific regard, the VTSC Director will attempt to arbitrate. Please contact John Phillips, MA, 2106 2nd Ave., Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98121, John.Phillips@dva.wa.gov, 206-477-8282 to submit a complaint.
4. If the grievance concerns other CE program participants the VTSC Director will mediate and will be the final arbitrator. If the participant requests action, the VTSC Director will a. provide a credit for a subsequent workshop, or b. provide a partial or full refund of the workshop fee if applicable. Actions 2a and 2b will require a written note, documenting the grievance, for record keeping purposes; a signature is not required.
5. Time limits on filing a complaint: Participants must file a complaint within one business quarter after the action that gave rise to the complaint.
If the complaint cannot be solved at this level, the VTSC Director will defer to the WDVA Behavioral Health who will review the complaint with the agency Ethics and Compliance Officer.
Great News! It is with great pleasure that we virtually unveil the newly designed logo for the ...read more
Great News! It is with great pleasure that we virtually unveil the newly designed logo for the Walla Walla Veterans Home!
This design was submitted by Michael Page at Esprit Graphic Communications, a Kennewick area Veteran Owned Business. Esprit, owned by retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Skip Novakovich and his wife Shannon, has a long history of giving back to their community. We are grateful for the time that Michael took to help us capture the spirit of Walla Walla in his design that is now the symbol for the Walla Walla Veterans Home.
In all, fourteen logos were submitted as part of the design contest. Members of the WDVA Walla Walla Planning Committee reviewed each design and made a nearly unanimous selection. Our thanks goes to Michael of Esprit and everyone who submitted a logo design!
YOUR newest home is another Eastern Washington investment that continues our focus on the proportionate distribution of our agency resources. Governor Inslee is supporting the funding we need so we can continue growing our services and facilities to benefit our Eastern Washington brothers, sisters and their families. The home brings about 100 new WDVA team members to serve with dignity and respect our veterans who need 24/7 short term and long term care. We would like to invite the general public and especially those who devoted their time and effort to submitting a Walla Walla Veterans Home logo for the contest, to join us at the Grand Opening of this incredible facility! It will be held on Saturday, February 18th at 1pm. For more information or to RSVP, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-562-0132 option ‘1’.
From over 45 nominations submited by veterans served, fellow Vet C...read more
2015 Vet Corps Awards
From over 45 nominations submited by veterans served, fellow Vet Corps members, supervisors, and college presidents faculty and staff 13 Vet Corps members and 1 regional coordinator where recognized for thier hard work and dedication to the veterans of Washington State. June 30th marked the end of the 2014-15 Vet Corps service year seeing over 9,000 individual veterans across the state connected to made aware of or educated about the services avaialble to them on and off the college campus. Vet Corps celebrated this extreamly succesful year with an end of year service project and awards ceremony in Longview Washington.
Veteran of Vet Corps
Glen Boje, Miguel Escalara, Martin Jonquiere, Stephen Killian, Jaime Yslas
This award is for all Vet Corps members that have served a third year or more with the program. For the highest level of dedication any Vet Corps member can demonstrate and achieve, this award acknowledges selflessness, fidelity, service longevity and unwavering loyalty to helping the veteran population.
Angel Gonzalez City Univeristy Seattle
This award is given to an outstanding Vet Corps member who has worked tirelessly at a new location for Vet Corps, to reach an entirely new community of veterans. This award is granted to truly dedicated and industrious individuals that work to build relationships, pool resources, assess a new site and provide outreach to a new population of veterans.
Vet Corps Peace Prize
Robert Gumm Spokane Community College Colville
This award is given for outstanding communication, dispute resolution, cooperation, compromise and an always peaceable foresight. This person must be dedicated to group cohesion and team harmony.
Innovation, Invention, & Institution Award
Rachel Hayes Bellvue College
This award is given to a member who has generated novel and valuable ideas and used these ideas to develop new or improved processes, methods, systems, programs or services. The award recognizes creative ideas that have improved the veteran community.
Diversity leadership Award
Mark Von Weber Edmonds Community College
This award goes to a champion of diversity and minority support. This awardee honors the diverse population of our world, and works to increase mutual understanding. This Vet Corps Member promotes the appreciation and wisdom of the many cultures that influence modern society and a globalized world. Building diplomatic relationships, this person instills values that promote tolerance and understanding across boundaries of language, land, and time.
Excellence in Professionalism
Dan Nessley Growing Veterans
This nominee is consistently dedicated to professionalism in dress and demeanor. Ceaseless etiquette and the utmost respect were demonstrated throughout the year. Adhering to high values and principles of integrity, honesty and fairness, this individual consistently addresses others with courtesy and kindness.
Site Collaboration Award
Martin Jonquiere Pierce College Puyallup
This award is presented to the Vet Corps member that has provided outstanding service to individual students or student groups on their campus on a consistent basis, whether through collaboration, personal advising, development of programs, or improvements to college systems and policies that affects students.
S.T.A.R. Award (Service, Teamwork, Attitude & Reliability)
Michael Cox Spokane Community College
This award is given to members that consistently excel in their position; has made outstanding contributions in the area of service and dedication; has promoted teamwork and collaboration; has worked tirelessly to improve their surrounding veteran community; and who has consistently done so with a positive and forward-thinking attitude.
Vet Corps Coordinator of the Year
Melissa Crouse South Sound Regional Coordinator
Regional Coordinator carries with it duties both to the colleges, as well as the veteran clients, the WDVA and the Vet Corps member themselves. Coordinator of the year is an award that is reserved for some one that exemplifies the Vet Corps mission of “Empower and support those who served, their families and our communities”
Vet Corps Member of the Year
Jaime Yslas Seattle University
Honoring the qualities of leadership, service, integrity and commitment, this member carried out his or her volunteer responsibilities the entire year with unwavering diligence and compassion. Using the same criteria as Member of the Month and Quarter, this award goes to the Vet Corps member that served the veteran population and Vet Corps throughout the year as an outstanding servant leader, colleague, mentor, team member and friend.