Orion's October 2017 eNewsletter

Mukilteo's new mentors, from left to right: Carl Nelson, Angel Torres III, Denny Pritchard, Zach Hornberger, Molina Eport, and Kevin Lundeberg. 
Mukilteo's Mentors    

Orion Industries, Mukilteo, now has openings in their new Manufacturing Training Program! Program Participants will receive one-on-one support from Orion's trained mentors while receiving paid on-the-job assessment and training. Full-time or part-time options are available in the training program, and participants will rotate through several work centers gaining the experience that will help direct their vocational goals, and that employers are looking for.

The start of the training program in Mukilteo signals that the merger process between Orion and what was formerly Diversified Industrial Services is nearing completion, and a key for the program's future success is having trained mentors in place. Zandra Leitch, Director of Services - Mukilteo, explained, "In order to support the training program each department works together, allowing the entire team to participate in Orion's mission of helping those who have barriers to employment. The new cohort of mentors are excited about the opportunity, and want to be successful!" 
Denny Pritchard, Orion Mentor (left), working with Bevan (right), a participant in Orion's new Mukilteo based training program.
In preparation for their new role the mentors in Mukilteo went through five weeks of training. Mentor training included working on sensitivity and communication skills, and combined role playing with examples of how to best work with an individual's barriers.

Denny Pritchard, an Orion Mentor, said, "I've learned that good communication is essential, not only between me and the participant, but also with the other mentors. Good communication will allow the participant to move from area to area while continuing to learn and grow as they gain specific job skills."

The cohort of new mentors were selected due to their work experience, and because of their participation in performing Community Based Assessments with clients. The mentors will provide one-on-one training in Mechanical Assembly, the Bond Shop, and Shipping & Receiving, with other areas to be added as the program grows. Program Participants will spend 4-6 weeks in each area, with 3-6 months targeted for completion of the program, dependent on their performance. After training, Orion provides job placement and job retention services.

Angel Torres III, an Orion Mentor, related, "Our mentor training gave us some good tools for our tool belt. Now it's time for us to support others, and give them the chance to learn new skills!"

Orion establishing the training program in Mukilteo is a positive step for the community in North King and Snohomish County. Zach Hornberger,  an Orion Mentor, said, "This is an opportunity for others to come and get training, but it is also an opportunity for us to have a positive impact on the community."

For more information about the training program please follow the link:


 Jaye at work in Orion's Auburn Manufacturing Training Program.
Jaye  has construction experience and spent 30 years as a line cook. He was struggling with substance abuse however, and needed to humble himself and start over. He knew that it was essential for him to get away from his typical crowd in order to break his old habits. Jaye found his faith while at the Tacoma Rescue Mission and found Orion shortly after. 

Orion has provided a stable learning environment for Jaye since he started the manufacturing training program at the beginning of July. He has gained experience in Shipping/Receiving, Mills, Saws, Clamp Block, Hydraulic Build Unit, and in Finishing. He was also the first program participant to receive forklift training. Jaye exclaimed, "The mentors at Orion are always watching and evaluating participants; I'm glad I came here to do my best!"  
Jaye working in Shipping.
Orion offers paid training programs, and provided Jaye with a steady paycheck along with a stable schedule. He used this to build a new foundation for himself, and is taking steps to rebuild his life. He has established a checking account and has set his sights on getting his driver's license.  Jaye related, "It has been helpful to be around other people who are trying to accomplish the same things that I am. Orion helps people change their lives, and Orion helped me build productive habits and establish a routine. I'm getting my feet under me again, and now my goal is to make a difference in the community."

If you are interested in learning more about Jaye or would like to see his resume, call  Lavada Kindle at 253-661-7805 or email her at  lavada.kindle@orionworks.org.

Orion classes available!

Orion contracts with companies around the King and Pierce County area to provide classes, such as blueprint reading. Companies can send their staff to Orion for classes at our facility, or we can send our instructors on-site. If you're interested in finding out more about how this can benefit your staff, please contact Orion's Training Program Manager, Cynthia Kim, at 253-661-7805.


Program tours are available!

Orion Industries, Auburn, currently has openings available in all of our training programs:
If you are working with someone who would benefit from this training program, please have them attend our weekly tour - Monday at 9am!
  • Our Office Skills & Customer Service Program offers students exposure to computer training, customer service training and keyboarding / 10-key skills training. It utilizes a self-directed model, in a small classroom setting, with instructor support. Each Friday, interactive group customer service discussions are led by the instructor. Students are offered a daily stipend of $10 for class attendance.
Orion has multiple open spots for direct job placement support services to individuals not in our training programs. If you are interested in direct job placement services, please contact a Job Developer at 253-661-7805.

September Blood Drive

Clarisse, Orion Program Participant, on the Cascade Regional Blood Services Bloodmobile.
Orion Industries, Auburn, participated in a blood drive with Cascade Regional Blood Services on Friday, 9/8. 

Those who donate are considered silent heroes as each donation can potentially save the lives of up to six people. Orion had 23 silent heroes participate in this blood drive. 

If you would like to learn more, or would like to find out how you can also donate and be a silent hero, please visit the Cascade Regional Blood Services website:


Orion Riders at Rock & Rally for the Troops 2017

Pictured Victor Molstad (left) and Jason Person (right).
Orion Riders participated in Rock & Rally for the Troops 2017 on Sept. 9th. The event benefits Operation Ward 57, which provides support for wounded, injured and ill service members, veterans, their caregivers and those that aid in their recovery.

For more information about this great cause and to learn how you can add your support, visit their website:


Orion Links

Orion Industries, Auburn
1590 A Street NE
Auburn, WA 98002
Orion Industries, Mukilteo
13008 Beverly Park Rd
Mukilteo, WA 98275