OC recognized for apprentice program at PSNS

Chris Henry , christina.henry@kitsapsun.com  – The Kitsap Sun BREMERTON — Olympic College is a finalist for a national award in recognition of its partnership with Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility, the college announced Wednesday. The American Association of Community Colleges singled out OC for its longstanding collaboration with PSNS on apprenticeship and helper training programs. In 2015-16 there were 811 apprentices, representing 24 […] Read more »

WWU seeks internships for Summer 2017 – offers free workshop to employers

WWU is seeking employers to engage student interns for Summer 2017 Internships should be project-specific and ideally run for a minimum of 160 hours over an 8-week period (approximately June 20 – August 18, 2017). Students will complete these internships as part of a broader Business Professionalism and Career Preparation course offered through WWU on the Peninsulas. This course is open to all majors and […] Read more »

With hiring halted, PSNS looks for exemption from freeze

Kitsap Sun  Published 10:00 a.m. PT Jan. 31, 2017 BREMERTON — Puget Sound Naval Shipyard has suspended all hiring as the result of President Donald Trump’s federal freeze. The across-the-board freeze began at noon Jan. 22, with the exception of active-duty military personnel. Other limited exemptions would be allowed to ensure national security or public safety, according to the executive action. The nation’s four naval shipyards, unclear […] Read more »

Kitsap ends year with strong home sales, weak inventory

Tad Sooter, Minding Your Business Blog, Kitsap Peninsula Journal of Business A year ago we wrote about surging home sales, a shortage of listings and steadily rising prices. Twelve months have passed, but the storylines remain largely the same. Kitsap’s real estate market closed 2016 with strong sales, a depleted inventory and a higher median home price, according to numbers released by Northwest Multiple Listing Service. Pending […] Read more »

Kitsap entered fall with more jobs and a growing labor force

Tad Sooter, Minding Your Business Blog, KPBJ More jobs are available in Kitsap this fall than in previous years, according to the state Employment Security Department. But a growing labor force has contributed to a higher unemployment rate in the county. Jobs in Kitsap A preliminary estimate showed 89,600 non-farm jobs in Kitsap in October, an increase of 900 from October 2015.   Of the new jobs, 700 […] Read more »

Olympic College seeks input on potential program

Olympic College is researching local businesses to determine how social media is being used as a marketing strategy and, to determine if there a need for training. Please click here to complete the brief survey. If you have questions about how the Workforce Development & Basics Studies Division can help you train your workforce for 21st century success, visit http://www.olympic.edu/programs-classes/workforce-development-and-basic-studies Read more »

Bremerton company creates new job opportunities for disabled veterans

| Q13 FOX News See also: KITSAP COMPANY HONORED FOR HIRING VETERANS “For my generation, guys that have been in for 10-15 years or so, it’s really hard to transition and start over,” said Rupert. “For my generation, guys that have been in for 10-15 years or so, it’s really hard to transition and start over,” said Rupert.He works for Skookum Contract Services. The Bremerton […] Read more »

Bremerton cyber security company expanding – taps veteran talent

Bremerton’s cyber security company, Critical Informatics taps transitioning veterans as company expands. Click headline below to read Puget Sound Business Journal story: Cyber warriors go corporate: Seattle-area companies seek veterans for top jobs Learn more at http://www.criticalinformatics.com/work_with_us.htm Read more »

Kitsap economy highlighted in Puget Sound Business Journal

The Puget Sound Journal of Business recently published a special report profiling Kitsap County’s economic advantages and opportunities. Featured stories discussed opportunities for the technology industry, talent and workforce, workforce education, housing and business costs, and Kitsap’s role and opportunities as part of the Puget Sound regional economy. The special section also includes stories on the Fast Ferry Proposition and interviews with Kitsap Bank CEO, […] Read more »

Washington jobless rate holds steady at 5.8 percent

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state added an estimated 8,700 jobs last month and the unemployment rate held steady at 5.8 percent. In numbers released Wednesday by the state Employment Security Department, officials said the May jobless rate matches April’s numbers. The national unemployment rate for May was 4.7 percent. Officials said that during the one-year period ending in May, 101,700 jobs have been added […] Read more »