Kenna has been with SCC for 26 years, 22 of those years dedicated to apprenticeship. As Kenna puts it, "If you find a place you fit, you stay."
Kenna has been in her current role as Manager of Apprenticeship for five years. SCC partners with 23 different apprenticeship programs and is currently the second largest apprenticeship provider in WA. Her work is to foster working relationships between SCC and Eastern Washington Apprenticeship Coordinators Committee, or EWACC. So far, their work together has helped to grow construction trades to a wider community.
For example, in 2015 SCC Apprenticeship, Adult Basic Education and EWACC developed Skilled Trades Preparation, a pre-apprenticeship course that has been highly successful and continues to prepare participants to enter and remain in construction apprenticeship.
When asked what keeps her motivated in her role, Kenna said the following: "I’m convinced I have the most rewarding job at CCS! I get to help people change their lives for the better." She really values working with apprenticeship programs, apprentices, and students, and she values how SCC's apprenticeship partners are building Spokane and the nation. "If you see construction happening in Spokane, SCC has apprentices on those jobs!" Kenna said.
And when it comes to the good work CCS does every day for our students, Kenna shared that she thinks one thing that's unique about CCS is the tremendous community partnerships we foster that benefit our students. She also said that one of our strengths is our ability to meet students where they are, helping them to overcome barriers to success. "Five years after leaving CCS, I see our students with rewarding and successful careers, supporting themselves and their families and giving back to the community."
We couldn't have said it better, Kenna. Thanks for everything you do to support our students!