Winning the Workforce Southwest Washington Innovation in Workforce Development Award

Ray and Melissa Vandervalk and the Red Leaf Team receiving the Innovation in Workforce Development Award.

So honored to have received the Innovation in Workforce Development Award for strong engagement in the community and the creation of jobs and career pathway exploration opportunities! Here’s an excerpt from the article! Check it out!

“Red Leaf Organic Coffee began business in Woodland in 2008 with an espresso stand and now has four locations in Kelso and Longview. During its growth and expansion, owners Ray and Melissa Vandervalk have maintained a focus on their staff, hiring the right candidates, providing a variety of training and offering promotions.

Red Leaf is committed to its staff and to helping them maintain employment. When an employee sustained an injury that made it impossible for her to continue in her position, Red Leaf sought out ways to retain her and provided her with training so she could work in a different area of the business.

Red Leaf offers opportunities to all ages in the community and mentors youth in soft skills which are essential in the workplace. The company also participates in career fairs providing valuable information to attendees on resume review, interview practice, career information and guidance on maintaining excellence in the work place.

Red Leaf is a good example of what happens when a business is focused on workforce training, providing great employees, high-quality products, a friendly, professional staff in a welcoming space – the employees make sure the customer and the community come first.

Red Leaf’s support of and involvement in workforce development programs ensures long-term and sustainable talent development for our community.”

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