and Employment Services
SKCAC Industries and Employment Services (SKCAC) is a 501c3 non-profit corporation chartered in Washington State in 1967 and governed by a volunteer board of trustees. SKCAC provides training, employment, job seeking and placement opportunities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
With a staff of 20, SKCAC provides employment supports to more than 100 program participants. SKCAC generally serves people throughout the South King County area. Participants (job seekers, employees, and trainees) reside in Auburn, Burien, Covington, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Kent, Maple Valley, Newcastle, Renton, Seattle and surrounding areas. For many, SKCAC provides the opportunity to participate in productive work, earn wages, increase self-esteem and gain independence. SKCAC’s production operation provides employees with the opportunity of coming to work each day to learn packaging and assembly skills and gain work experience. Our community-based employment services assist job seekers to explore opportunities, find and keep jobs as productive members of our community.
Empowering people with developmental disabilities through gainful employment opportunities.
To provide the highest quality services and products to our program participants, businesses and government entities while providing people with diverse abilities the opportunity for greater independence and pride of accomplishment.
Awards, Certifications, Recognition
- SKCAC is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) which reviews and grants accreditation services nationally and internationally as required by the State of Washington. CARF standards are rigorous, so those services that meet them are among the best available.
- 1999 - 2003 Rehabilitation Services and Accreditation (RSAS)
- Community Rehabilitation Program (CRP) Certification from the Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
- 2012 Kent Chamber of Commerce “Nominee” for educational award
- 2002 In Pursuit of Excellence "Nominee", Kent Chamber of Commerce
- 2001 In Pursuit of Excellence "Leadership Award", Kent Chamber of Commerce
- Outstanding Supplier Performance, The Boeing Company
- ISO 9001:2008 Quality Certification 2006 - 2015
Established in 1967
South King County Activity Center (SKCAC) was organized in 1967 as a not-for-profit corporation with the goal of helping people with disabilities become an integrated part of our society. Over the years SKCAC has changed and grown in how it delivers on its mission to provide adults with disabilities skills and assistance to meet their individual employment goals as full members of the community.
The First Big Change
In 1984, government funding for the social services to people with disabilities was dwindling and the objectives for how the limited resources were to be focused were changing as well. These changes meant that SKCAC needed to reinvent itself if it were to continue with the tremendously important mission of providing employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities and to remain a successful and viable business.
Transition to Manufacturing Based Business
A group of citizens, including the Kiwanis Club of Kent, family members and others, volunteered to help SKCAC make this transition. They helped SKCAC restructure the organization into a self-sustaining viable business. A new Board of Directors instituted a major cost cutting program. The Board's implementation of the cost cutting program raised enough funds to stabilize the financial condition of the company and provided resources for achieving its goals. The Board hired Bob Swartout as the new Director to lead the transition from a social service organization into a manufacturing based business.
Bob served SKCAC for over a decade. Upon his retirement SKCAC had built and owned its current 33,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Kent, Washington, had established customer partnerships that continue today and solidified the company's balance sheet for the future.
SKCAC Reinvents Itself for The New Millennium
2000 saw the local economy begin its decline into a severe recession. As this began SKCAC's Board of Directors hired Ray Coleman as the new Executive Director. Ray was recruited from the government sector where he had successfully worked in the correctional system as a director. Ray brought a wealth of knowledge and experience in working with political action groups. Ray helped SKCAC build and strengthen its relationship with its government partners, while he worked as an advocate and educator of our local, state and federal government officials. Many of his political efforts were directly responsible for improving the ability of SKCAC to expand its service partnerships with King County and the State of Washington.
During Ray's tenure SKCAC successfully instituted new programs for providing employment services for people with disabilities, finding individual employment in the community as well initiating the opportunity for people to work at Safeco Field during Mariner games. SKCAC was recognized by the Kent Chamber of Commerce as the 2001 In Pursuit of Excellence Leadership Award Winner.
2006 Fiscal Year Brought New Opportunities
for SKCAC's Growth & Development
With the retirement of Ray Coleman in 2005 the Board of Directors hired Mark Kantonen. Mark explains, "It is imperative that SKCAC finds new and better ways to bring value to our customers. Our customers are committed to the social value of SKCAC's mission of empowering our workforce through gainful employment, but our customers also need to know they will receive an uncompromising quality producer."
Renewed Community Presence and Commitment to our Mission
In November of 2010, SKCAC’s Board looked within the organization for experience and leadership. Debbie Meyers, employed with SKCAC since 1981, was asked to run operations for the interim and was then appointed to the position of Executive Director in May of 2011. At this time the business name was changed to SKCAC Industries and Employment Services to better reflect the full range of services provided. Debbie has worked in many capacities for SKCAC, including production supervisor, program services manager and as Associate Director/Program Services since 1995. With her experience and leadership, Debbie brings her passion and commitment to the services SKCAC provides for individuals with disabilities. She also brings the experience and knowledge to manage the operations, ensuring quality services and a fiscally sound organization. With a team of dedicated staff, employees and eager participants, SKCAC is positioned and ready to take on new ventures for the future while preserving commitments to our stakeholders.