Skills 4 Life

Skills 4 Life

Skills 4 Life is an engaging, short, weekly podcast for parents of high school aged teens. We talk with a new guest each episode about high-demand jobs that are shaping future opportunities. This show is brought to you by the Northshore Schools Foundation, a Top-Rated Great Nonprofits award-recipient, Guidestar Gold Participant and best of a Best of Northshore nonprofit. To learn more about the Northshore Schools Foundation, visit us at


June 5, 2023 17 mins

Olivia Banks is a Senior in the Assurance Practice at Ernst & Young.  Her career started after graduating from Gonzaga University with a degree in accounting and finance.  She is also a Woodinville High School graduate. 

Ernst & Young LLP 

Gonzaga University 

Gonzaga University – Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program 

Kenmore Air 

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants 

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Katie McClintock is a former Supervisory Environmental Engineer for the Environmental Protection Agency.  She graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in chemical engineering and spent 19 years with the Environmental Protection Agency.  

Environmental Protection Agency 

University of Washington

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Dr. Shawn Brenneman discusses his path to become a physical therapist and how rewarding the job is.  He also discusses various roles within a physical therapy practice. 

Lake Washington Physical Therapy 

University of Pittsburgh 

Eastern Washington University -Physical Therapy 

University of Washington – Physical Therapy 

University of Puget Sound – Physical Therapy

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Heath Keirstead is responsible for educating people in the Marion Soil & Water Conservation District on environmental science.  She shares what educational and work experiences are helpful for jobs in the environmental field.   

Marion Soil & Water Conservation 

Washington State University Extension Program 

King County Environmental Volunteer Opportunities

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Noah Bell-Cruz shares his experience as a graphic designer with a boutique design company, People People.  Mr. Cruz shares how his love of art led to a career in graphic design.  He also outlines educational and internship opportunities.   

Western Washington University Design Majors 

Cornish College of the Arts 

American Institute of Graphic Design (AIGA) 

School of Visual Concepts

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This is a live-panel discussion with human resources professionals discussing the important communication and people skills required in all employment situations.  The presenters share suggestions on how to effectively communicate in today’s workplace.   

Part one topics include: 

  • Preparation before searching for a job 
  • Interview presentation skills 
  • Workplace communication including conflict resolution 

 JB Consulting 

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This is a live-panel discussion with human resources professionals discussing the important communication and people skills required in all employment situations.  The presenters share suggestions on how to effectively communicate in today’s workplace.   

Part two topics include: 

  • Developing clear writing skills 
  • Interview preparation 
  • Resume development 

 JB Consulting 

Freefly Systems

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Steve McCarron is a morning anchor and reporter for KOMO 4 News.  His interest in broadcast journalism began in 5th grade. He graduated from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University.  Mr. McCarron shares his experience in the broadcast industry. 

KOMO 4 News Site 

Steve McCarron Twitter 

Steve McCarron Facebook 

Steve McCarron Instagram 

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Christy Gibson founded Gibson Bookkeeping in 2005.  Gibson Bookkeeping provides bookkeeping services to small businesses, including setting up online software, cleaning up financial records, software training and ongoing bookkeeping support.   She is also the parent of NSD students.


Gibson Bookkeeping 

American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers

QuickBooks Proadvisor Program:

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Yussef El Guindi is an internationally acclaimed playwright with the ACT Theater in Seattle.  He shares his experiences creating a career in the arts and recommendations for how to follow a student’s passion. 

Yussef El Guindi biography 

ACT Theater

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Chris Holt is responsible for the Cell Therapy Manufacturing Operations at the Bristol Myers Squibb site in Bothell, WA.  Bristol Myers Squibb delivers personalized medicine to patients all over the world. Biotech industry career opportunities are discussed for high school and college graduates.   Mr. Holt is a parent of a NSD student.

Chris Holt
Bristol Myers Squibb 
Shoreline Community College – Project Biotech


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January 30, 2023 12 mins

Michelle Hickey is the manager at the Mountlake Terrace Great Clips.  She began her career as a hair stylist 18 years ago.  She is also a NSD graduate. 

Great Clips 

Evergreen Beauty College

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Host: Kira Dorrian 
Audio Editor: Allison Preisinger 

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Donald Evans comes from a long line of electricians in his family. He is currently the Lead Electrician for Snohomish County Public Works, Solid Waste. Public Works is the largest department in Snohomish County and responsible for many services that affect residents’ lives on a daily basis. Those services are divided into two main categories:
: Developing and maintaining roads, bridges, traffic, and the general transportat...

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Dr. Griffy-Brown is the Senior Associate Dean Executive and Part-Time Programs and Professor of Information Systems Technology Management at Pepperdine University. She works in the area of digital innovation helping organizations leverage new opportunities through analytics, risk evaluation, and emerging technology deployment to achieve their strategic objectives. 

 Dr. Griffy-Brown is also the parent of a NSD student and a board me...

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David Earp is a mechanic specializing in all phases of repair on all cars. He is also a small business owner and Bothell High School alum. Village Transmission and Auto Clinic is a family business in Edmonds Washington, operating since 1964. 

Edmonds Auto Repair - Village Transmission & Auto Clinic

Bottom-Line Impact Groups - RLO Training

Ford Telematics Drive App

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Representative Shelley Kloba serves as Chair of the Commerce & Gaming Committee as well as on the Rural Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources and Capital Budget committees. Representative Kloba is one of Washington’s foremost advocates for data privacy. As sponsor of the People’s Privacy Act, she is leading the fight for individuals to have the right to control their own data as well as for a meaningful avenue for re...

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Tom Lorusso is a Senior User Research Manager working on Amazon Echo devices. User Research is the practice of applying social scientific methods (e.g., usability studies, interviews, surveys, statistics, data analysis) to include customer use cases and feedback into product development. Over the course of his 20+ year career, he has also worked on the Xbox platform and games, phones, operating systems and medical devices working a...

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Christian MacMillan is a Site Foreman for Cornerstone General Contractors where he is responsible for leading, managing, and coordinating the construction for job sites, focusing largely on concrete pouring. Cornerstone provides pre-construction services and construction management for the public and private sectors. Their work ranges from gathering places such as performance arts, athletics, and visitor centers to facilities for j...

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Jesse Merriam has worked on Minecraft for 8 years as an Executive Producer, Creative Director and Program Manager. He owns the program and success for areas or topics within the game, manages the production schedule, communicates and documents plans and pulls people together to facilitate good decision-making about making the game. Plus, he gets to demo Minecraft updates to fun people like Stampy, Mumbo Jumbo, and Ninja and intervi...

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Anders Alexander is the General Manager of United Solar, where he manages company operations. He has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy from Western Washington University and had held a wide variety of positions in the solar industry.

Anders Alexander:
 Anders (An-Dish) Alexander | LinkedIn

United Solar Seattle:

United Solar Seattle | LinkedIn

NABCEP Certification:

Get Certified - NABCEP

Shoreline Community College...

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