About the Foundation
Cascadia Technical Academy Foundation was incorporated in 1992 as a separate 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization to raise funds and to provide financial stewardship and support for Cascadia Technical Academy (formerly Clark County Skills Center) programs and students. The Foundation Board of Directors promotes a tradition of philanthropy in the Clark County community. Board members represent a diverse group of enthusiastic and talented individuals from southwest Washington. The Foundation Board includes business professionals, civic leaders, accountants, attorneys, consultants, educators and entrepreneurs.
About Cascadia Technical Academy
Cascadia Technical Academy is a regional technical school serving students from ten southwest Washington school districts. The mission of Cascadia Tech is “to prepare each student with the relevant skills and knowledge for learning, career and life.”
Students leave Cascadia Tech highly skilled and ready for entry-level employment or continuing education in high-demand/high-skill jobs. Over the last five years 68% (more than 2 out of 3) of Cascadia Tech graduates are working or continuing their education related to their Cascadia Tech Academy technical program while maintaining an unemployment rate of four percent.*
*The unemployment rate for ages 18-20 in Washington State is over 16%.
The Power of Giving
Philanthropy can transform the lives of Cascadia Tech students through scholarships, purchase of state-of-the-art equipment and technology, and growing the Foundation’s endowment fund. Cascadia Technical Academy Foundation Board of Directors encourage unrestricted and endowment giving. Unrestricted gifts enable the Board to designate funding for the areas of most critical needs. Gifts to grow the endowment fund will ensure that long-range financial planning is possible through availability of annual interest income.
Return on Investment
Workforce preparation has immeasurable economic benefits for the local community. Cascadia Tech graduates repay the entire cost of their education within two years of employment through payroll taxes in the career they were trained to pursue.