Skagit Valley College

Training for Business

Customized Training for Business

Does your organization have a training challenge? Let us help!

It is an understood fact that productivity is increased through targeted quality training, but not everyone has the time or money to identify, develop and deliver the training needed. Our staff can offer you a way to meet your training needs and stay within your time and cost budget.

We bring years of expertise in the field of training and education to help you find the right solution. We have the wealth of knowledge and expertise of the Skagit Valley College faculty as well as many expert trainers. We can customize a program in any suitable location at the most affordable price available.

  • Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher
  • Lean, Toyota Kata, Training within Industry 
  • Communication, conflict management, and customer service
  • Leadership, management and supervisory
  • Diversity training 

Meet our Instructors

Lars Antonsen, Marine & Manufacturing

Lars Antonsen, SVC instructor for the Marine Maintenance Technology, Composites, and Manufacturing programs. He is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and has 25 years of experience in long run and commercial printing and ten years as a graphic designer at an advertising firm. Continuing education and training is a driving force for Lars. He is especially dedicated to increasing worker skills sets, inspiring critical thinking and questioning, and teaching management practices that establish safety, quality, and production. Lars has written and developed new courses for SVC, both traditional and on-line.

Max Collette, Communication, Coaching & Teamwork

Max Collette, a certified mediator, trainer, master facilitator and instructor for the SVC Business Management program. Max earned a masters in Organizational Development after 25 years as a professional chef, and provides interactive fun workshops that employ real world leading-edge information.

Richard A. Davis III, Labor & Employment Law

Richard Davis is a principal attorney with the law firm of Chmelik Sitkin & Davis P.S., a business/municipal law firm in Bellingham.  Richard has   practiced law in Bellingham for 25 years and is a graduate of  the  Indiana University School of Law.  His practice focuses on labor and employment law, and civil litigation.   Richard is a frequent presenter for the State of Washington Association of General Contractors and the State of Washington Public Ports Association.  Richard is also the chair of the legal committee for the State of Washington Fire Commissioners Association. Richard limits his labor and employment practice to employers, having represented employers in contract disputes, discrimination and harassment claims, and wrongful discharge cases in state and federal courts as well as the EEOC and National Labor Relations Board.

Kimberly Harris, Diversity and Inclusion

Kimberly Harris, M. Ed., has a background in education and social justice activism, and provides training in cultural awareness for higher education institutions, communities, businesses and social service agencies. Kimberly is trained to facilitate conversations about race, class and gender to promote diversity and inclusion at the workplace.

Darlene Mindrum, Management & Leadership Development

Darlene Mindrum, M.Ed. has over 20 years in training and education both in public and private settings. Her teaching style is fun, interactive and hands-on helping workers of all types engage and learn new skills to help them be more successful on the job. She has worked in manufacturing at a leadership level, taught at Skagit Valley College, and trained staff at several local manufacturers.


Bill Overby, Management & Leadership Development

Bill Overby - During a career spanning over 32 years with State Parks, Bill served in several park ranger and management assignments throughout the state, and managed the Deception Pass Area for the final twenty years of his career.  It was while working at Deception Pass that Bill began an association with Skagit Valley College as an instructor in its Parks Resources Management and the Criminal Justice programs.  Involved with park academy training since its inception at Everett Community College in 1985, Bill has been a lead instructor or academy coordinator for the past 26 years at Skagit, and as a training instructor for many years with State Parks.  A reflection of the magnitude of this service is his being named the winner of the prestigious 2007 President’s Award by the Washington Recreation and Park Association.


Tony Salas, Business Management, Marketing and Sales

Tony Salas has been in the Retail and Restaurant industries for over 35 years. Tony served as a Manager, District Manager, Regional Manager, Trainer, Consultant, or Owner with over 20 years as the owner of a consultancy helping small and medium sized businesses maximize their sales and profitability. Tony’s broad experience in business gives him the unique ability to see a business from both the inside and outside, making his work with clients easy to understand and impactful. He has participated with numerous community business organizations to promote small business growth and sustainability and served as President of the Sedro-Woolley Chamber of Commerce. Tony has developed courses for businesses in Marketing, Networking, and Sales Process Design. He has participated in the implementation of these processes to develop business expertise and productivity. Tony’s areas of specialization include Marketing and Advertising in both the traditional and digital world, Branding, Sales Process Design, Training Systems, Organization, and Retail Development.

Contact Us

Kim Davis
Director, Business & Customized Training

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