CI Employment Services

CI Employment Services (CIES) assists people with disabilities or other barriers as they find meaningful employment in our local community. Job seekers can utilize their unique skills in positions suited to their abilities while local businesses benefit from hiring valuable, quality employees. CIES staff are experts in assisting people with gaining employment, assessing their challenges and identifying how to best promote their wide range of skills to employers.

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Job Seeker Services

We help job seekers with disabilities and other barriers obtain and maintain employment in a variety of ways. This includes job placement at a competitive-wage business, job search and skills training, job development and job carving, career counseling and resume building, personalized job coaching and assessment services.

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Foundational Community Supports

Foundational Community Supports (FCS) is a program offering benefits for supported employment for Medicaid-eligible individuals with complex needs. As a provider for FCS, Columbia Industries provides services and support to help people obtain and maintain stable employment.

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Student Services

We don't work with just adults - we have several options for high school students. Services include School to Work, where high school students receive educational credit for completing trial work experiences. Work Based Learning is an option in which students referred by DVR gain real-life work experience. Work Place Readiness students learn important skills to prepare them for interviews and jobs. Job shadows are another way students can learn more about a local business.

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Employer Services

Our team of professional, dedicated Employment Consultants help all types of businesses find innovative solutions for their staffing needs. We provide customized job training and hands-on learning to make sure our job seekers understand their duties, and we offer ongoing training and continued support to both the employee and employer. Our services can help employers foster more diverse, inclusive workplaces.

CI Employment Services Overview

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Current Partners Include

  • Arlene’s Flowers
  • At Michele’s
  • Benton Franklin Humane Society
  • Best Buy
  • Burlington
  • CG Public House
  • Chicken Shack
  • Chinook Healthcare
  • Chuck E Cheese
  • CI Solutions
  • Coffee Crush
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • Dairy Queen
  • Federal Building
  • Foster Thrift Store
  • Goodwill
  • Grocery Outlet (Kennewick/Richland)
  • Hubby’s Pizza
  • Kadlec Hospital Kitchen
  • Lamb Weston
  • Level Up Preschool & Childcare, LLC
  • Life Care Center of Kennewick
  • Lowes
  • Mac’s Garden Center
  • Magill’s
  • Marshalls (TJX)
  • Mid-Columbia Libraries
  • Minuteman Press
  • Paradise Bottled Water
  • Parish of the Holy Spirit
  • Raan Coffee
  • Ranch and Home
  • Red Lion Hotels
  • Repeat Boutique
  • Rite Aid
  • Round Table Pizza
  • Safeway
  • Seattle Children’s Boutique
  • Senior Life Resources NW
  • Sports Page
  • Sunscapes, Inc.
  • Tommy Nobis Center
  • Tri-Cities Family Law
  • Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce-Specialty Kitchen
  • US Linen
  • Victoria’s Academy
  • WinCo (Richland)
  • Wing Stop (Pasco)
  • Yokes (All Tri-Cities)

Columbia Industries and CI Employment Services are proud to be accredited by CARF, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

Please contact us today if you’re a job seeker interested in using our services or a business who wants to learn more about employing people with disabilities and barriers.

To learn more about our scope of services, client rights and grievance policy, please view a copy of our Employment Services handbook here.


“Gracie was eager and excited to learn. Her smile and enthusiasm made me offer her the job. She has done a great job, and in fact, she has recently been offered increased hours. My advice to other employers would be to just give someone [with a disability] a chance. If one person doesn’t work out, try someone else and give them an opportunity.”

Kelly O’Leary

Hubby’s Pizza

“CJ is a quick learner, she’s so nice and does a great job of connecting with all our staff. CJ brings positivity to our workplace. She always says good morning and connects with all the employees. It just makes your day brighter. I had worked with CI before and knew I wanted to again. I would recommend working with CI; it’s great for our community and for Red Lion. It just takes a compassionate manager who is willing to slow down. I really like working with CI.”

Toni Baumgartner

Director of Housekeeping, Red Lion Hotel Pasco