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"Mendiola, Lee get cleaning trainingBoth Nick Mendiola and Eric Lee of A-1 Certified Cleaning Specialists on Whidbey Island have recently qualified with the Institution of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration as certified carpet cleaning technicians. Mendiola also recently qualified as a certified fabric and upholstery cleaning technician.A-1 Certified Cleaning Specialists is an Oak Harbor company that specializes in professional cleaning of carpets, rugs, upholstery and windows - including water, smoke and fire damage - all over Whidbey Island. The 19-year-old company is owned by Duane Lee. Call 675-5084.Women's investing workshop scheduledEdward Jones and Putnam Investments is having a seminar on Women and Investing Nov. 2 at the Oak Harbor Yacht Club. Seating is limited. Call for reservations before Oct. 24 at 679-2527, 678-2558 or 678-6580.Edward Jones is an investment company located in Oak Harbor on SE Cabot Drive. Scott Dudley, the investment representative at the Oak Harbor office, was recently appointed to the American Funds Group's All-American Team for providing outstanding service to investors.Career center to hold grand openingThe Whidbey Career Center, which offers free workforce development services to the community, is holding an open house and tour of the new facility, which is a comprehensive resource for business and job seekers.The event is scheduled for Nov. 9, from 2 to 5 p.m. The public is invited, including elected officials, business people, educators and job seekers. The facility is located at 31975 Highway 20 in Oak Harbor.The Whidbey Career Center provides up-to-date instructions in all areas of job searching, including skill identification, electronic resume writing and posting, and career exploration. Businesses have access to electronic resume banks, computer job matching services and information on wages, business trends, retraining resources and recruitment.The Career Center is a joint venture dedicated to addressing local workforce development needs. The partners include the Northwest Workforce Development Council, Cascades Job Corps, Community Service Office, Employment Security Department, Opportunities Industrialization Center, the Bellingham Technical College and Skagit Valley College. "

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