Career Connect Washington Win

Greater Spokane Inc. (GSI), led by the Spokane STEM Network,
has been selected for the second time by Career Connect Washington (CCW) as one
of only nine recipients to receive a grant to continue our work enhancing
workforce development across the region.

CCW was created by Governor Jay Inslee in 2018, with support
and funding by the Washington State Legislature, to provide our state’s young
people with expanded opportunities to gain real-world experience through a
fully integrated career connected learning system. Business, labor, educators,
government agencies, non-profit organizations and many others have come
together to create a strategy for making these opportunities available in every
part of our state to every student as part of their academic journey. GSI/Spokane
STEM was named eastern Washington’s (NEWESD 101) CCW Regional Network for our
region two years ago as part of a biennial grant and this renaming will carry
forward that designation.

“We are thrilled to continue serving as NEWESD 101’s CCW Regional Network for the next biennium! Building an integrated network of opportunities for young people to learn about careers, explore their talents and be supported on a pathway toward economic self-sufficiency is key for our region’s recovery and growth. We look forward to connecting more employer, education, labor and community partnerships throughout eastern Washington to drive this work forward,” said Cassidy Peterson, Executive Director for Spokane STEM.

In the past two years of funding as the Regional Network,
GSI/Spokane STEM has convened regional leadership teams, represented CCW on a number
of local boards and committees, supported multiple CCW Program Intermediary
funding applications and Career Launch endorsements and continued offering career
connected learning programing for teachers and students.

With this support and working with the other eight CCW Regional
Networks across the state GSI/Spokane STEM will continue to convene and support
our current CCW Program Intermediaries and look for more opportunities for
projects in our region to receive funding. We also look towards increasing the
number of Career Launch endorsements (as well as sectors represented) and
participation of young people in Career Launch, Career Preparation and Career
Exploration activities across our region. Through these efforts, expanding equitability
and accessibility in Career Exploration programs is paramount, ensuring all
students regardless of demographics are given a chance to pursue various paths.
This work benefits both students in the eastern Washington region who face
greater barriers to opportunity as well as the business community looking to
recruit a new generation of workers. GSI’s Career Connected Learning Manager, Maria
Vigil, works in tandem with NEWESD 101’s Career Connected Learning Coordinator
and regional CCW Program Intermediaries to drive the work of our CCW Regional
Network. Please reach out to Maria
Vigil
with any questions.

Article Source: Greater Spokane