Career Connected Learning creates pathways to success

Washington state ranks second in the concentration of STEM jobs, and opportunities to access family wage STEM careers are rapidly growing. Washington STEM works with industry and education leaders to link students with the education and skills needed to access STEM jobs across the state.

Career Connected Learning creates pathways to success

Washington state ranks second in the concentration of STEM jobs, and opportunities to access family wage STEM careers are rapidly growing. Washington STEM works with industry and education leaders to link students with the education and skills needed to access STEM jobs across the state.
Gilda Wheeler, Program Director

Overview

 
A strong cradle to career STEM education prepares students for high-demand and high-paying jobs. Students on a strong career pathway, accessed through STEM education, contribute to the vitality of their families, communities, and local economies.

We estimate only 41 percent of Washington’s students are currently on track to earn a postsecondary
credential; whereas 70 percent of the plentiful high-demand and family-wage careers in our state will require such credentials by 2030. Career connected learning is the bridge that puts young people on the pathway to a postsecondary credential and a rewarding career.

 

 

What we’re doing

  • Designing solutions in partnership with educators, students, community members, and businesses about the needs, challenges, and solutions available in career connected learning.
  • Engaging business leaders and synthesizing data to identify high demand STEM jobs across the maritime, health care, technology, agriculture, and food manufacturing sectors.
  • Learning what employers are looking for in new employees and matching skills training with workforce needs.
  • Analyzing promising career pathway programs and determining how to scale these programs to increase access for under-served youth.
STEM STORIES See All Stories
Earth-to-Space: It's the West Sound STEM Network
On December 12 1,000 students from the West Sound STEM Network spoke with NASA astronauts living, working and doing research aboard the International Space Station.
Kaiser Permanente: Supporting STEM, Educating Our Future Health Care Workforce
Susan Mullaney, President of Kaiser Permanente Washington, speaks on the importance of equality in STEM education and the positive impact it has on health care workforce development at the 2017 Washington STEM Summit at Microsoft.
STEM Like ME! introduces students to real STEM
Inspiring students to pursue careers in engineering starts in the classroom. STEM Like ME! empowers teachers to introduce STEM professionals into the classroom to educate students about what careers are available to them.
2018 ADVOCACY DAY
Last week, Washington STEM staff traveled to Olympia to meet with legislators to advocate for STEM education issues.