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, Senior Program Officer

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.

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What we’re doing

  • Designing solutions in partnership with educators, students, community members, and businesses to address the needs, challenges, and solutions available in career connected learning, including the Career Connect Washington initiative.
  • Engaging business leaders and synthesizing data to identify high demand STEM jobs including those in maritime/aerospace, health care, technology, agriculture, manufacturing/construction sectors.
  • Analyzing and developing promising career pathway programs and scaling these programs across the state to increase access for youth underrepresented in the STEM fields.
  • Developing tools that will allow us to better understand the needs and gaps in credential attainment and career pathway opportunities, as well as labor market data trends.

 

Credential Opportunities by Region and Industry (CORI)

Over 89 percent of Washington youth aspire to complete a postsecondary credential, and yet, only 40 percent of all originating ninth graders from Washington are currently on track to earn a credential by age 26.

Washington STEM has developed the CORI matrix with the intent to deliver meaningful, actionable data that allow us to determine which credentials and career pathways are available to students in every corner of the state. Our goal is to identify systemic roadblocks to student success and, alongside our partners, better support students of color, students from low-income backgrounds, students living in rural areas, and girls and young women. CORI helps us do that by ensuring that the credentials needed to access family-sustaining jobs are available and accessible to those key populations.

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