Career Connect Southwest

Focused on the Vancouver, WA region, Career Connect Southwest (formerly the Southwest Washington STEM Network) works to ensure all students in the region have the knowledge, skills, and experiences that unlock futures, a prosperous economy, and innovation.

Career Connect Southwest

Focused on the Vancouver, WA region, Career Connect Southwest (formerly the Southwest Washington STEM Network) works to ensure all students in the region have the knowledge, skills, and experiences that unlock futures, a prosperous economy, and innovation.
Vickei Hrdina
Director of STEM Initiatives, Career Connect Southwest

Overview

Career Connect Southwest is working to ensure that every student in the region has the knowledge, skills, and experiences that can unlock futures, build a globally engaged community, ensure a prosperous economy, and inspire innovation.

STEM by the Numbers

Washington STEM’s annual STEM by the Numbers reports let us know if the system is supporting more students, especially students of color, students living in poverty and/or rural backgrounds, and young women, to be on track to attain high-demand credentials.

View Career Connect Southwest’s STEM by the Numbers report here.
For citations and references on this report, click here.

Programs + Impact

A few of Career Connect Southwest’s accomplishments are listed below.

The Southwest Network brings Early STEM directly to families

The STEM Initiatives Team at Career Connect SW has invested in several programs to meet families where they are and provide simple, fun ways to support our youngest learners in engaging in STEM.

  • Math Anywhere! Since 2017, Math Anywhere has been working to create place-based media and visiting with children and their grown-ups in different community spaces to share our ideas. You can explore some of the prompts we have created at the program website. We hope these will broaden how you think about math and inspire you to play with math in the places you visit every day.
  • STEM Swap! Is a free preschool computer science loan program for all providers in the ESD112 Childcare Aware consortium. We know that students benefit from early learning about pattern recognition, sequencing, decomposing problems, and creating solutions. The products that we have selected will support caregivers in developing these skills while protecting children from overexposure to screen time.
  • STEM@Home began building mini-kits to help families continue learning (Link: http://www.stemmaterials.org/stemathome/) within a week of the Governor’s Stay at Home, Stay Safe order in April 2020. By June, our team delivered over 20,000 materials sets to families in each district across southwest Washington. Resources are available on our website to help continue STEM@home, during remote or hybrid instruction – and beyond!

Externship program offers teachers a glimpse into construction industry needs

15 math and science educators from across the region spent the week of July 13, 2020 visiting school facilities, active construction sites, and construction-related businesses in an effort to become better acquainted with the current and future needs of the industry. During the course of the week-long program brought to the region by Associated General Contractors of Oregon, participating teachers practiced social distancing as they visited a variety of worksites and learned about the skills local employers are seeking in order for their new hires to hit the ground running. Learn more about this externship by heading over to the Career Connect Southwest website.

Coding Professional Development

In Career Connect Southwest’s Network, 38 elementary school teachers and 32 middle school teachers received professional development in delivering integrating coding and programming. This resulted in an additional 5,500 students in SW Washington receiving coding and programming instruction.

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