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.

$500,000 Computer Science Grant for our students in SW Washington! 

In 2017, Washington STEM, in partnership with Washington’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), announced the first round of $4 million in grants to statewide schools, school districts, educational service districts, higher education institutions, nonprofits, and community based organizations to support computer science education. ESD112 was awarded one of these competitive grants which will make it possible for professional development for teachers, obtainment of technology, and the expansion of computer science course offerings and programs throughout SW Washington. Grant recipients must have partnered with private organizations and individuals to be eligible for the grant from OSPI. Because the STEM Network has developed a partnership with the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Clark County to put on the education component of the Digital Technology Expo, the ESD112 was able to leverage this event as part of the private match which helped ESD112 secure the $500,000 Computer Science Grant for our students in SW Washington.

Over 2,500 area students attended STEM Networking events to spark interest in STEM Careers!

During the 2015-16 School Year, Future Connect’s program partnered with more than 100 businesses and governmental organizations to provide a variety of College and Career Related activities to more than 2,500 middle and high school students. Future Connect activities include individual experiences like informational interviews as well as group activities at schools where community professionals visited and shared career information in “speed networking”, guest speaking, and mock interviewing events.

 

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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