Building Partnerships that Let ALL Southwest Washington Youth See What They Can Be
Businesses, Community Based Organizations and Educators in Washington state are working together to ensure youth develop the necessary skills to participate in the 21st-century economy and graduate STEM Literate. Our Network of leaders ensures quality, equal access and accountability by convening partners, implementing Career Readiness programs and helping organizations to sustain and scale their work. When businesses and the community work collaboratively with education in a systematic and focused way, they can develop a strong workforce and in turn develop a strong economic future for their community.
We organize our programming and support along the Washington Career Connected Learning Framework, which begins in kindergarten and supports students through high school and into their chosen career pathway. A critical component in this work is an engaged employer base and community partners that provide expertise and mentoring, as well as work-related learning experiences.
Career Exploration provides opportunities for students to consider the vast range of employment opportunities in their community and beyond.
Internships and apprenticeships, both paid and for school credit, are critical to help build social capital and transition from high school to career.
Career Launch is a certified partnership that develops an earn-as-you-learn model to support youth out of secondary school.
Each student graduates with clear pathways from school to prosperous career opportunities that are not predictable by social, cultural, gender, racial or economic factors.
Career Connect SW engages with K12, higher education, business, industry and the community to expand the skilled workforce through work-related learning opportunities that serve K12 students in every community in the ESD 112 region.