Career Connect Southwest
From the Governance Board

Welcome to the 2022-23 Network Newsletter. We've redesigned our layout to better provide Network members with information related to our shared goals. Below you'll find timely information, contacts and resources that link to our collective work to increase Career Readiness for all students in the ESD112 region.

The Governance Board has selected the new co-chairs for 2022-24! Welcome Mel Netzhammer, Chancellor of WSUV and Amy Martinez, CEO of the South Central Workforce Board.

Career Connect SW offers programs and assistance from cradle to career. If you’d like more information about our Early STEM work, LASER or other services, please read the board minutes or reach out to me directly:


Postsecondary Enrollment and Completion

High schools are invited to join Career Connect SW (ESD112) and Washington STEM in a collaborative project to close the gap between students’ college-going aspirations and direct postsecondary enrollment, in a project called High School to Postsecondary: Improving Outcomes Through Inclusive School Based Inquiry. Participating schools will receive a stipend, and be a part of a statewide cohort.

Financial Aid Literacy/FAFSA/WASFA completion support

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Increased Participation in Career Connected Learning

We aim to engage 5,000 students from historically underserved communities in early and often career exploration. Jobs for the Future writes that the “too little, too late” approach can have serious equity consequences because, without formal career exploration activities, young people from affluent backgrounds may learn about high-wage careers through their families’ networks but young people from families with fewer resources and social capital often don’t get those opportunities.”
The CCSW Team has multiple programs to support connecting students to meaningful Career Exploration in support of their High School and Beyond Plan.
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Manufacturing Worksite Tours

Educators also need to learn and experience the high-wage, sustainable jobs in our region! Join us on a tour of local manufacturer, Innovative Composite Engineering in White Salmon from 4-5pm on Thursday, October 20.


Rigorous STEM Experiences & Community Partnerships

In Southwest Washington, 79% of family-wage jobs in the region require a credential beyond a high school diploma. Of these, 45% will require STEM literacy as a core skill. But Elementary STEM education is in decline.

LASER (Leadership Assistance for STEM Education Reform) has funding and resources to help you develop a K12 strategic plan to increase time on K-5 STEM. Contact to learn more.
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Flipped Internships

Flipped Internships are a great way to meaningfully connect professional mentors to your classroom and create authenticity in your curriculum. All K12 Educators are encouraged to contact for more information.
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