Career Connect Southwest

CCSW Newsletter
Quarter 4

From the Governance Board

The Governance Board met on January 24, 2022 to review progress against our Year One Objectives in the Strategic Plan.
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The Board discussed recruiting for vacancies from industries in Clark, Klickitat and Skamania Counties and diversifying our executive leadership. While we are saddened at the retirement of long-time Network advocate, Ben Bagherpour, we are excited to introduce new Board members in Quarter 1 of 2022.

If you’d like more information, or have a potential board member to nominate, please read the board minutes or reach out to me directly at

Columbia River STEM Network

The Columbia River STEM Network is gearing up to launch our paid summer internship program for high school juniors and seniors. Christine Katon is leading an orientation session for educators and counselors on February 22nd via Zoom.
Contact Christine to attend >
Students learn carpentry skills
In partnership with P & C Construction and the Association of General Contractors of Oregon, $11,000 of materials was donated to Mark Morris High School to encourage hands-on learning of carpentry skills. The completed sheds are being donated to a charity of the schools choice. For more information contact Scott Culbertson.

Gorge Advisory Board

Hiring is underway for another Rural Career Navigator to support career-connected learning and lead our summer internship program in the Gorge!

Partnering with the Gorge STEM Hub and the Columbia Gorge Community College, we are designing a Career Expo for high school students. Educators and administrators are invited to provide input on the design of the program here.

Clark Regional CCL Board

Zoom presentation from solar experts
Educators at iTech Prep continue to utilize industry connections to add authenticity and local relevance to their work with students. Recently, four representatives from the world of solar power met with Tom Wolverton’s students to support their exploration of solar cells and solar energy. Industry professionals from SEH-America, Sunbridge Solar, Enphase Energy, and Clark PUD joined Tom’s students for over an hour to share their work and answer questions. Tom said of the experience, “Not only did they gain valuable insight for their upcoming solar cell project, but they also gained insight on running and moderating a Zoom panel!”
Flipped Internships
Flipped Internships have been wildly successful in Clark County, reaching 6 school districts and hundreds of students through classroom-integrated problems guided by industry partners.

Would you like to explore this idea for your students? Contact Scott Culbertson.
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