Career Connect Southwest

CCSW Newsletter
Quarter 2

From the Governance Board

The Governance Board hosted our critical partner, Washington STEM’s Chief Program Officer Andy Shouse on April 19, 2022 to review our shared work in Early STEM, K12 STEM Education and Career Pathways.
Washington STEM
One of these partnerships is the statewide STEM Rising Star program, which acknowledges young women pursuing STEM careers in each ESD. Read on for our three local nominees and stay tuned on social media for the announcement of our Southwest Washington STEM Rising Star who will share the statewide stage with 8 of their peers for the next year, with the support of Washington STEM.

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 at

Columbia River STEM Network

The Columbia River STEM Network has several paid summer internships available to students. Contact Christine to attend >

WSU Wahkiakum Extension is the newest grantee from Career Connect WA’s Program Builder funding. They will collaborate across Wahkiakum and Naselle Grays River Valley school districts with 4-H volunteers, industry partners, school staff and students to grow student access to high-demand careers in manufacturing and IT.
Audrey Zdunich

STEM Rising Star

Congratulations to Audrey Zdunich, Columbia River STEM Network’s Rising Star from R.A. Long High school in Longview.

Gorge Advisory Board

We are hiring!!

We’re looking for a Rural Career Navigator to support career-connected learning for our 9 school districts in the Gorge!

Paid Summer Internships

We have 30 Paid Summer Internships available for students 16 and older in Klickitat and Skamania counties. Applications available on our website.
Lexi Manning

STEM Rising Star

Congratulations to Alexis Manning from Pacific Crest Innovation Academy - the STEM Rising Star Representing the Gorge.

Clark Regional CCL Board

The Network has launched the Early Childhood Job Shadow portal for any student interested in exploring this career pathway. Students can register here to be matched with a local, licensed child care provider for a full-day experience!
Kaylee Kirkelie

STEM Rising Star

Congratulations to Clark County Stem Rising Star, Kaylee Kirkelie from Ridgefield High School.
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