Our Team

We are business, education, and community leaders with expertise in partnering businesses and educators to develop work-based academic programs for young people to explore, learn, and earn money or college level credit.


Vickei Hrdina

Executive Director

Vickei works to align and support career-related initiatives while advocating to ensure all SW Washington students graduate career ready.

Scott Culbertson

Career Connected Learning Coordinator

Scott uses his 20+ years of business experience and his experience as a CTE teacher to help educators design and build Career Connected Learning programs that connect students and industry.

Chad Mullen

Business/Community Engagement Manager

Chad builds relationships with business and community partners to facilitate career-connected learning experiences for students across Southwest Washington.

Christine Katon

Rural Career Navigator

Christine supports school districts in Cowlitz and Wahkiaum counties by connecting students directly to Career Explore, Prep and Launch activities in pathways of their interest. She supports school counselors and employers by streamlining the work-based learning system for the region.

Our Statewide Partners

Career Connect Southwest (SW) is one of nine regional career connected learning networks under the larger Career Connect Washington (CCW) as well as a partner network of Washington STEM.

Career Connect Washington

Career Connect Washington works statewide to combine classroom learning with practical career experiences for youth and young adults.

Washington STEM

Washington STEM advances excellence, innovation, and equity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education for all Washington students.


Working with the state’s 295 public school districts and 6 state-tribal education compact schools, OSPI allocates funding and provides tools, resources, and technical assistance so every student in Washington is provided a high-quality public education.