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Skagit STEM December 2017 Newsletter

December 2017 News
  Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for a Prosperous New Year!
Nearly $1 million for local youth career growth, thanks to  Career Connect NW 
Nearly 900 young adults in Island, San Juan, Skagit and Whatcom counties will have new career learning experiences and expanded apprenticeship opportunities, thanks to new federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funds distributed as part of the Governor's Career Connect Washington Initiative to support career connected learning that engages and trains young adults on 21st century skills employers need. 
Skagit STEM and the Northwest Workforce Council led the local application team, which brought businesses together with schools, apprenticeships, community and technical colleges, and local youth organizations to connect young adults with local businesses.
The initiative promotes and expands Registered Apprenticeship and Career Connected Learning (CCL) with an emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) occupations as talent recruitment and development strategies for businesses with a focus on high-demand, family-wage careers.
Gov. Jay Inslee announced a total of $6.4 million in grants to 11 Career Connect teams across Washington, expecting to benefit roughly 29,000 young adults through 2019. Career Connect Northwest received $957,255, the second highest award amount after Seattle-King County.
The grants support the Career Connect Washington initiative Gov. Inslee launched May 31 at the Governor's Summit on Career Connected Learning.  The initiative's goal is to connect 100,000 students during the next five years with employer internships, registered apprenticeships, and other career connected learning to prepare them for high-demand jobs.
Read the full story here.
Together we can make a difference by bridging the gap between education and the jobs of the future. Volunteer today by  becoming a Career Connected Learning Industry Mentor through the Skagit STEM Network.

It's easy! If you have a couple hours a year, you can become an Industry Mentor. If you want to be more involved, you can do that too! Pick an activity that works for you and your organization:
Participate in a STEM or Career Fair!
Get involved in a classroom!
Offer a tour of your organization or business!
Join the STEM Like Me Program!
Provide a job shadow opportunity!
Offer a paid/unpaid internship!
Click here to get started or contact Shaun Doffing at  or 360.941.6929.
Washington Opportunity 
Scholarships available in January
Last year, a record 42 students from Skagit County received $945,000 in STEM-Focused Scholarship Funding through the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS). Each student received a maximum of $22,500 towards their in-state bachelor's degree.
In 2018, WSOS will select 1,850 applicants in Washington to receive new scholarships awards and career-building programs to low- and middle-income students pursuing eligible, high-demand science, technology, engineering, mathematics and health care majors in Washington State. If you are curious, innovative, analytical, and/or resourceful, this is an incredible opportunity to join a community committed to you and the economic development of our state.
The WSOS application will be available through the WSOS website from January 2 through  February 28, 2018. Click here to learn more.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for our Skagit students," said Michelle Judson, Skagit STEM Network Director. "The scholarships will enable our students to earn high-demand degrees, providing them with the technical and critical skills needed to thrive in today's jobs and excel in the unknown jobs of tomorrow."

Judson said  this year's goal is to have 100 successful applicants from Skagit County. #100WSOSSkagitScholars 
STEM Like Me! rocks 
Sedro-Woolley students
With mentors like Jorge Lozada, PACCAR engineer pictured at right, sharing inspiring stories, Cascade Middle School students explored careers at the Sedro-Woolley School District's first STEM Like Me! event.
The seventh-graders took turns at each of four stations, learning about engines from a PACCAR engineer, project management from a former software project manager, the medical field from a respiratory therapist and the geology field.
"I'd love to see the students start to see what kinds of careers are available to them and maybe start to identify something they're passionate about," STEM Network coordinator Shaun Doffing said in a Skagit Valley Herald story. "Once they start to understand what they might want to do as a career, school starts to look a lot different."
Read the full Herald article here.
"Most Likely to Succeed" film event explores future of Skagit education
Hundreds of people joined the conversation at the historic Lincoln Theatre in September for the Skagit STEM Network sponsored documentary "Most Likely to Succeed," which showcases what its makers deem are the failings in today's education system, and the need to be innovative for the future.
Prior to the screening, a terrific panel discussion with all Superintendents in Skagit County took place. Click  here to check out the awesome conversation that explored education possibilities in Skagit.
Thanks to Sedro-Woolley High School for filming the event! Click here to read the story in the Skagit Valley Herald.
Partner Focus
Community Action of Skagit County  is a community-based, private nonprofit organization unaffiliated with any government agency. Community Action serves Skagit County and partners with a nationwide network of Community Action agencies established under the Economic Opportunity Action of 1964 to move local families and communities from poverty to prosperity.
Last year, Community Action helped nearly 30,000 hard-working individuals and families find tools and support to get out of poverty while mobilizing more than 3,000 volunteers. Yet, as the gap widens between housing expenses and local wages, they saw a 21% increase in service needs from 2015 to 2016.
To address the size of the issues in our community, Community Action has launched a capital campaign to purchase and renovate a new services center in Skagit County at 160 Cascade Place in Burlington, WA. To learn more, click  here.

Here are some recent news stories we found of interest:
Seattle Times
Skagit Valley Herald
Diversity in STEAM Magazine
Skagit Valley Herald
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December 2017 News
T he Skagit STEM Network can be a game changer for our students, our economy and our region.
Formed in 2015 as a part of the Washington STEM program, the Network's goal is to bring together Skagit's schools, students, businesses, government, school districts, EDASC, and the community to help every Skagit student succeed in tomorrow's economy.
Through leadership, advocacy, sharing best practices and leveraging resources, the Skagit STEM Network is a catalyst for innovative thinking and action.
STEM education opens doors for every Skagit student to succeed.
And it allows our students to  DREAM BIG.
With your participation and support, we can help keep Skagit thriving by creating an even more amazing place to live, learn, work and play.
Our Goal
Every student succeeds. A thriving Skagit County with a terrific quality of life.  An amazing place to live, work and play.
We are passionate about helping every student succeed in the 21st Century.  We aim to lead the STEM charge in Washington State, and serve as a model for innovative thinking and action.
Join us and pass along the power of STEM.
Contact Us:
Shaun Doffing
Sedro-Woolley School District
(360) 941-6929
Skagit STEM Network Planning Partners
Sedro-Woolley School District
City of Sedro-Woolley
Port of Skagit
Skagit Valley College
Janicki Industries
PeaceHealth / United General Hospital
Community Based  Organization 
Planning Partners
Boy Scouts of America, Mount Baker Council
Children's Museum of Skagit County
Community Action of Skagit County
Girl Scouts of Western Washington
Junior Achievement of Washington
Northwest Innovation Resource Center 
Northwest Workforce Council
Skagit Community Foundation
Skagit County Child and Family Consortium 
Skagit School District Partners
La Conner
Mount Vernon
Other Skagit School Partners
Immaculate Conception Regional School

KSVR Radio
Skagit County
Skagit Publishing
Washington STEM
"STEM skills are critical for our students' futures. 
"By encouraging students to become more engaged in STEM education, the Skagit STEM Network is making an important investment in the next generation of workers and in the long-term health of our economy." 
- U.S. Congressman Rick Larsen (WA-02)