The Spokane STEM Network, housed within Greater Spokane Inc. (GSI), is NEWESD 101’s Career Connect Washington (CCW) Regional Network; one of nine CCW Regional Networks across the state, identified by educational service districts (ESD). CCW Regional Networks play an integral role in scaling regional, cross-industry partnerships that lead to expansion of career connected learning (CCL) opportunities for Washington youth. As Spokane STEM facilitates this work, the CCW work will be imbedded within our regular STEM newsletters.
October 7, 2020
Program Updates
Starting on Tuesday! Every Tuesday from October 6-November 10, a virtual career fair for high schoolers will take place, connecting students living in rural and remote communities to career pathways, career and technical education programs and to local businesses. Employers and students – register for FREE today for the week(s) you’d like to participate in!

To learn more, please contact Maria Vigil at
"State of Innovation Challenge” is the Governor’s and Career Connect Washington’s new statewide virtual career connected learning project for Fall 2020/Spring 2021.
The challenge will:
  • Invite students and teachers to help the state solve one of three current real world problems (e.g. supporting mental health during the pandemic, re-designing public spaces for a post-COVID-19 world etc). All the challenges are open-ended problems and connect to CTE pathways.
  • Invite teachers to share lesson plans related to the challenge with other teachers across the state via a new open educational resource site.
  • Identify the most creative responses from students and teachers, who will receive special recognition at the end of the challenge event. 
Career Connect Washington (CCW) released their Round 5 of funding for Program Intermediaries. Spokane STEM is CCW’s Regional Network for NEWESD 101 (eastern Washington), we are happy to answer any questions you might have as you look into this opportunity. We are always looking to bring more opportunities to students in our seven counties and are excited to see more funding available! Applications are due by 5:00 pm PST on November 13, 2020.  
Partner Shoutouts
Congrats! The Community Colleges of Spokane has been awarded an $89,546 state grant in a competitive process to help Running Start students with the costs of attending community college.
Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College were two of six community colleges in the state to receive the Running Start scholarships. The colleges were judged on their partnerships with K-12 schools, commitment by college leadership to increase participation by low-income students, the strength of their course offerings and their COVID-19 response.
BECU and the CCS Foundation’s Running Start for Careers initiative has been selected as one of three national finalists for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines’ Strong Communities Award. Part of the winner selection process is the number of community votes each project receives over a five-day period. If selected, Running Start for Careers would receive $15,000 to support local students.
To make this impact a reality, for our students, local industries and community college network, we’re asking that you vote for this initiative each day, from October 5-9, and that you share this news with your circle. Together, we can make our community stronger!
WSOS’s Career and Technical Scholarship (CTS) is now accepting applications! This scholarship supports Washington residents of any age on their path to high-demand, family-wage careers in the trades, STEM and health care. The deadline to apply is October 22, 2020.
Written by Amanda Gilliam, Marketing Manager, Mobius
We're excited to announce that Mobius has consolidated its two locations. The children’s museum, formerly located in the lower level of River Park Square, will move into the space that the science center occupies in the Post Street Annex of the historic Washington Water Power building. Together, the children’s museum and science center will be transformed into Mobius Discovery Center. 
Mobius Discovery Center will take advantage of the strongest aspects of the play-based children’s museum and the inquiry-based science center, incorporating them into one discovery center. They been hard at work revamping the space inside the historic building to include the most popular exhibits from both the children’s museum and the science center. As one nonprofit, the children’s museum and science center have always shared the same mission. Now, we get to share the same home.

Read more here!
Women in Engineering: The Society of Women Engineers at UC Davis is
hosting a 10 week long mentorship program to support underrepresented students
who are interested in applying to engineering majors. The program is open to high school seniors who identify as female, gender nonconforming, non-binary or gender expansive individuals. 
Climate Change and Agriculture Seminar: Washington Green Schools, NEWESD 101 and NCESD are convening scientists and educators VIRTUALLY to investigate climate science topics, make connections to local climate-related phenomena like the impact of agriculture on air quality and identify Next Generation Science Standards learning opportunities for students in grades 6-12.

Wagstaff Inc.-Virtual Business AfterSchool: We are taking Business AfterSchool Virtual! There will be a short presentation of various jobs at Wagstaff, and then a live Q and A with staff members. Come and learn from professionals in the manufacturing industry!
Ongoing Career Connected Learning Resources
  • CareerExploreNW: a community tool designed to guide people toward a job or career as well as help region employers create a talent pipeline.
  • CareerConnect@Home: a virtual career exploration opportunity for students to learn about real jobs and industries in Washington.
  • A “Virtual Tour with a KC-135 Crew : receive an up-close look at a KC-135 and hear from a pilot, boom operator and a maintainer to learn how they deliver Rapid Global Mobility.
  • Mobius Virtual Programs: Follow along with 1 hour, live, virtual STEM experiences guided by a Mobius Educator on Zoom. From dissections to experiments, these interactive programs focus on building a strong STEM foundation with engaging science activities and demonstrations. This program is for families looking to ignite their student’s inner scientist through a small group live session. 
  • STEM Events: Stay up to date on current events and submit your own to our calendar!
We Need Your Help! Have You Facilitated Events Or Opportunities That Have Taught Students About Careers?
As part of Spokane STEM's responsibility as NEWESD 101's Career Connect Washington Regional Network, data needs to be collected about experiences that introduce students to careers. This could be anything from career fairs, classroom speakers, career panels, worksite tours, job shadows and more.

If you have helped create the experiences, or know someone who has, please complete this survey. Data helps us better tell the story about career connected learning happening in our region, to pair with what else is happening across the state. Thank you!

For easier sharing purposes, you may use this link:
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About Spokane STEM
Spokane STEM is a collaborative effort of early learning, K-12, higher education, business and community organizations to further STEM learning and innovation throughout our region. The work of Spokane STEM is supported by Greater Spokane Inc., in partnership with the NorthEast Washington Education Service District 101.

About Career Connect WA
Career Connect Washington was created by Governor Jay Inslee, with support and funding provided by the Washington State Legislature, to provide our state’s young people with expanded opportunities to gain real-world experience through a fully integrated career connected learning system. Business, labor, educators, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and many others have come together to create a strategy for making these opportunities available in every part of our state to every student as part of their academic journey.
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