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.
March 10, 2021
Program Updates
Round 6 of Career Connect Washington Intermediary Funding Request for Proposals (RFP) is now available via Washington Electronic Business Solutions (WEBS). We encourage any potential applicants who would be interested and qualified to develop or expand high quality career connected programs to apply for this funding. While the bidders conference has already happened, a recording can be found here. Applications are due by 5:00 pm PST on March 22, 2021.

Please reach out to Maria Vigil if you have any questions.
Through funding made possible by Career Connect Washington's (CCW) High-Need Regional Network funding in 2020, the Spokane STEM Network, in partnership with Apple STEM at NCESD 171 is planning a spring career connected learning opportunity for fifth to eighth graders in rural districts across ESD 101 and ESD 171. The goal of these events is to expose these students to Career and Technical Education (CTE) opportunities offered in their district so they can pursue those interests while signing up for middle and high school courses. High school students and Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) will lead these opportunities for the younger students so that peer-to-peer connections can be made and the older students have a place to practice their own leadership skills and share their experiences. 
CCW has opened Data Analyst Career Connect Washington Intermediary Funding Request for Proposals (RFP), via Washington Electronic Business Solutions (WEBS). This RFP is for any entity interested and qualified to perform the role of the intermediary and work with regional networks, industry and education partners to grow employer partnerships to offer more paid training opportunities for enrolled students, and to build pathways in partnership with Washington higher education institutions for the Data Analyst Career Launch Program. While the bidders conference has already happened, a recording can be found hereApplications are due by 5:00 pm PST on March 22, 2021.

If you have any questions on this funding please reach out to Maria Vigil.
CCW has opened the Cloud Computing Career Connect Washington Intermediary Funding Request for Proposals (RFP), via Washington Electronic Business Solutions (WEBS). Potential applicants are those who would be interested and qualified to develop or expand high quality career connected programs and grow employer partnerships to offer more paid training opportunities for students, and to develop a process for interns to apply and be selected across multiple education institutions and multiple employers across Washington for the Cloud Computing Career Launch. Applicants are invited to join us for the Bidders Conference on Monday, March 15, 1 pm – 2:30 pm. Applications are due by 5:00 pm PST on April 8, 2021

If you have any questions about this funding or the Bidder's Conference info please reach out to Maria Vigil
Partner Shoutouts
Eugenie Farrow, a teacher at Spokane Valley Tech in our Central Valley School District, was recently highlighted in the WA STEM newsletter. She was named one of their “Notable Women in STEM.” In addition to teaching high school computer science courses, Eugenie volunteers at Spark Central in their Drop-in and Code program where students in grades 3 to 7 learn problem solving and computer science skills. 
CareerExplore NW, one of our local partners, won a National Public Media award for educational resources for communities. This National award comes from NETA (National Education Television Association) where the CareerExplore NW project was judged against many other projects from PBS stations across the country. This is a huge honor for our local PBS station, the project and our region. Congratulations to the team at CENW! 
The State of Innovation Challenge is wrapping up this month The Challenge has thus far received 85 student projects from 140 students across the state, with a few final submissions still coming in. This includes 22 projects that were received from Spokane Valley Tech. All participants will receive a letter of recognition from Governor Inslee for their participation. The project team is currently reviewing project submissions to select a handful of student projects that will receive additional recognition at the end of Challenge event in early April -- more details on that coming soon. The State of Innovation Challenge was sponsored by the STEM Education and Innovation Alliance, in partnership with the Office of the Governor, Career Connect Washington and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. 
Engage
  • LASER Professional Learning Events: LASER has two upcoming professional development events for STEM educators this month. Come learn as they talk about equitable science learning and STEM pathways.
  • ELLO Lunch and Learn: On March 31, we invite families, classroom teachers and community members to join us over the lunch hour to learn more about the newest early math initiative of Project ELLO, Everyday Language and Learning Opportunities. Our session will provide an introduction to current ELLO resources and strategies for applying research-based techniques for fostering language-rich math conversations in everyday spaces with young children.
  • GSEWNI STEM Festival: Save the date for the STEM Festival on April 17. This event is free to ALL girls. Spend a day listening to amazing speakers, take part in break out rooms and have fun with some hands-on activities!
  • Teaching the Teachers: On April 22, N2X will be presenting on how to create partnerships within the community for your classroom. They are partnering with WSU Health Sciences Spokane as they discuss the partnerships in the community they have created.
  • Business AfterSchool: Come join the University of Washington on May 10 as they showcase what life as a med student looks like and how to be successful.
  • Spokane STEM Facebook Page: Follow the Spokane STEM Facebook page to stay up to date on our events and partner updates! Page can be found here!
Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

  • BIAW Scholarship: Since its inception, BIAW has awarded over $500,000 in scholarships and grants to students who have demonstrated a passion and commitment to developing a career in the home building industry. The deadline to submit a scholarship or grant application is Friday, May 14, 2021.
  • Spokane Valley Chamber CTE Scholarship: This program provides scholarships to graduating high school seniors, or other non-traditional students who plan to study a CTE program at a community college, trade or vocational school. Applications are due April 1, 2021.
  • Ellison Education Grants:. Grants are intended for K-12 public school teachers in Washington State. The Ellison Foundation will award grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 in the spring of 2021 (for use during the 2021-2022 school year). Applications are due March 27, 2021.
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.
  • Recorded Business AfterSchool Workshops: Watch recordings from our virtual workshops at any time.
  • Virtual Exploration Resources from Fairchild AFB: check out Fairchild AFB's YouTube channel where they have videos featuring jobs in the air force. You can get an up close look at military working dogs, explosive disposal, and more!
  • 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: http://bit.ly/careerconnectspokane.
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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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