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.
May 17, 2021
Program Updates
Avista Energy Pathways Summer Program Canceled
Last week the planning team for the Avista Energy Pathways Summer program made the difficult decision to cancel this summer’s session. They had greatly hoped to be in a position to offer these students a fun and informative experience, especially in light of this past year. Many factors were involved in this decision, but ultimately the safety of students and program staff was their top priority. Students have been notified of the cancellation through the contact email provided in their application. Avista looks forward to offering this program in the summer of 2022.  
Thanks to the unanimous, bipartisan support of the Washington State Legislature, eligibility for the Washigton State Opportunity Scholarship's Career and Technical Scholarship (CTS) was expanded to better meet the needs of more Washington residents, particularly non-traditional students and members of the military. CTS applicants no longer need to have earned their high school diploma or GED from a Washington state institution, they just need to be Washington residents with a high school diploma or equivalent. Additionally, Rural Jobs Initiative (RJI) applicants can now attend any community and technical college campus, so long as they're a resident of a rural county. Rural counties include all counties in Washington EXCEPT King, Pierce, Snohomish, Kitsap, Thurston, Clark, Benton and Spokane. 

Applications are due June 6, so click here to apply!
Career Connect Washington (CCW) is excited to announce that their new directory is live! This directory helps Washington students and parents find career connected learning opportunities in our region. You can check out the directory here. If you are a business or school that has a career connected learning opportunity that you want to add, please reach out to Maria Vigil and we will help you get it added to the directory. 
Partner Shoutouts
Girl Scouts Drive STEM to New Heights!
Written by Brian Newberry, GSEWNI
A strong pillar of Girl Scouts is inspiring STEM in our Girl Scouts knowing from research that girls exposed to stem at younger ages are 20% more likely to pursue a STEM career. 18 months ago, Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho (GSEWNI) dreamed a dream and generous funders like Washington Trust, SEL, Numerica, Avista, Iron and EWU made the dream come true. COVID delayed the Ford vehicle production but this month after much persistence, the STEM Mobile rolls ahead with a dedicated staff member, a former middle school science teacher, delivering STEM programming to all corners of our 65,000 square mile Council. First stops--Sunnyside, Wenatchee, Pasco, Moscow and Sandpoint. Our first experiment sponsored by GeoEngineers is biomimicry, the study of finding harmony with nature in designing engineering projects. The STEM Mobile is a dream come true because it gives us the ability to teach STEM in a fun way in the sunshine. The creativity of our youth is the key to a better world fulfilling our 109 year Girl Scout mission in rural areas of our Council we have not explored before. Get excited, our STEM Mobile is coming to a neighborhood near you!
The 2021-22 application for the Student Teaching Grant and Teacher Shortage Conditional Scholarship closes on May 17, 2021. Aspiring teachers attending an approved teacher preparation program can apply to both programs using one simple application.

Click here for more information and to apply.
On June 2nd, Inland Northwest Aerospace Consortium (INWAC) and Forging Futures Idaho are hosting a high school student track as part of the virtual I-90 Aerospace Corridor Conference. The high school track will be tailored and feature industry overviews, employer panels, networking, Q&A’s, and more. This event is free for high school studenst throughout Idaho, Montana and Washington to learn about opportunities available in aerospace manufacturing in our region and participate directly with experts in the industry.

If you have any questions please reach out here!
Valleyfest, the premier community event in the Spokane Valley, is working hard behind the scenes in preparation for another great year. The STEM showcase will be held Saturday, September 25, 2021, either virtually or at CenterPlace Regional Event Center from 12pm-5pm. There is no cost for organizations that are participate in STEM activities. If you are a business or organization that can provide a STEM related topic/activity at the event for kids ages 6-18, please reach out to the organizers. Any activity surrounding Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics would be more than welcome! 
Summer Camp Opportunities
  • Gizmo Summer Camps:  This summer, Gizmo will have three camps that will offer kids opportunities to spend time in the shops, building project for themselves and the community.
  • NEWTECH Summer Academy: Beat Summer boredom with a choice of twelve career exploration courses that inspire creativity and spark curiosity.
  • CMTV Academy Camp: The CMTV Academy Camp is a five day hands-on training program for teens, ages 13-17. Produce videos and make connections with other teens, learn and practice the latest tools, technology and techniques during each class.
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.
  • Washington Career Bridge: the popular, public-facing career and education portal created and managed by the Workforce Board also features new videos on hundreds of careers courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor. So take the career quiz. Then catch a video and see if a new career might be right for you!
  • 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!
  • Virtual Navy STEM Resources: these videos contain demonstrations, interviews, experiments and scenarios geared toward students in elementary, middle or high school. They highlight some Sailors from Washington state, even from here in Spokane! 
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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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