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In mid-September 2019, we announced the selection of our regional partners who will make Career Connect Washington happen. Business, education, and government leaders in nine regions teamed up to create over 29,000 career connected learning experiences. After a rigorous application process, a cohort of regional networks and intermediary organizations have been named to expand career-connected learning programs across Washington.

Regional networks, learning coordinators and intermediary organizations all play important roles in ensuring our young people have the opportunities they deserve to build the careers they want.

This work is coordinated by the Employment Security Department and Washington STEM and funded through federal WIOA dollars, JP Morgan Chase, and local private funds.

We are grateful to the many organizations who have contributed time and insight to this work. Labor leaders and the Business and Philanthropy Leadership group are also listed below.

For information on grantees, read the Governor’s announcement and for contact information for individual projects or any other information, contact Anna Nikolaeva at the Employment Security Department or Gilda Wheeler at Washington STEM.

Regional Networks and CCL Coordinators

Click on the image above for a PDF of this map with links to the regional contacts.

Regional Networks

Regional Networks are the key to scaling career connected learning statewide and will play an integral role in convening and managing regional, cross-industry partnerships that will lead to expansion of opportunities for Washington youth.

Each Network also has a Career Connected Learning Coordinator, who is also listed. CCL Coordinators help regional networks work with the K-12 system.

In fall of 2019, the following organizations were named Career Connect Regional Networks.

Capital Region Educational Service District 113
Counties: Thurston, Mason, Lewis, Grays Harbor and Pacific
Contact: Lorie Thompson, lthompson@esd113.org
CCL Coordinator: Pat Lange, plange@esd113.org

Greater Spokane Incorporated/Spokane STEM Network
Counties: Adams, Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens and Whitman
Contact: Cassidy Peterson, cpeterson@greaterspokane.org
CCL Coordinator: Dennis Conger, NEWESD 101, dconger@esd101.net

Educational Service District 105 / South Central Washington STEM Network
Counties: Kittitas, Yakima, Grant and Klickitat
Mark Cheney, mark.Cheney@esd105.org
CCL Coordinator: Hugo Moreno, ESD 105, Hugo.moreno@esd105.org

Educational Service District 112 / Southwest Washington STEM Network
Counties: Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, Pacific, Skamania and Wahkiakum
Contact and CCL Coordinator: Vickei Hrdina, vickei.hrdina@esd112.org

North Central ESD 171 / Apple STEM Network
Counties: Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan
Contact and CCL Coordinator: Sue Kane, suek@ncesd.org

South Kitsap School District # 402 / West Sound STEM Network
Counties: Kitsap, Jefferson and Clallam
Contact: Kareen Borders, borders@skschools.org
CCL Coordinator: Kimberly Hetrick, Olympic Region ESD 114khetrick@oesd114.org

Washington Alliance for Better Schools
Counties: King and Pierce
Contact: Phyllis Harvey-Buschel, phyllis@wabsalliance.org
CCL Coordinator: Walter Jackson, Puget Sound ESD 121, wjackson@psesd.org

Washington State STEM Education Foundation / Mid-Columbia STEM Network
Counties: Walla Walla, Benton, Franklin, Columbia, Garfield and Asotin
Contact: Debra Bowen, deb@STEMlearning.org
CCL Coordinator: Greg Fancher, ESD 123, gfancher@esd123.org

Workforce Snohomish
Counties: Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom
Contact: Joy Emory, joy.emory@workforcesnohomish.org
CCL Coordinator: Bre Urness-Straight, NW ESD 189, burnessstraight@nwesd.org


Career Connect intermediaries bridge connections between industry and educators to create and scale Career Launch, Preparation, and Awareness/Exploration programs.

In the first round of applications, we received applications for twice as much grant funding as available. Applicants who were not selected in Round 1 were able to revise and re-submit their proposals in future rounds.

The list below reflects five rounds of grants.

Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC)
Website: https://www.ajactraining.org/
Contact: CPierson@ajactraining.org

Apprenticeship for Nontraditional Employment for Women (ANEW) / Regional Pre-apprenticeship Collaborative (RPAC)
Contact: Karen Dove, karen@anewaop.org

Computing for All
Contact: Ritu Bahl, ritu@computingforall.org

Elements of Education Partners
Contact: Elizabeth Hirschl, liz@elementsofed.org

Independent Technicians Automotive Committee (ITAC)
Contact: Wayne Bridges, asanw.itacapprenticeship@gmail.com; wayne.bridges.auto@gmail.com

Northwest Maritime Center
Website: https://nwmaritime.org/
Contact: lisaw@nwmaritime.org

Olympic Educational Service District 114
Contact: Jeff Allen, jallen@oesd114.org

Seattle Colleges
Website: https://www.seattlecolleges.edu/
Contact: anna.baldwin@seattlecolleges.edu

Seattle Goodwill Industries
Website: https://seattlegoodwill.org/
Huan Do huan.do@seattlegoodwill.org and Lily Istrate lily.istrate@seattlegoodwill.org

Seattle Jobs Initiative
Website: https://www.seattlejobsinitiative.com/
Contact: agoldstein@seattlejobsinit.com

Shoreline Community College
Website: https://www.shoreline.edu/
Contact: ghamilton@shoreline.edu

SkillSource / North Central Workforce Development Council
Contact: Aaron Parrott, aaronp@skillsource.org

South Central Workforce Council
Contact: Amy Martinez, amy.martinez@co.yakima.wa.us

Spokane Workforce Council
Contact: Dawn Karber, dkarber@spokaneworkforce.org

The Training Fund (SEIU Healthcare 1199NW)
Contact: Laura Hopkins, lhopkins@healthcareerfund.org

Thurston County Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Website: http://thurstonchamber.com/
Contact: mfiess@thurstonchamber.com

Washington Alliance for Better Schools (WABS)
Contact: Shereen Henry, shereen@wabsalliance.org

Washington Commission on Hispanic Affairs
Contact: Maria Siguenza, Maria.siguenza@cha.wa.gov

Washington State University – Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
Contact: Jessica Gerdes, jessica.l.gerdes@wsu.edu

Washington State University Spokane – Health Sciences
Website: https://spokane.wsu.edu/
Contact: katrina.rogers@wsu.edu

Wenatchee Valley College
Contact: Jennifer Hadersberger, jhadersberger@wvc.edu

Western Washington University
Website: https://www.wwu.edu/
Joshua Porter porterj7@wwu.edu  

Whatcom Community College
Website: https://www.whatcom.edu/
Contact: twagner@whatcom.edu

Workforce Southwest
Contact: Benton Waterous, bwaterous@workforcesw.org


We are grateful for the leadership of all the organizations who have been, and continue to be, involved in this effort. Their commitment to Washington state young people is deeply appreciated.

AGC Biologics

Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC)

Alaska Airlines


America Achieves

Associated General Contractors of Washington

Association of Washington Business


Ballmer Group

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Columbia Hospitality

Council of Presidents

Independent Colleges of Washington

Jobs for the Future

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Kaiser Permanente

Lakeside Industries

Life Science Washington


Matson Fruit


Microsoft Philanthropies

New America

Professional Educators Standards Board

Results Washington

Seattle Goodwill

SEH America Inc.

Siemens Foundation

The James and Judith K. Dimon Foundation

Washington Hospitality Association Education Foundation

Washington Roundtable

Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

Washington State Board of Education

Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council

Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

Washington State Department of Transportation

Washington State Employment Security Department

Washington State Hospital Association

Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Washington State Rehabilitation Council 

Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Washington State Tree Fruit Association

Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board

Washington STEM

Washington Student Achievement Council

Washington Technology Industry Association 

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