Capital STEM Alliance Newsletter – April 2024

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Department of Commerce Grant Funding
The Washington State Department of Commerce has established a new grant program to fund community-based organization (CBO) participation in local comprehensive planning processes. CBOs in Lewis, Mason, and Thurston Counties are eligible to apply. Awardees will receive between $35,000 and $100,000 during the first year of the grant. The Department of Commerce will hold an informational meeting on April 10. Application materials are due by 4 pm on May 30, 2024.

Lewis County

Impact Breakfast
The Boys & Girls Club of Lewis County is sponsoring an Impact Breakfast. Join the club for a hot breakfast and hear impact stories from students and our community. Review the Impact Breakfast flyer for more information on table sponsorship opportunities. When: Wednesday, April 17, 2024 | 7:30 am Where: Jester’s Auto Club | 321 Hamilton Rd, Chehalis, WA 98532

Mason County

Rise and Shine Event
The Child Care Action Council will hold a Rise and Shine event with Jennifer Quinn. The council will also have a Safe and Sound clinic with therapy dogs on site. When: Wednesday, April 17, 2024 Where: Monarch Children’s Justice & Advocacy Center | 3020 Willamette Dr NE, Lacey, WA 98516
Family Education and Support Services Offerings
Family Education and Support Services (FESS) is offering events throughout the spring, including the Seeds of Hope Gala on April 6 and the 5th annual  Mason County Substance Abuse Prevention Summit on May 8. The summit focuses on preventing substance abuse, violence, tobacco/vaping, and other destructive behaviors by promoting social determinants of health and integrating prevention efforts within the community. FESS also offers resources for low-income families. Families can schedule an appointment with Dee Wolverton to receive free, gently used winter clothing for infants and children (sizes newborn to 14). Families can email Mark Goebel or call Mark at 360-878-1016 to schedule free in-person tax preparation services.

Jolly Reader Sunken Ship
Timberland Regional Library’s Shelton presented its newest installment of fun for children of all ages. The Jolly Reader Sunken Ship in the Children’s area was revealed. View the event photos | Watch the grand opening video
Mardi Gras Gala
The Shelton Youth Connection is hosting its annual Mardi Gras Gala. Funds will support homeless and at-risk youth in Mason County. When: April 6, 2024 | 6–10 pm Where: Alderbrook Resort and Spa | 10 E Alderbrook Dr, Union, WA 98592 Cost: $150 per person. Hotel rooms are also available to reserve in advance. For more information, visit the Shelton Youth webpage or call 360-462-0125.

Thurston County

2024 Maternal Child Health Needs Assessment Community Input Survey
The Maternal Child Health Program at Thurston County Public Health & Social Services is seeking your support to better understand the health needs and priorities of children and families. Complete the community partner survey and share the community survey with families you support. The community survey is designed for teens and adults who are pregnant or caring for babies, children, or teens.

Grays Harbor County

Early Learning Expo
The Grays Harbor Early Learning Coalition will be holding its Early Learning Expo. Get information about early childhood programs and resources! The Aberdeen High School culinary class will provide dinner. There will be games and activities, including Block Fest, and free take-home activities will be available. When: Thursday, April 25, 2024 | 4–7 pm Where: Aberdeen Log Cabin
Bright By Text
Grays Harbor County Public Health, in collaboration with Within Reach and Help Me Grow WA, introduces Bright By Text, a free service aiding parents and caregivers of young children in Grays Harbor County. This service delivers text messages on early childhood education, developmental tools, and community resources. Bright by Text offers personalized, age-specific tips and activities, available in English or Spanish, with two to four texts weekly tailored to your child’s age and local area. Sign up by texting KIDSWA to 274448; messages may include links to additional online materials. For more information, contact Erin Schreiber at 360-500-4065 or learn more through the Bright by Text flyer.
The Bezos Academy
The Bezos Academy is accepting applications for its Pacific Beach Academy! Applications are accepted from March 1—May 12, 2024. The Bezos Academy provides a year-round, tuition-free education that uses a Montessori-based curriculum to meet the developmental needs of each student. For more information or to apply, please visit the Pacific Beach Academy flyer.
Timberland Regional Library’s Hoquiam branch
Timberland Regional Library’s Hoquiam branch has free upcoming events for early learners, children, and teens. Visit the Hoquiam branch flyer for more information.

STEM Network

Salmon Release
The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will tag and release juvenile salmon raised at the Aquatic Research Laboratory into the Columbia River. Classes will watch via a live broadcast and ask questions about salmon biology, education, and careers in biology and engineering. Fourth and fifth graders in eastern Washington participate in Benton Conservation District’s Salmon in the Classroom program. They raise salmon from eggs, learn about their life cycle and habitat, and test water quality, culminating in releasing the fish during the “Salmon Summit” event. Register your class for a 20-minute session or review the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory flyer for more information. This opportunity is provided by the Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office. When: Monday, April 15, 2024 | 10 am–1:30 pm
The Puget Sound Estuarium’s Summer Camp
The Puget Sound Estuarium’s summer camp is open! The Puget Sound Estuarium provides educational programs on the estuary’s geology, history, marine life, and human impact, focusing on the Puget Sound, one of the country’s largest estuaries. Designed for K–8th graders, the camp features hands-on activities, including nature walks, STEM arts and crafts, and studies of local waterways. Campers get to explore marine life, use ROVs for underwater exploration, and engage in various scientific explorations. 2024 Camp Dates & Deadlines: Sea Stars | K–2nd grade: June 24–28 | 9 am–3 pm Salmon | 3rd–5th grade: July 15–9 | 9 am–3 pm Orcas | 6th–8th grade: August 12–16 | 9 am–3 pm
Outdoor School Training
Interested in starting or improving your outdoor programs for 5th and 6th graders? Join our spring outdoor school training at Camp Koinonia sponsored by Outdoor Schools Washington in partnership with the Pacific Education Institute and OSPI. Register today!

When: April 23–26, 2024 Where: Camp Koinonia |850 Camp Koinonia Ln, Cle Elum, WA 98922 Questions: [email protected]

Washington College Grant
The Washington Student Achievement Council offers the Washington College Grant to more people for more kinds of education and training beyond high school. The WA Grant is not reserved for valedictorians or athletes — it is available to all eligible Washington residents, including undocumented students. If you meet the program and income requirements, you have money waiting for you! WA Grant can help you access education and training such as:

  • Public and private colleges and universities
  • Workforce and training programs
  • Approved apprenticeship programs

WA Grant amounts vary based on income, family size, and program cost. An eligible student from a family of four with an income of $73,000 or less per year can get a full award. What does that mean? For example, public college tuition would likely be free for a family with three children and a single parent making $34 per hour. For middle-income families, grant amounts are lower. But even someone from a family of four making up to $112,500 per year can get some money to help pay for college or training. Students and families can use the financial aid calculator to estimate their potential WA Grant award, but the only way to know for sure whether you qualify is to apply for financial aid. Applications for the 2024–25 academic year are now open.

Career Connected Learning Regional Network

Career Mentoring Exploration Program
The Career Mentoring Exploration program led by Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Southwest Washington, matches youth 15–21 professional mentors across various industries and engages underrepresented communities, including BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, low-income, and post-high school youth. Participants meet monthly with their mentor and a BBBS staff member, exploring careers in architecture, construction, and property management, or finance and real estate. At the end of the school year, there’s a chance to apply for internships and scholarships through SPSCC.
Machining Technology Open House
SPSCC’s machining technology program has an open house for the community to see their shop and learn about machining careers and their program. Learn how to make a difference by crafting products like surgical equipment, aerospace components, satellites, prosthetics, and more. There will be giveaways, food, and activities at each machining station. See the flyer for more information. When: Thursday, April 23, 2024 Where: SPSCC Lacey Campus, Building 3 Questions: Joe Aguilar
CHOICE Request for Proposals
CHOICE Regional Healthcare Network is seeking volunteers to serve as RFP Review Committee panelists. At CHOICE, we’re driven by an unwavering belief that everyone, regardless of their background or circumstance, should have the opportunity to live their healthiest life. One of the ways we’re working towards this goal is through funding opportunities that prioritize access to care, health equity, and community collaboration and innovation. Through requests for proposals (RFPs), grants, and contracts, we’re striving to make strategic investments in local solutions and strengthen connections between social services and healthcare delivery systems. But we need your voice, expertise, and insight to help inform this work. We are currently searching for volunteer panelists to review future applications for RFPs and other funding opportunities. We encourage individuals who have experience in one or more of the following areas to sign up:

  • Health equity
  • Community-based care coordination
  • Community health workforce
  • Access to care
  • Respite care
  • Lived experience

When review opportunities come up, we will contact interested individuals to confirm participation. Every review opportunity may differ in terms of timeline and commitment. If we contact you, we will share more information about the process so that you can decide whether to move forward. We encourage you to share this with others in your community or networks who might be interested! Contact us at [email protected] if you have questions.

Career Connect Washington Funding
Career Connect Washington funding is available to develop or expand Registered Apprenticeship and Pre-apprenticeship programs in target industries. The selection process will open in April and funds can cover program start-up expenses, but not direct services or operation of a program once designed. Allowable start-up costs include staff salaries and benefits, staff travel, communications and outreach, supplies and equipment (conditions apply), and employer incentives (up to 10% of grant funds, conditions apply). Please visit the Career Connect Washington funding flyer for more information.
Soon-to-be Senior Night
Tumwater School District is hosting its first “Soon-to-be Senior Night,” an evening of post-secondary pathways exploration for current juniors and their families. They are looking for industry professionals to table at this event to help students see what workforce opportunities exist. Tables should showcase career pathways in your field, provide opportunities students can engage in right now (volunteering, job shadowing, entry-level jobs during summer or senior year), or include a live demonstration of some kind, to showcase your industry. When: Wednesday, April 17, 2024 Where: Black Hills High School | 7741 Littlerock Road SW, Tumwater, WA 98512 Questions: Marcy Procter
Lacey MakerSpace
Code your own handheld videogame at Lacey MakerSpace! Get tickets on Eventbrite.
CNC Machining Apprenticeship Program
The CNC Machining Apprenticeship Program comes to the Capital Region! WorkSource is excited to bring opportunities to kickstart rewarding careers in CNC machining to the Pac Mtn Region. This comprehensive CNC Machinist Training Program is designed to equip individuals with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in this high-demand industry. Why choose our CNC Machinist Training Program?

  • Expert Instructors: Learn from seasoned professionals with years of experience in CNC machining. Our instructors are dedicated to providing hands-on training and personalized guidance.
  • Comprehensive Curriculum: Our curriculum covers various topics, from basic CNC principles to advanced machining techniques. You’ll graduate with a solid CNC programming, operation, and troubleshooting foundation.
  • Job Placement Assistance: We are committed to your success. Upon completing the program, our team will assist you in finding exciting job opportunities with reputable companies in the CNC machining field.

Questions Erin Wilson, MSW, Operations Supervisor, Equus Workforce Solutions | [email protected]

Try-A-Trade Event
SAVE THE DATE! The Capital STEM Alliance is planning a hands-on Construction Try-A-Trade event in partnership with over a dozen of our local trade unions. If your organization is interested in participating in or planning this event, please contact Lorie Thompson at [email protected]. When: Thursday, October 3, 2024 Where: Satsop Business Park | 150 Technology Ln, Elma, WA 98541