Capital STEM Alliance Newsletter – August 2023

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The Capital STEM Alliance is pleased to share its first regional Impact Report! Learn about our journey and all the services we offer. Read our Impact Report here.


Lewis County Thrives

The Lewis County Youth Mentorship Program has partnered with Molina Healthcare and Centralia College for a 2023 Back-To-School Supply Drive and Resource Fair serving families in Chehalis and Lewis County. We anticipate approximately 400 families and hope you can join us to bring essential school items and free haircuts to kids in our shared community.

Save the date and celebrate with us Thursday, August 10, from 11 am–2 pm at Centralia College. We will provide a table and 2 chairs for vendors (please let us know if you will need more or if you need other accommodations). Vendor tables are free to those bringing items for the supply drive. We do have sponsorship opportunities available with added promotional benefits.

We will set up our indoor event space in rows and direct the flow of visitors so participants will have a chance to visit all vendors. And, in the spirit of giving, we’re asking our partners to come prepared with some items from the following list, which reflects highly needed items for K-8 students. Raffle baskets are always great too!

Please sign up here.

For more information, please visit the event flyer.

If you have any further questions or are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Lisa Leon at [email protected]v, Bobbi Callies at [email protected], or Chrystal Patterson at [email protected]


Pacific Education Institute is hiring two Associate Directors, one for the Puget Sound region and one for the Columbia Basin and Coastal Region.

The Associate Directors’ primary responsibility is to successfully implement Pacific Education Institute’s (PEI) programs and strategic initiatives to increase scientific and civic literacy for K‐12 students to make balanced, well-informed decisions for just and sustainable communities and to develop future leaders in the education, conservation, and natural resource sectors.


Program Builder Pilot Project Funding Available – The Capital STEM Alliance is pleased to announce that it has been awarded another two-year grant from the Employment Security Department and Career Connect Washington to continue serving as the Career Connected Learning Regional Network for our five counties. A limited amount of pass-through funding from this grant is available to support potential program builders. If you are an educational institution (P-12 or post-secondary), employer (business and industry), community-based organization, Tribal Council, military organization, state or local agency, or any other entity that would like to be considered for pilot funding, please contact a member of our team for a consultation. OR, you may complete this application for funding and email it to Lorie Thompson, Capital STEM Alliance Director, at [email protected].

The Pacific Logging Conference Live In-Woods show will showcase both the Weyerhaeuser Vail Tree Farm as well as active and static industry displays. The active sites provide an excellent opportunity to view the latest technology in timber-harvesting equipment. This is a great opportunity for young people to experience hands-on what logging and other forest-related careers look like. The event runs from September 20–22, 2023. For more information or to register for this experience, please go here.

The Washington Workforce Association (WWA) is excited to announce their upcoming 2023 Fall Conference: WWA Workforce: Stronger Together. We’re keeping the theme and will gather local area leaders, industry experts, economic development professionals, workforce professionals, and elected officials. This multiple-day event will focus on solution-oriented workshops and dialogue that address the new and growing demands currently facing our workforce system.

This is the ultimate opportunity in Washington State for thought leaders to connect, share ideas, and celebrate the successes of the workforce system. Mark your calendar now and plan to attend the State’s premier workforce event.

  • When:  Tuesday, November 14, 2023 – Thursday, November 16, 2023
  • Where: Tacoma Downtown Marriot, 1538 Commerce Street, Tacoma, WA 98402

Visit our Fall Conference page to stay up to date with new information! The Call for Presentations and Registration will open in late spring.

If you have questions or need accommodations to attend the meeting, please contact the Event Producers at 425-420-1680.