Capital STEM Alliance Newsletter – February 2024

Teacher With Female Pupils Building Robotic Vehicle In Science Lesson

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


Lewis County

DSHS Mobile Outreach Truck

The DSHS Mobile Outreach Truck will visit Lewis County in February and March. For questions and additional information, view the event flyer.

  • February 6, 2024 | 10 am–2 pm | Centralia College between TransAlta Commons & Washington Hall
  • February 21, 2024 | 10 am–3 pm | Randle Fire Station | Randle flyer
  • March 7, 2024 | 10 am–2 pm | Winlock Olequa Senior Center Resource Fair | Winlock flyer

Grays Harbor Early Learning Coalition

$100 Gift Card Opportunity

Molina Healthcare is pleased to reward Apple Health members with a $100 Gift Card for receiving their flu vaccine between September 1, 2023, and February 29, 2024! Apple Health members (6 months and older) receiving their flu vaccine between September 1, 2023, and February 29, 2024, are eligible. Visit this flyer for more information.

Third Space Project

Grays Harbor County Public Health: NEWS FLASH for Youth and Young Adults ages 13–24! Let your voice be heard by participating in the county-wide third space project! Grays Harbor County Public Health is working on ways to expand the number and type of third space options available to teens and young adults in our community, and they want your voice to be included in the design of these all-inclusive hangout spaces. Take the survey to share your opinion.


Job Opportunity: Digital Navigator

WSU Extension in Grays Harbor County is recruiting for a Digital Navigator position. This full-time/benefits position is grant-funded through July 2025. This position helps community members with technology challenges. Apply here.

Thurston County

Champions of Courage Event

South Sound Parent to Parent is holding its 10th annual Champions of Courage event.

  • February 24, 2024 | 6:30–9 pm | Hands On Children’s Museum, Olympia, WA

Activities include a live and silent auction, and food and drink will be available. For more information, please visit the flyer.

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or require more information. We look forward to sharing this special day with you.

STEM Network


From the Washington State Achievement Council:

Apply now: Simpler, more generous 2024–25 financial aid applications now available

A family of four making up to $120,500 may be eligible for aid.

Financial aid applications for this year’s graduating seniors are now available, although students and families should expect some technical issues for the time being. And it will take longer than usual for colleges to get and process applications and respond with financial aid awards.

Applications were delayed this year as updates were made to improve the FAFSA and WASFA forms and increase aid eligibility. In Washington, there are two ways to apply for financial aid. You should only complete one application—the FAFSA or the WASFA:

  • FAFSA: Most people should complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA is used by U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens to apply for both state and federal financial aid. The new 2024–25 FAFSA has been released in a “soft launch.” Families may experience technical issues with the form over the next few weeks, but there’s no need to rush to apply—there is no deadline for state or federal financial aid.
  • WASFA: The WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid) is an application for state financial aid. The WASFA is for people who are not eligible to complete the FAFSA due to immigration status, defaulted federal loans, or other issues with federal aid. The new 2024–25 WASFA is now available.

Applying for financial aid is a crucial first step toward college or job training. Many families assume they won’t qualify, but more help is available than ever. This year, a family of four making up to $120,500 can qualify for financial aid in Washington. Applying is the only way to know if you’re eligible.

Learn more, get support, and apply for financial aid on WSAC’s Apply page.

Related Resources

Schools and education advocates can access financial aid resources and promotional materials in the Financial Aid Toolkit.

The 12th Year Campaign boosts college and financial aid application rates in Washington by helping those working with high school seniors and their families complete applications for college admissions and financial aid.

Ellison Education Grants

Applications are now being accepted for the Ellison Education Grants. Grants are for K-12 public school teachers in Washington State. Over the past six years, the Ellison Foundation has awarded 101 grants and $501,000 to Washington State teachers.

Grants will range from $1,000 to $10,000 and will be awarded this spring to be used for the 2024 – 2025 school year. Applications must be submitted by March 30, 2024.

Learn more about the Ellison Education Grants.

CCL Regional Network

WSAC New Funding

The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) is offering a new round of funding for its Regional Challenge Grants program to support partnerships working to increase postsecondary credential attainment in their communities. They are looking to fund up to 6 new regional partnerships, with awards ranging from $50,000–$450,000.

Application requirements include:

  • Community-based organizations and educational entities as partners
  • Identifying focal student populations
  • Designating a point of contact and fiscal agent
  • Outlining proposed activities.

The application process has 3 phases

  1. Letter of Interest | Due: February 16, 2024
  2. Review and Discussion for selected applicants
  3. Final Council Approval

Anticipated contract start date of July 1, 2024

CNC Machining Apprenticeship Program

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.


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

Ready to embark on a fulfilling journey in CNC machining? Register now! Use the QR code or link at the bottom of the flyer. Training starts February 5, 2024.


ANEW Construction Bootcamp

Olympia Career Hub, in collaboration with Equus Workforce Solutions, proudly presents the ANEW Construction Bootcamp — a transformative program designed to launch you into the thriving world of construction.


ANEW Construction Bootcamp is a comprehensive training program tailored to provide you with the essential skills and knowledge needed to excel in the construction industry. Developed by industry experts and delivered by seasoned professionals, this Bootcamp offers a unique blend of hands-on experience and theoretical learning.

Program Highlights:

  • Comprehensive Curriculum
  • Industry-Experienced Instructors
  • Job Placement Assistance
  • State-of-the-Art Facilities

 What Participants Will Learn: 

  • Blueprint Reading
  • Construction Safety
  • Carpentry and Masonry
  • Electrical and Plumbing Basics
  • Project Management Essentials
  • OSHA Certification


Duration: 10 Weeks

Schedule: Flexible options available

Location: Olympia

Who Should Attend: Career Changers, Recent Graduates, Individuals Seeking Hands-On Skills, Construction Enthusiasts

Secure your spot now!


Future Pathways Newsletter

Read the new issue of the Future Pathways in CTE, STEM, and STEAM newsletter. This issue features information about the following topics:

  • An update about technical issues and delays occurring with the new FAFSA website.
  • A free, digital FAFSA assistant app.
  • Exciting scholarship opportunities.
  • Information about the many benefits of early reading.
  • Two suggested book lists by Native American and Indigenous authors.
  • Exciting career opportunity for those interested in writing careers in television and film.

Questions or information regarding CTE, STEM, STEAM, FAFSA, or general education:

James Wark, SPIPA CTE Navigator | [email protected] | (c) 360-463-7509

Career Pathway Opportunities

WorkSource is excited to announce two career pathway opportunities for youth ages 17–24:

  • Youth Employment Program for in-school and out-of-school youth | Flyer
  • Virtual Work Experience program | Flyer

These opportunities are made possible through Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding

Summer Health Professions Education Program

The University of Washington is offering a Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP): A free 6-week summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions. SHPEP aims to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions and prepare them for a successful application and matriculation to health professions schools. The UW program is 4 weeks virtual and 2 weeks in person.

Registration for the 2024 summer program ends February 5, 2024. Visit the flyer for more information.

CCW Program Builders Selected

We’re excited to announce the 12th round of Career Connect Washington Program Builders, who bridge the connection between industry and educators to create and scale Career Launch, Registered Apprenticeship, Career Prep, Recognized Pre-Apprenticeship, and Career Explore programs. Thank you to all applicants for their submissions and the hard work they put forward to develop application materials.

We would like to extend our congratulations to the applicants who were selected in Round 12:

  • Washington State University – New Career Launch in Healthcare (Stevens)
  • Puget Sound Educational School District – New Career Launch in Education (King)
  • Walla Walla Public Schools – New Career Launch in Construction (Walla Walla)
  • Northwest Maritime Center – New Career Launch in Maritime (King)
  • Skagit Legal Aid – New Career Launch in Language Interpreter (Skagit)
  • Thriving Together NCW – New Career Launch in Behavioral Health (Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Okanogan, Adams)
  • Vancouver Public Schools – New Career Launch in Maritime (Clark)
  • Whatcom Community College – New Career Launch in Healthcare (Whatcom, Skagit, Island, Snohomish)
  • Vann Studio Salon – New Career Launch in Cosmetology (King, Pierce)

Congratulations to all, and we look forward to continuing our work with you to build career-connected learning programs for Washington students.

To receive updates on future funding rounds and important Career Connect Washington announcements, all are welcome to sign up here.

Save the Date! Try-A-Trade

SAVE THE DATE! The Capital STEM Alliance is pleased to announce that we are planning a hands-on, Construction Try-A-Trade event scheduled for Thursday, October 3, 2024, at the Satsop Business Park, in partnership with over a dozen of our local trade unions. See the flyer for a list of trade unions that plan to participate. If your organization is interested in participating in/planning this event, please contact Lorie Thompson at [email protected].

K12 Externship Professional Development Opportunity

Apply now for Summer 2024!


Led by the Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing & Technology, serving as the Career Connect Washington Maritime Sector Lead, the K12 Externship Project is developed in partnership with ESD 113 and the Washington Student Achievement Council. We are pleased to announce the K12 Externship, a summer 2024 professional development opportunity for K12 CTE, comprehensive high school and Skill Center faculty, to work with a maritime industry partner for a 1-week paid externship experience.

Faculty will work in a maritime environment to learn about the maritime industry, and career pathway opportunities that can be shared in their classrooms.

Program Goals

  • Provide experiential, first-hand learning opportunities to share with students.
  • Educators will build relationships with industry that will support classroom activities and student engagement with industry.
  • Increased awareness of maritime career pathways and education/training opportunities.
  • Develop open-resource modules to support career exploration, preparatory and launch opportunities.

CTE Career Cluster Alignment

  • Business Management & Administration
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
  • Skilled & Technical Sciences
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

What You’ll Receive

  • 25 free CTE STEM Clock Hours through ESD 113
  • $3,000 stipend for completing the Externship

More Information and How to Apply

  • The application period will open January 31 and close March 22
  • An informational webinar will take place February 13 at 3:00p via Zoom | Join Zoom meeting
  • More information can be found on the website


TRL Anywhere Library

2023 Anywhere Library Statistics

  • Anywhere Library started new services in Mason, Pacific, and Thurston County in 2023
  • 93 Anywhere Library Stops (first stops in June 2023 in Thurston County)
  • 1,150 Checkouts at Anywhere Library stops and events
  • 25 Special Events attended by Anywhere Library
  • 4,100 Attendance at all Anywhere Library events and stops
  • 369 Summer Library Books distributed at Anywhere stops
  • 58 Anywhere Storytimes and classes
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