Capital STEM Alliance Newsletter – June/July 2023

Teacher and students looking at a DNA model


Mason County Consortium

North Mason School District is hosting a P.I.C.N.I.C (Purposefully Integrating Culture Nurturing Inclusive Community) on Wednesday, August 24, 2023, from 4-7 pm at 250 E. Campus Drive in Belfair. There will also be a Transportation Roundup at 50 E. North Mason School Road for those who have a Kindergartener, 1st-time rider, or a student in need of a refresher on bus safety. Come meet the transportation team, tour the bus, and get bus safety instructions while taking a short ride.


Washington Youth Challenge Academy (WYCA) is conducting mock interviews for their next class. We continue to accept applications for the next class, July 17, 2023. Applications can be found on our website. Completing an application early offers the greatest opportunity for admission to the program. Applications will be accepted for the July class until the class is filled. Any application received or completed after the July class is filled will move to the January 15, 2024, class.

Interview-Selection Days are July 10, July 11, and July 12 in Moses Lake at Big Bend Community College and at the WYCA campus in Bremerton. Youth need to complete the application process to be invited to participate in an Interview-Selection Day. Participation is mandatory. Presentations at your school or organization are available. Click here to access the newsletter.

Timberland Regional Library has great resources, programs, and services for Spanish speakers! Here are just a few of the programs they offer:

  • Bilingual storytime – Every other Wednesday at 10 am via ZOOM. Join us for a half-hour of stories, songs, and rhymes! You also will receive an activity guide with songs and activities for home! Register at
  • Language exchange – Every Thursday, 4 pm at Salkum Timberland Library. Connect with other people and enjoy conversation in Spanish and English. More language exchanges coming to other branches soon!
  • Story trails – Enjoy a walk in nature and a great book at the same time. Bilingual picture books are always featured in Olympia City Parks. Go here for more information.
  • LatinX youth summit – TRL has partnered with the Hispanic Roundtable for 20 years to organize and offer this vital youth and education-focused community event. For more information, please contact [email protected]

For more information, please visit the flyer at this link.

CHOICE Community Health is taking part in the global movement that has improved health and well-being for entire communities, towns, and cities. This new way of thinking and working will enhance the ways we live, work, learn and play. Go here for more information.

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ affiliates across Washington are providing this FREE workshop to anyone who is a parent, guardian, or caregiver for kids. Please pass this on to your networks and sign up today!

How to Talk to Kids Workshop Series | Starting Monday, June 5, 6-7:30 pm

This is a sought-after, unique offering to hear from, learn from, and work with Julie King, the bestselling co-author of “How to Talk When Kids Won’t Listen” and “How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen.”

This workshop is designed for you to connect with other parents & guardians and to talk and learn about how to work through communication with kids. These sessions will include some lectures, breakout sessions, and practical advice. When you sign up for this 4-week workshop series, you will be sent a copy of the bestselling book “How to Talk When Kids Won’t Listen” and a workbook for the sessions and entered into a raffle to win $100 toward a restaurant or activity of your choice. To find out more about Julie King and her work, visit her website here.

This is a 4-week virtual workshop series. Each session in the series is 1.5 hours, and there will be 1 session per week for 4 weeks. We ask that you prioritize being present for every session of the series, as each session builds on the previous session’s content.

Sessions take place on:

  • June 5, 2023 | 6-7:30 pm
  • June 12, 2023 | 6-7:30 pm
  • June 19, 2023 | 6-7:30 pm
  • June 26, 2023 | 6-7:30 pm

Sign up for the series here

Lewis County Thrives

South Sound Partners for Philanthropy is holding its June meeting with the topic: Volunteer Management: Strategies for Managing and Maintaining your Volunteers. A panel discussion about tips, tricks, and programs to help support your volunteer needs.  The meeting will take place on June 7, 2023 at 9:00am PDT at Thurston Community Media, 440 Yauger Way SW, Olympia, 98502. Be sure to complete the Pre-Meeting Survey to better guide the discussion. For more information, please visit the South Sound Partners for Philanthropy website.

Cascade Pacific Action Alliance (CPAA) is conducting a region-wide survey to better understand the landscape of social services available in communities across the region. Over the last six years, a large portion of CPAA’s work has been the Medicaid Transformation Project Waiver (MTP). This year is focused on community exploration as we await the Health Care Authority’s release of MTP 2.0.

CPAA recognizes the critical role that community-focused organizations play in providing services and support to individuals and families, and we value your input and expertise in this process. By participating in this survey, you will help us identify gaps in service and opportunities for collaboration and contribute to the development of a regional network dedicated to improving health and well-being for all. Access the survey here.

Broadband Community Surveys – The Lewis County Broadband Action Team (LCBAT) is a volunteer community group formed to bring reliable, affordable Broadband to all Lewis County residents and businesses. The LCBAT is drafting a county Broadband Access Plan and a Digital Equity Plan by June 2023. The Plans will allow Washington to compete for over $65 billion in funding under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and other laws. These Plans will allow Lewis County the opportunity to receive significant broadband funding, so your participation is very important. To gather information, the LCBAT is asking for community stakeholders to complete a few short surveys to assist in identifying the existing infrastructure and assets and more importantly, the gaps in internet service, whether to geographic regions or to vulnerable populations in Lewis County. Visit here for additional information. If you have questions or need support to complete the surveys, please contact Willie Painter at [email protected]. Please click here to access the surveys.


The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship offers three pathways to high-demand careers in Washington state. Not sure where to start? Find the right scholarship program for you and then read the information below to get started.

Do you need more money to pay for tuition or living expenses? The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship will give you $1,500 per quarter until you complete an eligible trade, STEM, or healthcare credential through the Career and Technical scholarship! Rural students may have access to thousands more in flexible financial aid. If you’re a Washington resident attending a community and technical college, apply before June 6, 2023, to receive funding starting this fall. Visit here to learn more.

Here is a list of eligible programs

Here is where students can find the application

Pacific Education Institute (PEI) 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.

Puget Sound Region: This is a full‐time position that reports to the Executive Director, collaborates with other directors and supervises regional FieldSTEM Coordinators in the Puget Sound region. This position is a hybrid position that is mostly remote and will require regular travel to Olympia. Employees will be required to have a functional home office space and internet. Learn more or apply here 

Columbia Basin and Coastal Region: This is a full‐time position that reports to the Executive Director, collaborates with other directors and supervises regional FieldSTEM Coordinators in the Columbia Basin, Lower Columbia, and Coastal region. This position is a hybrid position that is mostly remote and will require regular travel to Olympia. Employees will be required to have a functional home office space and internet. Learn more or apply here. 

PEI offers flexible hours, a supportive, collaborative team environment, and an excellent benefits plan. We have a commitment to integrating diverse perspectives into our workplace culture and encourage our employees to bring their whole, authentic selves to work. We strive to create a diverse team that allows us to effectively connect to the communities we serve.

If you have any questions, please contact Gail Kramer, PEI’s Finance & HR Director.

Yelm High School is still in need of a few more volunteers to assist with the Freshman Mock Interviews. Students are starting to prepare for Yelm’s Annual 1oth Grade Career Exploration Project. As part of this project, students develop a personal portfolio with a resume, application, and samples of work. Check out the video created to better understand the impact of the experience.

On June 6, our goal is to provide each student with a 10-15 minute mock job interview experience. That is where you come in. With over 400 freshmen, we could use some help.

Request: We need about 10-15 more volunteers to meet our goal

  • Where: Yelm High School
  • When: June 6, 2023
  • Food: We will provide lunch and snacks
  • Starts: 7:00 am with an overview of the interview process
  • Ends: 2:00 pm

We understand that a full day may be difficult, so we can accommodate some blocks of time. We will also be holding make-up mock interviews on June 7 if any students are absent.

If you can assist, please complete this registration form. You will receive a confirmation calendar invite and a follow-up email one week prior to the event with detailed instructions and materials.

Thank you to those who have already volunteered and received your calendar invite. Details will be sent a week in advance.

Career Connected Learning Regional Network

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.

Boeing is hosting a Factory Preview Day for students and their parents on two Saturdays: June 3 from 9 am – 3 pm and June 10 from 9 am – 2 pm. Students and one guest can:

  • Get an exclusive tour of the factory
  • Speak with current employees about their experience
  • Learn about all the benefits at Boeing and how to start a career with #TeamBoeing

For more information or to register for either of these dates, please go here.