Capital STEM Alliance Newsletter – March 2022

STEM Students working together

March is National CTE Month!

CCL Regional Network

The Capital STEM Alliance Steering Committee held its second meeting on February 10 with presentations on youth voice in the trades by Jeff Reinhardt, Executive Administrator, Western WA Sheet Metal JATC; and Jeff Engle, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of SW Washington. Our next Steering Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, April 14 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. We are in the process of creating a Board of Directors and a vision for collective action. Contact Lorie Thompson for more information about the Capital STEM Alliance.

Steering Committee Meeting Resources:

ESD113 has an opening for a Career Connected Learning Regional Administrator. Well-qualified candidates should, among other qualifications, have a grounding in CTE practices, including Perkins V ‘Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment’ processes. For more information, or to apply for the position, please see the job posting on the ESD113 website.

Centralia College has received a Career Launch Endorsement from SBCTC: The Associate in Applied Science in Welding Technology degree as presented by Centralia College on December 30, 2021, has been approved as an endorsed Career Launch program in the Capital Region.

Grays Harbor Youth Works and Westport Aquarium have partnered with the Capital STEM Alliance on a career exploration project in underwater remotely operated vehicles (UROVs). The free program, called WAQUA Youth Works, is open to all youth aged 10 and older and begins March 2, 2022. WAQUA Youth Works teaches youth how to design, build and test their UROV in a variety of waterways around Grays Harbor County. For more information, please visit this link:

South Puget Sound Community College will hold two professional technical programs spotlight events on their Olympia and Lacey campuses, respectively. The April 14 event will be held at the Olympia campus and will focus on automotive and welding technologies. The April 21 event will be held at the Lacey campus and will focus on machining technologies and architecture, engineering and construction technologies. For more information, please visit

Bain Consulting has released a new report on Career Connected Learning. Check it out and their CCL report from 2019 which highlights SEH America.

The Career Launch Endorsement online application is available on the CCW website here:

Mental Health Needs of Youth Employment Programs: The Surgeon General recently released an advisory report, “Protecting Young People’s Mental Health,” in which the devastating impacts of the pandemic and the alarming increases in mental health needs of young people are outlined.  The National Youth Employment Coalition is coordinating a brief questionnaire to help understand how workforce providers are grappling with this crisis.  Your input will provide insight into the youth employment field’s current capacity to screen, connect, and serve youth with mental health needs.

To learn more, visit:  Deadline for completion of this instrument is March 11, 2022.

STEM Network

Washington STEM has selected Milton Lang Ed.D., to serve as its new Chief Executive Officer. With over 25 years of professional and executive level experience in higher education, he combines a deep love for Washington state with extensive content knowledge in education, seasoned leadership, and a passion for educational access and opportunity for first generation, rural, low income, and students of color. Prior to his role at Washington STEM, Dr. Lang served as the Vice President for Student Services at Ohlone College and has also served as Vice President for Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer at California State University, Chico, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of California, Davis. Throughout his career, Milton has also worked collaboratively with statewide leaders, businesses, corporations, K-12 school districts, nonprofit organizations, community leaders, and legislators across Washington State. Milton received his Doctorate Degree in Higher Education Administration and Master of Arts Degree in Education from the College of Education at Washington State University, where he also held affiliate faculty status. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work from California State University, Chico.

Washington STEM Rising Star Awards: Washington STEM is looking for young women and girls who are thinkers, scientists, engineers, inventors, entrepreneurs, and leaders who have inspired others with their STEM experiences, in and outside the classroom. Awardees will receive a $500 stipend, various STEM-related goodies, and a trip for the awardee and a parent/guardian to an in-person event at the Microsoft Bellevue campus. Rising Stars will be featured on the Washington STEM website and in social media campaigns. They will also have networking, personal development, and mentorship opportunities with STEM professionals.

  • Nominees can be considered based on the following criteria. Student is a freshman, sophomore, or junior, from a priority population (students of color, rural, and/or low-income groups), identifies as a young woman, AND meet additional criteria.
  • Washington STEM will work with the selected girls/young women to create online profiles for each of them on our website. Winners will be featured in a digital campaign.
  • Circumstances permitting, Washington STEM will host an in-person student award event in conjunction with the STEM Summit to be held at the Microsoft Bellevue campus. Students will have the opportunity to attend the event and engage in an in-person experience on the campus (TBD)
  • The Rising Star Awards highlight girls who will become the next generation of STEM leaders. Their accomplishments are inspirational for the people who nominate them, and we hope that by honoring them we will inspire more girls to reach for the stars and embrace STEM!

For more information about the Washington STEM Rising Star awards, please click on this link.

The Catalyze Challenge offers grants (up to 500K) to organizations serving students in grades 6-14 with an explicit focus on career identity development and planning their post-high-school transitions. Catalyze is also looking for novel and inventive early-stage planning ideas for career-connected learning. The Challenge will fund the following:

  • Early-stage, out-of-the-box ideas to transform how we prepare America’s young people for their careers
  • Real-world learning and career exposure models that equip students with tools to develop career identities
  • Models that prepare students for post-high-school transitions to successful jobs

To get involved:

  • Sign up for the Catalyze Challenge mailing list.
  • Prepare an application. Applications must be submitted by March 6, 2022. For more information, visit

Evergreen College’s Upward Bound Program will hold three workshops around financial aid at Shelton High School on February 23, March 2, and March 9, 2022. Workshops will be in person and have a Zoom option. These workshops are for students and their families, and will offer guidance and support on the following topics: scholarship myths and realities; applying for student loans; understand the financial aid award; investing in private vs. public college; and deciding how much financial aid to accept. Click on this link to the FAFSA flyer or for more information, visit the ESD113 website.

Survive the Sound – Long Live the Kings is hosting free Survive the Sound Educator Trainingsto help teachers bring salmon education to their classrooms with our upcoming Survive the Sound fish race. During the training, we will walk through how to use the free classroom toolkit, implement activities and lessons into existing curriculum plans, and share about the importance of salmon education in the classroom. Please help us spread the word about this free opportunity by sharing the following information with educators in your network!

  • Who: Long Live the Kings
  • What: Virtual training on how to incorporate Survive the Sound and salmon education into your existing curriculum. Participating educators can receive 2 STEM Clock Hours
  • When: Saturday February 19th 9-11am, Thursday March 17th 5-7PM, OR Tuesday April 5th 4-6PM (all times in PST) Register Here!
  • Where: Zoom- a link to be sent to registrants.
  • Cost: Free!

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.

WSOS ofrece dos opciones para carreras de alta demanda en el estado de Washington. ¿No estás seguro por dónde empezar? Encuentre el programa de beca adecuado para usted y luego lea la información que está a continuación para comenzar.

Applications for the Baccalaureate Scholarship are open until March 2, 2022.


Mason County Consortium

Family Education and Support Services is hosting a Guiding Good Choices Parenting Workshop Series via Zoom for Mason County each Monday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. beginning February 14 through March 21. For more information or to register call (360) 754-7629 or visit FAMILYESS.ORG

The Mason County Community Resource Event will be held Wednesday, March 2 from 9:00-4:00 at the Mason County Transit Center in Shelton. Activities include:

  • Medicare/Medicaid insurance guidance
  • Child well-care guidance
  • Oral health referrals
  • Chronic disease support
  • COVID-19 vaccines including boosters (ages 5-adult)
  • Transportation information
  • Mask and sanitizer giveaway
  • Healthy snacks
  • And much more!

For more information, please click on the following link

The Youth Connection will hold an open mic kick-off for youth ages 12-24 on March 25 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at 123 South 2nd Street in Shelton. Drinks will be provided; food is available for donation. For more information, call 360-462-0125.

Timberland Regional Library is providing Covid rapid test kits (first come, first served) – one available per person while supplies last.

Catholic Community Services has increased its outreach and is expanding its crisis services. CCS uses the collaborative care model in partnership with Cascade Pacific Health Alliance (South Sound Pediatrics) and provides crisis care, psychiatric consultation, and physical and mental health services.

The Shelton Youth Connection will kick off its Open Mic event on March 25 from 2:30-5:00 p.m. with daily activities for youth ages 14-24.

Lewis County Thrives

WSU 4-H: Adults who would like to volunteer are invited to attend Trauma Informed Practices Lunch and Learn trainings beginning February 22nd. The 4 sessions will be held during the 12-1 pm timeslot and will cover subjects that are related to working with 4-H youth. The sessions will include the opportunity to practice implementing the information received. Training topics include:

  • 22: Trauma 101 and Self-Identity
  • 22: Routines and Rituals
  • April 26: Regulation
  • May 24: Accountability with Grace

To Register:…/tJArc-mhrjIoGNECVQt-VdL6a0nAumCzM9Nf

For Questions Email: Jana Ferris

Lewis County Public Health & Social Services continues to seek adult caregivers and professionals to attend a Keep Connected- Workshop Training for Trainers which will be held from February 20-28 from 10:00-12:00. The focus is on improving parent-child relationships and creating resiliency. Meals and child care will be provided. To register for the training, click on:

 WorkSource of Lewis County is hosting a FREE Pop-Up Resource and Job Fair at the Salkum Timberland Library to help with your job search needs. Come meet with WorkSource staff and learn about our services and resources. Multiple Lewis County employers will be recruiting at this job fair. Bring your resume if you are ready to apply. Date of the Job Fair is Wednesday, Feb. 23rd from Noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Salkum Timberland Library 2480 US-12 Salkum, WA 98582

Link to the flyer: