Capital STEM Alliance Newsletter – March 2024

Rear View Of Female High School Teacher Standing At Front Of Class Teaching 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 on March 7.

  • March 7, 2024 | 10 am–2 pm | Winlock Olequa Senior Center Resource Fair | Winlock flyer
Back-to-School Supply Giveaway

The Lewis County Mentorship Program is hosting a back-to-school supply giveaway program and resources fair!

Date: Thursday, August 8, 2024

Where: North West Sportshub | 701 Allen Ave, Centralia, WA 98531

Details: Doors open at 10 am for neurodiverse and medically fragile students. For more information, please contact Lisa Leon, Youth Mentorship Program Coordinator

Job Fairs

The Lewis County WorkSource is hosting Monthly Job and Resource Fairs on the last Thursday of every month.

Where: WorkSource – Lewis County | 500 Centralia College Blvd, Suite 200, Centralia, WA 98531


  • March 28, 2024
  • April 24, 2024
  • May 30, 2024
  • June 27, 2024
  • July 25, 2024
  • August 29, 2024
  • September 26, 2024
  • October 31, 2024

Mason County Consortium

Rise and Shine Event

The Child Care Action Council will hold a Rise and Shine event with Jennifer Quinn. They also will have a Safe and Sound clinic with therapy dogs on site.

When: April 17, 2024

Where: Monarch Children’s Justice & Advocacy Center | 3020 Willamette Dr NE, Lacey, WA 98516

HOPE Fundraiser

Family Education and Support Services (FESS) will be holding its HOPE fundraiser.

When: April 6, 2024 | Dinner served at 6 pm

Where: SPSCC – Lacey Campus | 4220 6th Ave SE, Lacey, WA 98503

Tax Preparation

Family Education and Support Services (FESS) offers FREE in-person tax preparation for low-income households. Meet with a licensed tax counselor for free help with federal and state taxes.

Make an appointment today!

Mark Goebel | (360) 878-1016 | [email protected]

When: Appointments available through April

Where: FESS | 6840 Capitol Blvd SE, Bldg 3 Tumwater, WA 98501

More information

More information in Spanish

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 their webpage or call 360-462-0125


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! Dinner will be provided by the Aberdeen High School culinary class. There will be games and activities, including Block Fest, and free take-home activities will be available.

When: April 25, 2024 | 4 – 7 pm

Where: Aberdeen Log Cabin

Bright by Text

Bright By Text — Grays Harbor County Public Health, in partnership with Within Reach and Help Me Grow WA, is pleased to announce a new service that supports all Grays Harbor County parents and caregivers of young children by providing you with early childhood education, developmental tools, and community resources by text message. With the help of Bright by Text, you will have valuable resources to navigate your parenting journey and support your young children as they grow. 

Bright by Text is FREE, and you can choose to receive texts in English or Spanish. Sign up to receive messages by texting KIDSWA to 274448. The service includes two to four weekly text messages containing tips and learning activities specifically targeted to the age of your child and local zip code. Text messages can link to more online learning materials, including videos. The service is always free, and you can stop the service at any time. For more information about Bright by Text Grays Harbor, please contact Erin Schreiber at Grays Harbor County Public Health at 360-500-4065. Learn more about the program on the Bright by Text flyer

Guiding Good Choices

Guiding Good Choices — Are you looking for support and skills to improve your children’s ability to avoid substance use? Elevate East County Coalition is offering a no-cost parenting workshop to parents and caregivers of youth ages 9–14 called Guiding Good Choices. In this five-session workshop, parents will learn to set clear family guidelines on drugs, as well as practice skills that strengthen family bonds, help their children develop healthy behaviors, and increase children’s involvement in the family. Connect with others who are raising teens and preteens while you grow your skills and confidence.

When: March 14, 21, 28 and April 4, 11 | 6–8 pm

Where: Summit Pacific Wellness Center | 610 E Main St, Elma, WA 98541


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.

STEM Network

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 many types of education and training:

  • 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.

WA Grant helps make college or job training affordable. Learn more at

For more information or to apply, please visit the WA Grant website.


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–$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 on the Ellison Foundation website.

CCL Regional Network

Maritime Summer Externship for Teachers

Apply now for Summer 2024!

Do you know a teacher who loves new (paid!) experiences and a chance to tell Washington students all about them? Are YOU this teacher? Do you want to spend a week this summer working on-site with a maritime employer partner, learning about one of Washington’s most vital industry sectors and the potential for student career pathways? Do you care about opening your students’ minds to more of Washington State’s rich local career and training opportunities? Do you like getting paid for your work?


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 one-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 the industry that will support classroom activities and student engagement with the 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

Applications are due March 22, 2024.


PacMtn Letters of Interest

Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council is seeking letters of interest for regional business solutions capacity-building services. PacMtn is initiating a Request for Information to invite Letters of Interest from eligible organizations for the provision of Regional Business Solutions Capacity Building services.

PacMtn invites eligible organizations to submit letters of interest for the funding of a minimum of two business association consortiums for a 15-month period from April 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025.

A total funding pool of $950,000 is available to support the following objectives:

  1. Increase local Business Solution Navigator capacity
  2. Coordinate local and support regional career exploration events
  3. Strengthen local business association capabilities to support non-English-speaking business owners
  4. Measure economic impact resulting from regional EcSA investments

Key Details

Questions will be accepted until Thursday, February 29, 2024, at 4 pm. Please direct inquiries to [email protected].

An informational session will be conducted via Microsoft Teams on Friday, February 23, 2024, 9:30 – 10:30 am.

Interested parties may access the full RFI and review the terms and conditions on PacMtn’s Service Provider Opportunities page. Letters of Interest must be submitted no later than Sunday, March 3, 2024, by 11:59 pm.

Workforce Investment Opportunity Act

The Workforce Investment Opportunity Act supports the efforts of WorkSource/Equus in our region and offers career pathway services to youth toward employment.

  1.  In-School Youth Age 17 – 24:
    • Virtual Job Shadow
      • Evaluate skills and interests and match them to their career pathway
      • Use Pathful Explore for a flexible exploration of careers at their own pace
      • Complete with compare/contrast colleges or training with applicable education
    • Eligibility
      • High school seniors or college students
    • Reward
      • $100 upon completion of the courses
  2. Out-of-School Youth Age 17 – 24:
    • All services that are offered to In-School Youth
    • Monthly Hospitality Training
      • A full-day session covering job readiness skills, resume creation, and more
    • Inclusions
      • MAST serving permit, food handlers card (no cost)
      • Gold Star customer service certificate (no cost)
    • Subsequent Opportunity
      • A 4-week (80-hour) part-time internship in retail, food service, or hospitality
    • Alternative Option
      • Combination of pathful job shadow and work experience for those with work experience or those not fitting into the “customer service” career pathway

For more information, please see Worksource’s March flyer.

RFP Review Committee panelists

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 Pathway Opportunities

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

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

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, sign up on the Career Connect Washington website.

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 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 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

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.


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


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