Capital STEM Alliance Newsletter – October 2022


  • Mason County Consortium

    • The Mason County Rural Community Resource Fair will be held on September 28 from 2-4pm at Station 27, 60 NE Collins Lake Drive in Tahuya. More information!
    • Family Education Support Services is holding a virtual Strengthening Families Conference: multidisciplinary perspectives on parenting education & family support– on November 3 and 4 from 8:00-3:30 each day. This high-quality and affordable conference brings together family support professionals, early childhood educators, parents, kinship and foster caregivers from across the region for an in-depth examination of the latest research, best practices and tools in the fields of family support and parenting education. Registration is $125. Learn more and register! Contact Heather Antanaitis at 360.878.1016 or [email protected] with any questions.
    • Community Youth Services has a variety of wraparound services and supports for children, youth, and families in need. Check out all the resources they have to offer!
  • Lewis County Thrives

    • Celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month and kick-off the new 4-H year with a FREE Zoom workshop series! First in the series is Bread in a Bag – 4-H Clover Rolls on Sunday, October 2, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The recipe and supply list will be sent to all who pre-register via Zoom in advance (at least 24 hours) of the workshop. Register today!
    • United Way of Lewis County presents its Live United Concert, featuring country singer Aaron Crawford, on October 22 at McFiler’s Theater in downtown Chehalis, at 9:00 p.m. Proceeds from this event are going to support  “Reading Buddies” and Supplies Period” programs. In addition to enjoying a night of live music, guests can purchase raffle tickets for a chance to enter to win a number of great raffle items. This is a 21-year and older event; tickets are $25 each. More information!
    • United Way Lewis County is also looking for volunteers. Whether you are an individual with the desire to make a difference right here at home, or a company looking for unique, team-building activities to promote social responsibility – United Way has something special in store for you. When you volunteer with United Way of Lewis County, you are helping to lift families out of poverty in our community. For more information, contact United Way at (360) 748-8100 or visit their website.

CCL Regional Network

  • The Pacific Northwest Apprenticeship Education Conference (PNWAEC) is a biennial conference that creates a platform to strengthen registered apprenticeship, empower the skilled trades workforce, and connects business, government and education. This year’s conference will be held in Boise, Idaho on November 15-16 at the Grove Hotel. Cost is $160 per person. Learn more and register today!
  • WorkforceGPS is your online technical assistance website created to help build the capacity of America’s public workforce investment system. Sponsored by the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor, WorkforceGPS was developed specifically for workforce professionals, educators, and business leaders. Here you will find curated communities of interest, useful webinars and other training resources, promising workforce development practices, and relevant evidence-based research – giving you the tools you need to help you create innovative approaches to improve the employment prospects of job seekers. We invite you to come and engage with your peers by joining WorkforceGPS today. Find more information on their website!
  • The Capital STEM Alliance is holding its 3rd annual Cross Sector Summit in person at Centralia College on Oct. 11, from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. This years’ theme is: A Forest of Opportunity: Growing family wage career pathways through education, industry, and community partnerships. The Purpose of this summit it to highlight our region’s growing industry sectors and connections to K-12, and learn about equitable access to family wage careers for priority populations. Attendees will learn how developing strong partnerships between industry, community, and education can create sustained pipelines to family-wage career opportunities for BIPOC and other under served youth. Register today! For more information, contact Lorie Thompson, Capital STEM Alliance Director.
  • The Center of Excellence for Clean Energy is asking communities to help celebrate careers in energy, during Public Power Week: Oct 2 -8; and Careers in Energy Week: Oct. 12-22. For teachers, there is a free training with your middle and high school contacts – it includes free PowerWheel for classroom activities ($200 value). Training will occur Oct. 27, 4-5:30 PM, virutally for secondary teachers. The curriculum acts as an introduction to learning about engineering design, alternative energy, or physical science concepts. The PowerWheel was designed to be foundational tool for the instruction or energy and physics. For more information, check out the event flyer!
  • The Thurston Chamber of Commerce is hosting its biennial Future of Work Summit. Learn how to turn challenges into opportunities at The Future of Work Summit and EXPO on Oct. 12, 2022, at the Olympia Hotel from 8 AM – 2 PM. Attendees will gather the skills, tools and relationships to develop or expand their workforce pipeline. Successful businesses need a skilled workforce. Low unemployment means savvy business owners must find new ways to find employees. At the Future of Work Summit, attendees will:
    • Gather tools to create a talent pipeline.
    • Learn how to develop an on-the-job training program.
    • Understand best practices in developing an internship program.
    • Find out how to use apprenticeships as a recruitment strategy.
    • Nurture community relationships with educators and other business owners.This exciting one-day event is open to the public. Learn more and buy your tickets today!

Capital STEM Alliance

  • Landscape Mapping project – The Capital STEM Network seeks input from its partners througout the five-county region around their data needs. In the ideal world, if you had a magic wand, what are your individual/organizational/regional data needs that you’d like to resolve? Would your organization benefit from understanding issues, goals, and needs, especially when it comes to data, that you may need to close gaps or to understand your work in the broader ecosystem?Througout the months of October-November, the Capital STEM Alliance will be reaching out to its current and potential partners to better understand their needs around data. The purpose of this project is to build our network’s arganizational capacities and competencies by creating a regional and statewide resource bank of accessible data. If your organization has a specific question or need that cannot be answered, please contact Lorie Thompson to include your questions around the data.
  • Armada Corp is a third-party debt collection company and is looking for people for their Tumwater office who are interested in a future in helping people! Working in debt collection has aspects of sociology, finance, mathematics, customer service, teaching, fact-finding and interaction with consumers. It requires the ability to focus and the energy that comes from challenge! If you think you have a vein of possibility for us to explore. All Collector positions are full-time [40 hours] Monday-Friday. For more information, please contact Cindy Gagne.
  • We’re excited to announce the ninth round of Career Connect Washington Program Builder grantees, which 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 Capital Region applicants who were selected in Round 9 to develop career connected learning programs:

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington – Expanding Career Explore in Manufacturing Technology (Thurston)

    GRuB/Garden Raised Bounty – Enhancing Career Prep in Agriculture (Thurston)