Career Connected Learning News

Capital Region ESD 113 Career Connected Learning November Newsletter

This is a monthly newsletter which will include regional updates and pertinent info around K-12 Career Connected Learning in Mason, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Thurston, and Pacific counties. Please feel free to forward or subscribe.

Would you like to highlight Career Connected Learning wins or announcements for your district or school in this newsletter?

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Meet your ESD 113 Career Connected Learning Team

Cecily Kiester headshotCecily Kiester (she/her) – Regional Administrator, Career Connected Learning

Contact Cecily about CTE or Career Connected Learning at the K-12 or post-secondary level. She is here to provide a variety of supports, including CTE compliance help, audit prep, pathway consultation, professional learning assistance, dual credit articulations, Career Connect Washington grant or endorsement support, and community and industry connections.


Lorie ThompsonLorie Thompson (she/her) – Director and Regional Administrator, Capital STEM Alliance

As Director of Capital STEM Alliance, Lorie is the regional contact for the WA-STEM and Career Connect Washington regional networks, working to enhance equitable access to STEM career pathways in our five counties. Since Lorie serves on multiple boards and councils as well as representing RALLY and LASER for our region, she’s a great contact for questions about Career Connect Washington, grant support, and industry connections.

Together, Lorie and Cecily work toward more equitable access to quality career pathways for all youth in the Capital Region. All questions, requests, and outreach are more than welcome!

New CTE Director Workshops 2022-2023

WACTA logoWACTA, in collaboration with WA-ACTE, is offering an eight-part New Director Workshop Series to support new CTE directors in Washington. These sessions provide just-in-time learning and up to 30 clock hours for new CTE Directors, helping them keep up with requirements throughout the year.

Details and pricing | Register here

Northwest Rural CTE Network

The NW Rural CTE Network began in 2020 to address the specific career connected learning needs of rural, remote, and Tribal school districts in offering robust CTE programming and graduation pathways and fulfilling HSBP and computer science mandates.

The free, statewide workshops are scheduled for the third Tuesday of each month, 3-4 pm. Clock hours are available.

September 20, 2022: Putting Together the Perkins Puzzle | Register

Sara Hatfield, CTE Director at South Kitsap School District, will discuss Perkins requirements, show Perkins reporting examples and answer your questions.

October 18, 2022: Work-based and Work-site Learning from the CTE Director/Teacher Perspective | Register

Sara Hatfield, CTE Director at South Kitsap SD, will discuss WBL/WSL from the CTE Director’s Perspective and answer your questions.

Capital STEM Alliance Updates

Capital STEM Alliance logoThe Capital STEM Alliance was established in 2017 to organize school, business, and community organizations interested in enhancing career readiness and STEM learning opportunities in the region. Efforts continue in 2022!

Click here for our most recent CSA Newsletters.

Capital STEM Alliance Annual Cross-Sector Summit and Breakfast

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm | Centralia College – TransAlta Commons

Registration is free, but please RSVP HERE

You’re invited! Join Capital STEM Alliance and regional partners for a free breakfast summit on October 11, 2022. This annual summit highlights our region’s growing industry sectors and connections to K-12, spotlighting efforts toward equitable access to family wage careers for priority populations.

Attendees will hear from a variety of education, industry, and community partners to 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.