Career Connected Learning

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Bridging the Gap Between Students and Their Futures

Career Connected Learning (CCL) stems from House Bill 2158 legislature and seeks to ensure that all Washington students have multiple pathways toward employment and economic self-sufficiency. By connecting and creating partnerships, our districts, industry, government, and institutions of higher education can build opportunities that expose K-12 students and young adults to a variety of careers and real-world experiences.

CCL is supported by a statewide network that seeks to provide data-informed technical assistance while building equitable student access and improving student outcomes.

Connecting Districts and Employers

Career Connected Learning Administrators connect, convene and support K-12 districts, businesses, military partners, and colleges. Our goal is to support Awareness, Exploration, Preparation, and Career Launch activities within school districts throughout the region.

Graduation Pathway Options

The Career Connected Learning Framework

Career Awareness
Learning about work

  • career fairs
  • worksite tours
  • guest speakers

Career Exploration
Learning for work

  • informational interviews
  • networking events
  • job shadowing

Career Preparation
Learning through work

  • career and technical education (CTE) courses
  • on-site internships
  • youth apprenticeship

Career Launch
Learning in work

  • clinical experience
  • on-the-job training
  • apprenticeship


In 2017, Governor Inslee designated $6.4 million in federal funds from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act to support Career Connect Washington, an initiative designed to connect 100,000 students over the next five years with employer internships, registered apprenticeships, and other career connected learning to prepare them with high-demand jobs. The Career Connect Pacific Mountain coalition received $977,000 to engage students in career connected learning.

This approach to learning puts young people on the pathway to a postsecondary credential and a successful career. We help students access internships, job shadowing opportunities, and technical training programs so they're ready for high-demand, family-wage jobs.

STEM Network

Students need strong science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) skills to pursue Washington’s highest demand career pathways — from building airplanes to monitoring the health of apple crops to researching cancer treatments. Capital Region ESD 113 and Washington STEM created the Capital Region STEAM Network to close credential attainment gaps. The network works with business leaders and educators to link Washington students with STEM careers.

The goal of the network is to increase the number of local students who become STEM professionals in a variety of sectors in our region, especially students of color, young women, rural and remote youth, and students from low-income families.

Washington State Opportunity Scholarship

The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship is a commitment by state government and private-sector employers to increase the number of homegrown graduates prepared for key jobs in our economy. In 2018, 51 students in our region received college scholarships of up to $22,500 each to study STEM or health care.

Computer Science Education

In both 2015 and 2017, the Legislature approved funding to promote professional development, upgraded technology, and innovative efforts to engage underrepresented students and girls in computer science. The our region received $166,800 in state funding for computer science education, which allowed them to raise an additional $166,800 in private funds to support student learning.


The Regional Alliance for Youth (RALLY) is a collaborative effort among the five counties in our ESD to support children and youth from cradle to career for life-long success. We believe that bringing people together to work on behalf of children and youth is crucial to making a difference in our communities. Our coordinated efforts stem from our common goals and shared vision of every individual building a positive future for themselves and their community.

Our Goals

  • Increase high school graduation rates.
  • Increase enrollment in post-secondary education.
  • Promote strong interpersonal and career skills development.

Five-County Consortium Partners

  • Grays Harbor Cradle to Career Consortium
  • Lewis County Thrives
  • Mason Consortium for Student Success
  • Pacific County Youth Alliance
  • Thurston Thrives Education and Resilience Action Team



The Pipeline Project: Capital Region’s Proposal for BUILDING a skilled workforce

Partners Newsletter - March 2020

Mobile Training Unit – Centralia College is finalizing their purchase of a 53-foot tractor trailer to be used as a mobile training classroom. The trailer will be outfitted with 15 student workstations, complete with internet access, virtual reality headsets, and simulators that are loaded with a variety of STEM sector-specific training modules. During the coming school year, the mobile training unit will travel to remote and rural school districts throughout Lewis County so that all students in grades 11-12 have access to these basic skill sets.

Centralia College is looking for sponsors for the training unit! If you are interested, or would like more information, please contact Jake Fay, Centralia College Dean of Industrial Trades, at

Career Connected Learning Regional Network Update:  On March 4, the Regional Network held its second quarterly Stakeholder meeting at ESD113, with leaders from each of the Capital region’s five counties representing a variety of sectors (business, industry, education, community, policy etc.). The goals of the quarterly Stakeholder meetings are to:

  • Celebrate our current successes in career awareness, career preparation, and career launch activities as a region
  • Create a catalog of all career connected learning programs in the Capital region
  • Note gaps in career connected learning activities by sector and by county
  • Develop strategies to pursue growth of career connected learning programs
  • Establish sustainable partnerships with program intermediaries in leading sectors to create endorsed career launch programs

Since December 2019, the following Career Preparation activities have been underway:

  • Mason County - Pre-Apprenticeship – Sierra Pacific Industries
  • Grays Harbor County - Medical Assistant Apprenticeship – Aberdeen HS
  • Lewis County - Medical Assistant Apprenticeship –Shelton SD
  • Thurston County - Renewable Energy Internship – Tenino TIER/Centralia College

As well as the following Career Launch activities:

  • Grays Harbor County - Montesano Emergency Services Apprenticeship; iTAC Automotive Apprenticeship (Aberdeen)
  • Thurston/Lewis Counties - Clean Energy launch development project, (Foundation for Water and Energy Education (FWEE), Regional Education and Training Center, and Pacific NW Center of Excellence for Clean Energy

We welcome your input and support! If you would like to become a Pipeline partner, or if you have any questions, please contact us at the emails below:

Bill Sullivan

Lorie Thompson

Bob Guenther

Monique Stayler


  • Boys and Girls Club of Lewis County is currently accepting child care applications for any child under 18 years, whether they are members or nonmembers.
  • United Way of Lewis County is currently updating all community resources for the 2-1-1 website and call center. If you are a community-based organization, please contact Ryan Cole of United Way to add or update your organization’s information. The 2-1-1 website and call center are open at this time and can direct callers to appropriate resources regionwide.
  • United Way of Lewis County is looking for volunteers! If you are interested and able, please visit their website following link for more information or to sign up

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