WENATCHEE - The educational service district that oversees public K-12 education in Grant, Douglas and Chelan counties recently received a six-figure grant from Career Connect Washington.
The $200,000 awarded to the North Central Educational Service District The funds will be used to expand regional Career Connected Learning (CCL) opportunities.
CCL is an initiative that connects young people with high-demand, high-wage careers in Washington. The local North Central CCL Network will collaboratively work to expand CCL in Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan Counties. The work in North Central Washington will be led by the Apple STEM Network in collaboration with SkillSource and will be governed by a leadership board with representation form industry, community-based organizations, Big Bend Community College, Wenatchee Valley College, local government agencies and K-12 educators. Local committees will focus efforts in three sub-regions including: Chelan/Douglas, Okanogan, and Grant Counties.
The funding will be used to accomplish the following objectives:
· Convene cross industry partners (including employers, labor, education, workforce council, community-based organizations) that lead to the expansion of Career Connected Learning opportunities
· Develop regional plans to grow CCL opportunities that fit the unique needs of the North Central Washington
· Allow the NCESD and the Work Force Development Council to serve as CCL navigators for the region (to industry, educators, counselors)
· Work with educators and industry to develop and scale programs
· Consolidate regional data and report key learnings to state