WABS has just been selected through a competitive process via Career Connect Washington to create a regional network of industry leadership, educators, and others focused on creating pathways for young people into the high demand high potential jobs that will shape the future economy. WABS has three partners they are working with to design the regional network: both workforce boards from King and Pierce counties, and also the College Success Foundation. The nine Regional Networks across the state are below:
- Workforce Snohomish (Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom counties)
- Educational Service District 112 (Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, Pacific, Skamania, and Wahkiakum counties)
- Educational Service District 105 (Kittitas, Yakima, Grant and Klickitat counties)
- Capital Region Educational Service District 113 (Thurston, Mason, Lewis, Grays Harbor, and Pacific counties)
- Washington Alliance for Better Schools (King and Pierce counties)
- South Kitsap School District # 402 (Kitsap, Jefferson, and Clallam counties)
- Greater Spokane Incorporated (Adams, Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens and Whitman counties)
WABS secured a Stolte Family Foundation grant to continue to serve and provide more training and support for underserved families for our member districts through our Natural Leaders program over a three year period. The Stolte Family Foundation (SFF) believes in creating a sustainable future where everyone has the opportunity to reach their potential. To that end, SFF invests in organizations that champion systemic changes in education and environmental policy and practice.
Students in WABS’ After School STEM Academy at Madrona K-8 in Edmonds School District were visited by Boeing Commerical Airlines Vice President of Engineering John Hamilton. The full write-up of the visit can be found at Boeing in Washington.
WABS Executive Director Emily Yim, who also serves as the Chair of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), is featured in their most recent publication. Ms. Yim has served as a Trustee at Edmonds Community College since 2007, and was elected Chair of ACCT in 2017. You can read more about her work with ACCT in Trustee Quarterly beginning on page 20.
WABS is grateful to receive a grant of $15,000 to support from Nordstrom for the After School STEM Academy program, a hands-on STEM enrichment program for 4th-8th grade students.