To inform, educate and involve South Central Washington Community Partners in the development of a highly skilled workforce that recognizes 21st Century knowledge, skills and dispositions.
IF our region Advocates for STEM based education,
IF we securely connect our Businesses, our Communities, and our Formal and Informal Education Opportunities in this effort, and
IF we produce a Highly Skilled Workforce base on this Initiative,
THEN we will Build Vital Communities that prepare our Students to Succeed in the 21st Century Economy.
In its efforts to improve and support income, health and education, United Way of Central Washington was among the first supporters of ESD 105's Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) initiative in Yakima and Kittitas counties. The ESD 105 STEM Literacy Framework evolved into what is now known as the South Central Washington STEM Network, which embraces the valuable participation from communities, educators, and businesses throughout the region. The Washington STEM Planning Grant, received May of 2012, enabled the Network to further energize its STEM-related activities and to strengthen the Network.
Mike Brown, STEM Coordinator
Ian Grabenhorst, Assistant Superintendent