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It's about creating partnerships between business and education. GSI understands the importance of developing strategic partnerships and works year-round to bring educators and employers together for the benefit of students and businesses, helping our economy and quality of life. 

Taking a Closer Look at Girls in Underrepresented Fields 

In today’s economy, women fill close to half the jobs yet hold less than 25 percent of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs. If we are to help address the gender inequity in STEM and increase the number of STEM professionals in Washington State, we must intentionally expose female students to the wide range of STEM careers at an early age.  With grant funding through the Women’s Funding Alliance, Greater Spokane Incorporated leveraged our partnership with the Community Colleges of Spokane to obtain a highly qualified evaluator to take a closer look at girls in underrepresented fields. To assist and provide input to the evaluator, an advisory group made up of women professionals in underrepresented fields has been created.  

Expanding Work-Based Learning

To have a strong economy, we must work together to build the crucial pipeline - our future workforce. Engaging local businesses and students through meaningful learning experiences, with a focus on developing our region’s future workforce, building 21st century skills and promoting career awareness, provides students with relevant work experience and inspire and motivate them to continue academic coursework in their areas of interest.  Therefore, Central Valley School District and Mead School District have partnered with GSI to convene stakeholders in a community conversation with educators around building more support from business and creating greater access to meaningful opportunities for students in the health sciences pathways.

Contact Wendy Ebach-Brill, Program Manager, at 509.321.3606 for more information.