Career connected learning is about connecting students with real-world experience combined with relevant classroom learning. These experiences can help young people better prepare for their future education and career while exploring different career options and discovering jobs that inspire them. Helping young people understand and be able to access multiple career opprortunities helps our community have a highly skilled workforce and helps businesses cultivate and find the talent they need.
Three of the programs we offer in career connected learning are:
Business AfterSchool is a series of career connected learning workshops hosted by local businesses for students in grades 6-12 in the greater Spokane region. Students are invited to attend a workshop to gain real life skills, experience learning in a workplace setting, and explore local career pathways through local innovations highlighted by business professionals. Teachers, parents, advisors, and mentors are all welcome to attend as well!
Teaching the Teachers workshops gives educators the chance to attend a workshop hosted by a local business to learn about the careers and relevant skills students need to open a pathway to their future career. Businesses open their offices to share a real-life look at their organization, the types of careers they employ, and the training required to successfully work in their industry.
access2experience is an online platform that connects educators with local professionals who are willing to engage with students in career connected learning opportunities including career fairs, classroom speaking, worksite tours, job shadows and more.
Rural Career Connected Learning - programs and events including virtual career fairs that connect K-12 students living in rural area's of Lincoln, Stevens, Adams, Whitman, Ferry, Pend Oreille, Grant, Douglas, Chelan and Okanogan counties to career pathways, career technical education programs and employers.