Career Connect WA Funds Twenty New Program Builders

More than $500,000 awarded to partners in the Northeast region developing career programs

On February 8, Career Connect Washington (CCW) released twenty new Round 10 Program Builder awardees that represent partners being funded in sixteen of Washington state’s 39 counties to build career programs and pathways. CCW Program Builders bridge the connection between industry and educators to create and scale Career Launch (includes Registered Apprenticeship), Career Prep (includes Recognized Pre-Apprenticeship), and Career Explore programs.

In the Career Connect Northeast (CCNE) region, managed by Greater Spokane Inc. and one of nine CCW Regional Networks across the state, covering Stevens, Ferry, Pend Oreille, Lincoln, Spokane, Whitman, and Adams counties – five awards were identified across four partners to create and expand career programs in various industries:

  • East Valley School District– Expanded Career Prep in advanced manufacturing (Spokane, Pend Oreille, Stevens)
  • Friends of KSPS– Expanded Career Prep in media production (Stevens, Whitman)
  • Friends of KSPS– Expanded Career Explore in multiple industries (Spokane, Stevens, Whitman)
  • Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce– New Career Explore in advanced manufacturing (Spokane)
  • Washington State University– Expanded Career Prep in health science (Stevens)

You can read the full list of Program Builder awardees here.

“We are excited to have our regional partners awarded these CCW grants and look forward to supporting additional applicants for the Round 11 grants,” shares Dr. Christi Harter, Executive Director of Career Connect Northeast and Greater Spokane Inc.’s VP of Education and Talent.

Maud Daudon, Executive Director of CCW, expresses “Congratulations to all! We look forward to continuing our work with you to build career-connected learning programs for Washington students.”

About Career Connect Washington
Career Connect Washington was created by Governor Jay Inslee, with support and funding provided by the Washington State Legislature, to provide our state’s young people with expanded opportunities to gain real-world experience through a fully integrated career-connected learning system. Business, labor, educators, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and many others have come together to create a strategy for making these opportunities available in every part of our state to every student as part of their academic journey.

About Career Connect Northeast
Career Connect Northeast (CCNE), formerly the Spokane STEM Network, is a collaborative effort of cross-sector and cross-industry leaders from across Stevens, Ferry, Pend Oreille, Lincoln, Spokane, Adams, and Whitman counties who are dedicated to expanding and strengthening career-connected learning for students and young adults in northeastern Washington. CCNE is housed within Greater Spokane Inc. (GSI), and serves as NEWESD 101’s Career Connect Washington (CCW) Regional Network; one of nine CCW Regional Networks across the state, identified by educational service districts (ESD). CCW Regional Networks play an integral role in scaling regional, cross-industry partnerships that lead to the expansion of career-connected learning (CCL) opportunities for Washington youth.

About Greater Spokane Inc.
Greater Spokane Inc. (GSI) is the Spokane region’s business development organization. GSI creates the place where organizations come together to advocate for the region, drive strategic economic growth, and champion a talented workforce. GSI is funded through a combination of private and public investment, including more than 600 private-sector members; Spokane County; Washington State Department of Commerce; and the cities of Spokane, Spokane Valley, Cheney, Deer Park, Liberty Lake, Airway Heights, Medical Lake, Millwood, Newport, and the Kalispel Tribe of Indians. For more information visit


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