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EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE

Today's student's are tomorrow's business leaders. Our Education and Workforce department works to bridge the gap between the business and education sectors to ensure that your business and our community has a highly educated, available and technically skilled workforce.

Get Involved!

Are you passionate about our kids, students, their future, and our workforce?  We invite you to get involved today. To learn more, contact Alisha Benson, Vice President of Education and Workforce, GSI and Executive Director, Spokane STEM, or check out some of our education and workforce programs in the left-hand navigation bar for more information.


About GSI’s Education & Workforce Program

One of the key elements to a successful business and a thriving regional economy is talent – a workforce with the skills and background businesses need to be successful. Building the talent pipeline is about more than putting youth through our early learning, K-12 and higher education institutions. It's about creating partnerships between business and education. GSI works to bring educators and employers together for the benefit of students and businesses, helping our economy and quality of life. Educators get a better understanding of the skills our businesses and industries need to be competitive and businesses engage in providing experiences that show our educators and students real-life business applications. 

Results that Matter

Our goals to support the growth of a skilled regional workforce include: 

  • Improve the education attainment of our region by increasing the proportion of adults in Spokane County with high-quality degrees, certificates or other credentials from 40% to 60% by 2025.
  • Organize and lead the regional Education Grows Economies campaign to support the passage of 13 local K-12 public school districts bonds and levies.
  • Connect business and education to support and retain a highly skilled workforce:
    • Through organizing and delivering 12 Teaching the Teacher workshops and 5 Business AfterSchool Industry Weeks engaging 32 businesses, 200 business professionals, 260 educators, 30 parents and more than 5800 students both directly and indirectly;    
    • Through business and education partnerships looking at the engagement of girls in underrepresented fields and the expansion of work based learning opportunities for students in health sciences pathways;
    • By facilitating the growth of the Spokane STEM Network and the engagement of our Network partners with the goal of increasing the number of students pursuing and achieving success in STEM competencies for future careers; and 
    • By engaging business and education leaders on the K-12 Roundtable, Higher Education Leadership Group and Health Industry Development Group to support education and workforce, economic development and public policy initiatives and goals.