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Education Grows Economies.

One of the key elements to a successful business and a thriving regional economy is talent - a workforce with the skills and background that businesses need to be successful. GSI works to bring educators and employers together for the benefit of students and businesses, stimulating our economy and quality of life. We work with the community to lead strategies and programming that supports our goal of increasing the proportion of residents in Spokane County with high-quality degrees or certificates from 40 percent to 60 percent by 2025.

Here are some of the programs that run throughout the year:

Career Connected Learning
Experiences that expose students to careers and real-world skills through different methods and levels of engagement.

Greater Minds
An initiatve of GSI that supports working adults return to school to finish or begin their own degree or certificate and help students distinguish the education pathways and programs best for their needs and lifestyle.

access2experience (a2e)
An online platform that connects educators directly 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.

Business AfterSchool (BAS)
A series of career connected learning workshops that brings together middle and high school students, parents, educators and business to learn about lcoal careers, skills and career pathways. 

Spokane STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
One of ten regional networks across the state that works closely with statwide partner, Washington STEM.

Teaching the Teachers 
A series of workshops that are open to all educators, advisors, college and career readiness counselors and administrators in NEWESD 101. Attendees earn at least 3 PD clock hours.

Bonds & Levies
GSI organizes and leads the regional Education Grows Economies campaign to support the passage of 13 local K-12 public school districts bonds and levies.

​Committees, Professional Development, Strategy Development
GSI engages business and education leaders on the K-12 Roundtable, Health Industry Development Group (HIDG) and the Health Care Committee to support education and workforce, economic development and public policy initiatives and goals. GSI also hosts events for the community and creates the space for education and business leaders to connect and learn.

For more information or details on how you can get involved and be part of our Education and Talent efforts, contact Cassidy Peterson, Director, Education and Talent and Executive Director, Spokane STEM at 509.321.3611Visit our staff page for a complete staff directory.