The Skagit STEM Network formed late in 2015 through the efforts of the Sedro-Woolley School District and City of Sedro-Woolley. The goal was to create a process to align K-12 education, higher education, community, and business partners to support STEM learning and opportunity in Skagit County.
Washington STEM provided an initial grant that was the catalyst to develop a unique partnership between the Sedro-Woolley School District, City of Sedro-Woolley, Port of Skagit, EDASC, Skagit Valley College and Janicki Industries. During 2016, other partners joined the planning process including: Boy Scouts of America, Mount Baker Council; Children's Museum of Skagit County; Community Action of Skagit County; Girl Scouts of Western Washington; Junior Achievement of Washington; Northwest Innovation Resource Center; NW Workforce; Skagit Community Foundation; Skagit County Child and Family Consortium; KSVR Radio; PACCAR; PeaceHealth/United General Hospital; Skagit County; and Skagit Publishing.
Sedro-Woolley was the first city north of Snohomish County to be selected for a STEM planning grant and is one of 10 STEM Networks in Washington.
In late 2016, Washington STEM awarded the Skagit STEM Network a $200,000 grant over the next two years from Washington STEM to support efforts to advance student access to science, technology, and math education and career opportunities throughout Skagit County.
“Washington STEM is excited to work with the wonderful partners of the Skagit STEM Network,” said Washington STEM’s Network Director, Lee Lambert. “We have been enthusiastic supporters of their planning process and their vision for STEM education in the community.”
You can see STEM skills at work in Skagit businesses, health care industry, family farms, wineries, environmental service companies and in the IT jobs across the public and private sectors. STEM skills are integral to the success of world-class companies and organizations such as Janicki Industries, Paccar, the Bread Lab, Skagit Valley Malting, Tesoro and Shell refineries, Hexcel, Snelson, and Janicki Bioenergy.
STEM isn’t just for scientists and engineers. The creativity and critical thinking skills that come with a foundation in STEM education are in high demand, for all kinds of jobs, across our state.
It’s simple: in the 21st century, STEM education opens doors for every student to succeed.
Today, the Washington state economy is rooted in STEM. In the last 10 years, growth in STEM jobs has been three times greater than non-STEM jobs. Washington ranks #1 in the nation in the concentration of STEM jobs. By 2018, we’ll see a 24% increase in STEM jobs — seven points above the national average.
BUT...There are currently 25,000 unfilled jobs in Washington due to a lack of qualified candidates (2013). Eighty percent of those jobs are in high-demand health care and STEM fields, such as computer science and engineering. Today, while Washington ranks fourth in the country in technology-based corporations, we fall to 46th when it comes to participation in science and engineering graduate programs.
THE VISION: Every student succeeds. A thriving Skagit County, with a terrific quality of life. An amazing place to live, work and play.
To learn about current Sedro-Woolley School District STEM initiatives, check out the document below:
“STEM skills are critical for our students’ futures. By encouraging students to become more engaged in STEM education, the Skagit STEM Network is making an important investment in the next generation of workers and in the long-term health of our economy.” - U.S. Congressman Rick Larsen (WA-02)
SKAGIT STEM NETWORK
Sedro-Woolley School District
City of Sedro-Woolley
Port of Skagit
PeaceHealth / United General Hospital
Skagit Valley College
COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATIONS
Boy Scouts of America, Mount Baker Council
Children's Museum of Skagit County
Community Action of Skagit County
Girl Scouts of Western Washington
Northwest Innovation Resource Center
Northwest Workforce Council
Skagit Community Foundation
Skagit County Child and Family Consortium
Sedro-Woolley School District