Strong demand for STEM talent in Northwest Washington
53 Skagit County students from every school district receive up to $1,192,000 in STEM scholarship funding through Washington State Opportunity Scholarship program
It's a record!
The innovative public-private partnership known as the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) announces its newest cohort of 1,862 Scholars — 53 of whom hail from Skagit County and are eligible to receive up to $1,192,000 in scholarship support to attend eligible universities and colleges in Washington state.
“This is a fantastic outcome for our students,” said Michelle Judson, Director of the Skagit STEM Network. “2018 was a record year for the number of Skagit students being accepted into the program (13 in 2016, 40 in 2017, 53 in 2018). This was also the first year that students from every school district in Skagit were awarded a scholarship. I would like to acknowledge the hard work of the College and Career Counselors in each high school. They encouraged and supported students applying for the scholarship and did an outstanding job.”
“We are thrilled to support this cohort of Washington state students ready to pursue a pathway to the jobs our economy needs,” said Naria Santa Lucia, executive director of WSOS. “Our unique suite of student support services coupled with financial support will prepare these students to be the future of Washington’s workforce."
This cohort of scholarship recipients represents the seventh since WSOS was first created in 2011. The scholarship provides up to $22,500 in financial aid along with innovative student support services designed to reduce barriers for students from low and middle-income backgrounds to pursue a high-demand science, technology engineering, math (STEM) or health care degree and launch a career in Washington state.
This year’s applicant pool represents the most competitive yet with nearly 5,000 applications submitted – 1,000 additional applicants than the year prior. Local STEM Networks, in partnership with the statewide nonprofit Washington STEM, have helped raise awareness of WSOS in communities throughout the state.
Supporting STEM education across the state is critical to Washington’s future economy. Every region in Washington continues to grapple with a shortage of students graduating with the STEM degrees and training needed to meet employer demand. The unique model of private sector investment from companies like Microsoft and Boeing, matched dollar-for-dollar by the state of Washington is helping fill the gap; 92% of 2016 graduates were employed in their field or pursuing an advanced degree within nine months.
WSOS has supported more than 6,700 Scholars from every county and legislative district in Washington state to date. WSOS will serve 16,000 by 2025 thanks to robust public and private support.
WSOS is a unique, public-private partnership that provides low- and middle-income students with financial assistance, career services and other student supports. WSOS is committed to preparing our students to be the face of Washington’s workforce by reducing barriers to earning degrees in high-demand science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and health care fields.
About Washington STEM
Founded in principles of equity, partnership, and impact, Washington STEM is a statewide nonprofit amplifying solutions that bring the best STEM education to all Washington students, especially those historically underrepresented in STEM fields like students of color, girls and young women, students living in poverty, and students living in rural areas.
About Skagit STEM Network
Using the principles of Collective Action, the Skagit STEM Network serves as a facilitator for STEM supportive activities to plug into and more effectively leverage their efforts across Skagit County. The Network focuses on preparing future generations for economic success and creating a greater connection between Skagit Valley students and local businesses through Career Connected Learning opportunities.
Life-Long Learning is the cover story of the new Sedro-Woolley City Scene winter issue. It’s hot off the press!
Check it out here.
High-school students follow passions, career paths at Marine Tech Center
School districts working to change the education system
Great coverage in the Skagit Valley Hearld of the discussion by seven Skagit School District superientnendents before the free screening of the documentary “Most Likely to Succeed,” which showcases what its makers deem are the failings in today’s education system, and the need to be innovative for the future.
The screening was sponsored by the Skagit County Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Network and the Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County (EDASC).
“Maybe the thing we need to be focusing on is not memorizing, but thinking of creative ways to create products ... ,” EDASC Executive
Director John Sternlicht said. “Most of the jobs
that are going to be the biggest jobs in the next five to 10 years don’t exist yet.”
To read the article, click here.
Network and EDASC host "Most Likely to Succeed" Free Film Screening at Lincoln
The award-winning documentary Most Likely to Succeed, which provides a visionary approach to transforming schools so that students can equitably succeed in the 21st century, was shown at a free screening to an enthusiastic crowd on September 21, at the Lincoln Theatre. The Skagit STEM Network and the Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County (EDASC) hosted the event, which included a 20-minute panel discussion with Skagit County School District Superintendents moderated by EDASC CEO John Sternlicht.
“The purpose of this event is to foster a meaningful discussion about how current obstacles can be overcome and steps towards change can be taken on a local level,” said Michelle Judson, Skagit STEM Network Director. “The film explores compelling approaches that aim to revolutionize education as we know it, inspiring school communities to reimagine what students and teachers are capable of doing.”
The latest edition of the Sedro-Woolley City Scene is hot off the press!
The Summer 2017 issue features the Skagit STEM scholarship winners! A record 10 Sedro-Woolley High School grads each received $22,500 each towards their in-state bachelor degrees, thanks to the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) Program.
Overall, 42 Skagit students received WSOS scholarships!
Click on the photo to learn more.
Forty-two Skagit students will each receive $22,500 towards their in-state bachelor's degrees, thanks to Washington State Opportunity Scholarship Program
The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS), a workforce development program unique to Washington that helps put high-demand college degrees within reach of students across the state, announced today that 42 students from Skagit County will receive $945,000 in STEM-Focused Scholarship Funding.
Read the full press release here:
City Scene is hot off the press!
The May issue of the Sedro-Woolley City Scene magazine is hot off the press.
Check out all the cool things happening here: http://www.philipspublishing.com/issues/swcityscene/index.html?page=1
Northern State Redevelopment Story
The Seattle Times’ Pacific NW magazine featured the potential development of the Northern State property in Sedro-Woolley.
Washington state, which already had turned roughly 700 acres of Northern State’s farmlands over to Skagit County for habitat improvement and recreational use, in January agreed to sell the remaining 240 acres of the main campus, in stages, to the Port of Skagit County for $5 million. The City of Sedro-Woolley annexed the grounds to facilitate development. And the Port will welcome, as anchor tenant to a new “clean technology campus,” Janicki Bioengineering, which is expected to renovate and reuse some of Northern State’s most historically significant features.
All partners in the deal are calling it a model of intergovernment collaboration. The Port predicts the rebranded SWIFT Center will provide 600 to 1,000 jobs over the next two decades. And perhaps of more interest to the public, it should bring historic Northern State — finally — out of the shadows and into full view.
“The possibilities,” says Port of Skagit spokesman Andrew Entriken, “are pretty much endless here.”
Read the full article here.
Check out our January Skagit STEM Network Newsletter:
Sedro-Woolley School District expands STEM network – Skagit Valley Herald. Click here to read all of the exciting details about our $200,000 2-year planning grant from Washington STEM!
Check out the October issue of Sedro-Woolley City Scene magazine:
KOMO TV comes to Lyman - Dr. Amanda Jones is an expert in micro-biology and infectious diseases at Seattle Children’s Research Institute.
Click here to watch Scientist, will travel for kids!
If you are looking for a scholarship to pursue high demand STEM or health care majors in college, check out the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship Program. This program provides low- and middle-income students with scholarships at a 2- or 4- year public or private Washington state college or university. And it’s renewable for up to 5 years! Applications are available starting in January at www.waopportunityscholarship.org.
Click here to learn more.
Check out the July issue of Sedro-Woolley's City Scene magazine:
Click here to read the awesome STEM story in the first Sedro-Woolley City Scene magazine:
The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
Check out the video here.
Record 53 Skagit students receive STEM Scholarships
Students from every Skagit school district received up to $1,192,000 in STEM and health care scholarship funding through Washington State Opportunity Scholarship program in 2018. To learn more click here.
Listen to the KSVR FM story on the Washington State Opportunity STEM Scholarship with Michelle Judson Director of Skagit STEM Network and Burlington School District educators Heather Paton and Dalia Rodriguez here.
Exploring Skagit Possibilities
Prior to the viewing of the Skagit STEM Network sponsored documentary "Most Likely to Succeed” at the Lincoln Theatre, a terrific panel discussion with all Superintendents in Skagit County took place.
Click here to check out the awesome conversation that explored education possibilities in Skagit.
Thanks to the Sedro-Woolley High School for filming the event. Directed by Walter Constanza and Jayden Vinzant and filmed by Aryana Hearn, Shelby Baisch and Kane Alvarez. Advisor is Steve McCartt.
Sedro-Woolley School District
City of Sedro-Woolley
Port of Skagit
PeaceHealth/United General Hospital
Skagit Valley College
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
Skagit School District Partners
Other Skagit School Partners
Immaculate Conception Regional School
Rep. Rick Larsen
Career Connected Learning Coordinator
Skagit STEM Network
“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)