About Skagit STEM

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.


We're also excited that all Skagit School Districts are a partner in Skagit STEM: Anacortes,

Burlington-Edison, Concrete, Conway, La Conner, Mount Vernon, and Sedro-Woolley.


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:

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Free NW WA Employer Internship & Apprenticeship Roundtable held December 7


Just an amazing afternoon at the Northwest Washington Apprenticeship Roundtable, with more than 60 top business, education, government and community leaders in attendance.


Tremendous discussion about the power of creating a culture of learning and giving all children the opportunity to achieve the American Dream through career connected learning. College is only one path to prepare our children for life and success. Powerful learning how businesses can be creator of talent not consumers of talent.


Check out the results 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.

Skagit STEM Network

Planning Partners

Sedro-Woolley School District

City of Sedro-Woolley

Port of Skagit


Janicki Industries

PeaceHealth/United General Hospital

Skagit Valley College


Community-based Organizations

Planning Partners

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

Northwest WorkForce Council

Skagit Community Foundation

Skagit County Child and Family Consortium


Skagit School District Partners





La Conner

Mount Vernon



Other Skagit School Partners

Immaculate Conception Regional School



KSVR Radio


Skagit County

Skagit Publishing

Rep. Rick Larsen

Contact Us:

Shaun Doffing

Career Connected Learning Coordinator 

Skagit STEM Network


(360) 941-6929 

“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)

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