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.
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:
See Yourself in Me -
A Spotlight on Women in STEM
The Spotlight on Women in STEM features a series of inspiring videos along with interactive classroom materials that are designed to showcase the tremendous opportunities for women in four of our highest demand, living wage industries in Northwest Washington – IT, Halth Care, Engineering and Construction. The target audience is young women in middle and high school just starting to discover their interests.
Click here to see all of the videos and classroom materials produced by the NW Washington STEM Network.
Lots of great NW Washington STEM news in our latest newsletter:
Superintendent Concrete School District
Superintendent, Sedro-Woolley School District
Dean of Workforce, Skagit Valley College
Mayor, Sedro Woolley
Skagit School District Partners
Congresswoman Suzan DelBene kicked off the second annual Spotlight on Women in STEM that attracted nearly 400 area junior and high school students from all Skagit schools. She shared her journey in STEM fields. “As someone who made a career in STEM before coming to Congress, I know how important it is for young women to develop the skills to compete in a 21st century economy,” she said. “Understanding how things work will benefit you wherever you go! I want to encourage you to pursue your passion.”