The GVCC's stemCONNECT program introduces students (grades 6-12) to high-demand career pathways in Clark County, Washington with structured onsite visits. We spark our student's personal interest and connect them to businesses and industries that are thriving and in need of a skilled future workforce.
The GVCC has partnered with the SW WA STEM Network, DIY Marketing and nConnect to create stemCONNECT, which is sponsored by Banfield Pet Hospital and SEH America. The stemCONNECT program launched in 2017 with our first onsite visit taking place at Webfor, a digital marketing technology company in the heart of the City of Vancouver's Digital Technology Innovative Partnerships Zone (IPZ) - a fast growing segment of our digital technology cluster. The Chamber's next techCONNECT visit will be at the Port of Vancouver USA with a number of the port tenants, showcasing the STEM related skilled jobs coming available in the future.
The stemCONNECT series supports students in reaching their academic potential and connecting their classroom lessons with real-world experiences.
RESULTS: It was reported by their teachers that 22 of the 34 students that took part in the Chamber’s first stemCONNECT visit to Webfor (earlier this year) have enrolled in the Fort Vancouver’s CTE Web Design course for next year. “We know through research that students who successfully complete CTE coursework are more likely to graduate from high school and pursue postsecondary education as well as earn more after high school. Thanks again for your help in developing our future tech workforce,” said Debbie Blas, SW WA MESA Director.
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