Boeing invests in local Career Connected Learning efforts
7 Sep 2022
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Economic Alliance Snohomish County is a newly named recipient of a significant Boeing Global Engagement grant. With equity and access at the forefront of these efforts, EASC and Snohomish STEM will use this grant to increase access to Career Connected Learning experiences positioning students to enter STEM related careers.
Economic Alliance Snohomish County will focus their efforts on addressing systemic barriers that disproportionately impact traditionally underserved populations. EASC intends to use this grant funding to expand Career Connected Learning opportunities to community organizations who connect with students and families to support multigenerational engagement.
“We are grateful to Boeing for investing in future talent locally in Snohomish County,” said Alyssa Jackson, Acting Director of Snohomish STEM Network and Co-Director of Career Connect Washington NW Region. “Their generous grant enhances our ability to engage and partner with business and community organizations to expand our programming with intentional opportunities for priority populations who are often underrepresented in STEM related careers.”
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, salaries in STEM occupations pay more than double, on average, that of non-STEM occupations. Yet, traditionally underserved populations remain vastly underrepresented in STEM occupations. EASC hopes to use the Boeing grant funding to address this issue regionally.
Nationally, STEM related jobs are expected to grow rapidly through 2030. Talent demand is consistently identified as being a top priority for growing or doing business in our region. Career Connected Learning remains a high-priority solution to workforce issues.
“Local industries and businesses have amazing opportunities to inspire students and engage future talent through career connected learning experiences developed right here at Economic Alliance Snohomish County,” said Garry Clark, President & CEO Economic Alliance Snohomish County. “Our strong partnership with Boeing ensures we continue to implement our existing programs while also extending them to community organizations with continued reach beyond the classroom."