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Career Connect Washington adds Specialist to NCESD

North Central Educational Service District (NCESD) has announced the hire of Cari Horning as the new Career Connected Learning Specialist for Grant and Adams counties.

The position’s funding is provided through the Washington State Employment Security Department in partnership with the North Central Workforce Development Council, which awarded the funds to the NCESD.

The funding is made available through the Governor’s Career Connect Washington effort, supports career learning activities including: industry exploration site visits, career fairs, job shadowing, internships apprenticeships, and externships (teacher internships) as just a few of the career connections that will become available to 29,000 students thanks to $6.4 million in new Career Connect Washington grant funding across the state. The focus of the funding awarded to the NCESD will be to support and grow the advanced manufacturing industry in Grant and Adams counties.

Horning begins in her new role on August 13 and will be supporting educators and industry partners with making connections to support youth through career awareness, exploration and career preparation activities for the students in Grant and Adams counties.

Horning will convene a Career Connect Roundtable at Big Bend Community College on August 23 and will be joined by educators and industry stakeholders alongside representation from Worksource, the Port of Moses Lake, SkillSource, the Grant County Economic Development Council, and the Apple STEM Network.

“I’m thrilled to have Cari join our team as the new Career Connected Learning Specialist for Grant and Adams counties. Cari has a ton of energy and passion for youth, and has deep experience creating community connections, events, and business partnerships. I’m certain she will quickly become an integral part of our regional efforts,” explained Dr. Sue Kane, STEM Coordinator for the NCESD and Director of the Apple STEM Network.

“Being chosen for this role is truly an honor. I am beyond excited to connect our students with local industry and spark a passion within them for their benefit as well as for our communities,” explained Horning.