The North Central Career Connect Washington Network was launched in 2019 to empower our local communities with the resources, tools and connections needed to close skill gaps for employers and help young people connect their education and training to promising future careers.
The kinds of career-connected learning experiences the Network is looking to expand are rigorous, relevant, and relationship-based, and are designed to prepare youth to be competitive candidates for the industries growing all around us. This is powerful and intentional work and the regional network has grown to include representatives from across the region in education, industry, and community-based organizations.
This network of dedicated local leaders doesn’t always get the recognition that it deserves for the ways these leaders are investing in our communities – that’s part of what makes this time of year so special. Each spring, at the close of an academic year, the regional network takes a moment to recognize a selected few whose leadership is planting seeds and whose time is spent investing in the next generation of community leaders.
In this blog series, we celebrate three individuals whose contributions are changing the shape of the future workforce in North Central Washington. Each of these leaders have accomplished a great deal to ensure youth in the region connect with successful career paths. These award recipients stand out for the ways they commit to this work with integrity, generosity, grit and persistence.
The regional network wishes to recognize Quincy High School teacher, Ross Kondo, with the 2022 Visionary Award.