Career Connect Washington

About Career Connected Learning

Career Connected Learning is about every student having access to experiential learning opportunities that lead to the future career they choose for themselves.

In response to the needs identified by the community, there are two working groups to facilitate the identification of needs and the coordination of efforts to implement sector strategies to support Manufacturers and schools with Career Connected Learning in Grant/Adams Counties:

Career Connected Learning is a continuum of awareness, exploration, preparation, and work experience developed through strong public and private partnerships. Participants develop, apply, and are assessed on academic, technical, trade, and entrepreneurial skills that support their future career success.

The NCESD partners with the Apple STEM Network and a variety of other public and private partners to create robust Career Connected Learning opportunities for students through the NCESD service district. By working together to connect college and work opportunities, our goal is to introduce and build pathways for students and contribute to strong and competitive workforces.

The NCESD serves as the regional lead for the statewide Career Connect Washington network. Other statewide collaboration partners include the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Employment Security Department, the Washington Student Achievement Council and others. This network’s goal is to provide coherent and aligned technical assistance and professional learning.

Our priority goal is to connect a student’s education with employment opportunities and a clear indicator of the success of our work is the successful development, support and expansion of CTE graduation pathways in school districts in our region.

Our Partners:

  • Apple STEM Network
  • Washington STEM
    • Labor Dashmoar
    • CORI Matrix
  • SkillSource
  • Employment Security Department
  • School Districts
  • Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce
  • PUDs
  • Workforce Alliance
  • Big Bend
  • WVC

Career & Technical Education Resources

Career Connect Washington & CLNA Relevant Data/Measurement Sources

Jobs/Job Projections:

K-12 Student Demographics:

Postsecondary Enrollment and Completion:


Financial Aid/Scholarships:

Dual Credit:

Weekly Email Updates

The North Central ESD Career Connected Learning teams sends weekly emails with the information on upcoming events, grants and scholarships, resources for school districts and partners, and so much more.

Events & Programs Edition

Includes event information for educators and partners share with students about events and programs that will help them explore careers, education opportunities, scholarships, and more. Sent the 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month.

Educator Edition

Includes information on resources and news for K-12 educators in North Central Washington school districts. Sent the 2nd Thursday of the month.

Partner/Administrator Edition

Includes general information about Career Connected Learning across the region and state, including grant opportunities and more. Sent the 4th Thursday of the month.

Our Career Connected Learning Staff

Cari Horning

Career Connected Learning Specialist
Email Cari Horning

Linda Dezellem

CTE Specialist
Email Linda Dezellem

Sue Kane

Director of STEM Initiatives & Strategic Partnerships
Email Sue Kane

Tami McBride

Career Connected Learning Specialist
Email Tami McBride