Career Connected Learning is about every student having access to experiential learning opportunities that lead to the future career they choose for themselves. The North Central Career Connect Washington Network is co-led by the Apple STEM Network (represented by North Central ESD) and Skillsource (North Central Workforce Development Council). The North Central Network serves Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan 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.

North Central Network’s three core goals:

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.

Partner and collaborate to increase system alignment

100% of youth participate in Career Explore & Career Prep opportunities

60% of graduates in the class of 2030 have access to Career Launch opportunities

North Central Network Executive Leadership Board

The board comprises cross-sector leadership which include public, private and community-based organizations. 

  • Jessica Lynch
  • Stela Heuschkel 
  • Jesus Hernandez 
  • Jenny Rojanasthien
  • Michelle Price
  • Alyce Brown
  • Tami McBride
  • Jacob Buholtz
  • Oscar Licon
  • Susan Adams 
  • Lupe Sanchez
  • Bryce Humpherys  
  • Riva Morgan
  • Yuritzi Lozano
  • Annette Herup
  • Kristi O’Neill
  • Meghan Francis

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.

North Central Network Partners

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.

Special Editions

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.

Career & Technical Education

Career Connect Washington & CLNA Relevant Data/Measurement Sources

Jobs/Job Projections:

K-12 Student Demographics:

Postsecondary Enrollment and Completion:


Financial Aid/Scholarships:

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Our Career Connected Learning Staff

Cari Horning

Career Connected Learning Specialist
Email Cari Horning

Holly Bringman

Apple STEM Network Coordinator
Email Holly Bringman

Linda Dezellem

CTE Specialist
Email Linda Dezellem

Nikki Medved

Instructional Worksite Coordinator
Email Nikki Medved

Sue Kane

Director of STEM Initiatives & Strategic Partnerships
Email Sue Kane

Tami McBride

Career Connected Learning Specialist
Email Tami McBride