Career Connect Southwest

Career Connect Southwest2023-04-26T08:17:12-07:00

Meeting the career development needs of all of Southwest Washington’s youth


About Career Connect SW

By 2021, Washington will have over 740,000 job openings. And we have the talent right here at home to fill them. Career Connect Southwest (SW) is one of nine regional career connected learning networks under the larger Career Connect Washington (CCW) as well as a partner network of Washington STEM. Formerly known in the ESD 112 region as the Southwest Washington STEM Network, we have realigned our services to more effectively meet the career development needs of all of Southwest Washington’s youth.

Career Connect SW has three local networks spanning six counties that are all committed to working with education, business and community partners to further the goals of CCW while focusing on the specific opportunities and needs of the region. Our networks help provide students with equitable access to:

  • Problem-based STEM learning with career and community connections
  • College- and career-related learning with mentors and coaches, as well as rigorous STEM dual-credit coursework with career connections
  • Work-based learning for high growth, high demand careers

By connecting local businesses and educators, we are helping to develop a skilled workforce resulting in a strong economic future for their communities.

Career Connect Southwest

Our Vision

All learners in SW Washington acquire the knowledge, skills and experiences that will unlock futures, build a globally engaged community, ensure a prosperous economy and inspire innovation throughout our region.

Our Mission

Engage all learners in challenging, relevant and integrated Career Connected Learning (CCL) that strengthens the education-to-workforce pipeline at all levels and advocates for the value and importance of CCL to our community’s future.


Our Services

We organize our programming and support along the Washington Career Connected Learning Framework, which begins in Kindergarten and supports students through high school and into their chosen career pathway.

Program Contacts

Contact Us

Vickei Hrdina

Director of Career Readiness & STEM Initiatives



Christine Katon

Youth Workforce Manager | Rural Career Navigator

Chad Mullen

CCL and STEM Programs Manager



Sharon Purdue

Career Navigator



Melanie Walker

CTE & Career Readiness Coordinator



Niki Johnston

Secretary II



STEM Resources

Upcoming STEM Classes

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STEM at ESD 112
STEM at ESD 112September 21, 2023 at 1:02pm
K12 Educators…come see us next week 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼Hockinson School DistrictVancouver Public SchoolsEvergreen Public SchoolsCamas School DistrictLa Center School DistrictRidgefield School District


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