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Connect Tri-Cities

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October 10-12, 2017

Kennewick, WA

By the Connect Tri-Cities Team

What is Connect Tri-Cities? It’s a job fair. A STEM competition. Veterans outreach. Retirement planning. Networking. Interactive exhibits. Job skills preparation. Guest speakers. Connect Tri-Cities will be a resource for the Tri-Cities community, employers and job seekers, sponsored by Hanford contractor Mission Support Alliance and their corporate partners, Leidos, Jacobs and Centerra Group.

Connect Tri-Cities seeks to collaborate with community and nation-wide stakeholders to support an effective transfer of knowledge and recruit job seekers in collaboration with STEM, trade/craft and apprenticeship organizations.

Connect Tri-Cities will bring high school students face-to-face with colleges and universities, apprenticeship programs, field trips for hands-on experience at local businesses and a STEM scholarship competition. An important focus for Connect Tri-Cities will be connecting our nation’s Veterans with employment support and workforce development tools.

Diversity and Inclusion are a critical pieces in recruiting future employees. The next generation workforce will represent all aspects of ethnicity, gender, age, personality, education, background and more. The goal is to increase inclusion and connect participants with subject matter experts to foster a thriving, highly-diverse workforce.

The keynote speaker at this event is Edward DeJesus, a renowned author and speaker who works to improve programs and policies for youth and young adults. His message about reclaiming the lost economic fortunes of America’s youth is urban, powerful and unapologetic.

One of the most anticipated aspects of Connect Tri-Cities is the Job Fair & Recruiting Center. Connecting communities is the theme of this event. The goal is to provide a recruiting center for any business and job seeker interested in the Hanford mission and Tri-Cities community. Nearly 70 employers will be present, including federal agencies, Hanford contractors, national laboratories, labor unions, local/state agencies, STEM organizations, military and local businesses. Live demonstrations of real-world job needs – from crane and rigging, emergency responders, engineering, craft and trades, will also be showcased.

For more information on Connect Tri-Cities, visit or visit the Facebook page.

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September Education Advocate, the Monthly Enews

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Arik Korman

Arik Korman, Communications Director

It’s back to school time at my house, and that means the morning rush is in full swing – searching for that missing sock, packing up lunch, and making sure my third-grader has everything he needs to have a good day. All across Washington state, students like my son are running around to get to their classroom, ready to learn and hoping to receive what they need to have a good day, a good school year, and a good life.

League of Education Voters is excited for the new school year, too. We are hard at work advocating for every student to receive a great public education and the support necessary for success. For some students, also just like my son, the need is greater than quality instruction, curriculum, and classroom materials – they may also need mental health counseling, trauma-informed care, supplemental nutrition, or individualized learning assistance.

As you know, many Washington students do not receive these critical services, and the outcomes are devastating. Last year alone, more than 14,000 high school seniors in Washington did not graduate. Students who don’t graduate from high school are twice as likely to face unemployment throughout their life, and several studies indicate higher rates of mortality for these students, as well.

Support us today and join the voices demanding critical system transformation so Washington’s students receive the support they need to thrive, innovate, and become the leaders of tomorrow.

When you are rushing out the door tomorrow morning, think of the 1.1 million kids in Washington doing the same thing – they deserve, and will have, a brighter future with the help of League of Education Voters supporters like you.

Read below for more about our work.

Thanks again for all you do for Washington’s kids. We’re all in this together.

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student disciplineLEVinar: Next Steps in School Discipline

Joshua Lynch and Calandra Sechrist from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) will share updates regarding student discipline and implementation of HB 1541. Moderated by League of Education Voters State Field Director Kelly Munn. Register now



Tukwila StudentsTukwilla GLAD Trains Teachers on English Language Learning

Our legislative scorecard highlights some of our key legislative priorities and the results. We know that the end of a legislative session or the passage of a bill is not the end of our work, but rather a step in a continuing journey to bring every Washington student an excellent public education – from early learning through higher education – that provides the opportunity for success. Read more


Back to SchoolBack to School is the perfect time to give to League of Education Voters!

Our vision is that every student in Washington state has access to an excellent public education that provides the opportunity for success. Support our mission with your gift today! Donate now



Girls drawing with pencilKids Co. Demonstrates Chopped Chops

Each week, the summer day camp program at South Shore focuses on a different theme, from detective skills, to learning social skills through board games, to science experiments. Arik Korman, along with League of Education Voters staff and board, had the pleasure of joining them during their Sweet Tooth week, which featured their take on the popular Food Network Chopped competition. Read more


Teacher planner with appleAdvocate of the Month: Candace Harris

Candace Harris is Director of the Valley Early Learning Center, part of the Valley School District about 45 miles north of Spokane. Because Valley is a rural school district, many of the families live in poverty. Read more

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Education Advocate of the Month: Candace Harris

At League of Education Voters, we recognize all of the hard work that you do toward improving public education across Washington state.

We are pleased to announce our Education Advocate of the Month for September: Candace Harris. Read about her experience as a strong advocate for early learning in rural Eastern Washington.

League of Education Voters September Education Advocate of the Month Candace Harris

September Education Advocate of the Month Candace Harris

Candace Harris is Director of the Valley Early Learning Center, part of the Valley School District about 45 miles north of Spokane. Because Valley is a rural school district, many of the families live in poverty. Representing rural Washington, Candace attended the Education Vision Project that League of Education Voters convened in March, where stakeholders from the Spokane region envisioned what our education system could look like. Candace has a passion for working with kids and understands the importance of teachers receiving the training they need to engage students with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and she would like to see Social Emotional Learning (SEL) incorporated into school practices.

Rural districts like Valley faces different challenges than their urban counterparts. Candace says, “There’s a lot of isolation out here – your school or early learning center can be 20 miles away, so schools end up becoming the hub of the community.” In rural areas, schools take the place of community centers. She adds, “In rural communities, we wear multiple hats, like a lot of people in education do, but it does end up looking a little different.” Candace is the Director of Valley’s Early Learning Program, is a family advocate and a family engagement coordinator for toddlers through 2nd grade, and she also does home visiting. “Resources are spread pretty thin,“ she says. “If you think about our area, there isn’t even a pediatrician. The closest one is 30 miles away in Riverside.”

Candace has lived in Stevens County her entire life. She started substituting as a para pro at Valley School District and worked to develop an early learning program. She explains, “We had childcare for employees, and the next year, we started doing the Early Childhood Education Assistance Program (ECEAP), we then became licensed as a childcare center to serve as many people as we could. Besides us, there isn’t any other licensed childcare in our area.”


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