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              Washington                                               April 2014 

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The following schools were awarded grants to improve the quality and fiscal viability of their child care centers, remove systems barriers, improve the teens' lack of knowledge about availability of services, and address their lack of trust in child care centers:

  • Centralia High School
  • Crossroads Alternative High School
  • Davis High School
  • Eisenhower High School
  • Evergreen High School
  • Harbor High School
  • Henderson Bay Alternative School
  • Hudson's Bay High School
  • Moses Lake High School
  • New Horizon's High School
  • Oakland High School
  • Seattle Public Schools
  • Snoqualmie Valley High School
  • Stanton Academy
  • Tacoma Re-Engagement Center
  • Tri-Tech Skills Center
  • Westside High School

Please contact Heidi Schultz, OSPI GRADS Program Specialist, with questions at (360) 725-0417 or Heidi.schultz@k12.wa.us.

The 2014-15 class of CTE Administrative Interns has been selected. Congratulations to the 15 Interns who will begin their training in September and graduate in May. They will receive 15 upper-level credits from Central Washington University upon completion of the internship program.

For CTE key facts and data about Washington State, please check out the latest "White Paper".

Upcoming Learning Opportunities


April 14-15, 2014 | Fife

April 7-11, 2014 | North Bend


FBLA State Business Leadership Conference

April 17-19, 2014 | Seattle Westin


SkillsUSA State Leadership & Skills Conference

April 17-19 2014 | Tacoma


April 23, 2014 | Port Angeles
April 29, 2014 | Yakima
April 25-26, 2014 | Yakima Convention Center


Fashion Industry Conference

April 26, 2014 | Seattle


Student Support Conference

April 28-29, 2014 | Wenatchee Convention Center


DECA International Career Development Conference

May 3-6, 2014 | Atlanta, GA | Register


Applied Math Workshops

May 5, 2014 | Tumwater 

May 16, 2014 | Spokane


NACTE Conference

May 6-8, 2014 | Louisville, KY | Conference at a Glance


WAME Curriculum Workshop

May 15, 2014 | Snoqualmie Inn Lodge


GAERF Student Design Competition

June 13, 2014 | Entry Deadline


Washington Applied Math Council Summer Conference

June 23-27, 2014 | Kennewick | Register Now $525


Summer Educators Institute -- Making the Connection

June 25-27, 2014 | Bellingham | Register Now


HOSA 37th Annual Leadership Conference 

June 25-28, 2014 | Orlando, Florida


AP Summer Institutes

June | July | August 2014


WA-ACTE Summer Conference -- "CTE Working for WA"

August 3-6, 2014 | Yakima


Microsoft IT Academy

Virtual Learning | 2nd Thursday Every Month | 8-9 A.M.


General Information

This FREE week-long day camp, July 21-25, 2014, is geared toward increasing access and opportunities in nursing to minority and low-income high school sophomores and juniors. Application deadline is April 15, 2014.
Application packets must be received via email. Deadline is April 18, 2014.
Open to sophomores and juniors in an undergraduate degree program pursuing study in the areas of physical sciences, engineering, or aviation or aerospace related fields. Application deadline is April 30, 2014.
Nominate individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to CTE, programs that exemplify the highest standards, and organizations that have conducted activities to promote and expand CTE programs. Deadline is May 1, 2014.


Action for Healthy Kids

School grants for healthy kids change schools and improve students' lives. Transform your school, increase students' access to healthy food, incorporate daily physical activity. Grants will range from $500 to $5,000.

Apply online before May 2, 2014.


Microsoft IT Academy Top 10 Schools

The Microsoft IT Academy has over 196 schools testing students with over 38,003 exams passed and 10,229 total certifications as of March 26, 2014.

Bonney Lake High School and Stadium High School award winners!
Apply to participate in the 5-day electronic guitar design and build learning new hands-on applications for STEM education. Open to all STEM educators primarily focused in the 9-12 high school grades.

Career Skills Exams and Certifications

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and Precision Exams (www.precisionexams.com) are excited to announce our new partnership to deliver standardized CTE assessments statewide.

Agricultural Education

For the most recent news in Agricultural Education, click here for the April 2014 AG Ed Update.


Please contact Rebecca Wallace, Agricultural Education Program Supervisor, with any questions or feedback you have at (360) 725-6244 or rebecca.wallace@k12.wa.us.

Grants and Innovative Programs

The new grant applications for the 2014-15 school year will be released in May and June.


Please contact Phouang Hamilton, Grants and Innovative Programs Program Supervisor, with questions at (360) 725-6245 or email at phouang.hamilton@k12.wa.us.

Health Sciences

For Health Science standards information and for framework and pathway information, click here.


Please contact Marianna Goheen, Health Sciences Program Supervisor, with questions at (360) 725-6257 or email at marianna.goheen@k12.wa.us.

Job's For Washington's Graduates (JWG)

For JWG Student Leadership Conference information and the most recent news regarding the JWG program, click here.


Please contact Mary Kanikeberg, JWG Program Specialist, with any questions or feedback you have at (360) 725-4964 or JWG@k12.wa.us.

Skilled and Technical Sciences
Click here for the April 2014 Skilled and Technical Sciences newsletter.
Questions: Please contact Denny Wallace, Program Supervisor, (360) 725-6241 or dennis.wallace@k12.wa.us.
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