YAKIMA, Wash.-- The Yakima County Development
Association is teaming up with ESD 105 to partner kids with businesses who
offer jobs in STEM subjects.
These organizations want to let
up-and-coming students know that if they want to pursue jobs in the stem field,
they can find many opportunities in the central Washington area.
STEM stands for science, technology,
engineering, and mathematics.
New Vision and ESD 105 are working on a
series of videos with employers that will give tours of their facilities and
show different STEM jobs you can find locally.
For example, you might not think of the
fruit packing industry needing these skills but they need someone to maintain
and program some of their computerized assembly lines.
"The teachers don't have time to go
out and do this stuff themselves, but they would love to be able to tie in
their lessons to actual relevant local needs in these workplaces," said
ESD Regional Science Coordinator Michael Brown.
New Vision says many employers are
starting to recover from the recession and many of them are looking to hire
people with experience in the math and science fields.
ESD 105 is also working with a number of individual businesses on
outreach activities with schools including Shields Bag and Printing and Liberty