Check It Out!

Episode hosted by: Ken Harvey, Susan Hempstead

A podcast from Sno-Isle Libraries for lifelong learners with inquiring minds.

Episode 23: Business and education align to build communities

Economic Alliance Snohomish County (EASC) is a catalyst for economic vitality resulting in stronger communities, increased job creation, expanded educational opportunities, and improved infrastructure.

Snohomish STEM Network works to foster a learning pipeline for skills in science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) to supply business with local talent and drive opportunity and prosperity.

Sounds like a good match, one that was intentionally brought together a few years ago.

This episode of Check It Out! brings EASC President and CEO Patrick Pierce and Snohomish STEM Network Director Angie Sievers into the studio to talk about how business and education can work together to support and build communities across Snohomish County.

Patrick Pierce

Angie Sievers

“Economic Alliance Snohomish County is about creating jobs and keeping jobs in Snohomish County,” Pierce says in this episode. “If we can focus on what people need, we can achieve economically vital, robust places in which people want to live.”

Sievers leads the effort to connect communities with industries and create pathways to employment in Snohomish County through STEM.

“You might hear STEAM or STREAM,” Sievers says, adding that the “A” is for art and the “R” is for reading. “Traditionally, STEM has been just about science, technology and math, but in today’s education and workforce world, it’s really about learning.”

Episode length: 56:42

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Patrick Pierce

Angie Sievers


Episode Hosts

Ken Harvey Ken Harvey is Communications Director for Sno-Isle Libraries. Ken brings broad professional experience from his service with Community Transit, Sound Transit, Reno, Nev., and several positions in radio and TV.

Susan Hempstead Susan Hempstead is Assistant Director of Strategic Relations for Sno-Isle Libraries. Susan joined Sno-Isle Libraries in 2015 bringing 15 years of customer, community and government relations experience.

Episode Sponsors

Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation The Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation proudly supports the innovative work of Sno-Isle Libraries through private donations.