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.
“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
- Patrick Pierce LinkedIn profile
- Economic Alliance Snohomish County
- Puget Sound Regional Council
- Seattle University, public administration
- University of Washington, political science
- Angie Sievers LinkedIn profile
- Snohomish STEM
- Washington STEM
- Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties
- Washington State University
- Sno-Isle Libraries business
- Sno-Isle Libraries find a job
- Stanford Graduate School of Business articles
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Susan Hempstead is Strategic Relations Manager for Sno-Isle Libraries. Susan’s depth of knowledge on the workings of government and wealth of community connections combine to help forge strong bonds between the library district, customers and community partners.
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