North Central Washington - The Apple STEM Network and the North Central Educational Service District (NCESD), in partnership with Wenatchee Valley College, Big Bend Community College, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Foundation for Youth Resiliency and Engagement (FYRE), WorkSource and SkillSource, saw over 3,000 students last year and are excited to announce that the 2023 NCW College and Career Expos will be in person at three locations across the region again this fall:

  • Grant County Expo: Thurs, Oct.12th | 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Big Bend Community College
  • Okanogan County Expo:  Wed, Oct. 18th | 8:30 a.m. - Noon | Okanogan Agri-Plex
  • Chelan/Douglas County Expo: Tues, Nov. 7th | 8 a.m. - Noon | Wenatchee Valley College


The NCW College and Career Expos events are free opportunities for North Central Washington students to explore colleges and career opportunities in just a few hours at one location. Educators and local industry professionals will introduce students to a wide variety of work experiences that engage, train and inspire future careers in high-demand fields with regional employers.

“We know that our students benefit most from early and frequent participation in high-quality career connected learning opportunities as they prepare to enter the workforce,” said Tami McBride, Career Connected Specialist at NCESD. “These events are all about exposure,” continued McBride. “We want to expose kids to as many career paths as possible, to show them the many pathways they can take after graduating, and allowing them to have the light-bulb moments.”


Businesses, educational institutions, training programs, and student support services are all encouraged to participate at the event as exhibitors. Exhibitors are able to attend any or all events. During the expo, exhibitors will need to provide a hands-on activity such as or allowing students to try on gear/uniforms, displaying tools or equipment used in the workplace and/or providing real job descriptions for review. Participating students will have the ability to explore different booths and connect with exhibitors of interest.

There is no cost for organizations and companies to participate in just one or multiple expos, but exhibitors are required to have at least one representative available at the booth for the entire duration of the event(s).

Interested exhibitors can learn more about the event online at www.ncesd.org/career-expos and must register to participate. Students, parents, and teachers can also visit the website to sign up to attend the free event.


Learn more about the supporting partners:


Contact: Tami McBride, 509-899-3848, tamim@ncesd.org




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