The Educational Outreach and Partnerships department networks with industry partners to provide meaningful career connected learning for K-12 students in the Columbia Basin region.
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEARUP) is a federally funded program housed at WSU Tri-Cities. This organization provides activities and supports for cohorts of students in the K-12 system. GEARUP advisors are funded through this grant to coordinate activities and supports for students with the goal of post high school enrollment and completion of degree programs.
21st Century grant supports extracurricular learning at Pasco elementary schools. Students and families at four elementary schools in Pasco will benefit from after-school programming and extracurricular learning experiences thanks to $2.5 million 21st Century Community Learning Center grant to Washington State University Tri-Cities.
Upward Bound started in 1964 as a result of the Equal Opportunity Act in an effort to provide opportunity for higher education to historically under-represented populations. Upward Bound staff work one on one with each student and are personally committed to the success of their students.
K-12 STEM Education
WSU Tri-Cities Educational Outreach and Partnership serves our region’s needs through the facilitation of STEM Education opportunities bringing K-12, college, and university students together with industry. Our goals are to develop STEM literacy, work-preparedness, career pathways, and readiness through quality degree programs. We achieve these goals by providing the following experiences:
Summer STEM Camps – one week experience for elementary students in June/July focused on increasing student awareness of STEM careers and promoting access for underserved students.
Career Journey (High School aged students) – a one day event visiting industry partner and WSU Tri-Cities to understand pathways to employment.
Science Saturdays (Middle and High School aged students) – single day events coordinated with the WSU Tri-Cities clubs and departments to host hands-on and career connected learning about specific topics such as Health Science, Computer Science, and Environmental Science.
WSU Tri-Cities’ Career Services facilitates meaningful relationships between industry leaders and our students through an innovative program called Partners in Career Development. We are looking for professionals in the community to partner with career services to give professional and career advice and share skills with students who are interested in specific fields.
WSU Tri-Cities provides tours designed for High, Middle, and Elementary Schools. Classes of students, under the supervision of their teachers/advisors, will get a specialized tour of the campus and meet faculty from multiple colleges to learn about possible careers through degree programs offered on the campus.
Summer STEM Camps at WSU Tri-Cities are designed to be relevant, challenging, and fun! Because of this, educating students using current advancements in science and technology is the key to our curriculum. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education plays an increasingly important role in the United States, and we want to prepare students to meet the demand for the growing number of STEM-related careers today and in the future.