Educational Outreach & Partnership

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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.

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K-12 Outreach


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

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

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.

Industry Partners

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 (Elementary, Middle and High School aged students) – one week experience in June/July culminating with trip to industry partner location.
    • Career Journey (High School aged students) – a one day event visiting industry partner and WSU Tri-Cities to understand pathways to employment.
    • Capstone Projects (High School aged students) – Year-long project presented by industry team, Zoom coaching sessions during the year, culminating presentation in the spring by High School students to the team for feedback and celebration.
    • 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 Chemistry, Computer Science, and Environmental Science.

Internships/Career Development

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.

Microsoft TEALS Information

The Microsoft TEALS program

How can industry encourage Computer Science Education advancement in the K-12 System?

Watch the recorded meeting by clicking the video on the below.

For more information:

Microsoft® TEALS Contacts: Keithe Williams ( and Emilie Barnard (
Apply online:
Twitter, Instagram: @TEALSProgram


Career Journey Tour

Due to the COVID19 impacts, all mentoring events are on ‘hold.’

We connect a team of professionals to a group of high school students to mentor and coach them through a Hands-on Project-based Learning experience.  Using your area of expertise, your team will partner with a science or math class to outline a problem. The student-team will work on solutions throughout the academic semester/year and present their solutions back to your team.  This relationship creates a positive connection for high school students with potential careers and pathways in STEM.

Campus Tour

Due to the COVID19 impacts, tours are on ‘hold.’

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, meet faculty from multiple colleges to learn about possible careers through degree programs offered on the campus.

Summer STEM Camps

Due to the COVID19 impacts, this year’s Summer STEM Camps are canceled.

High School Summer STEM Camps

Middle School Summer STEM Camps

Elementary School Summer STEM Camps

Contact Us

Jon Lobdell
Ex. Dir. of K-12 Outreach


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