A Conversation With Spokane
Spokane, Washington joined the Network in 2015 and is serving the City of Spokane in Spokane County.
Why does this work matter? Why are you building a pathway locally for adults to come back and complete a degree?
This work matters because education grows economies. Our community and economic competitiveness depends on having a highly skilled and technically trained workforce. In addition, the long term health of a community is directly impacted by the level of education its residents achieve.
Who were your first champions?
Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI) Board of Trustees – GSI is the regional chamber of commerce and economic development council. Our Board leadership is comprised of business, education (Early Learning, K-12 & Higher Education) and community leaders.
What's your goal? What are you aiming for?
Increase the number of adults in Spokane County who have high quality certificates or post-secondary degrees to 60% by 2025. Currently at 40%. Initially we are focusing on the ~86,000 working adults with some college but no degree through an employer engagement initiative.
Why is your community an awesome place?
Spokane is an awesome place because we are the perfect mid-size community with the right combination of business, community, and education assets and community leadership that continues to partner, collaborate and lead to make Spokane the best place to live, work, learn and play.
Community Advising Locations
In person at Greater Spokane Incorporated or employer site, phone, email.
1 full time Navigator, 1 part time Program Manager
We are a regional collaboration of the higher education and business communities that help working adults return to school and finish their degree or certificate.
Our goal is to increase the proportion of residents in Spokane County with high-quality degrees or certificates from 40 percent to 60 percent by 2025.