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WA Rural Pathways to Prosperity Conference

Connecting to Careers in Rural WA

Save the Date! May 9, 2018

9:00 to 12:00 noon

Prepping our workforce is everybody’s business!

Join us for a morning of inspiration, learning and networking with key speakers and local leaders. The Rural Pathways to Prosperity Conference takes place at the same time, in over 15 communities across Washington State.

Contact for any questions or to find a site near you: Debra Hansen, WSU Extension:

P2P uses a unique model to digitally deliver an expert keynote presentation to multiple sites across the state, followed by locally facilitated action plans and networking. P2P is a two-time national award winning program but more importantly, it is a statewide conference that allows more rural community leaders, businesses and members to work together and with resource providers without the expense of traveling to a traditional conference.


Kettle Falls Robotics Team


Kettle Falls Robotics Club demonstrates their skills
at the 2017 Governor’s Summit in Colville.


Inspiring speakers:

Brent Parton, Deputy Director for the Center on Education and Skills, New America

Brent will share rural best practices from across the country so you can inspire your community to create opportunities for young people to get ready for future career success while supporting businesses who are seeking a prepared workforce.


Chris ReykdalStatewide outlook:
Chris Reykdal, Superintendent, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)

Chris will help you understand how to link to statewide resources and opportunities for apprenticeships, internships, mentorships and other on-the-job learning experiences.



What skills are needed to be successful in life? What do employers want?

Businesses are looking for talent in everything from information technology to health care to natural resources.

Rural Pathways to Prosperity is local, engaging, and interactive – focused on helping your community find ways to support rural youth with skill development and experiences to prepare for future careers.

This event follows the Governor’s Summit on Career Connected Learning Summit and dovetails with the state’s Career Connect Washington’s goal to link you to increasing
resources! The goal is to better connect students to career opportunities available in Washington State, inspiring excellence and a quest for lifelong learning through high-quality, on-the-job learning experiences including apprenticeships, internships and mentorship.

Connecting multiple sites with technology; engaging local participants into action.

“P2P was a great springboard to bring more economic development resources to our  rural communities.”

Clea Rome, WSU Clallam County Extension

“This was an exciting opportunity to bring different groups and agencies together to all work on small business solutions.”

Margie Hall, Director Lincoln County EDC

WA Rural Pathways to Prosperity Conference, WSU Stevens County Extension, 986 S. Main Suite D, Colville, WA 99114, 509.684.2588, Contact Us
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