The Governor's Summit on Career Connected Learning event is still taking participants

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YAKIMA Wash. -- The Yakima county 4-H Youth Development is sponsoring the Governor's Summit on Career Connected Learning event.

The Governor's Summit on Career Connected Learning is an event where Governor Jay Inslee speaks to professionals from different fields on how to better prepare youth to have work ready skills for high demand jobs.

4-H Youth Development Regional Specialist Alison White, says Washington businesses are consistently reporting difficulties finding candidates with sufficient skills.

"There are a lot of jobs related to stem; science, technology, engineering and mathematical jobs that youth aren't necessarily prepared for coming out of high school or even secondary schools that fit these particular needs in our area," said White.

White added that in the most recent census data study Yakima County had the most youth that weren't working or in school.

She says, this discussion will hopefully help youth get more opportunities with internships, mentor ships and apprenticeships which will help them gain better skills.

"At the end of the event to have the right connections and passion and some action steps so that we can move forward hopefully to encourage more partnerships between local business industry organizations and our schools," said White.

The event will take place in Redmond Washington where Governor Inslee will speak at the Microsoft Campus but it will be broadcast via Skype for participants in Yakima.

Participants include representatives from business and industry, educators, and community leaders.

The event is free and limited to 50 participants so if you want to participate you can still register by going to the Washington Stem website.

The event will take place May 31st at the Washington State University Yakima County Extension office, 2403 S. 18th Street, Union Gap, WA 98903.

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