Press Release:  $500,000 awarded for STEM education/K-12 through BAS


As you may know this year the Washington State Legislature passed Senate Bill 5624 which aligns high-demand secondary STEM or career and technical education programs with applied baccalaureate programs. In addition a House budget bill also added $500,000 for SB 5624, which directs the SBCTC to work with OSPI to create new pathways for STEM education from K-12 through applied baccalaureate degrees; this funding was also included in the Senate proposal. Within this process the SBCTC developed a Request for Proposal (RFP) which will included the development of a Statement of Need for consideration in implementing this program.

This communications is to advise you that the BAS –STEM committee has completed its work in reviewing the proposals for the BAS STEM allocation. We are pleased to announce the following colleges have been selected to implement their proposals for the 2013-14 academic year. The review process was highly competitive as each proposal offered a unique approach to this legislation. The selected programs are:

Funding Recommendation for BAS – STEM Allocation

Olympic College BAS: Computer Information Systems $200,000.00
Green River CC BAS: Information Technology: Secured Applications Development $80,877.00
Bellevue College BAS: Molecular BioScienc $58,297.00
Cascadia College BAS: Technology in Sustainable Practices $62,500.00
Renton TC BAS: Applications Development $98,326.00
Total $500,000.00

We are greatly appreciative for the commitment and hard work of the BAS STEM review committee. In addition, we are especially proud of the efforts that the colleges provided in developing program proposals that I'm sure will inevitably become BAS programs within the CTC system.


Edward Esparza
Policy Associate, Student Services
State Board for Community & Technical Colleges