Student Outreach Network


The Next Generation of Public Works Leaders

Welcome to the Student Outreach Network webpage! Student Outreach is one of the most important initiatives for APWA as attracting and retaining the next generations of public works leaders is a priority for APWA at the National and local levels.  As a result APWA has identified a need to increase its presence in colleges and universities, and to educate students about career opportunities in the public works field. The Student Outreach Network is working to: 

  • CONNECT students with APWA professionals as well as professional growth opportunities.
  • EDUCATE students about Public Works and APWA at colleges,universities and technical colleges
  • SUPPORT students form APWA student chapters at their schools
    • Currently there are student chapters at: Everett Community College, University of Washington, Washington State University Everett, Western Washington University

Interested student and current APWA members can contact me at any time to ask questions or to find out how to get involved.  Join us as we work to Educate, and Inspire the next generation of Public Works leaders!

Jordan Ottow
Student Outreach Network Chair
City of Monroe, 360.863.4546

Committee Member Information available by clicking on the member's name in the right column.

The Committee members connect via conference call on the second Tuesday of each month at 3pm. There is also an in-person meeting at the spring and fall conferences. Contact the Chair for details.

Internships & Jobs
Check-out the Student Resources page for where to look for internships and jobs, including the chapter APWA WA Chapter Job & Internship postings. 

Student Outreach Network has a series of volunteer events and other socials throughout the year. Email the Chair to be part of our email list.


APWA Jack Pittis and Higher Education Scholarships
Deadline: annually in late-June, check the page for exact date.

APWA WA Chapter scholarships are open to WA residents currently enrolled in either a 4-year or 2-year higher education institution. 

SME Education Foundation Scholarships
Deadline: typically opens in November and due February 1.

SME Education Foundation Scholarships are open to all students who are pursuing post-secondary degrees in an engineering discipline closely related to manufacturing or a technology field of study related to manufacturing.

Total Award Amount: Scholarships range from $1,000 – $6,000.

Links and Resources

Student Membership FAQs Student Membership Facts

Learn more about the Student Outreach Network - download the Program Brochure

Additional Resources and Templates can be found on the National website

Presentation Resources

Visit our Presentation Resources page to check-out pop-up banners and the stormwater model. 

Past Activities

Networking Dinner
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 |  University of Washington
 The UW APWA Student Chapter hosted a Networking Dinner on January 21st with support from Management & Public Administration Committee. The event hosted 40 attendees and was a huge success! 

MLK Day - Plant Trees to Save Salmon
Monday, January 20, 2020 |  Al Borlin Park, Monroe

Members from the WSU APWA Student Chapter took part in a volunteer event in Monroe on Martin Luther King Day! College students and community members planted 200 bareroot spruce trees, cleaned up trash in the park, removed blackberry and enhanced habitat for salmon and wildlife at Al Borlin Park on the banks of the Skykomish River!  The event was supported by the City of Monroe and Sound Salmon Solutions. 


Futures Program at PWX Seattle
Monday, September 9, 2019  |  Seattle Convention Center  >> Download the Flier
Student and Public Works professionals joined together for a day of interactive learning, networking and discovery.

Sustainable Transportation
Wednesday, May 22, 2019  |  University of Washington >> Download the Flier
Regional leaders discussed designing and implementing sustainable transportation policy.

Spring Conference Presentation - Working With Student Chapters
Thursday, April 26, 2019  | Tacoma Convention Center >> Download Presentation
Lindsay MacDonald, WWU Project Coordinator, spoke on how the Sustainable Community Partnership Program partners with cities and counties on community projects with Western Washington University.  

Tree Planting

Tree Plantings - Honor of Earth Day
Saturday, April 13, 2019 |  Al Borlin Park, Monroe, WA

Sound Salmon Solutions and APWA came together to plant 339 live willow stakes as part of a larger restoration effort to plant native species and remove invasive ones. Represented were volunteers from the APWA student chapters, community members, City of Monroe staff, and Sound Solutions staff. 

MLK Day - Plant Trees to Save Salmon
Monday, January 21, 2019 |  Al Borlin Park, Monroe


Spring Conference Presentation "A Students Perspective on Sustainability" - WSU Everett Student Chapter 


Spring Conference Presentation - UW Student Chapter

    Total Member : 4
  • Mrs. Lauren J. Behm
  • Mr. Jordan Ottow
  • Mr. John Tyler Christian
  • Mr. Blake Everett Lewis Nelson
2018_Year End Report-Student Outreach.docx 2018_Year End Report-Student Outreach.docx

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