Welcome to the Materials & Process Development Center of Excellence. The Center of Excellence (COE) is a partnership between Everett and Edmonds Community Colleges. The MPDC offers students, business leaders and instructors working in the field of advanced materials science and processing a focal point for customized training and services.
Centers are flagship institutions that build and sustain Washington’s competitive advantage through statewide leadership. Each Center focuses on a targeted industry that drives the state’s economy and is built upon a reputation for fast, flexible, quality education and training programs. A targeted industry is identified as one that is strategic to the economic growth of a region or state. Centers are strategically located within the industry cluster that surrounds them.
Clusters and Cluster Development are: geographic concentrations of interconnected companies, specialized suppliers, service providers, and associated institutions in a particular field that are present in a nation or region. Clusters arise because they increase the productivity with which companies can compete. The development and upgrading of clusters is an important agenda for governments, companies, and other institutions. Cluster development initiatives are an important new direction in economic policy, building on earlier efforts in macroeconomic stabilization, privatization, market opening, and reducing the costs of doing business. (Harvard Business School)
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