Our goals are based upon Center of Excellence priorities and our FY 2015-16 Work Plan.
Our goals are associated with areas of focus that will impact Washington’s future economy and workforce development.
Mechatronics: This past year the COE partnered with several state interests, including the Boeing Company and Darigold (one of the largest privately held companies in the state) to develop and deliver common course curriculum based on the AMTEC (Automotive Manufacturing Technical Education) model. AMTEC is a collaboration of community and technical colleges and industry partners who seek to prepare highly skilled technicians for employment in industry.
Student retention and completion: As an agency expected to integrate the interests and needs of stakeholders on all sides of the equation (e.g., colleges, industry partners and students), the COE is working diligently to ensure that programs are shaped and targeted toward meeting specific industry needs as well as facilitating the engagement of students in relevant curriculum that is bench-marked to industry standards.
Grant funding: As in years past, grant funding remains an essential component in the success of many COE programs. Three following major grant initiatives merit attention.
- National Institute for Standards & Technology (NIST). The COE recently completed a one-year project funded through the National Institute for Standards & Technology (NIST).
- Washington Integrated Sector Employment. This nearly $10 million project, funded through a Round #4 DOL TAACCCT grant, brings together the clean energy, advanced manufacturing and construction sectors to prepare participants for employment in entry level, pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship occupations.
- DOL AIA (Apprenticeship in America) Grant. The role of the COE will be to convene subject matter experts from industry, trade unions and associations and post-secondary education for the purpose of identifying core Knowledge, Skills & Abilities required of workers upon entry into apprenticeships, as well as core duties and tasks required of apprentices across manufacturing sectors represented within Washington State.
Communication and Outreach:
- Air Washington. In September 2015, the Air Washington Grant expired. All of the accumulated content and media surrounding Air Washington was moved to the COE website as a permanent home. The content on this site will be preserved on the COE website for the foreseeable future.
- Social Media. 2015 was a huge year for “tweeting” for the COE. Bredeson, executive director had determined that most of her industry peers favored Twitter to other social media channels. Bredeson attended events and would routinely upload photos, content and comments regarding the events in real time. The organization also continue to write blog articles and publish e-newsletters. Social media outreach in 2015 had a slightly lower volume, but more impactful postings when possible. This was due to staff and contractor dedication on many larger projects.
- Resource Guide. 2015 marked the 3rd revision to the “Resource Guide,” a college catalog of statewide industry programs. This year’s Guide was renamed, “Washington Program & Resource Guide for Education and Careers in Aerospace & Manufacturing.” The book received a new design along with enhancement of sections. Additionally, the book was made available through online ordering (hardcopy), and through eBook viewing via the website.
- Website Updates. Website copy is audited and updated throughout the year. This year, two key website systems, “Recent Graduates” and “Industry Job Postings” systems continued to be maintained with new information. In 2016, a new goal will be to dedicate more time to updating, follow-up and measurement of the success of these tools.
Our goals are measured on a Quarterly basis.
If you have an interest in learning more about our scheduled outcomes and/or projects, please contact us at 425-388-9196.