Washington state’s Centers of Excellence link business, industry, labor and the state’s educational systems to create a highly skilled and readily available workforce critical to the success of the state’s economy. Each center is funded through the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) and is housed at a community or technical college.
Centers of Excellence serve as statewide resources representing the needs and interests of a specific industry sector. Through an ongoing investment, Centers are charged with narrowing the gap between employer workforce needs and the colleges’ supply of work-ready graduates. They are a critical component of the state’s strategy of sustaining an innovative and vibrant economy.
Each Center of Excellence Core Expectations include:
• Economic development
• Industry sector strategy
• Education, innovation and efficiency
• Workforce supply and demand