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Washington State Centers of Excellence

Convening education and industry to develop strategies for a stronger workforce.

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 guided by industry representatives to lead collaborative and coordinated statewide education and training efforts to build a competitive workforce in a global economy. The Centers convene, problem solve and disseminate - as well as:

  • Maintain an institutional reputation for innovation and responsive education and training delivery to their targeted industry.
  • Act as a broker of information and resources related to their targeted industry for industry representatives, community-based organizations, economic development organizations, community and technical colleges, secondary education institutions, and four-year colleges and universities.
  • Translate industry research into best practices.
  • Provide system coordination, coaching, and mentoring to assist in building seamless educational and work-related systems.
  • Build a competitive workforce for driver industries in Washington state.


Highlights of Center Activity

The Centers of Excellence share a summary of recent activities each quarter with our college and industry partners. See what's happening around the state in education and workforce development.


Fiscal year, July 2013 - June 2014

Winter 2014

Fall 2013

Summer 2013

Fiscal year, July 2012 - June 2013

Spring 2013

Winter 2013

Fall 2012

Summer 2012


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