Established as The Center of Excellence for International Trade, Transportation and Logistics at Highline Community College in March 2007 and supported by funding from the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, The Center of Excellence for Global Trade & Supply Chain Management is one of 10 such centers around the state focused on different industry sectors which have been identified as strategic to the economic growth of our state. These Centers serve as primary vehicles for the sector approach to economic development. Because they represent all community and technical colleges in Washington State they provide educational efficiencies and are able to respond quickly and efficiently to industry’s changing needs.
The transportation & logistics industry sector—more than many others—seems to benefit from globalization; that is, from the ever growing flows of goods and increased mobility of people, predominantly in emerging markets. Global supply chains require transport capacities and the management of material and information flows. (Price Waterhouse Coopers)