Centers of Excellence

Washington’s Centers of Excellence serve as economic development drivers for industry and education across the entire state. Each Center works closely with the state’s community and technical colleges, industry businesses, as well as stakeholders from areas such as government, education, labor, and many others.


Aerospace & Advanced Materials Manufacturing

We focus on a targeted industry that drives the state’s economy and is built upon a reputation for fast, flexible, quality education and training programs. Washington State is home to more than 6,000 aerospace engineers with over 132,500 aerospace workers, 295,931 workers in manufacturing, representing over 1350 companies.

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Agriculture & Natural Resource

Rich soils, diverse climates, and large-scale irrigation make Washington one of the most productive growing regions of the world and enables farmers to produce some 300 crops each year (WSDA, 2014). The state’s $49 billion food and agriculture industry employs about 160,000 people and contributes 13% to the state’s economy.


Allied Health

The term “Allied Health” is used to identify a cluster of health professionals, encompassing as many as 200 careers. Essentially, there are two broad categories: Technicians, such as physical therapy assistants, medical laboratory technicians, radiological technicians, occupational therapy assistants, recreation therapy assistants, and more.

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Careers in Education

The Center of Excellence for Careers in Education is designed to respond to the workforce training needs and interests of educational institutions and industries in Washington State. The pipeline for future educators converges here…offering pathways in para-education and early child education as well as college and university level teacher-preparation programs.


Clean Energy

The renewable energy industry globally, nationally, and in Washington State is in the midst of tremendous change. Significant growth in the renewable energy sector has occurred in recent years and forecasts show that this trend will continue.



The Construction Center of Excellence is a resource for industry, education, and labor in the construction industry. This Center will assist you with locating agencies, training programs, opportunities, and information about the construction industry that will provide connections for you to gain the knowledge and resources to fit your needs.


Global Trade & Supply Chain Management

40% of all jobs in Washington State are connected to trade, making this region the most trade-engaged. Washington-based companies like Boeing, Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon, Chateau St. Michelle, and Eddie Bauer consider supply chain management a key factor in their success. Supply chain management enables them to build and deliver products more competitively…better, faster, and cheaper.

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Homeland Security-Emergency Management

Homeland Security & Emergency Management is about securing borders, airports, seaports, and waterways, researching and developing the latest security technologies, responding to natural disasters or terrorists assaults, analyzing intelligence reports, and much more.


Information & Computing Technology

Perhaps most famous for Microsoft, Washington State has plenty of high-tech employers. The Washington Technology Industry Association reports that 38% of all workers in Washington State are employed by technology-based companies.


Marine Manufacturing & Technology

Boat and ship building are in a robust period of technological innovation, nationally and internationally. Those wishing to pursue a career in marine manufacturing and technology have the opportunity to train for and earn, through examination, a breadth of industry recognized certifications.


Unmanned and Autonomous Systems

The Center of Excellence for Unmanned and Autonomous Systems serves as a central hub for industry trends, best practices, innovative curriculum, and professional opportunities. Coordinating with education, industry partners, and other stakeholders, these relationships build the workforce pipeline and educational avenues for the next generation who are interested in all things unmanned and autonomous.