We support economic growth for Washington State.


Washington’s Centers of Excellence serve as statewide liaisons to business, industry, labor, and the education system, providing support for economic and workforce development.

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11 Centers of Excellence serve the entire state of Washington

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Our Work

We serve as statewide liaisons to business, industry, labor, and the state’s education systems for the purpose of creating a highly skilled and readily available workforce critical to the success of the industries driving the state’s economy and supporting Washington families.

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December 2014

Centers of Excellence have been at the forefront of our community and technical college system’s strategy to better supply business and industry partners with highly skilled, workforce-ready graduates.

—Jim Crabbe, SBCTC Director of Workforce Education / Read Full Article



Who We Serve

Although each Center of Excellence serves a specific industry, all of Washington’s centers work together in support of three core groups statewide. Through effective collaboration between the centers, state agencies, and parters, we are able to realize improvements for all of Washington’s residents.

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Education System

For educators who want their students to succeed, the Washington Centers of Excellence are the best connection to industry and apprenticeship so that students graduate with the skills and knowledge they need to be ready to work.

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For legislators, the Centers of Excellence are the best way to support the workforce needs of their constituents because the centers connect industry businesses with Washington’s education system to develop resources for worker training, education, and apprenticeship.

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Industry businesses

For business owners who want a reliable input of skilled workers, the Washington Centers of Excellence are the most efficient and consistent way to ensure that the state’s education system can respond quickly to changing workforce needs.

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Get Involved

Whether you’re an industry business or labor organization, educator or school administrator, legislator, job seeker, or a member of the public, you can help us grow Washington State’s skilled workforce.


Attend an event

Each center produces events and programs throughout the year to support Washington’s economic growth.

Find your Center

Each center works to support organizations across Washington. Find the Center of Excellence that serves your industry.

Contact Us

We are happy to answer questions or help you learn more about workforce and education programs in Washington.