Industry Businesses

Ensure your workers have the skills they need to keep your company competitive

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Case Study

Developing up-to-date Skill Standards for Washington's energy industry

In 2006, the energy industry was growing rapidly. New technology and investment in wind, hydroelectric, and other clean energy sources was rising. At the request of its advisory board of utility partners, the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy convened a two-day focus group meeting to update skill standards for Washington’s energy industry.

Without input and support from industry, skill standards would not accurately reflect the training and knowledge that workers need to be productive employees.

The resulting skill standards are still in use today, helping colleges, high schools and training organizations to make sure that their programs are up-to-date, to attract students to careers in the industry, and to ensure that students and workers get high quality training.

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Get Engaged with your Center


Call your center to connect with Washington’s education and worker training programs

The Washington State Centers of Excellence serve as conduits to the state’s education system. Leverage our network of experts and partners to gain access to a wealth of knowledge and future workers.


Share your needs and challenges with us so we can ensure education programs are meeting industry needs

By connecting with the Centers of Excellence, you’ll be able to impact what future workers are learning in the state’s education programs. That means that new graduates and certificates reflect the changing needs of your industry.


Hire and employ with confidence, knowing your workers have the skills they need to keep your company competitive

We can’t develop Washington’s skilled workforce without your input. Connect with your Center of Excellence to reach high-quality workers today.


What We Do


Credentialing & Certification

The Centers are instrumental in developing and supporting programs that up-skill Washington’s workers.

The Center of Excellence for Information & Computing Technology partnered with Bellevue College and industry businesses to create Washington’s first BAS degree in Robotics & Artificial Intelligence.

the state of the industry

We serve as the frontline of information about industry technology, trends, and best practices.

The 2018 Securing the Supply Chain forum brought together experts from across industry sectors to address the vulnerabilities in our food supply chain.

Access future workers

Our work with the state’s community and technical college system results in a pipeline of skilled workers.


Let’s get to work.

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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