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Washington State K-12 Skill Centers


Skill centers are regional secondary schools that serve high school students from multiple school districts. They provide instruction in current industry preparatory programs that are either too expensive or too specialized for school districts to offer individually. Currently there are 15 core skill centers campuses throughout the state, and 3 additional branch campuses at other sites. Students may earn high school and college credits and industry certificates for completing the 1 to 2 year programs.

Here is a list of skill centers in Washington State:


Clark County Skills Center: Vancouver, WA

clarkSkills3The Clark County Skills Center began in 1983 as a cooperative educational venture between eight Southwest Washington School Districts. The vision of those districts was to create a school, in partnership with business, "to prepare students for the work force."
  • Aviation Technology (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operator)
  • Criminal Justice
  • Fire Science
  • Homeland Security
  • Information Technology Systems, Service, and Support
  • Legal / Medical Office Applications
  • Travel and Hotel Management
http://www.ccskillscenter.com/

NEWTECH Skill Center: Spokane, WA

newtechSkillsThe facility is one of the oldest of its kind in Washington and offers high school aged students career driven learning. NEWTECH has been on the cutting edge of hands on learning since it opened in 1981.
  • Biomedical
  • Criminal Justice
  • Cyber Security
  • Hospitality
  • Medical Careers
  • Multimedia
  • Computers & Engineering
http://newtechskillscenter.com/

North Olympic Peninsula Skills Center

olympicThe North Olympic Peninsula Skills Center in Port Angeles, WA has a mission to ensure all students reach their highest potential through acquisition of the academic and work skills required to successfully enter the job market or pursue advanced training/education.
  • Criminal Justice
  • Intro Legal
  • Informational Technology
  • Cinema & TV Production
http://www.nopsc.org/

NW Technical Academy: Anacortes, WA

NW Technical Academy is a Branch campus of Northwest Career and Technical Academy.

We are a consortium of the six Skagit County school districts (Anacortes, Burlington-Edison, Concrete, Mount Vernon, La Conner and Sedro-Woolley), two Whatcom County school districts (Bellingham, and Meridian), and Skagit Valley College.

  • Computers & Engineering
  • Criminal Justice & Public Safety
  • Fire Science & EMT
http://www.nwtech.k12.wa.us

Puget Sound Skills Center: Burien, WA

pugetsoundThe center prides itself on serving all students in the 18 college and career preparation programs offered at PSSC. The mission is to prepare each of our attending students for success in college, a meaningful career and global citizenship.
  • Criminal Justice
  • Fire Science
  • Information Technology
  • Translation& Interpretation
http://www.highlineschools.org

Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center: Everett, WA

sno_isleSno-Isle TECH Skills Center is a public school offering technical training for high school students in the Everett area. Sno-Isle Tech currently offer twenty one courses in five different career pathways and class credit appears as elective credits.
  • Criminal Justice
  • Electronics Engineering Technology
  • Fire Service Technology
  • Informational Technology
http://snoisletech.com

Spokane Valley Tech, Spokane, WA

spokaneValleySpokane Valley Tech is a Branch campus of NEWTECH.

We provide an exciting learning environment for high school students to gain technical skills and experience in growing industries with a focus on career and college readiness.

  • Advanced Biomedical Applications
  • Advanced Engineering Applications
  • AP Computer Science & APP Development
  • EMT
  • Fire Science & Emergency Medical Services
http://www.spokanevalleytech.org/pages/Spokane_Valley_Tech

Twin Harbors Skills Center: Aberdeen

twinHarborsTwin Harbors is a Branch campus of the New Market Skills Center.

Twin Harbors is located in the heart of Grays Harbor County. Twin Harbors offers programs in Automotive Technology, Criminal Justice, Cosmetology, Electrical Engineering/Refrigeration Careers, and Professional Medical Careers.

  • Criminal Justice
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Refrigeration/Industrial Engineering
  • Radio Broadcasting
http://www.asd5.org

WaNIC Skills Center: Kirkland, WA

wanicWANIC, the Washington Network for Innovative Careers, is a consortium of seven school districts in the region to the northeast of Seattle, which have been in partnership for over 20 years and share Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.
  • CISCO Networking Academy
  • Criminal Justice
  • Fire & EMS
  • Systems Biology and Genetic Research
http://www.lwsd.org/school/wanic/

Yakima Valley Technical Skills Center: Yakima, WA

yakimaYakima Valley Technical Skills Center (YV-TECH) began its operation in 1977 with six programs; today that number has increased to twenty-three programs. Operating as a co-op YV-TECH offers technical career programs to local high schools.

Yakima Valley Technical Skills Center in Sunnyside, WA is a branch campus.

  • Business Admin/Legal Medical Office
  • Computer Technology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Firefighting/Wild Land Red Card
  • Industrial Robotics
http://www.yvtech.us

Columbia Basin Skill Center: Moses Lake, WA

pierceCountyThe Columbia Basin Technical Skills Center serves students from twelve school districts including: Almira Coulee Hartline, Ephrata, Grand Coulee Dam, Lind-Ritzville High School, Moses Lake, Othello, Quincy, Royal City, Soap Lake, Wahluke, Warden and Wilson Creek. We provide access to comprehensive, industry defined career and technical programs that prepares students for: Employment, Apprenticeships, and Postsecondary Education.
  • Criminal Justice
  • Computer Science
  • Fire Science Technology

New Market Skills Center: Tumwater, WA

newMarketNew Market Skills Center is an integral part of k-12 public education and operates as an extension of a student’s high school. The primary purpose is to give students the academic and work skills to successfully enter the job market.
  • Criminal Justice
  • Computer Hardware and Networking

Northwest Career & Technical Academy

We are a consortium of the six Skagit County school districts (Anacortes, Burlington-Edison, Concrete, Mount Vernon, La Conner and Sedro-Woolley), two Whatcom County school districts (Bellingham, and Meridian), and Skagit Valley College.
  • Criminal Justice & Public Safety
  • Fire Science and EMS
  • Robotics

Pierce County Skills Center: Puyallup, WA

pierceCountyThe Pierce County Skills Center opened Wednesday, September 8, 2010, bringing along with it career options for students, leading to real jobs that mesh with workplace demands. We serve students from our nine school districts.
  • Criminal Justice
  • Fire Science
  • PC Networking & Hardware Repair

Seattle Schools Skills Center: Seattle, WA

seattleThe Seattle Skills Center is committed to delivering advanced career and technical education for high school juniors and seniors. Courses offer high school credit, industry recognized certification, advanced learning, and college credit.
  • Aerospace Science and Technology
  • Cisco/Information Technology
  • Fire Science
  • Multimedia Broadcasting
https://www.seattleschools.org

Southeast Area Technical Skill Center (SEA-TECH)

We are located in Walla Walla, WA. SEA-TECH is established to provide advanced-level Career and Technical Education programs based on rigorous academic and industry standards, preparing students for post-secondary education and successful entry into high-skill, high-demand careers and employment.
  • Electrical Systems Technology

Tri-Tech Skills Center: Kennewick, WA

tritech2Tri-Tech Skills Center partners with your high school to offer advanced technical and professional training. Our goal at Tri-Tech is to achieve successful job placement or continuing education for all of our students in the Kennewick area.
  • Computer Science/Cyber Security 1 & 2
  • Fire Fighting/Wildfire
  • Law Enforcement
  • Radio Broadcasting and Production 1&2

Wenatchee Valley Technical Skills Center

wvtsc-1We provide industry standard technical training and employable skills. We personally assist students in a pathway to successful career opportunities and/or post-secondary education, while committing to the success of students.
  • Computer Technology & Robotics
  • Criminal Justice/Police Science
  • Fire Science/Wildland Red Card

West Sound Technical Skills Center: Bremerton

westSoundWest Sound Technical is a nine school district educational cooperative center serving students as an off-campus training site. The Skills Center provides an opportunity for students to receive job training as part of the public educational system.
  • Biomedical Research & Global Health
  • Public Safety Occupations


Other resources

  • Ignite (Inspiring Girls Now In Technology Education) is a nonprofit organization that introduces school girls from grades 6-12 to technology careers via panel discussions, job shadowing, mentoring and field trips throughout the school year to visit the work places of professional women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers.
  • DigiGirlz is a Microsoft YouthSpark program that gives high school girls the opportunity to learn about careers in technology, connect with Microsoft employees, and participate in hands-on computer and technology workshops.
  • WCC Cybercamp is a cybersecurity camp offered by Whatcom Community College for local high school students in their junior or senior year.