• WA Centers of Excellence
    Washington's 11 Centers of Excellence serve as a statewide coalition to help provide resources for business, industry, and education.

Washington State’s Centers of Excellence

In 2009, Washington became the first and only state in the nation to codify Centers of Excellence into state statue. Ten centers across the state were created to represent a strategy to serve as economic development drivers for industry and education.

Washington’s Centers of Excellence shall serve as statewide support to business, industry, labor and the state’s educational 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.

Core Expectations

  • ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOCUS – Each center supports workforce development and its local economic driver industry by serving as the link between local, regional, national, and international education, labor, and business organizations.
  • INDUSTRY SECTOR STRATEGY FOCUS – As the link between education and industry, the centers ensure teachers, counselors and others have the latest knowledge of the field, and that curriculum accurately reflects evolving business needs.
  • EDUCATION, INNOVATION AND EFFICIENCY FOCUS – The centers continually look for ways to improve what and how students learn. In addition to keeping curriculum current, the centers advocate for expanded apprenticeship opportunities, credit for prior learning, and industry-recognized credentials.
  • WORKFORCE SUPPLY/DEMAND FOCUS – The centers research, analyze and distribute to their partners the latest information specific to their driver industry. Sectors use that information to find ways to close skills gaps, expand training capacity, and incorporate best practices into education programs.

Who We Serve

  • Educators – Connect to industry to help your students be ready for the workforce.
  • Industry Businesses – Ensure your workers have the skills they need to keep your company competitive.
  • Legislators – Drive economic development in your district and across the state.


What We Do