Guide to Washington State 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.

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List of Skill Centers


Cascadia Technical Academy

Cascadia Technical Academy is a cooperative Career and Technical learning experience created in partnership with ten school districts in SW Washington. It started in 1983 as Clark County Skills Center.


Columbia Basin Technical Skills Center

The 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.


New Market Skills Center

New 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.


NEWTECH Skills Center

The 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.


Northwest Career and Technical Academy

The NCTA is 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.


Pierce County Skills Center

The Pierce County Skills Center serves juniors and seniors from our 10 school districts: Bethel, Eatonville, Fife, Franklin Pierce, Orting, Steilacoom, Sumner, Tacoma, University Place and White River.


Puget Sound Skills Center

The 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.


Seattle Public Schools Skills Center

The 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.


Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center

Sno-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.


Tri-Tech Skills Center

Tri-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.


WaNIC Skills Center

WANIC operates as a cooperative consortium of eight local school districts. Member districts are: Bellevue, Everett, Issaquah, Lake Washington, Mercer Island, Northshore, Riverview, and Snoqualmie Valley.


West Sound Technical Skills Center

West 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.


Yakima Valley Technical Skills Center

Yakima 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.