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WA State Centers of Excellence

ROLE OF THE CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE Substitute House Bill 1323, 61st Legislature 2009 Regular Session Effective Date: 07/26/09

It is the role of centers of excellence to employ strategies to:

Create educational efficiencies; build a diverse, competitive workforce for strategic industries; maintain an institutional reputation for innovation and responsiveness; develop innovative curriculum and means of delivering education and training; act as brokers of information and resources related to community and technical college education and training for a targeted industry; and serve as partners with workforce development councils, associate development organizations, and other workforce and economic development organizations.

Examples of strategies include but are not limited to:

Sharing curriculum and other instructional resources, to ensure cost savings to the system; delivering collaborative certificate and degree programs; and holding statewide summits, seminars, conferences, and workshops on industry trends and best practices in community and technical college education and training.

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