Preparing Students for High-Demand Careers
Skill centers are an integral part of an overall expansion of CTE programming in Washington. Skill centers are regional secondary schools that serve high school students from multiple school districts. They provide instruction in preparatory programs that are either too expensive or too specialized for school districts to operate individually. Currently, there are 11 skill centers in Washington state. Many more will be emerging in the near future.
- Clark County Skills Center, Vancouver
- New Market Skills Center, Tumwater
- Wenatchee Valley Technical
Skills Center, Wenatchee
- North Olympic Peninsula Skills Center, Port Angeles
Career and Technical Academy, La Conner
- Puget Sound Skills Center, Burien
- Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center, Everett
- Spokane Skills Center, Spokane
- Tri-Tech Skills Center, Kennewick
- West Sound Technical Skills Center, Bremerton
- Yakima Valley Technical Skills Center, Yakima
In 2008, eight skill centers and 85 school districts participated in
feasibility studies for satellite/branch campuses across the state in accordance with Second Substitute Senate Bill 5790 (2008). Skill centers will reach into rural and remote districts, as well as high-density, urban districts with the same quality services as are offered at current regional skill centers.
RCW 28A.245.030 required that the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction revise guidelines for skill centers, in cooperation with the Workforce Training and
Education Coordinating Board, skill center directors and
Washington Association for Career and Technical Education.
Skill Center Rules were subject to a public hearing on Tuesday, December 01, 2009, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM, in the Wanamaker Conference Room at OSPI. The rules were adopted, and were made effective on February 22, 2010.
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