What are the Centers of Excellence?

Washington state’s 11 Centers of Excellence (COE) serve as the statewide liaisons 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 state’s economy. Each Center is funded by an annual allocation from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTCand is housed at a community or technical college.

Learn more about the COEs at www.coewa.com.

What do Centers of Excellence do?

Centers collaborate with community and technical colleges, industry partners, and other stakeholders to facilitate equitable access to in-demand jobs and build a diverse, highly skilled, and readily available workforce for the state of Washington. 

We provide resources, tools, and information to our partners to assess skills gaps, expand training capacity, and incorporate best practices into education and employment programs.

What is the Center of Excellence for Information & Computing Technology?

The Center of Excellence for Information & Computing Technology (COEICT) collaborates with partnersprovides resources, and identifies solutions related to building a diverse, highly skilled, and readily available technical workforce for the state of Washington. 

The COEICT is hosted by Bellevue College and supports the technology programs at all 34 of Washington’s community and technical colleges.

What services does the COEICT provide?

For our education partners:

  • Technology training and professional development
  • Job demand information
  • Industry insights into required skills and competencies
  • Curriculum resources
  • K-12 engagement
  • Industry interactions for students
  • Career exploration and scholarship resources

For our industry partners:

  • Industry-aligned and responsive curriculum
  • Coordinated access to a diverse talent pool
  • Access to corporate and customized training; upskilling for incumbent workers
  • Internship program development
  • Training opportunities

What areas of technology do we focus on?

Washington’s community and technical colleges offer associate degrees, applied bachelor degrees, and certificates in several technology disciplines: information systems and technology, software and application development, programming, IT support, network and systems administration, database management, data analytics, game development, web development, cybersecurity, and more. View the IT Program Guide here.

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