In 2009, Washington became the first and only state in the nation to codify Centers of Excellence into state statute (HB1323). Washington is recognized nationally for creating the Center model as a sector strategy to serve as an economic development driver for industries that help the state’s economy grow. Ten Centers across the state represent the Washington Community and Technical College system partnering with business, industry, and labor to build a competitive workforce for Washington state. Hosted at Renton Technical College, the Construction Center of Excellence serves all the Community and Technical colleges in the state that have construction programs.
Washington’s Centers of Excellence shall 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 industries driving the state’s economy and supporting Washington families.
Economic Development Focus: Serve as partners with various state and local agencies, regional, national, and global organizations to support economic vitality and competitiveness in Washington’s driver industries
Industry Sector Strategy Focus: Collaboratively build, expand and leverage industry, labor and community and technical college partnerships to support and promote responsive, rigorous, and relevant workforce education and training.
Education, Innovation and Efficiency Focus: Leverage resources and educational partnerships to create efficiencies and support development of curriculum and innovative delivery of educational strategies to build a diverse and competitive workforce.
Workforce Supply/Demand Focus: Research, analyze and disseminate information related to training capacity, skill gaps, trends, and best practices within each industry sector to support a viable new and incumbent workforce.
Shana Peschek, Director
As Director of the Construction Center of Excellence, Shana Peschek provides leadership and guidance for the organization's programming and development.