Workforce Education

Training Today for Tomorrow's Jobs!

Mission Statement

  • Provide Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges with the tools that they need to give access to all of Washington’s residents to attain family wage jobs and adapt to future career requirements in Washington’s changing economy.
  • Build partnerships with Washington business and labor in order to build a world-class education and training system that makes every region of our state competitive in the world economy.
  • Create a system of lifelong learning that allows students to seamlessly connect learning in high school, in basic skills and ESL programs and learning on the job to professional and technical programs in colleges and learning upgrades over their lifetime.

Linking Business to Education

The SBCTC Workforce Education department helps build regional and statewide partnerships between two-year colleges and companies, labor organizations, and industry associations.

SBCTC works closely with the Association of Washington Business (AWB) to provide the business community with tools and resources needed to build a strong workforce.

Learn more about industry-specific training, continuing education, Centers of Excellence, training programs, grants, and tax credits at community and technical colleges statewide at the AWB/SBCTC joint website:

Economic Development

Community and technical colleges play a key role in the state's economic development. The Workforce Education department works to provide resources and incentives to colleges to work with key strategic industries to build strong regional economies.

Economic Impact Study
This 2011 study highlights the $11 billion annual economic contribution of Washington's community and technical colleges.

Funding and Technical Assistance

The department provides program funding and technical assistance to colleges in the following program areas:

Program Approval

The department oversees the professional-technical program approval process for the creation of new programs at colleges.

Integrated Programs for Low-Income Students

Washington's nationally renowned Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) program uses a team-teaching approach to combine adult education classes with regular, credit-bearing academic or job training classes so students get through school and into jobs faster. Click to learn more about this program and where courses are offered.

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