OUR MISSION: Skills Centers ensure that all students acquire leadership, academic, and industry-defined skills.
OUR VISION: Skills Centers are regional secondary schools that provide extended, industry-defined technical education preferred for its high quality flexibility and advantages for workforce placement and advancement.
OUR GOALS: School reform, data-driven decision-making, legislation/funding initiative, long-term capital funding and marketing.
Washington State Skills Centers are an integral part of the education K-12 system, operating as an extension of the high schools within a local region. The primary purpose of Skills Centers is to give students the academic and work skills to successfully enter the job market or advanced education / training. Skills Centers provide cost-effective, quality job training in programs that would be too expensive to offer at every high school.
Instructors use competency-based, individualized instruction to help each student learn occupational, academic, and technical skills at a high level. Instructors challenge, motivate and provide opportunities for students to achieve in basic skills, critical thinking, leadership and work skills through hands-on education, applied academics and technology training.
Skills Centers are governed by an administrative council comprising the superintendents of the participating cooperative school districts. On the administrative council, each district has an equal vote.