A U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Round 4
WISE (Washington Integrated Sector Employment)
Grant Project Duration: 10/01/2014 – 9/30/2018 (three years of activity; fourth year for reporting)
Grant Lead: Centralia College and the Center of Excellence for Clean Energy
Consortium Partners: Centers of Excellence for: Clean Energy, Aerospace & Advanced Manufacturing and Construction; Bates Technical College, Centralia College, Everett Community College, Green River Community College, Renton Technical College, Shoreline Community College, South Seattle College, and Walla Walla Community College
This wide-ranging project brings together the clean energy, advanced manufacturing and construction sectors to prepare participants for employment in entry level, pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship occupations. It addresses the unique needs of unemployed, or under-employed dislocated workers, using innovative and sophisticated strategies.
At the Georgetown campus, the focus of the grant is on three distinct tracks:
- Research and develop a Bachelors of Applied Science (BAS) in Workforce Leadership and Organizational Management. With the consultation of industry experts and the use of employment data, the Georgetown campus will create a new BAS degree that responds to industry needs.
- Develop curriculum for the Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO) apprenticeship. This new apprenticeship will be offered in the state to current building and codes officials.
- Create, develop, and offer a diversified manufacturing pathway. At present, Georgetown offers, in partnership with the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee, a successful pre-apprenticeship program named the Industrial Manufacturing Academy. Building on those 28 credits, the Georgetown campus will build out a one-year certificate and two year degree in diversified manufacturing. Bringing together a technical advisory committee of industry experts, the Georgetown campus and partners will examine the manufacturing landscape to offer certificates and degrees that meet industry needs. Georgetown will serve students on this pathway beginning October 2015.