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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)

($687,664 awarded)

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.

In addition, the consortium as a whole will offer:

  • Navigation Process – Implement Student Education and Career Navigation Navigators will link support services, education/training providers, career and industry information, and employment opportunities; serve clean energy, advanced manufacturing and construction industries; and assist 1,992 adults including dislocated workers, veterans (and spouses), women, minorities.
  • Consortium colleges will support a Multi-Occupational Trades Associates in Applied Science (MOT AAS) degree. This program provides a degree pathway that augments the trade specific technical skills obtained through a rigorous apprenticeship program with general education obtained in a college degree program.
  • A process for Credit for Prior Learning will be developed among the consortium to support the Washington state legislature’s goals of facilitating Credit for Prior Learning (RCW 28B.77.230). WISE identifies past training and education using placement exams, military training, work experience, apprenticeship, and industry credentials to accelerate participants through the training pipeline.
  • Project partners will also work with journey level workers to advance through their career. They may move from field work to supervisory positions using earned credentials through associate and baccalaureate degrees and Leadership in the Trades Certification. This allows employers to strengthen their current workforce by promoting from within; and open apprentice and journey level opportunities to project participants. ·Enhance Educational Programs – WISE supports partnering CTCs by creating new curriculum and strengthening existing programs within the clean energy, advanced manufacturing and construction programs. Enhancements include online development and delivery, additional software, computer labs and hands-on training equipment.

Support – This statewide WISE consortium is supported by Governor Jay Inslee, Senator Patty Murray, Senator Maria Cantwell, the advisory boards of the three Centers of Excellence, and includes industry partners such as Absher Construction, Avista, City of Seattle, CIMtech, Pacific Tool, PTI Machining & Manufacturing, Puget Sound Energy, Royelle Manufacturing, Spokane Homebuilders Association, Tacoma Power, Washington State Labor Council AFL-CIO and others.

For more information, see the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy’s website.

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