What is the Agriculture Center of Excellence?
The Agriculture Center of Excellence is one of ten Centers of Excellence in Washington State. Centers are flagship institutions funded by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges to connect education and industry in order to create a highly skilled and readily available workforce. The Agriculture Center of Excellence, located at Walla Walla Community College, enhances the agricultural industry in Washington State by supporting the agriculture and natural resource programs offered at community and technical colleges. The Center serves over 20 colleges, which have a multitude of degree programs. Center services ensure the efficient use of resources for workforce development activities and initiatives by nurturing a culture of cooperation within the college system. The Center is a resource to promote agriculture and natural resource education, create and share curricula, expand and strengthen degree/certificate programs, and facilitate professional development for college faculty.
The Agriculture Center of Excellence is a central hub for the collection and dissemination of the most current agriculture and natural resource education and training information. The Center demonstrates collaboration and communication while fostering mutually beneficial connections between industry and educational partners. The Center is a resource to the agricultural industry, the community and technical college system, the K-12 system, and four-year colleges/universities. The Center provides a nucleus for innovative curricula, customized training, and promotion of clear education and career pathways for the agricultural industry.
- Demonstrate collaboration and communication while fostering mutually beneficial connections among education and industry.
- Ensure the efficient use of state resources for workforce development activities and initiatives by nurturing a culture of cooperation within the community and technical college system.
- Provide leadership and coordination that link education services and industry needs.
- Serve as a resource to create and share model curricula, educational pathways, degree/certificate program, industry specific skill standards and best practices.