Agriculture Center of Excellence

Vision

The Agriculture & Natural Resource Center of Excellence shall be a local, national, and global model for innovative workforce development, and collaboration between industry and education. The center will strive to support economic vitality, and be an advocate for the understanding and recognition that Washington is a leader in agriculture and natural resource industries.

 

Mission

In serving as a statewide liaison, the Agriculture & Natural Resource Center of Excellence will  collaborate, communicate, and convene partners in business, industry, labor, and education.

Washington State Centers of Excellence

About Us

The Centers of Excellence grow and sustain Washington State’s economic advantage through statewide leadership. Each Center focuses on a targeted industry that drives the state’s economy and is built upon a reputation for fast, flexible, quality education and training programs.

Centers are guided by industry representatives to lead collaborative and coordinated statewide education and training efforts to build a competitive workforce in a global economy.

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Partnerships

The Agriculture & Natural Resource Center of Excellence serves the entire state of Washington. We partner with these organizations and many others to support students, workers, and businesses in the agriculture and natural resources industry.

Implicit Bias Institute for Workforce Education

The Workforce Implicit Bias Training Institute is an in-person and online training platform for the workforce education system in Washington State, to develop working tools and processes to identify and reduce unconscious biases that hinder student, apprentice, faculty, and leadership success and enrich the overall campus, learning and training environments. The project is building a sustainable training model, through the development and implementation of a pathway of scaffolded Cycles and trainings. The project is building a cohort of campus, K12 and apprenticeship advocates to identify and strategically reduce bias at all critical decision-points through the examination and implementation of policies and practices within each respective campus, K12 and apprenticeship program.

The project is led by the Washington State Centers of Excellence for: Marine Manufacturing & Technology, Construction, Careers in Education, Agriculture & Natural Resource, and the Machinists Institute.

Recordings for the webinar series 1-4:

Introduction to Implicit Bias, Dr. Rita Cameron Wedding | February 3, 2021

Impact of a Significant Event in Workforce Education, Dr. Rita Cameron Wedding | March 2, 2021

Inclusive Pedagogy, Gretchen Robertson & Kip Zwolenski | April 21, 2021

LGBTQ & Gender Biases, Morgan Mentzer | May 18, 2021

Implicit Bias in Workforce Education podcast series 1-3: