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Skill Centers

Skill centers provide students with hands on learning environments similar to current industries. The number of skill centers has grown to 14 throughout the state. See examples of recently completed skill center projects.


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The Legislature has assisted with over $260 million of major works funding grants for skill centers in Washington State since their inception in the 1970s. That funding is administered by School Facilities and Organization (SFO) at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Host or assigned districts pay project costs up front then request reimbursement from SFO. Skill centers provide a local contribution of ten percent.

Undertaking capital projects is a joint effort between SFO, skill center directors, and host district staff. Skill centers directors understand program needs. Host district staff has capital project experience and manages the projects. A capital project manual was designed to provide guidance for everyone involved. See the Skill Centers Capital Manual.

Learn more about skill centers.

Related forms include:

Old Capitol Building, PO Box 47200, 600 Washington St. S.E., Olympia, WA  98504-7200  (360) 725-6000  TTY (360) 664-3631
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