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Workforce Development Funds

The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) is committed to helping industry thrive and expand in Washington State and to continue the development of a skilled workforce. The allocated resources will support the continued alignment of education and training programs with current industry practice and employee recruitment needs.

This funding is to support one-time projects that are necessary to meet changing needs and expectations of industry and/or prospective students, or to support local workforce and economic development initiatives. Successful proposals will do one or more of the following:

  • Support the transition, redesign, or adjustment of workforce education and training programs to meet the changing needs and expectations of industry (e.g., new competencies, articulation agreements, career pathways, competency-based credentials, badging/micro-credentials, new technology, etc.);
  • Support the transition, redesign, or adjustment of instructional programs to meet changing needs and expectations of prospective students for how instructional programs are delivered (e.g., hybrid, remote, virtual, asynchronous);
  • Create, support, or streamline local workforce and economic development initiatives; and/or
  • Support and expand workforce development partnerships among employers, education and training providers, and workers.

Who may apply:

  • Public community and technical colleges, as defined under RCW 28B.50.030, and Centers of Excellence (COE), as codified under RCW 28B.50.902 may apply for funding.
  • Colleges may submit only one application as an individual institution or as the lead institution of a consortium.
  • Applications are allowed from both a Center of Excellence (COE) and, separately, from their host college.
  • Applications from a COE should be in a separate OGMS application, but submitted through its host college.
    While a COE can submit applications separately, and colleges may participate in more than one consortium, the review panel will be cautious about awarding funding for multiple projects to one institution.

New in FY25: Invest in Washington

Invest in Washington funding has been added to the Workforce Development Fund to meet the specifications of the Invest in Washington Account, RCW 82.85.070. Preference points will be given to projects designed to accomplish one or more of the priorities specific to manufacturing and production occupations: customized training, job skills, job readiness training, workforce professional development, and/or to assist employers with state-approved registered apprenticeship programs specifically for manufacturing and production occupations.


Danny Marshall
Program Administrator, Workforce Education

Carolyn McKinnon
Policy Associate, Workforce Education


Important dates

Milestones Key Dates
Application available February 15, 2024

Application Webinar (optional; will be recorded)

February 22, 2024

Application deadline April 4, 2024
Funds available July 1, 2024

2024-25 Program Guidelines and Resources


2023-24 Program Guidelines and Resources

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