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SPONSORED TUITION FOR ONLINE EDUCATION

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Make it in Washington provides sponsored tuition for online certificates and degrees to advance manufacturing, logistics, sourcing and leadership skills and help employees and businesses succeed.  Courses are online and accessible across the state.  Subject areas include advanced manufacturing, quality and supply chain management, sourcing, distribution and contracts. 

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Do you have questions about online education opportunities? Check out these helpful FAQs.

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HIGHLINE COLLEGE & SHORELINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

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These industry-focused courses are coordinated by Highline College’s Center of Excellence for Global Trade & Supply Chain Management. The Center offers fast, flexible, quality education and training programs responsive to industry, with a goal of developing a skilled workforce for international trade.

Courses are stackable, enabling employees to enroll in short-term certificates that build on each other. Each certificate connects to a larger credential and can lead to an Associate’s degree and a new Bachelor’s of Applied Science degree in Global Trade & Logistics.

Highline College

  • International Trade & Logistics Certificate

Shoreline Community College

  • Supplier Relations & Logistics Certificate
  • Purchasing & Contract Management Certificate
  • Purchasing & Supply Chain Management Certificate

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT (ETM)

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This professional-level certificate program, part of the WSU ETM Master’s Degree, empowers employees to advance their careers and helps companies fill workforce gaps and increase their competitiveness, profitability, and market share. Eligible students—both current and future employees—can receive scholarships to enroll in the following certificate programs:

Graduate Certificates

  • Project Management
  • Six Sigma Quality Management
  • Manufacturing Leadership
  • Constraints Management
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Undergraduate Certificates

  • Project Management
  • Six Sigma Quality Management
  • Manufacturing Leadership

Be included in a statewide manufacturing map.

One piece of the Make it in Washington initiative to increase manufacturing capacity in select Washington counties is the creation of a statewide manufacturing asset map.  The map will be used to help create connections to new business opportunities and raise the visibility of Washington companies. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about the online education opportunities?  Check out these helpful FAQs.  And if you don’t find the answer you need, please contact us.

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Q: What do these scholarships pay for?

Make it in Washington is a U.S. Department of Labor-funded grant that helps Washington manufacturers enhance their employees’ capabilities and careers in counties across the state. Qualifying manufacturers can now offer their employees sponsored tuition that pays for targeted online certificates and degrees at Highline College, Shoreline Community College, and Washington State University. Because education is focused on the needs of industry—from warehouse management to procurement strategies—students gain skills they can put to work, boosting their career potential and their company’s productivity. And because the programs are online, even those who live in the most remote areas of the state can access college-level manufacturing courses, earning credits that can be used toward an Associate’s, Bachelor’s, or Master’s degree, along with industry-recognized credentials. In some cases, participants who are not currently employed may qualify for scholarships to help train for careers in the manufacturing field.

 

Q: Are there other costs?

Yes, employers are responsible for paying an application fee ($75 graduate or $25 undergraduate) for each employee who enrolls in a Make it in Washington program at Washington State University. Students are responsible for paying for books, materials, and other fees at all three participating institutions.

Q: What other support is required?

While employers are not required to furnish computers or set aside work time for employees enrolled in online courses provided through Make it in Washington, some manufacturers may find it valuable to offer paid work time and/or computers to those who choose to advance their education with college-level courses. Working as a team, manufacturers can help more employees earn credits toward Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees, along with industry-recognized credentials that help both the employee and the company.

Q: Which counties are eligible?

Eligible counties include: Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Clallam, Clark, Columbia, Cowlitz, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lewis, Mason, Okanogan, Pacific, Pend Oreille, Skagit, Skamania, Stevens, Thurston, Wahkiakum, Walla Walla, Whitman, Yakima.

Q: Who is eligible for a Make it in Washington scholarship?

Employees and former employees of small to mid-sized manufacturers in 31 of Washington’s 39 counties may qualify for sponsored tuition. Job seekers interested in employment at manufacturing businesses located in the qualified counties may also qualify. To be eligible, students must have, at a minimum, a high school diploma/GED and be citizens or green card holders of the United States with valid Social Security documentation.

Q: Do participants need to live in the qualifying counties or the state of Washington?

No, participants just need to be working for, and living in commutable distance from, qualifying employers.

Q: What information is required to participate?

Participating employees and their employers must complete a form that outlines the terms of the agreement as well as employment eligibility and other details. Once this form is completed and approved, students will work with a college advisor to create an education plan.

Participants will also be asked to complete the following:

• Participant Demographic Survey

• Employment Eligibility Form (Page 7 of the IRS I-9). Participants will be asked for their Social Security number, date of birth, and other information required by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Q: Where can I find the forms?

Make it in Washington agreement forms are available here.  

 

Q: How many classes can I take?

Rules vary based on the educational institution. The designated Make it in Washington representatives listed below will be able to guide you about how to best meet your specific needs. 

For online classes offered at both Highline and Shoreline Colleges:
Meg Ryan, PhD, Director
Highline College, Center of Excellence for Global Trade and Supply Chain Management
mryan@highline.edu; 253-222-4575

For online classes offered at Washington State University:
Alaina McCully, Make it in Washington Facilitator
Washington State University, Engineering and Technology Management 
mccully@wsu.edu ; 509-335-5379

For questions about the overall Make it in Washington project:
Mike Brennan, Project Manager
Washington’s Workforce Board
Mike.brennan@wtb.wa.gov ; 360.709.4616

Q: How soon can employees start their training?

As soon as the Make it in Washington agreement forms and education plans are complete, approved students may enroll for the next open semester. See enrollment deadlines here http://wtb.wa.gov/MakeitInWashingtondates.asp

Q: Where can I find out about important dates and deadlines?

Find out when classes start and end at participating colleges, along with registration info, and other details here:

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Q: How do eligible employees enroll in Make it in Washington?

Rules vary based on the educational institution. The designated Make it in Washington representatives listed below will be able to guide you about how to best meet your specific needs. 

For online classes offered at both Highline and Shoreline Colleges:
Meg Ryan, PhD, Director
Highline College, Center of Excellence for Global Trade and Supply Chain Management
mryan@highline.edu; 253-222-4575

For online classes offered at Washington State University:
Alaina McCully, Make it in Washington Facilitator
Washington State University, Engineering and Technology Management
mccully@wsu.edu; 509-335-5379

For questions about the overall Make it in Washington project:
Mike Brennan, Project Manager
Washington’s Workforce Board
Mike.brennan@wtb.wa.gov; 360.709.4616

Q: What courses are available?

The following are available to qualified employees. Employees can take one class or several at a time to lead to a certificate or degree.

• Highline College offers online courses in International Trade and Logistics.

  Available: 4 classes totaling 18 credits leading to a certificate. Learn more here.

• Shoreline Community College offers online courses in Purchasing and Contract Management.

  Available: Two short-term certificates, 14 credits and 12 credits. Learn more here.

• Washington State University offers courses in the Engineering and Technology Management Program.

  Available: 5 graduate and 3 undergraduate certificates, consisting of four 3-credit courses. Learn more here

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