The Make it in Washington initiative is a public-private investment in small and midsized manufacturers located in qualified Washington counties. Using an integrated approach and a blend of federal, state, and private investment, Make it in Washington delivers solutions for increasing workforce skills through advanced education, tailored business consulting services, connection to growth capital, and access to global markets. The goal of Make it in Washington is to increase manufacturing capacity, strengthen supply chains, attract investment, and create new opportunities for businesses and individuals.
The Make it in Washington project focuses funding resources to provide education, training, and strategic consulting opportunities for manufacturers in Washington's most rural counties. The project offers manufacturers numerous options to improve their staff, expand productivity, plan for critical staff retirements, and improve their business' profitability by providing connections and network, strategic consulting, supply chain identification and management training to enable manufacturers to compete for business that currently goes overseas.
The Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, Innovate Washington, Made in Washington, the Department of Commerce, the Center of Excellence for Global Trade and Supply Chain Management at Highline College, and Washington State University.
MiiW scholarships are available to both incumbent and potential employees for online training and industry certification required for a successful manufacturing operation. Courses are offered through Highline College, Shoreline Community College, and Washington State University’s Global Initiative Program.
For courses at Highline and Shoreline, the Center of Excellence for Global Trade & Supply Chain Management at Highline College is the point of contact for both manufacturers and workers.
The Center is one of ten flagship institutions that builds and sustains Washington’s competitive advantage through statewide leadership. The 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.