What are the benefits of having the Center?

Welcome to the Center of Excellence for Global Trade & Supply Chain Management! You can learn more about the industry and explore career and educational opportunities here.

What are the benefits of having the Center?

The Center is the best way to know everything about the Trade industry. It exposes you to many different kinds of challenges that would initiate your growth career-wise. There is never a shortage here of professionals who would teach interested individuals of the ins and outs of trade and supply chain management. After you are done here, you’d be a more competitive part of the labor force.

What more is that the Center has the best facilities to host trainings and relevant activities to further any knowledge needed by the stakeholder. They maintain the schools to have the best possible equipment to cater to any type of learning. From the inside to the outside, it creates a conducive environment for everybody.

As a proof of this, almost every college and university affiliated to this have their own beautiful landscapes. Some even upgrade this by installing a sturdy garage door that is not only weather resistant, but provides insulation as well. Such was made to happen in partnership with the best garage door company in Tucson.

Programs implemented

One of the programs implemented by the center is the I-BEST Programs in Trade, Transportation, and Logistics     

In the spring of 2004, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges’ (SBCTC) Offices of Adult Basic Education and Workforce Education began a demonstration project at ten community colleges called Integrated Basic Education Skills Training (I-BEST). The I-BEST approach creates classroom teams of English as a second language (ESL)/adult basic education (ABE) instructors and professional-technical instructors, who co-teach an integrated course of language and vocational skills training at the same time.

The I-BEST approach includes having two instructors in the classroom at the same time. I-BEST also seeks to support students through advising, tutoring, and mentoring; and to eliminate some of the obstacles faced by its students, including childcare and transportation. I-BEST administrators stress that an essential component of the I-BEST approach is substantial and intentional planning before, during, and after the program.

A goal of the program is to ensure that I-BEST programs are a part of professional-technical programs that extend to at least one year of college training and result in a credential, as research has shown that those goals result in the most significant gains in the labor market. This helped a lot in the overall goals of the center.

Opportunities and Vacancies

Interested in working with us? See the current job posting stated below:

Import/Export Support Specialist position available at Northwest Hardwoods in Tacoma.  Posted October 1, 2013.  Submit resume and letter of interest to

Brokerage Associate Customer Service Representative position available at FedEX Trade Network.  Posted September 25, 2013.  Submit resume to:  Job identifier:  514258_09242013_CY.


As the connections between world markets continue to grow stronger, and companies large and small seek to utilize these connections, so too does the demand for skilled supply chain management professionals.

Because the supply chain management industry integrates different abilities and functions across the business process, supply chain management and logistics professionals can be found in a wide array of organizations, and under a variety of job titles. Here are just a few of the types of business and career opportunities available in the industry:

Businesses that hire supply chain management professionals:

  • Manufacturing and Production Companies
  • Transportation Companies (ex. land, sea, rail, and air transportation providers)
  • Retailers
  • Distributors and Wholesalers
  • Consulting Firms
  • Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Firms (often are departments within larger freight-forwarding and delivery companies)
  • Supply Chain Services Firms
  • Universities and other Educational Institutions
  • Government and Non- Profit Agencies

Some example job titles of supply chain management professionals:

  • Purchasing Manager
  • Logistician
  • Procurement Clerk
  • Cargo and Freight Agent
  • Shipping/Receiving Clerk
  • Rail Transportation Worker/Operator
  • Truck Driver
  • Packer/Packager
  • Import/Export Agent
  • Supply Chain Planner/Analyst
  • Inventory Manager

And many more!

Important Skills and Educational Opportunities

A career in supply chain management has no clear path; opportunities are available for everyone from entry-level/semi-skilled workers to executives with graduate degrees. As such, educational requirements for different positions vary, and there are no standard requirements for advancement. However, most careers in supply chain management do require a few basic skills:

  • Analytical skills
  • Communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Flexibility and multi-tasking ability
  • Broad background/general knowledge of the business process

There are many opportunities for degrees and training in supply chain management and related subject areas within the industry throughout the region. Please click on the “Training” tab at the top of the page for information about various schools and program offerings.

Washington Marketing Information

  • Air
  • Rail
  • Cargo Shipping
  • Land
  • Sea
  • Department of Labor Transportation Report
  • Washington State Exports
  • International Trade and Small Businesses
  • Supply Chain Management Careers Handbook

The Center of Excellence for International Trade, Transportation and Logistics

The Center of Excellence for International Trade, Transportation and Logistics was established at Highline Community College in March 2007. It is identified to be one of the vital centers that is strategic in cultivating the economic growth and development of the state. It is the leading institution that have the capability to respond efficiently to the ever-changing needs especially of the educational sector.

The Center of Excellence for International Trade, Transportation and Logistics collaborates with community and technical colleges, and other industries related to do the following:

  • Be updated in the latest innovations and use this to improve education and training delivery to the International Trade, Transportation & Logistics industry.
  • Come up with the best ways to put the result of researches and scientific studies into best practices that could be used by the community
  • Design relevant training that is timely and could be a way to build a competitive workforce not only locally but internationally.
  • History of the Center of Excellence

    Established in March 2007, the Center of Excellence for Global Trade & Supply Chain Management is guided by industry representatives to lead collaborative and coordinated statewide education and training efforts to build a competitive workforce in a global economy.

    Our Advisory Board

    The Center of Excellence Advisory Board brings together experts from industry, education, and labor to share best practices, develop initiatives, and assist with building career and skill pathways. Our 2013-2014 Advisory Board members include:

    • Julie Bennion, WA State Department of Commerce
    • Mike Brennan, Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board
    • Ozden Bayazit, Central Washington University
    • Carlo Smith, Central Washington University
    • Dennis Wallace, Office of the Superintendent for Public Instruction
    • Raegan Copeland, Highline Community College
    • Michael Oliver, Lynden Logistics
    • Jeff Jagosh, Site Selection NW
    • Joe Zawacki, Tahoma Imports
    • Dean Kidd, Carlile Transportation Systems
    • Mark Ricci, Endeavors Consulting
    • Scott Mason, Longshoreman’s Union Local 23
    • Steve Balaski, Port of Seattle
    • Tom Green, Air Cargo – Seattle Tacoma International Airport
    • Rena Piercy, DHL Global Logistics
    • Mary Jane Oberhofer, Tacoma Community College