About Us

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