Release Date: April 9, 2013
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Center of Excellence Director Mary Kaye Bredeson receives exemplary leadership award
OLYMPIA, Wash. —Mary Kaye Bredeson, executive director of the Washington State Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Materials Manufacturing, has received an exemplary leadership award from The Chair Academy, an organization focused on developing leadership in colleges and universities around the world.
Bredeson was honored with the 2013 Idahlynn Karre Exemplary Leadership award on Saturday at The Chair Academy’s international conference in Phoenix, Ariz.
The Center of Excellence works with aerospace and manufacturing employers to develop job training programs that can be quickly deployed throughout two-year colleges across Washington. Located at Everett Community College, the center serves as a one-stop resource for education and industry to share curriculum, match education with workforce demands, and develop partnerships to support jobs and economic growth.
Bredeson has led the Center of Excellence since 2006 and is recognized for her charismatic, proactive leadership and keen understanding of workforce demands and trends. She has successfully attracted millions in state and federal grants for manufacturing and aerospace-related training, and participated in state-wide efforts to lure employers to Washington State.
About the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges:
The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges is led by a Governor-appointed board and provides leadership, advocacy, and coordination for Washington’s system of 34 public community and technical colleges. Each year, nearly 470,000 students train for the workforce, prepare to transfer to a university, gain basic math and English skills, or pursue continuing education. Visit our website at SBCTC.edu.