The degree and certificate programs at Skagit Valley College rely on the involvement and support of over 300 business and industry employers and employees from the community. Advice and direction offered by experts in the working world ensure that students are acquiring the knowledge and skills based on current industry standards that are in demand in the workforce.
An advisory committee representing a specific professional technical field meets regularly with the faculty of the same instructional area on matters of curriculum review and development, facilities and equipment, guidance and career advisement, employment opportunities and placement, plus public relations and promotional activities.
Advisory committees are appointed by the college administration for each professional-technical program or program cluster. The committees are composed of equal numbers of employees and employers representing local business, labor and industry. A minimum of two advisory committee meetings must be held during each calendar year.
Partnerships with Business
The Manufacturing Technology and Technical Design programs at Skagit Valley College are fortunate to have partnerships with a variety of local industry leaders in manufacturing-related businesses. The following industries have provided students with internship opportunities, workplace expertise for classroom presentations, curriculum review and support for faculty implementation, equipment replacement and purchase recommendations, grant funding partnerships, and serve on our Manufacturing Program Advisory Committee.
Economic Development Association of Skagit County www.skagit.org
We provide programs and services that help our community prosper and grow. We host workshops & seminars that educate business owners to help them make informed business decisions. Our business counselors offer FREE advising services to consult on everything from business plans to financial packages to marketing plans. We provide relocation services for companies looking to relocate to the lovely Skagit Valley. And we create networking events that bring together executives and business owners from nearly every segment of industry in our region. We are a 501(c) 6 not-for-profit, membership-based organization dedicated to serving Skagit County.
EDCO, Inc. www.edcoonline.com
As a diversified manufacturing enterprise we provide a wide range of services and products. We will build from customers existing design or provide design support from concept through production. Our products include manufactured prototypes, production runs, tooling, machined parts, assembled original equipment and machinery, structural and architectural fabrications, etc. We work in mild steel, steel alloys, aluminum, plastics, and wood.
Express Employment Professionals www.expresspros.com
For nearly 30 years, the vision of Express Employment Professionals has been to help people find jobs and help businesses find the people and human resource services they need. We accomplish this vision through a network of more than 585 franchise locations in the United States, Canada, and South Africa. Each Express Employment Professionals office is locally owned and operated and backed by the expertise and support of international headquarters. Express Employment Professionals offers a full range of employment solutions for area businesses and job seekers, including professional search and contract, temporary and contract staffing, evaluation and direct hire, flexible staffing, and onsite services. For employers, Express can also provide solutions to HR challenges, including an HR Hotline, HR compliance audits, employee handbook creation, Organizational Effectiveness Surveys, onsite client training programs, and affirmative action plans.
Hexcel Corporation www.hexcel.com
Hexcel's Burlington plantmanufactures Engineered Core components from metallic and non-metallic honeycomb.Customers are offered a broad range of capabilities in HexWeb® honeycomb processing. These include: 5-axis NC Machining, sawing, slotting, chamfering, simple and complex core forming, splicing, stabilizing, potting, bonding and curing. Key applications for products made at Hexcel's Burlington plant arecommercial and defense aircraft, helicopters andaero-engines - as well asindustrial parts.
Janicki Industries www.janicki.com
Janicki Industries designs and builds high-precision tooling for aerospace, marine, wind energy and transportation customers. Our R&D lab continuously pushes the boundaries of composite fabrication materials and techniques. Customer-needs drive this process. Our proprietary 5-axis CNC machines are unrivaled in scale and precision, with machining envelopes up to 100 feet in length. A full-service engineering company, we specialize in large complex projects with demanding timelines.