Faculty Resources

The Center of Excellence provides resources, tools, and best practices in support of IT educators and their mission to provide high quality technology education.

IT Summit – Annual Faculty Conference

IT Faculty Professional Development Funds
The Center of Excellence provides funding for IT faculty to pursue additional training & certification, purchase course materials, and other activities that support their ability to provide high quality IT education.


IT Skill Standards

Monthly Newsletters from the IT Center of Excellence

We are now accepting applications for IT Faculty Professional Development Awards. Please apply by December 31, 2023. 

Awards will be made for activities occurring between January 15, 2024 and May 31, 2024.

The Center of Excellence for Information & Computing Technology provides professional development funding for IT faculty from Washington’s community and technical colleges to enhance instructional capabilities and bring new tools and technologies into the classroom. 

Please review these guidelines carefully before applying. 


  • Full- and part-time IT faculty from Washington’s community and technical colleges are eligible to apply  
  • Eligible IT programs include: information technology/information systems, software and application development, network and systems administration, cybersecurity, IT service/support, web/game design and development, database management/administration, programming, data analytics, computer science, etc.  

Please contact us for questions about eligibility.   


  • Eligible activities may include: conference registration, trainings, short courses or certifications, books/course materials, one-year subscriptions, tools/equipment, and more.   
  • Funded activities must be paid and reimbursed by May 31, 2024. Any awards not paid by that time will be considered void and applicants would need to reapply in future award cycles.   
  • If your activity can not be purchased/paid by the May 31 deadline, please apply in a future award cycle (e.g. conference registrations that do not open until after May 31). 
  • The maximum individual award for 23-24 is $1,500.   
  • If awarded, any costs above the awarded amount are the responsibility of the individual and/or their college.  
  • Awardees must submit an itemized invoice and receipts in order to be reimbursed.  
  • We do NOT fund: general scholarships, travel expenses, faculty stipends or release time, activities unrelated to information technology, or activities without demonstrated positive impact on programs/students.  

Application & Selection Process  

  • Applicants must indicate that they have support from their Dean to participate in the activity  
  • Applications that emphasize positive impacts on underserved students will be prioritized
  • Applications must be received within the deadlines listed below  
  • Funds will not be awarded for activities that have already taken place or expenses already incurred (before award date of January 12th); please plan carefully and take note of deadlines when applying 
  • Applications will be reviewed by COE staff and all applicants will be notified of decision  
  • All award decisions are made by the COE and its Advisory Board 

Dates & Deadlines for 2023-2024  

  • Application deadline: Sunday, December 31, 2023
  • Notification of awards: Friday, January 12, 2024
  • Eligible activities: Must occur between January 15, 2024 and May 31, 2024
  • All payments and reimbursements need to be completed by May 31, 2024

Click here to apply (opens in a new window) .  


IT Skill Standards 2020 and Beyond

ITSS 2020 (opens in a new window) mission is to create a contemporary and future-facing set of IT Skill Standards for the most critical IT job clusters, led by employer thought leaders and subject matter experts (SMEs) nationally. The IT Skill Standards 2020 and Beyond project is developing employer-led, up-to-date skill standards and student learning outcomes with the goal of expanding the pipeline of right-skilled individuals to fill the many open IT jobs across the nation over the next several years.

The ITSS 2020 team brought together nearly 100 CIOs and CTOs to identify the most immediate and critical future-focused technology job clusters. They invited experts from across the tech industry to identify the critical technical skills, key performance indicators, and employability skills needed in the workforce.

Software Development (opens in a new window)
Technical  Project Management (opens in a new window)
Technical Support (opens in a new window)
Data Analytics and Predictive Modeling (opens in a new window)
Data Management and Engineering (opens in a new window)
Infrastructure Connectivity, Management and Engineering (opens in a new window)
Security (coming soon)

Thank you for attending the 2023 IT Summit!

The Center of Excellence for Information & Computing Technology is so appreciative of the industry experts who shared their time and insights with our colleges:

Suzanne Tamayo | Puget Sound Energy
Kurt Palmer | Puget Sound Energy
Eileen Figone | Puget Sound Energy
Brian Fellon | Puget Sound Energy
Tom Irish | Expeditors
Charles Wesley | Seattle Public Library
Alex Salazar | Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (Breakout room presentation) (opens in a new window)
Juan Ulloa | Qumulo
Beth Stanley | NextGen Data Systems
Mike Bryant | AWS
Brandon Comouche | Costco
Jerry Phommarath | Expedia
Dennis McQuillan | AWS
Sara Shreve | Cisco Networking Academy
Michaela Rosenmayer | UiPath

Event Recap & Resources
Video | IT Skills and Trends Panel with Puget Sound Energy (opens in a new window)
Presentation | Puget Sound Energy (opens in a new window)
www.pse.com (opens in a new window)

Video | AWS Skills to Jobs Tech Alliance (opens in a new window)

Video | Cisco Networking Academy (opens in a new window)
Presentation | Cisco Networking Academy (opens in a new window)
www.netacad.com (opens in a new window)

Video | UiPath Robotic Process Automation (opens in a new window)
Presentation | UiPath (opens in a new window)
www.uipath.com (opens in a new window)

Post-Event Survey
Please fill out the post-event survey (opens in a new window) and share your feedback to inform future events and trainings.

Please contact brianna.rockenstire@bellevuecollege.edu for more information about any of the resources presented at the IT Summit, or about additional opportunities for your technology programs.