Access a highly skilled and educated workforce, along with key industry connections through Tacoma’s eight higher educational institutions.
Tacoma's Center for Urban Waters
The Center for Urban Waters brings together environmental scientists, analysts, engineers and policymakers who are developing creative and sustainable solutions to restore and protect Puget Sound. The founding partners – the City of Tacoma, the University of Washington Tacoma and the Puget Sound Partnership – are committed to providing a collaborative environment where the best-available science forms the basis for policy development and implementation. The Center for Urban Waters is the result of years of work by community leaders who dreamed of a world-class research center on Commencement Bay dedicated to finding solutions for urban bay communities.
An Educated Workforce
Tacoma is home to several of the region’s top-rated universities and colleges, including the University of Washington Tacoma, University of Puget Sound, Bates Technical College, Tacoma Community College, Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus and Pacific Lutheran University. With more than 55,000 students attending courses at local universities and colleges, you have plenty of talent to choose from, including trade workers, engineers, administrators, health professionals, and more.
Academics Shape Economic Growth
Local higher education institutions build their academic programs around Tacoma’s economy, so as certain industries grow, so do their relevant training courses. For example, University of Washington Tacoma’s Institute of Technology has developed some of the nation’s top cyber security experts and hosts regional and national cyber security events. Because of this, Tacoma’s cyber security and tech industry has grown considerably over the last few years. UW Tacoma also offers job-ready programs in finance and insurance, healthcare, education, business and professional services, and urban clean water technology.
Internship and Recruiting Opportunities
University of Washington Tacoma (UWT) offers competitive paid internship programs that help your company find and develop the right team. Every year, more than 150 students in computer science, IT, cybersecurity, and other technical areas seek internships and capstone project opportunities at local businesses. Local businesses can also use UWT’s Innovation Lab to collaborate with students, faculty, and other entrepreneurs on business ideas and ventures.
Graduate Tacoma is a partnership movement of 268 community organizations that believe in the potential of every child, regardless of background. Together, they are proving poverty is not destiny. Tacoma Public Schools is the 3rd largest school district in Washington with 30 preschools, 35 elementary schools, 4 early learning centers, 11 middle schools, 5 comprehensive high schools, 5 non-traditional high schools, 19 innovative schools, and 13 technology-focused schools. The community-built goal is a 50% increase in both high school graduation and completion of a college degree or technical certificate by 2020. Success will require closing gaps in access, opportunity, and achievement for all students. Through the collective work of Tacoma schools and the community partners, the high school graduation rate has increased 31 points to a record-high 86% for the Class of 2017, surpassing the state average for the third year in a row. Graduation rates have closed dramatically across all demographics. Last year, Black students graduated at 92% compared to 89% for White students (extended 5-year graduation rate). The gap with Hispanic students has closed to just 3 points (86%). Join the movement at GraduateTacoma.org.