Mary Kaye Bredeson, Executive Director

As the Executive Director, Ms. Bredeson facilitates partnerships between industry and the state’s 34 community and technical colleges as well as other education and training providers. In her role, she encourages educational programs, sharing of industry best practices and resources, as well as providing a clear point of contact for industry employers to share their workforce needs.

For the past 15 years, her leadership skills have been instrumental in workforce development for aerospace and advanced manufacturing. 

Mary Kaye has a history of leadership, after graduating from the Law Enforcement Academy in Lynnwood, she was one of the first female police officers hired within the state through the civil service process. In the late 1990s she was one of the first women to become a CISCO Certified Networking Instructor. This trailblazing continued as Mary Kaye was appointed to lead Edmonds Community College’s Construction Industry Trades program with the Tulalip Tribes, resulting in a budget increase from $85,000 to $365,000 and construction of the casino and the new outlet mall. In 2004, she was asked to begin a new project by overseeing the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing.


PNAA’s 2017 Inspire Award

Chair Leadership Academy’s
2013 Exemplary Leadership Award

board positions

  • 2014 – current, American Technical Education Association, Board of Trustees, 2nd vice president
  • 2013 – 2018, Institute of Flight, Board of Trustees, serving in various roles, secretary, treasurer, vice president

Recent Grants Awarded to Organization

Under her leadership, her team has been awarded 11 grants, totaling over $35.5 million dollars. COE has recently been awarded, within a consortium environment, several state and federal grants including:

  • $20 million Department of Labor, Round 1 TAACCCT consortium grant
  • $10 million Department of Labor, Round 4 TAACCCT consortium grant
  • $75,000 NIST grant, awarded to a community college for the first time ever to develop curriculum for measurement science as well as several other state funded aerospace grants.
  • $4 million Department of Labor, TechHire Grant, (A consortium grant to include: Everett Community College, Shoreline Community College, North Seattle College, South Seattle College, and Renton Technical College)
Mary Kaye Bredeson

Mary Kaye Bredeson

Executive Director