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Director's Message

CBTECH is “Educational Disneyland.”


A Grant County Skills Center had been discussed for over 30 years. In 2010, the Washington State Legislature appropriated 19.4 million dollars for the skills center to be constructed on donated land by the Moses Lake School District. The project was shovel ready due to 1 million dollars being appropriated a few years earlier for a feasibility study and design plans. The “Jobs Now Act” made it possible for the construction to begin right away, with the idea being to stimulate the economy with construction jobs.


CBTECH opened its doors in June of 2014 for Summer School and has been operating year around ever since. The Skills Center offers programs in specific areas for High School aged students to get training in occupational career pathways they want to pursue after graduation. Each student comes for at least 2.5 hours each day. Core credits towards their high school graduation can be gained from their sending high school, Digital Program, homeschool, Christian/Private school, or GED program. Many of our courses also count for core credits, Tech Prep Credits, or College in the High School Credit


Our instructors are highly qualified in their subject area, all having both industry experience and background in education.

The CBTECH motto of, “On time, every day, with a positive attitude”, is the workforce goal for all of our students.  Uniforms are required for all programs. Most programs have a state license, certificates or real industry experience. All students building wide get First Aid, CPR, and AED certificates. All student set goals and are taught interview preparation, experience mock interviews and practice manners for mealtime. Our Ambassadors program gives each student an opportunity to interact with respect the adults as they visit our center.


Please stop by anytime during our operating hours for a tour of the facility and experience our, “Educational Disneyland” for yourself!