Mary Kaye Bredeson

Mary Kaye Bredeson

Executive Director

Ms. Bredeson is the Executive Director for the Center of Excellence for Unmanned & Autonomous Systems and the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing housed at Everett Community College.

For the past 15 years, she has brought her leadership skills to higher education in promoting Washington’s economic and workforce development initiatives in aerospace and advanced manufacturing.

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.

Ongoing Board Positions

2017 – Current, American Technical Education Association, Board of Trustees, 2nd Vice President
2013 – Current, Institute of Flight, Board of Trustees, Treasurer
2014 – Current, American Technical Education Association, Board of Trustees

Recent Grants Awarded to the Organization

Bredeson and her staff have 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)

Education and Accomplishments

Bredeson is a 1979 graduate of the Law Enforcement Academy, Lynnwood WA. She is also a 1993 graduate of the Certified Cisco Instructors Academy. In 2013, she was honored to receive the Exemplary Leadership Award from the Chair Leadership Academy an award granted to leaders in higher education.