Established in 1997 by Senate Bill 504, the mission of ETIC is to make post-secondary engineering and technology education a strategic resource that fuels the state's economy and creates opportunity for Oregonians. Since inception, ETIC has advised $204 million via the Oregon Engineering Education Investment Fund. The Council establish criteria and measurements, provide specific investment recommendations and monitor results.
The Council is made up of senior executives from a diverse spectrum of engineering and high technology companies from across Oregon as well as leadership from the state's public universities and industry associations. They provide valuable advice and recommendations to the Oregon Education Investment Board on the state's targeted investments in post-secondary engineering and computer science education.
Oregon’s economic competitiveness depends on talent. Businesses report their number one constraint for growth is workforce, especially the critical skills necessary for global competitiveness. ETIC strengthens the connection between college graduates and the Oregon economy by drawing on the industry backgrounds of its members and their connections to the state's workforce needs.