Field Guide 2011 - 2012
This guide features your community and technical colleges, highlighting just a few of the remarkable education programs, partnerships and innovative endeavors at each campus. Take a look inside and see for yourself the good work going on every day at your 34 community and technical colleges.
A College-for-all System is Born
Washington's first junior college started in 1915 in Everett when 42 students began a one-year college program on the top floor of Everett High School. By 1941 eight junior colleges were operating in Washington, all locally administered and locally funded, with a combined enrollment of 1,000 students.
Funding Then and Now
In 1991, when the CTC system was formed, the state's share of the two-year college system's budget averaged 85.3 percent. Today, the state's share of the CTC system's operating budget averages 54.8 percent.
A Note From the Field
Your community and technical college system remains focused on the educational challenge of our time: educating more people to higher levels in Washington State. Now, more than ever, students are relying on CTCs to make a better life for themselves. Faculty and staff are committed to their success.
A Few Things You Should Know
- In 2007, Washington’s CTC system was ranked the fourth
most-productive system in the nation when averaging
completions to the state’s funding per FTE (National
Center for Higher Education Management Systems, 2007).
- State funding has decreased by $1,045 per full-time
student, a 21 percent decrease since FY 2008.
- At the same time state funding decreased, demand increased, with enrollments growing by more than
- 330,608 students were served in the 2010-11 academic
year, the highest in our history.
- eLearning has increased nearly 66 percent since 2008.
- Nearly 40 percent of Washington’s bachelor’s degree
graduates are CTC transfer students.
- 32 percent of graduates in STEM fields began their
studies at a Washington CTC.
- Nearly 30,000 people completed a professional-technical
degree, certificate or short-term certificate in
2009-10. A majority (75%) got jobs within 6-9 months
of finishing their training and most CTC graduates (91%)
stay and work in Washington, giving back to the state’s
- For every state dollar invested in CTCs, $1.70 in tax
revenues is returned to the state.
- For every dollar students invest in Washington’s CTCs,
they receive a cumulative $5.90 in higher future income
over the course of their working careers.
- At career midpoint, CTC graduates earn an average
$49,000 annually, which is 35 percent more than those
with just a high school diploma.
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