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Field Guide 2015-2016

2015-2016 Field GuideBetter Jobs, Brighter Futures, a Stronger Washington

The 2016 Field Guide highlights just a few of the noteworthy education programs, partnerships and innovation at Washington's 34 community and technical colleges. Take a look to learn more. Better yet, stop by a college and see for yourself the life-changing work happening at each campus every day.

Building Economic Prosperity

Whether enrolled in Basic Education for Adults, job training, university transfer or working with one of our 10 Centers of Excellence, our students, graduates and community partners increase the state’s quality of life and economic vitality as entrepreneurs, employees, consumers and taxpayers.

Brighter Futures

Bryan Daniels, featured on the Field Guide cover, is just one of the nearly 370,000 adults served each year by Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges. Students at any age and stage can enroll in our colleges to earn certificates and degrees, transfer to a four-year university, receive training for today’s job market or update skills in their current fields.

With an open door policy, our colleges are vital to meeting statewide education goals set for 2023. Those goals call for 70 percent of Washington adults to have a postsecondary credential and 100 percent to have a high school diploma or equivalent. The goals recognize that higher education elevates Washington’s economy by elevating the lives of the people who live here. Washington counts on students like Bryan. Our colleges make it happen, delivering better jobs, brighter futures and a stronger Washington.

By the Numbers

59 percent (includes Running Start students) 

Nearly 59 percent (includes Running Start students)  percent of students in Washington state's public higher education system are enrolled in community and technical colleges.

40 percent

Forty percent of public baccalaureate graduates in Washington state start at a community or technical college.

$11 billion

Washington state's community and technical colleges and their former students add $11 billion to the state’s economy each year.


Washington state's community and technical colleges awarded students 26,044 associate degrees during the 2014–2015 school year.


Laura McDowell
Communications Director


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