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Field Guide 2016-2017

2016 - 2017 Field GuideBetter Jobs, Brighter Futures, a Stronger Washington

The 2017 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 for Generations

Three generations of the Telecky and Olson families are featured on the Field Guide cover. Bruce Telecky graduated from Spokane Technical and Vocational School, which became Spokane Community College (SCC) in 1963.

In the late 1980s, Bruce’s daughter Dawn attended SCC, where she met her future husband, fellow student Ryo Olson. Now their son, Caleb, will graduate from Spokane Falls Community College in June 2017. Read more about the family that is part of the Community Colleges of Spokane family.

A Stronger Washington

Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College are just two of Washington state’s 34 community and technical colleges. Each college is built on the foundation of the community it serves.

Caleb is one of the nearly 381,000 students served each year by Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges. Like his parents and his grandfather, Caleb is earning an affordable education that will prepare him for the workplace and for the future.

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. 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.

$20.5 billion

Washington state's community and technical colleges and their former students add $20.5 billion to the state’s economy each year.


Washington state's community and technical colleges awarded students 29,625 associate degrees during the 2014–2015 school year.


Laura McDowell
Communications Director


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