Better Jobs, Brighter Futures, a Stronger Washington
At a time when most well-paying jobs require education past high school, our 34 community and technical colleges have a unique ability to meet people where they are and put them on a path to a better future.
Community and technical colleges are affordable, accessible to all kinds of students, and connected to universities and businesses.
Our students get to choose the educational path that’s right for them at a more affordable cost — be it a two-year degree, a university-transfer degree, an industry certificate or an apprenticeship. Students need these options just as employers need a range of skills.
We help put students on a solid path by:
- promoting student achievement and success
- increasing access to post-secondary education
- building on the college system's strength and success
By the Numbers
58 percent of students enrolled in Washington’s public higher education system are enrolled in community and technical colleges.
45 percent of community and technical college students are students of color.
39 percent of public baccalaureate graduates in Washington state start at a community or technical college.
38 percent of community and technical college students receive need-based financial aid in eligible programs.
Washington state community and technical college students earned 30,315 associate degrees in the 2017-18 school year.
Community and technical colleges, their current students, and former students add $20.5 billion annually to Washington state's economy.
Field Guide 2019
Download the entire Field Guide or individual college pages:
- Community and technical college system overview
- Bates Technical College
- Bellevue College
- Bellingham Technical College
- Big Bend Community College
- Cascadia College
- Centralia College
- Clark College
- Clover Park Technical College
- Columbia Basin College
- Edmonds Community College
- Everett Community College
- Grays Harbor College
- Green River College
- Highline College
- Lake Washington Institute of Technology
- Lower Columbia College
- Olympic College
- Peninsula College
- Pierce College Fort Steilacoom
- Pierce College Puyallup
- Renton Technical College
- Seattle Colleges: North Seattle College
- Seattle Colleges: Seattle Central College
- Seattle Colleges: South Seattle College
- Shoreline Community College
- Skagit Valley College
- South Puget Sound Community College
- Spokane Community College
- Spokane Falls Community College
- Tacoma Community College
- Walla Walla Community College
- Wenatchee Valley College
- Whatcom Community College
- Yakima Valley College
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