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Centralia College | Field Guide 2021

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Centralia College has been serving students in Lewis and south Thurston counties since 1925. As a comprehensive community college, Centralia College offers a wide variety of academic transfer and career training programs, as well as transitional education and early childhood programs. The college also offers five Bachelor of Applied Science degrees: Behavioral Healthcare, Information Technology–Application Development, Diesel Technology, Applied Management (business) and Teacher Education (K-8).

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Key Facts

Highest Enrolled Programs

  • Associate in Arts
  • Registered Nursing
  • Bachelor of Applied Science–Applied Management
  • Criminal Justice
  • Business Administration/Management


  • Headcount (all sources): 6,329
  • FTES (all sources): 2,471
  • Headcount (state-funded): 3,995
  • FTES (state-funded): 1,787

Students in Selected Programs

  • Applied bachelor's: 192
  • Corrections: 1,185
  • I-BEST: 17
  • International: 24
  • Running Start: 458
  • Worker Retraining: 263

Student Profile

Type of Student

  • Academic/transfer: 21%
  • Basic skills: 7%
  • Other: 29%
  • Workforce education: 43%


  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 4%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 17%
  • Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Other race: 2%
  • White: 82%


  • Full-time: 50%
  • Part-time: 50%

Family and Finances

  • Students receiving need-based financial aid: 51%
  • Students who work: 45%
  • Students with children: 36%


  • Female: 66%
  • Male: 34%

Median age


Points of Interest

SWFT Center nears completion

The Southwest Washington Flexible Training (SWFT) Center is a new project for the Centralia College Foundation. When it opens in early 2021, the center will provide flexible training space for local business and industry, K-12, and college programs for the trades and others. Primary funding for this project was provided by the TransAlta Coal Transition Board with a grant of $1.3 million. The Centralia College Foundation has been fundraising for interior equipment, including a forestry simulator.

New program for youth offenders

In spring 2020, Centralia College began a partnership with Green Hill School in Chehalis to provide education to youth offenders. A student success class was offered at the school in spring and, over the summer, 19 students were enrolled in pre-college English. In fall 2020, the program grew significantly with 19 students taking college English and 23 students enrolled in pre-college math classes. The program aims to help youth offenders transition to college and job training programs, and improve their chances of success upon reentry.

Fast-track degree available for police officers

For adults already working as police officers, deputy sheriffs or state troopers, Centralia College is the only college or university in Washington to award 45 credits for that work experience in the Criminal Justice Crosswalk Degree program. The Crosswalk program allows law enforcement officers to fast-track their way to an associate degree by aligning the Centralia College curriculum with the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Basic Law Enforcement Academy and the Washington State Patrol Academy.

Data is from the 2019-20 academic year. Reflects headcount unless otherwise noted.

*May not add up to 100% because students may be counted in more than one race. Percentages calculated on reported value.


Robert Mohrbacher, EdD


  • Doris Wood-Brumsickle, chair
  • Debbie Campbell
  • Stuart Halsan
  • Mark Scheibmeir
  • Court Stanley

Year Founded


Service Area

Lewis and Thurston counties

Legislative Districts

19, 20, 35

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Last Modified: 12/9/22, 11:18 AM

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