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Peninsula College | Field Guide 2021

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Peninsula College serves our rural district, spanning 3,600 square miles, with educational opportunities to attain many outcomes: an applied bachelor’s degree, associate transfer preparation, professional-technical degrees and certificates, basic skills, and community and continuing education. The college also contributes to the cultural and economic enrichment of Clallam and Jefferson counties. By offering affordable and accessible programs, Peninsula College helps people of every age and background to learn and thrive in today’s economy. Whether students are 16 or 60, just out of high school or working adults, our college prepares them for the next step up in life. As a community college that serves a large number of lower-income students and students who are the first in their families to attend college, Peninsula College is key to creating social and economic mobility for people throughout our region.

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Key Facts

Highest Enrolled Programs

  • Associate in Arts
  • Nursing
  • Family Life Education
  • Addiction Studies
  • Associate in Science


  • Headcount (all sources): 3,362
  • FTES (all sources): 1,857
  • Headcount (state-funded): 2,376
  • FTES (state-funded): 1,238

Students in Selected Programs

  • Applied bachelor's: 89
  • Apprentices: 65
  • Corrections: 546
  • I-BEST: 203
  • International: 90
  • Running Start: 376
  • Worker Retraining: 267

Student Profile

Type of Student

  • Academic/transfer: 27%
  • Basic skills: 12%
  • Other: 7%
  • Workforce education: 54%


  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 12%
  • Asian: 6%
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 10%
  • Pacific Islander: 2%
  • Other race: 1%
  • White: 81%


  • Full-time: 56%
  • Part-time: 44%

Family and Finances

  • Students receiving need-based financial aid: 53%
  • Students who work: 41%
  • Students with children: 25%


  • Female: 63%
  • Male: 37%

Median age


Points of Interest

Traditional Klallam language course offered

Peninsula College is thrilled to offer a college-level traditional language course at the request of the three tribes who share the Klallam/S’Klallam language, with 38 students currently enrolled. National Endowment for the Humanities CARES grant funding supported the development of an innovative model for co-teaching a nəxʷsƛ̓ay̓əmúcən (Klallam/S'Klallam language) course, Klallam 121. Three Klallam language certified co-teachers, who are local tribal citizens and tribal members of the Port Gamble S’Klallam, Jamestown S’Klallam and Lower Elwha Klallam tribes, teach alongside faculty linguist Tim Montler, PhD.  

Accelerated online associate degree

In response to a community survey last winter, Peninsula College is offering an affordable, accelerated online associate degree track for students with jobs and families, allowing them to earn a degree in a shorter, more convenient way. This option allows students to earn a degree in as little as one year by taking six courses per quarter: three 5½ week-long courses, followed immediately by another three 5½ week-long courses.

Community education courses return

Community Education classes returned to Peninsula College in the summer of 2020. Community Education classes offer a wide range of subjects, including classes on creating felted bird houses and mastering plant-based cooking. Other classes include a grant writing boot camp and IBM badge courses designed to take tech students and workers to the next level. Peninsula College is the only college offering IBM badge courses in the western half of the country. Topics focus on emerging technologies such as cybersecurity, blockchain and artificial intelligence. Community Education includes classes, workshops, trainings and other resources that meet the needs of community members of all ages seeking enrichment, professional and business development, and job training. 

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.


Dr. Luke Robins


  • Eric Rohrer, chair
  • Julie McCulloch
  • Mike Glenn
  • Dwayne Johnson
  • Michael Maxwell

Year Founded


Service Area

Clallam and Jefferson counties

Legislative Districts


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