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Lower Columbia College | Field Guide 2022

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Established in 1934, Lower Columbia College (LCC) is the only college serving Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties. With over 90 program options from high school to the baccalaureate level, LCC plays a critical role in the region’s economy by providing a steady supply of trained workers. LCC’s planned Vocational Building will bring countless benefits to students and industry partners across the region. By offering affordable and accessible programs, LCC helps people of every age and background 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.

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Key Facts

Highest Enrolled Programs

  • Academic Transfer AA–DTA*
  • Nursing
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Business
  • Biology

*Direct Transfer Agreement


  • Headcount (all sources): 4,247
  • FTES (all sources): 2,545
  • Headcount (state-funded): 3,391
  • FTES (state-funded): 1,956

Students in Selected Programs

  • Applied bachelor's: 49
  • Apprentices: 7
  • I-BEST: 262
  • International: 33
  • Running Start: 508
  • Worker Retraining: 173

Student Profile

Type of Student

  • Academic/transfer: 42%
  • Basic skills: 15%
  • Other: 11%
  • Workforce education: 33%


  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 5%
  • Asian: 5%
  • Black/African American: 4%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 14%
  • Pacific Islander: 1%
  • White: 86%


  • Full-time: 58%
  • Part-time: 42%

Family and Finances

  • Students receiving need-based financial aid: 46%
  • Students with dependents: 46%


  • Female: 70%
  • Male: 30%

Median age


Points of Interest

Support for regional workforce needs

Lower Columbia College (LCC) offers programs to help prepare students for Washington’s most in-demand careers, including accounting, automotive technology, business, chemical dependency counseling, commercial truck driving, computer science, criminal justice, diesel/heavy equipment technology, early childhood education, elementary education, engineering, engineering technology, fitness training, information technology, machining, manufacturing, medical assisting, medical reception, nursing, office administration, retail management, secondary education and welding.

Support for increasing educational attainment

LCC’s Bachelor of Organizational Leadership and Technical Management (BAS-OLTM) and Bachelor of Applied Science in Teacher Education (BAS-TE) programs provide four-year degree options right in the community. The rate of bachelor’s degree attainment in LCC’s service district is approximately half the state average, so BAS options are important to LCC’s lineup.

Support for student success

As an early adopter of Guided Pathways and other student success initiatives, LCC is working hard to get more students to completion. Notable accomplishments include math and English curriculum reform, development of multiple methods for math and English placement, and establishment of the Student Success Fund through the LCC Foundation to provide emergency grants to at-risk students.

Data is from the 2020-21 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.


Chris Bailey, JD


  • Alice Dietz, chair
  • Mike Karnofski, vice chair
  • Liz Cattin
  • George Raiter

Year Founded


Service Area

Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties

Legislative Districts

19, 20

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