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Peninsula College | Field Guide 2022

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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

  • Academic Transfer (AA degrees)
  • Nursing
  • Science Transfer (AS degrees)
  • Addiction Studies
  • Bachelor of Applied Science–Applied Management
  • Business
  • Welding
  • EMT


  • Headcount (all sources): 2,849
  • FTES (all sources): 1,589
  • Headcount (state-funded): 1,960
  • FTES (state-funded): 996

Students in Selected Programs

  • Applied bachelor's: 61
  • Apprentices: 117
  • Corrections: 416
  • I-BEST: 143
  • International: 60
  • Running Start: 395
  • Worker Retraining: 177

Student Profile

Type of Student

  • Academic/transfer: 37%
  • Basic skills: 14%
  • Other: 15%
  • Workforce education: 35%


  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 11%
  • Asian: 9%
  • Black/African American: 7%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 13%
  • Pacific Islander: 2%
  • White: 74%


  • Full-time: 49%
  • Part-time: 51%

Family and Finances

  • Students receiving need-based financial aid: 45%
  • Students with children: 37%


  • Female: 55%
  • Male: 45%

Median age


Points of Interest

Local Indigenous perspectives and humanities programming woven across PC experience 

Peninsula College’s physical campus, curriculum and cultural events include local Indigenous voices and perspectives. The college expanded Longhouse outdoor instructional space to include a salmon pit and seating and demonstration areas as well as a medicinal plants trail loop. The Longhouse Culture Talk Series featured Indigenous experts and guest speakers, and highly enrolled college-level Klallam language courses offer students an innovative co-teaching model. In addition, an Indigenous Studies Pathway is under development, along with a Tribal Advisory Council to strengthen institution-to-sovereign nation partnerships and reciprocity. Many of these efforts are supported by funding from the US Department of Education and the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Literary legacies of Raymond Carver and Tess Gallagher shared through place-based festival, podcast 

The place-based Raymond Carver and Tess Gallagher Creative Writing Conference and Festival will engage students and the public in the social and literary legacies of renowned poet Tess Gallagher and her late husband and literary legend, Raymond Carver. Carver and Gallagher lived together in Port Angeles during the final years of Carver’s life, and Gallagher still maintains a part-time residence in the area. The city is home to related points of interest, including Carver’s final resting place. Hosted by Peninsula College faculty, Michael Mills, the official Raymond Carver podcast features prominent creative artists and scholars who discuss Carver’s literary works and their enduring power to illuminate our understanding of human connection, intimacy, isolation and American identity. 

Responding to allied health care industry needs through programming and donations

In response to growing pandemic demand for health care supplies and services, students and instructors in PC’s Allied Health Programs stepped up to answer the call. Hospital beds, IV pumps, storage racks and PPE were donated to local health care networks. Students assisted with vaccination clinics, and curriculum was adjusted to meet demand, including the offering of a new phlebotomy program and medical assistant apprenticeships.

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.


Dr. Suzanne Ames


  • Mike Glenn, chair
  • Dwayne Johnson, vice chair
  • Dr. Michael Maxwell
  • Joe Floyd
  • Claire Roney

Year Founded


Service Area

Clallam and Jefferson counties

Legislative Districts


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