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Skagit Valley College | Field Guide 2022

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We are proud that our Strategic Plan Core Themes of Equity in Access, Achievement and Community are at the heart of our work at Skagit Valley College. We meet students where they are when they come to us and provide education, services and support that create a sense of belonging. When our students complete their degrees or certificates, they are prepared to take the experience they had with us and begin successful futures of learning, working and contributing to a better world.

By offering affordable and accessible programs, Skagit Valley 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 students of color and students who are the first in their families to attend college, Skagit Valley College is key to creating social and economic mobility for people throughout our region.

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Key Facts

Highest Enrolled Programs

  • DTA–Direct Transfer Agreement
  • Nursing
  • Human Services
  • Medical Assistant
  • Business Management


  • Headcount (all sources): 7,000
  • FTES (all sources): 3,518
  • Headcount (state-funded): 5,907
  • FTES (state-funded): 2,838

Students in Selected Programs

  • Applied bachelor's: 63
  • Apprentices: 955
  • I-BEST: 429
  • International: 57
  • Running Start: 778
  • Worker Retraining: 271

Student Profile

Type of Student

  • Academic/transfer: 41%
  • Basic skills: 8%
  • Other: 4%
  • Workforce education: 47%


  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 3%
  • Asian: 7%
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 25%
  • Pacific Islander: 1%
  • White: 73%


  • Full-time: 52%
  • Part-time: 48%

Family and Finances

  • Students receiving need-based financial aid: 34%
  • Students with dependents: 65%


  • Female: 56%
  • Male: 44%

Median age


Points of Interest

Equity in access | Grant provides access to college For migrant, seasonal farmworker families

Skagit Valley College (SVC) received a $2.5M College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) federal grant from the Department of Education. The five-year grant provides academic and financial support services to eligible students from migrant and seasonal farmworker families as they complete their first academic year of college and continue into a second year. The grant reflects the college’s core themes of equity in access, achievement and community. SVC is one of only two higher education institutions in western Washington to house this program (University of Washington is the other).

Equity in achievement | Applied science programs build upon professional-technical degrees 

In response to the rising demand among individuals who earned a non-transfer, professional-technical degree and who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree, SVC now offers two Bachelor of Applied Science degrees: BAS in Environmental Conservation and BAS in Applied Management (General Management and Health Care Management tracks). A BAS in Application Development will launch fall 2022. These programs allow students to pursue their degrees where they live, work and raise their families.

Equity in community | New Early Learning Center expands program training, addresses childcare shortage

The new Sue Krienen Early Learning and Childcare Center, opening spring 2022, will expand hands-on training for students in SVC’s Early Childhood Education program and address a community shortage in childcare facilities. The SVC Foundation raised over $3 million to complete the project, with additional funding from a $275,000 donor pledge from early learning advocate Sue Krienen, a $1.5 million grant from the Head Start national office, and an $800,000 grant from the Department of Commerce. The 5,000-square-foot center will serve 28 to 30 children and their families with a toddler classroom, preschool classroom, parent room and outdoor space. 

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.


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  • Flora Perez-Lucatero, chair
  • Megan Scott O’Bryan, vice chair
  • Kathryn Bennett
  • Mariko Doerner
  • Ozell Jackson III 

Year Founded


Service Area

Skagit, Island, San Juan counties

Legislative Districts

10, 39, 40

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Last Modified: 1/6/23, 12:06 PM

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