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Walla Walla Community College | Field Guide 2022

Walla Walla Community College logoWalla Walla Community College has rapidly grown from 850 students in 1967 to an average annual enrollment of nearly 6,000. With campuses in Walla Walla, Clarkston, and two correctional facilities, the college has become a center for innovation, education, training and learning opportunities throughout the region it serves (Walla Walla, Columbia, Asotin, Garfield counties, and bordering counties in Idaho and Oregon).

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Key Facts

Highest Enrolled Programs

  • Academic Transfer (AA/AS)
  • Associate in Nursing
  • Business Administration
  • Energy Systems Technology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Enology and Viticulture

Enrollment

  • Headcount (all sources): 5,942
  • FTES (all sources): 3,056
  • Headcount (state-funded): 2,876
  • FTES (state-funded): 1,696

Students in Selected Programs

  • Applied bachelor's: 98
  • Corrections: 1,925
  • I-BEST: 209
  • International: 19
  • Running Start: 311
  • Worker Retraining: 463

Student Profile

Type of Student

  • Academic/transfer: 27%
  • Basic skills: 17%
  • Other: 11%
  • Workforce education: 44%

Race/Ethnicity*

  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 5%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Black/African American: 9%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 26%
  • Pacific Islander: 2%
  • White: 66%

Attendance

  • Full-time: 45%
  • Part-time: 55%

Family and Finances

  • Students receiving need-based financial aid: 33%
  • Students with dependents: 66%

Gender

  • Female: 42%
  • Male: 58%

Median age

27

Points of Interest

Agriculture program

Walla Walla Community College’s (WWCC) Agriculture program students receive a comprehensive education in cutting-edge agriculture concepts, and graduates are highly skilled and in demand. Students choose from numerous degree tracks, including Plant and Soil Science, Ag Business, Animal Science, and Integrated Ag Systems. Advisory committees composed of local and regional industry members ensure that WWCC program graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed. Program graduates become a critical part of the area workforce, which, in turn, supports the economic vitality of the region.

Electrical Systems Technology program

WWCC’s Electrical Systems Technology (EST) program was designed to meet an increased demand for technicians and operators with robust electrical, mechanical, and bio-chemical skills and knowledge. Students complete a one-year electrical core course sequence, and then specialize in one or more concentrations: Facilities Energy Management, Industrial Mechanics, Mechanical Electrical Technology and Renewable Energy. EST students receive instruction in an impressive and industry-acclaimed facility with state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor classrooms and labs, including real-life, hands-on experience with windmills, solar panels, residential wiring, refrigeration and electronics. Graduates leave WWCC with a well-rounded education and in-demand degree — in one of the higher-paying fields for a graduate with a two-year degree.

Student-funded projects improve student experience

Students have two new spaces to further enhance their WWCC experience. Walla Walla Campus’s new Student Recreation Center provides students with a beautiful and dynamic facility that can accommodate a variety of recreational activities. Students enjoy an extensive free-weight area, strength training and cardio equipment, core training and stretching areas, indoor and outdoor basketball courts, and changing rooms. Clarkston Campus students have a welcoming, 2,100-square-foot activity space in the main building where students can relax, study and socialize. The space offers an additional 1,500 square foot area outside with a partly covered patio area
and seating.

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.

President

Dr. Chad Hickox

Trustees

  • Bill Warren, chair
  • Michelle Liberty, vice chair
  • Tim Burt
  • Sergio Hernandez

Year Founded

1967

Service Area

Asotin, Columbia, Garfield, Walla Walla counties

Legislative Districts

9, 16

Page Manager: shagreen@sbctc.edu
Last Modified: 12/21/21, 10:47 AM

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