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Cascadia College | Field Guide 2023

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Cascadia College is the youngest of the state’s 34 community and technical colleges, established to serve the northeast side of Lake Washington as a comprehensive community college that also offers Basic Education for Adults, ESL, professional-technical certificates and degrees, two Bachelor of Applied Science degrees, corporate and continuing education, and an English language program for international students. Every year, about 75% of students enrolled at Cascadia are intent upon pursuing four-year degrees.

Key Facts

Highest Enrolled Programs

  • Integrated Studies
  • Business
  • Biology
  • Science Transfer Track 2
  • Pre-Nursing


  • Headcount (all sources): 3,414
  • FTES (all sources): 1,754
  • Headcount (state-funded): 2,280
  • FTES (state-funded): 1,027

Students in Selected Programs

  • Applied bachelor's: 62
  • International: 128
  • Running Start: 703
  • Worker Retraining: 30

Student Profile

Type of Student

  • Academic/transfer: 68%
  • Basic skills: 7%
  • Workforce education: 6%
  • Other: 20%


Students of color: 52%

  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 2%
  • Asian: 32%
  • Black/African American: 5%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 14%
  • Pacific Islander: 1%
  • White: 63%


  • Full-time: 46%
  • Part-time: 54%

Family and Finances

  • Students receiving need-based financial aid: 20%
  • Students with dependents: 22%


  • Female: 51%
  • Male: 49%

Median age


Points of Interest

Redmond Together Center

Cascadia will operate a classroom in the Redmond Together Center campus where more than 20 nonprofit partners provide services to 30,000+ culturally and socioeconomically diverse residents of East King County annually. Cascadia will design courses to support the partners’ clients who visit the Together Center for medical, dental and behavioral health care; disability and child care services; job training; and other critical services. With a location only three blocks from the Redmond Transit Center, the campus is easily accessible. 

STEM & University of Washington Bothell (UWB) partnership

Cascadia College is partnering with UW Bothell to remove multiple barriers for low-income pre-Engineering students. Using combined faculties and infrastructures, we provide joint learning experiences, resources and information for our shared students. We are drafting articulation agreements, building scholarship opportunities and making class visits part of our practice. The initial work began with a STEM Transfer Partnership grant and will support the joint occupation and programming in the new Innovation Hall.

Foundations of E&I course

The Office of Equity and Inclusion at Cascadia has created an online 10-module Equity and Inclusion (E&I) Foundations course for employees that covers basic elements of equity and inclusion for the beginner. The course is facilitated by the executive director of equity and inclusion and is highly popular among Cascadia College faculty and staff. The course provides a safe space for employees to engage in reflection, share insights, ask questions and develop a personal call to action on issues relating to E&I. Through peer-to-peer sharing, the course lays the foundation for further learning.

Data is from the 2021-22 academic year. Reflects headcount unless otherwise noted.

*Students of color percent based on unduplicated headcount. Students may be counted in more than one race, so race/ethnicity percentages may not total 100%. Percentages calculated on reported value.


Dr. Eric Murray


  • Dr. Colleen Ponto, chair
  • Dr. Meghan Quint, vice chair
  • Norman Seabrook
  • Angie Hinojos
  • Mike Kelly

Year Founded


Service Area

Snohomish County, northwest King County

Legislative Districts

1, 21, 41, 45, 48

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Last Modified: 3/8/23, 4:13 PM

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