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Centralia College | Field Guide 2023

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Centralia College has been serving students in Lewis and south Thurston counties since 1925. As a comprehensive community college, Centralia College offers a wide variety of academic transfer and career training programs, as well as transitional education and early childhood programs. The college also offers five Bachelor of Applied Science degrees: Behavioral Healthcare, Information Technology–Application Development, Diesel Technology, Applied Management (business) and Teacher Education (K-8).

Key Facts

Highest Enrolled Programs

  • Associate in Arts
  • Registered Nursing
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Management
  • Business Administration/Management
  • Criminal Justice


  • Headcount (all sources): 4,621
  • FTES (all sources): 1,791
  • Headcount (state-funded): 3,072
  • FTES (state-funded): 1,264

Students in Selected Programs

  • Applied bachelor's: 174
  • Corrections: 484
  • I-BEST: 30
  • International: 16
  • Running Start: 406
  • Worker Retraining: 220

Student Profile

Type of Student

  • Academic/transfer: 31%
  • Basic skills: 17%
  • Workforce education: 22%
  • Other: 30%


Students of color: 34%

  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 5%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Black/African American: 6%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 21%
  • Pacific Islander: 2%
  • White: 80%


  • Full-time: 38%
  • Part-time: 62%

Family and Finances

  • Students receiving need-based financial aid: 36%
  • Students with dependents: 37%


  • Female: 56%
  • Male: 44%

Median age


Points of Interest

Partnership supports new health care workers

Centralia College’s Nursing Assistant Certified (NAC) program has partnered with Providence Centralia Hospital in a new pilot program, Student NAC. The Student NAC program works very much like a residency program. New graduates are paired with working NACs and given extra support and experience in their first months on the job. In the past, the hospital required NACs to have six months of work experience before applying at the hospital. This made it difficult for the hospital to fill vacancies. The new pilot program is a win-win, with graduates getting the job experience and support they need while the hospital fills much-needed positions.

CC pivots to meet employer demands

In 2019, Centralia College launched a commercial driving program to train adults to earn a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Since that time, demand for CDL drivers locally, regionally and statewide has increased exponentially. To meet that demand, Centralia College is launching an additional cohort of CDL training each quarter, allowing up to two dozen new CDL drivers to launch every three months.

New athletic fields to open in 2023

Taking shape at Centralia College are the new Multipurpose Athletic Fields. The fields will be the new home to Blazer baseball, softball and soccer. It will be the first home field for Centralia College since Noble Field was bulldozed to make room for the campus library in 1989. The fields are largely student-funded. Centralia College students for nearly a decade imposed additional fees on themselves to raise money for the new fields. The fields will open in spring 2023.

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.


Robert Mohrbacher, EdD


  • Court Stanley, chair
  • Pretrina Mullins, vice chair
  • Annalee Tobey
  • Mark Scheibmeir
  • Doris Wood-Brumsickle

Year Founded


Service Area

Lewis and Thurston counties

Legislative Districts

19, 20, 35

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Last Modified: 3/8/23, 4:14 PM

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