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Peninsula College | Field Guide 2023

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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.

Key Facts

Highest Enrolled Programs

  • Academic Transfer
  • Pre-Nursing
  • Addiction Studies
  • Nursing DTA/MRP*
  • Welding Technology
  • Applied Management
  • Science Transfer
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Business
  • IT System Administrator
  • Medical Assisting

*Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program


  • Headcount (all sources): 3,051
  • FTES (all sources): 1,495
  • Headcount (state-funded): 2,141
  • FTES (state-funded): 1,104

Students in Selected Programs

  • Applied bachelor's: 57
  • Apprentices: 240
  • Corrections: 243
  • I-BEST: 194
  • International: 53
  • Running Start: 304
  • Worker Retraining: 229

Student Profile

Type of Student

  • Academic/transfer: 30%
  • Basic skills: 11%
  • Workforce education: 29%
  • Other: 29%


Students of color: 37%

  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 11%
  • Asian: 8%
  • Black/African American: 7%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 13%
  • Pacific Islander: 2%
  • White: 76%


  • Full-time: 42%
  • Part-time: 58%

Family and Finances

  • Students receiving need-based financial aid: 50%
  • Students with dependents: 37%


  • Female: 62%
  • Male: 38%

Median age


Points of Interest

Dental Hygiene program prepares for 2024 launch

Built in concert with dentists, hygienists and area employers, PC plans to welcome its first cohort of 10 students to its dental hygiene program in fall of 2024. The program considers the time and financial abilities of its prospective students who may also be juggling family or other responsibilities while furthering their education. The program will be offered in seven quarters with several prerequisite courses folded directly into the curriculum. Attracting and retaining a diverse student population is a key component of Peninsula’s plan. The school is committed to its diversity, equity and inclusion work, which includes hiring outreach specialists to work with communities of color to increase their engagement.

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’s First Nations Club recently hosted their first “Fish on a Stick” salmon bake in their expanded Longhouse outdoor instructional space and demonstration area. Makah and Quileute language courses were added fall and winter quarters following the success of the highly enrolled college-level Klallam courses. In addition, an interdisciplinary Indigenous Studies Pathway is under development in collaboration with Indigenous curriculum consultants, along with a Tribal Advisory Council, to strengthen institution-to-sovereign nation partnerships and reciprocity.

BAS program expands with new degree, certificate offerings   

PC will launch two new applied bachelor’s degrees and five Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) concentration areas over the next two years. Sixty-credit, stackable certificates will be available in Tribal Management, Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources, and Marketing. These can be specific focus concentrations that will build on the college’s existing Bachelor of Applied Science in Management degree.

Applied bachelor’s degrees in Teaching in K-8 and Behavioral Healthcare will also be available. PC’s dean of baccalaureate programs met with area school superintendents, representatives from Peninsula Behavioral Health, and others while developing programming that meets community needs.

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. Suzanne Ames


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

Year Founded


Service Area

Clallam and Jefferson counties

Legislative Districts


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Last Modified: 3/8/23, 4:28 PM

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