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Skagit Valley College | Field Guide 2023

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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.

Key Facts

Highest Enrolled Programs

  • Academic Transfer AA DTA*
  • Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP**
  • Nursing DTA/MRP
  • Business DTA/MRP
  • Associate in Science Transfer Track 2

*Direct Transfer Agreement
**Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program


  • Headcount (all sources): 6,554
  • FTES (all sources): 3,027
  • Headcount (state-funded): 5,469
  • FTES (state-funded): 2,407

Students in Selected Programs

  • Applied bachelor's: 56
  • Apprentices: 647
  • I-BEST: 442
  • International: 54
  • Running Start: 649
  • Worker Retraining: 225

Student Profile

Type of Student

  • Academic/transfer: 43%
  • Basic skills: 7%
  • Workforce education: 39%
  • Other: 11%


Students of color: 44%

  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 4%
  • Asian: 7%
  • Black/African American: 4%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 30%
  • Pacific Islander: 1%
  • White: 70%


  • Full-time: 47%
  • Part-time: 53%

Family and Finances

  • Students receiving need-based financial aid: 19%
  • Students with dependents: 41%


  • 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 US 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: Environmental Conservation and Management (General Management and Health Care Management tracks). Applied baccalaureate degrees in Advanced Manufacturing and Design and in Software Development will both launch fall 2024. These programs allow students to pursue their degrees where they live, work and raise their families.

Equity in community | SVC and Swinomish Indian Tribal Community partner to launch nationally accredited dental therapy program

This fall, Skagit Valley College (SVC), in partnership with Swinomish Indian Tribal Community (Swinomish), will launch the first Dental Therapy Education Program in Washington state to address the on-going oral health workforce disparities among underrepresented minorities specifically, the American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. The Dental Therapy Program was recently granted accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) after a decade of advocacy, collaboration, planning, developing and implementation between Swinomish and SVC. It is the first education program of its kind in the lower 48 contiguous states to receive accreditation.

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. Christopher Villa


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

Year Founded


Service Area

Skagit, Island, San Juan counties

Legislative Districts

10, 39, 40

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Last Modified: 3/8/23, 4:29 PM

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