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Spokane Community College | Field Guide 2023

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Spokane Community College, part of Community Colleges of Spokane, is one of the largest colleges in the Washington state community and technical college system. We are a leading provider of nursing and allied health care professionals in our community and provide highly skilled manufacturing, technology and career training programs. SCC also has one of largest apprenticeship programs in the state. Our strong transfer programs equip graduates for success as they transfer to four-year colleges. Adult education programs like GED® and ESL are a major part of our program as well.

Key Facts

Highest Enrolled Programs

  • Associate in Arts DTA*
  • Laborers Apprenticeship
  • English as a Second Language
  • Associate in Nursing DTA/MRP**
  • High School Equivalent/GED®

*Direct Transfer Agreement
**Major Related Program


  • Headcount (all sources): 13,319
  • FTES (all sources): 6,129
  • Headcount (state-funded): 11,314
  • FTES (state-funded): 5,302

Students in Selected Programs

  • Applied bachelor's: 53
  • Apprentices: 1,998
  • Corrections: 461
  • I-BEST: 544
  • International: 61
  • Running Start: 711
  • Worker Retraining: 495

Student Profile

Type of Student

  • Academic/transfer: 21%
  • Basic skills: 17%
  • Workforce education: 41%
  • Other: 21%


Students of color: 30%

  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 5%
  • Asian: 7%
  • Black/African American: 7%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 12%
  • Pacific Islander: 2%
  • White: 81%


  • Full-time: 46%
  • Part-time: 54%

Family and Finances

  • Students receiving need-based financial aid: 54%
  • Students with dependents: 18%


  • Female: 58%
  • Male: 42%

Median age


Points of Interest

Apprenticeship program trains workers in high-demand fields

Spokane Community College (SCC) partners with industry and provides apprenticeship programs in 22 different fields. Students are paid apprentices while earning their journeyman status. The college also partners with the Eastern Washington Apprenticeship Coordinators Council (EWACC) on a number of outreach events, including Pizza, Pop and Power Tools, which has served more than 3,000 eighth grade girls since it began in 2003. SCC’s pre-apprenticeship program — Skills Trade Preparation (STP) — is an 11-week course that gives students, particularly women and minorities, the basic skills and knowledge to successfully apply for an apprenticeship.

Running Start for Careers

SCC’s Running Start for Careers (RS4C) program is an innovative and unique approach to the Running Start program because it allows high school students to pursue a professional-technical career program while completing their high school diploma. Students who are committed to a career in a professional-technical field have 21 programs to choose from when they become a high school junior. This allows students to attend college tuition free and enter the workforce early. Additional costs for the student are supported through scholarship opportunities and special funding efforts.

Smart Start (I-BEST) programs accelerate learning success

SCC offers the largest Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) program in the state. Referred to as “Smart Start” at SCC these programs train students for in-demand professions while they learn basic skills in reading, writing, math or English language. Each program is designed around the needs of the students and often targets areas where the additional support is most effective. English as a Second Language (ESL) students get a quick on-ramp into Smart Start by learning content-specific skills before entering a Smart Start program. This sets the students up for success in Smart Start and puts them on the path to high-wage, high-demand careers sooner.

Data is from the 2020-21 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.

Interim Chancellor

Greg Stevens


Dr. Kevin Brockbank


  • Mike Wilson, chair
  • Todd Woodard, vice chair
  • Glenn Johnson
  • Beth Thew
  • Steve Yoshihara

Year Founded


Service Area

Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Whitman counties

Legislative Districts

3, 4, 6, 7, 9

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Last Modified: 3/8/23, 4:19 PM

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