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Cascadia College | Field Guide 2024

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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

  • Associate in Integrated Studies 
  • Associate in Business
  • Associate in Science-Transfer to Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Associate in Biology
  • Associate in Pre-Nursing


  • Headcount (all sources): 3,403
  • FTES (all sources): 1,789
  • Headcount (state-funded): 2,152
  • FTES (state-funded): 995

Students in Selected Programs

  • Applied bachelor's: 52
  • International: 188
  • Running Start: 701
  • Worker Retraining: 13

Student Profile

Type of Student

  • Academic/transfer: 62%
  • Basic skills: 9%
  • Workforce education: 4%
  • Other: 25%


Students of color: 56%

  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 2%
  • Asian: 35%
  • Black/African American: 6%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 15%
  • Pacific Islander: 1%
  • White: 59%


  • Full-time: 44%
  • Part-time: 56%

Family and Finances

  • Students receiving need-based financial aid: 22%
  • Students with dependents: 17%


  • Female: 51%
  • Male: 48%
  • X: 1%

Median age


Points of Interest

Kenmore community partnership

Cascadia, through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant, and in partnership with the City of Kenmore and the Northshore School District, will provide a summer learning academy and a weekly structured learning experience featuring topic experts in science lab skills, college skills, career exploration, and mentoring groups. The COVID-19 pandemic impacted students in our community and created significant learning gaps. The grant will help students recover this lost time and further develop the academic skills they will need to enter college or the workforce. 

CC5 Gateway building 

Cascadia's Gateway building is being designed to reinforce Guided Pathways by housing all student services under one roof. In addition to student gathering spaces, classrooms, and meeting rooms scattered throughout, Outreach/Welcome Center and Student Accessibility Services will be located on the lower level, Enrollment Services on first floor, Advising and Financial Aid on the second floor, and International Programs and College and Career Foundations on the third floor. Goals include improving student success and strengthening communities. The project is applying for its site permit and then will put the project on hold until the college receives capital funding for construction.

Redmond classroom now open to students

Cascadia’s Redmond classroom, in the Redmond Together Center campus, is now open to students. Inaugural classes include Introduction to Communications, College Strategies, English 101, Nutrition 101, and ESL levels 1-3. This classroom supports our Eastside Running Start and first-year students, Together Center residents looking to improve English language skills, and other community members ready to start their educational journey. The Together Center includes 20 nonprofit partners who provide services to 30,000+ culturally and socioeconomically diverse residents of East King County annually. With a location only three blocks from the Redmond Transit Center, the campus is easily accessible. 

Data is from the 2022-23 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.

Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.


Dr. Eric Murray


  • Dr. Meghan Quint, chair
  • Angie Hinojos, vice chair
  • Dr. Colleen Ponto
  • Norman Seabrook
  • Alex Lee

Year Founded


Service Area

Snohomish County, northwest King County

Legislative Districts

1, 12, 41, 44, 45, 48

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Last Modified: 1/31/24, 7:36 AM

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