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Grays Harbor College | Field Guide 2024

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At Grays Harbor College, dedicated faculty and support staff take pride in empowering students to reach their full potential. For nearly 100 years, GHC has offered programs designed to prepare students in the Twin Harbors for success in their chosen fields. Today, GHC offers three bachelor of applied science programs, nine transfer degrees, and nearly 20 professional-technical programs. Attending GHC can be a pivotal turning point for students of all ages and backgrounds. Many students choose to earn their associate degrees at GHC before transferring to a college or university. Others come to GHC to earn professional-technical degrees or certificates that lead directly to a career. A growing number of students earn their Bachelor of Applied Science degree at GHC before going on to serve the community as educators, business leaders, and in forest resource management. GHC also offers options for individuals seeking high school diplomas, GEDs®, or improved English language proficiency.

Key Facts

Highest Enrolled Programs

  • Academic Transfer AA DTA*
  • Pre-Nursing/Nursing DTA/MRP**
  • Business DTA
  • Early Childhood Education AAS
  • Commercial Transportation and Maintenance

*Direct Transfer Agreement

**Major Related Program


  • Headcount (all sources): 2,960
  • FTES (all sources): 1,566
  • Headcount (state-funded): 2,028
  • FTES (state-funded): 1,024

Students in Selected Programs

  • Applied bachelor's: 62
  • Apprentices: 28
  • Corrections: 701
  • I-BEST: 41
  • Running Start: 390
  • Worker Retraining: 192

Student Profile

Type of Student

  • Academic/transfer: 37%
  • Basic skills: 24%
  • Workforce education: 29%
  • Other: 10%


Students of color: 41%

  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 10%
  • Asian: 5%
  • Black/African American: 7%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 21%
  • Pacific Islander: 2%
  • White: 74%


  • Full-time: 47%
  • Part-time: 53%

Family and Finances

  • Students receiving need-based financial aid: 60%
  • Students with dependents: 33%


  • Female: 47%
  • Male: 53%

Median age


Points of Interest

TRIO Upward Bound gets students excited about college

Grays Harbor College’s TRIO Upward Bound program started serving students at Hoquiam, Raymond, and Ocosta high schools in January 2023, after GHC received $2.87M in federal funding to establish TRIO Upward Bound offices at schools in the district. Through the TRIO Upward Bound program, GHC staff offer career and education guidance to low-income, minority, and first-generation students, with the aim of promoting high school graduation and post-secondary enrollment and completion. 

GHC has a robust Industrial Trades division

Grays Harbor College’s Industrial Trades division is centered around the region’s economic needs and strengths. Community partnerships and agreements with local school districts and advisory boards help ensure the programs meet the needs of local students, schools, and employers. This strong focus on the community is a key ingredient in the success of GHC’s Industrial Trades programs. GHC is proud to have a robust Industrial Trades division that is fortified by strong community partnerships, addresses the region’s economic needs, and plays a vital role in promoting job creation.

On the horizon: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

In addition to offering Bachelor of Applied Science degrees in Teacher Education, Forest Resource Management, and Organizational Management, Grays Harbor College is in the process of expanding opportunities for students to earn a four-year degree locally. The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges recently approved GHC’s proposal for a new Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, which was created in partnership with South Puget Sound Community College. The proposed program was designed to serve both students and employers from within the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Region of Washington. The proposed degree and partnership with SPSCC will greatly increase educational and career opportunities for students in the coastal communities that GHC serves.

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. Carli Schiffner


  • Dr. Paula Akerlund, chair
  • Astrid Aveledo, vice chair
  • Dr. Harry Carthum
  • Aliza Munoz Esty
  • James R. Sayce

Year Founded


Service Area

Grays Harbor, Pacific counties

Legislative Districts

19, 24

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

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