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Lake Washington Institute of Technology | Field Guide 2024

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As the only public institute of technology in Washington state, Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) provides students with the latest, in-demand skills relevant to today’s workplace. LWTech offers 11 applied bachelor’s degrees, more than 41 associate degrees, and 83 professional certificates in 41 areas of study, including STEM-focused programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Grounded in equity and the need for resilience, LWTech’s values give us the tools to implement our mission and vision. Working to create an inclusive, innovative, collaborative, and respectful community, LWTech helps people of every age, and background, achieve their educational and career goals.

Key Facts

Highest Enrolled Programs

  • Nursing
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Digital Gaming and Interactive Media
  • Computing and Software Development
  • Health Sciences


  • Headcount (all sources): 5,525
  • FTES (all sources): 2,864
  • Headcount (state-funded): 5,027
  • FTES (state-funded): 2,402

Students in Selected Programs

  • Bachelor's: 344
  • Apprentices: 132
  • I-BEST: 233
  • International: 205
  • Running Start: 242
  • Technical High School: 292
  • Worker Retraining: 237

Student Profile

Type of Student

  • Academic/transfer: 11%
  • Basic skills: 22%
  • Workforce education: 51%
  • Other: 16%


Students of color: 52%

  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 2%
  • Asian: 21%
  • Black/African American: 8%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 22%
  • Pacific Islander: 1%
  • White: 59%


  • Full-time: 51%
  • Part-time: 49%

Family and Finances

  • Students receiving need-based financial aid: 32%
  • Students with dependents: 34%


  • Female: 62%
  • Male: 38%

Median age


Points of Interest

Job creation and industry partnerships

Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) is collaborating with Amazon to be a partner in Amazon's Career Choice pathway program. This pathway will start in the spring quarter of 2024, opening doors for Amazon employees to learn new skills and build their careers with the programs LWTech has to offer. Eligible employees can earn their applied bachelor's degrees, associate, and/or certificates they need to move their careers forward by having their tuition pre-paid in full. Amazon's Career Choice also funds high school completion, GEDs®, and ESL/ELL (English Language Learners) proficiency certifications.

LWTech’s credits transfer

LWTech has articulation agreements with many colleges and universities so all degrees, even those designed for direct employment, have at least one transfer option to another college, or students can stay at LWTech in one of the college's applied bachelor’s degrees.

Student support

LWTech received a Title III grant to help support students through focusing on “Data-Driven and Equity-Centered Transformation for Student Success in Technical Education.” The college will infuse and expand equity-centered use of data in technical education, and build systems that lead to equitable enrollment, retention, and completion outcomes for students. The college is working to improve data literacy, revamp student support services with mandatory new student orientation, mandatory advising (including faculty advising), and student support teams, and supports expansion of instructional initiatives related to hybrid learning, Diversity and Social Justice classes, and the 4 Connections, which is an equity framework practiced by faculty.

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. Amy Morrison


  • John Suk, chair
  • Randy Scott, vice chair
  • Anne Hamilton
  • Robert Malte
  • Laura Wildfong

Year Founded


Service Area

King and Snohomish counties

Legislative Districts

1, 5, 11, 12, 41, 44, 45, 48


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