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Peninsula College | Field Guide 2024

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Peninsula College serves our rural district, spanning 3,600 square miles, with educational opportunities to attain many outcomes: an applied bachelor’s degree, associate transfer preparation, professional-technical degrees and certificates, basic skills, and community and continuing education. The college also contributes to the cultural and economic enrichment of Clallam and Jefferson counties. By offering affordable and accessible programs, Peninsula 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 lower-income students and students who are the first in their families to attend college, Peninsula College is key to creating social and economic mobility for people throughout our region.

Key Facts

Highest Enrolled Programs

  • Associate of Arts and Associate of Science transfer degrees
  • Nursing
  • Addiction Studies
  • Welding Technology
  • Applied Management


  • Headcount (all sources): 3,445
  • FTES (all sources): 1,517
  • Headcount (state-funded): 2,185
  • FTES (state-funded): 1,142

Students in Selected Programs

  • Applied bachelor's: 52
  • Apprentices: 142
  • Corrections: 212
  • I-BEST: 205
  • International: 47
  • Running Start: 276
  • Worker Retraining: 250

Student Profile

Type of Student

  • Academic/transfer: 25%
  • Basic skills: 13%
  • Workforce education: 27%
  • Other: 35%


Students of color: 36%

  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 13%
  • Asian: 6%
  • Black/African American: 6%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 13%
  • Pacific Islander: 2%
  • White: 76%


  • Full-time: 36%
  • Part-time: 64%

Family and Finances

  • Students receiving need-based financial aid: 64%
  • Students with dependents: 37%


  • Female: 61%
  • Male: 38%
  • X: 1%

Median age


Points of Interest

PC meets the needs of the local workforce

In the 2023-24 academic year, Peninsula College collaborated with local employers to introduce several new programs aimed at meeting the needs of the regional workforce. The Natural Resources program, with a focus on forestry and fisheries, operates from PC's Forks Campus and offers HyFlex instruction to accommodate students across the region. Additionally, an overhauled Automotive Technician certificate program will equip job seekers with the skills to maintain and repair electric, gas, and diesel vehicles in just six months. These programs include stackable short-term certificates, allowing students to gain employment in their new field while continuing their education towards a degree. Furthermore, PC launched Media Technician and Virtual Office Assistant programs to support the local economy.

New BAS degrees launched

Peninsula College started a new Bachelor of Applied Science in Behavioral Healthcare degree. This program serves PC’s highly enrolled Addiction Studies degree program, offering a path to earning a bachelor’s degree locally. This new program will enable BAS-BH graduates to pursue a master's degree in fields such as addiction counseling or public administration. PC has also refined its Bachelor of Applied Science in Management program, which now features specializations and short-term certificates in Human Resources, IT Management, Tribal Management, and Entrepreneurship and Marketing. These specializations are being developed into comprehensive certificates eligible for financial aid.

Indigenous studies Pathway expands

Peninsula College is developing an interdisciplinary Indigenous Studies transfer pathway. Led by a new tenure-track Indigenous faculty member in collaboration with Indigenous curriculum consultants and a Tribal Advisory Council, this pathway will strengthen partnerships and reciprocity between Peninsula College and the sovereign nations it serves. This new pathway is complemented by PC’s world language credit classes in Klallam, Makah, and Quileute languages.

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.


Suzy Ames, EdD


  • Dr. Michael Maxwell, chair
  • Dr. Joe Floyd, vice chair
  • Dr. Claire Roney
  • Celeste Schoenthaler
  • Glenn Ellis, Jr.

Year Founded


Service Area

Clallam and Jefferson counties

Legislative Districts


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

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