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Renton Technical College | Field Guide 2024

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Renton Technical College’s short- and long-term career training programs prepare students for high-wage, high-demand careers in manufacturing, health care, automotive, information technology, business, and culinary arts.

Whether they want to advance their careers, get transfer credits, earn their high school diplomas, or take college preparatory classes, students find their place at Renton Technical College. RTC provides small classes, student support, hands-on training, and flexible course options in an inclusive environment. Renton Technical College meets students where they are and helps move them forward to greater opportunities. Equity is at the core of our mission, and about 70% of students identify as students of color.

Key Facts

Highest Enrolled Programs

  • Computer Science
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Cloud Network Technology
  • Medical Assistant
  • Automotive Technology 

Enrollment

  • Headcount (all sources): 7,539
  • FTES (all sources): 2,870
  • Headcount (state-funded): 6,609
  • FTES (state-funded): 2,619

Students in Selected Programs

  • Applied bachelor's: 84
  • Apprentices: 1,672
  • I-BEST: 346
  • International: 20
  • Running Start: 163
  • Technical High School: 284
  • Worker Retraining: 358

Student Profile

Type of Student

  • Academic/transfer: 9%
  • Basic skills: 33%
  • Workforce education: 54%
  • Other: 4%

Race/Ethnicity*

Students of color: 68%

  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 4%
  • Asian: 22%
  • Black/African American: 19%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 26%
  • Pacific Islander: 2%
  • White: 43%

Attendance

  • Full-time: 33%
  • Part-time: 67%

Family and Finances

  • Students receiving need-based financial aid: 48%
  • Students with dependents: 47%

Gender

  • Female: 43%
  • Male: 57%

Median age

29

Points of Interest

RTC has a place for everyone

Whether you want to advance your career, get transfer credits, earn your high school diploma, or take college preparatory classes, there’s a place for you at Renton Technical College. RTC provides small classes, student support, hands-on training, and online options in an inclusive environment. Renton Technical College meets students where they are and helps move them forward to greater opportunities.

Preparing the workforce

Renton Technical College’s Career Training Programs prepare students for high-wage, high-demand careers in Manufacturing, Health Care, Automotive, Information Technology, Business, and Culinary Arts. Short- and long-term programs provide options for all students. The college's collaboration with industry leaders, including Mazda and Rivian, means program outcomes align with workforce needs. In addition to certificates and associate degrees in career training programs, RTC offers Bachelor of Applied Science degrees in Network Architecture and Application Development.

Equitable education 

Equity is at the core of RTC's mission. The college strives to remove barriers to success, particularly for people of color, women, LGBTQIA+, immigrants, or members of other underrepresented or underserved populations. Flexible instruction includes hands-on training, online-only options and FLEX — a model that allows students to work on their own schedule with support from instructors when they need it — in which students choose the best modality for their situation. 

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.

President

Dr. Yoshiko Harden

Trustees

  • Frieda Takamura, chair
  • Jessica Norouzi, vice chair 
  • Tim Cooper
  • Debra Entenman
  • Bob Zappone

Year Founded

1941

Service Area

King County

Legislative Districts

5, 11, 30, 31, 33, 34, 37, 41, 43, 47

Page Manager: krose@sbctc.edu
Last Modified: 4/9/24, 8:32 AM

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