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Skagit Valley College | Field Guide 2024

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We are proud that our Strategic Plan Core Themes of Equity in Access, Achievement, and Community are at the heart of our work at Skagit Valley College. We meet students where they are when they come to us and provide education, services, and support that create a sense of belonging. When our students complete their degrees or certificates, they are prepared to take the experience they had with us and begin successful futures of learning, working, and contributing to a better world.

By offering affordable and accessible programs, Skagit Valley 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 students of color and students who are the first in their families to attend college, Skagit Valley College is key to creating social and economic mobility for people throughout our region.

Key Facts

Highest Enrolled Programs

  • Academic Transfer AA DTA*
  • Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP**
  • Nursing DTA/MRP
  • Business DTA/MRP
  • Associate in Science Transfer

*Direct Transfer Agreement
**Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program


  • Headcount (all sources): 6,961
  • FTES (all sources): 3,266
  • Headcount (state-funded): 5,685
  • FTES (state-funded): 2,633

Students in Selected Programs

  • Applied bachelor's: 68
  • Apprentices: 976
  • I-BEST: 534
  • International: 62
  • Running Start: 676
  • Worker Retraining: 177

Student Profile

Type of Student

  • Academic/transfer: 41%
  • Basic skills: 12%
  • Workforce education: 34%
  • Other: 13%


Students of color: 49%

  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 4%
  • Asian: 7%
  • Black/African American: 4%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 35%
  • Pacific Islander: 1%
  • White: 66%


  • Full-time: 44%
  • Part-time: 56%

Family and Finances

  • Students receiving need-based financial aid: 41%
  • Students with dependents: 36%


  • Female: 56%
  • Male: 44%
  • X: 1%

Median age


Points of Interest

Equity in access | Focusing on STEM pathways for student access and success 

Student access and success in STEM pathways is a priority and the focus of several grant funded programs at Skagit Valley College. Grant programs provide support to students at every step in STEM pathways including: 

  • Re-designed pre-college math pathways to improve student access and accelerate completion of college level math.
  • Integration of peer mentoring within challenging STEM courses to support student success.
  • Availability of scholarships and mentoring for STEM students with financial need through National Science Foundation S-STEM grant.
  • And a focus on project-based learning such as undergraduate research projects to support STEM student engagement and sense of belonging in STEM pathways.

Equity in achievement | Meeting industry demand with two new bachelor’s degrees  

To create additional educational pathways that meet industry demand and student interest, the college will launch two new bachelor’s degrees. The programs, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Advanced Manufacturing and Design and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education, will add to existing bachelor's degrees in Environmental Conservation, Management, and Computer Science. These programs allow students to pursue a baccalaureate education that provides access to high-wage careers in high demand professions while remaining where they live and work. 

Equity in community | Partnering with our local tribal nations 

Skagit Valley College was deeply honored to host the first Government-to-Government Summit between northwestern Tribes and colleges this spring. This historic event aimed to build and sustain meaningful relationships. This was part of a collaboration with the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges to advance local Indigenous knowledges and improve access to postsecondary education, career, and technical training. The college continues to look forward to listening and learning how our colleges can be more effective community partners. 

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. Christopher Villa


  • Mariko K. Doerner, chair 
  • Ozell M. Jackson III, vice chair 
  • Kathryn Bennett 
  • Flora Perez-Lucatero 
  • Megan Scott O’Bryan 

Year Founded


Service Area

Skagit, Island, San Juan counties

Legislative Districts

10, 39, 40

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

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