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Legislative Outreach

The Government Relations unit manages state and federal government relations for the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges as part of the executive director's team.

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Interacts with legislators, legislative and governor’s staff, agencies and organizations on behalf of the system and individual colleges as appropriate.
  • Prepares a single comprehensive legislative agenda for the community and technical college system.
  • Coordinates legislative interaction of State Board staff and college representatives.
  • In collaboration with communications staff, coordinates system-wide messaging. 


Arlen Harris
Legislative Director

Julie Walter
WACTC Coordinator/Legislative Coordinator

Legislative Session

End of Session Report

Read the 2021 Legislative Session Reportcontaining budget summaries, legislation and system involvement.

2021 Community and Technical College System Legislative Priorities

Legislative Resources

Legislative Session Archives

Find information from past Washington state legislative sessions, including:

  • Community and technical college system legislative priorities
  • Operating and capital budget requests
  • End of session legislative reports


Legislative News Blog

Read SBCTC Legislative News to find out the latest news from Olympia impacting community and technical colleges.

System One-Pagers

One-page fact sheets describe how Washington state's community and technical colleges transform lives and the economy.

 Invest in Adult Education

Elevate & Educate adult education advocacy campaign logo

More than 55,00 adult education leaders have united in a national campaign — Educate & Elevate — to educate America about how adult education helps millions of people advance in careers and college readiness.

Find resources in the Campaign toolkit to help inform policymakers and encourage investment in adult education as called for in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act enacted in 2014. 

Questions? Email William Durden, SBCTC Basic Education for Adults interim director, or call 360-704-4326.

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Last Modified: 8/23/21, 2:32 PM

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