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A Great Choice for Higher Education

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Community and technical colleges welcome all who desire to learn. With open door admissions and lower tuition than private colleges, community and technical college students reflect the local communities they serve.

Learn More, Earn More

Students who earn associate degrees and certificates are more likely to move into higher-level positions with better wages. An investment of a few thousand dollars can pay lifelong dividends, as students who earn associate degrees average lifetime earnings of $250,000 more than people without degrees. Find out how learning more, can earn you more.

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Open Door:
Myth vs. Fact

MYTH: It's okay if I do poorly in high school, because I can take any community or technical college class I want. Classes are easier.

FACT: "Open door" simply means the colleges offer a variety of class levels and student services to serve students with differing academic readiness levels. We take you from where you are to where you want to be. From basic literacy to advanced physics, the placement test determines which classes students are eligible to take.

Education That Works

Community and technical colleges have become colleges of choice for workers who want to take classes to upgrade job skills for a promotion or raise, or to enter a new field.

You may choose to earn an associate of applied science degree or certificate and then enter the workplace. More students can now transfer professional-technical degrees toward a bachelor’s degree through university partnerships and bachelor's degrees offered by the community and technical colleges.

Transfer Education That Succeeds

  • Of all four-year college and university graduates from the state of Washington, 41% began their studies at one of our community colleges
  • College-ready community college students reach junior status at the same rate as freshmen who directly enter public universities
  • Of students who enrolled at two-year colleges right after high school, 76% were on the transfer path within two years, compared to 57% of students who delayed entering college
  • On average, students who transfer only take one additional course compared to students who start out at a university

Where Do High School Graduates in Washington Go?

  • 37% enroll in a community or technical college
  • 29% enroll at in-state universities
  • 8% enroll out of state
  • 5% attend community or technical college after waiting one or two years
  • 5% first attend a university and then transfer back to a two-year college within a year or two of high school graduation.
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