Education Services Division

The state's community and technical colleges are recognized for their responsiveness to the educational and economic needs of their communities. As reflected in the State Board's System Direction, colleges are committed to helping students achieve their learning goals by providing:

  • Quality academic transfer programs.
  • Workforce and education training programs relevant to local needs that meet the needs of students and employers and lead to job opportunities for highly-trained graduates in emerging, high-wage career fields.
  • Basic skills, including English-as-a-Second Language (ESL), to prepare students to participate successfully in the economy as citizens and parents.

Community and Technical College Role Related to Increased Baccalaureate Capacity

Following a study that compared the demand for baccalaureate capacity to 2010 with the enrollment growth plan of the public baccalaureate institutions, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges directed the executive director to:

  • Pursue expanded partnership models of University Centers,
  • Begin planning for pilot community and technical college baccalaureate degrees,
  • Support expansion of upper division capacity at baccalaureate institutions.

More information about applied baccalaureates.

Ford Foundation Washington Bridges to Opportunity Project

The Washington Bridges to Opportunity Project is part of a national initiative to increase the access and success of low-income people in using community and technical colleges to achieve living-wage jobs and educational goals.

The Transition Math Project

The Transition Math Project is a collaborative project of K-12 schools, community and technical colleges, and baccalaureate institutions.

Links to Instruction Commission and Councils


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