Field Guide 2013-14:
Better Jobs, Brighter Futures, a Stronger Washington


The Field Guide highlights just a few of the remarkable education programs, partnerships, and innovation at Washington's 34 community and technical colleges. Take a look to learn more. Better yet, stop by a college and see for yourself the life-changing work happening at each campus every day.

Building Economic Prosperity

Whether enrolled in Adult Basic Education, job training, university transfer, or working with one of our 10 Centers of Excellence, our students, graduates, and community partners increase the state’s quality of life and economic vitality as entrepreneurs, employees, consumers, and taxpayers.

STEM Starts Here

A March 2013 Washington Roundtable report found an acute shortage of qualified workers in high-demand Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and health care fields. Employers are desperate to find STEM workers, while job-seekers without STEM training struggle to find work. Community and technical colleges are uniquely positioned to fill this skill gap by preparing students for direct entry into STEM jobs or for continuing their studies at four-year institutions.

By the Numbers

  • 60% of students in Washington’s public colleges and universities are enrolled in community and technical colleges
  • 78% of students completing job-training programs in 2011-2012 were employed seven to nine months after leaving college, despite the sluggish economy
  • 40% of public baccalaureate graduates in Washington start at a community or technical college
  • 35% of STEM majors at four-year institutions transferred from a community or technical college

More Information

If you have questions about the Field Guide, please contact Laura McDowell, (360) 704-4310.

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