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Better Lives, Brighter Futures, a Stronger Washingtonpdf [Jan. 2014]

With changes in technology, demographics, and workforce trends, Washington needs colleges to not only keep pace, but lead the way. Washington's 34 community and technical colleges answer that call.

Washington's Community and Technical Colleges at a Glance pdf [June 2014]
Quick facts about our community and technical college system.

State Board Mission and Directionpdf [Dec. 2013]

A quick reference guide to the State Board's vision and principles, 10-year goals, Mission Study action plan, and policy focus.


2015-17 Operating Budget Request pdf [October 20, 2014]
The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges’ $176 million operating budget request is designed to fuel our rebounding economy and advance state education goals: by 2023, at least 70 percent of Washingtonians will have a postsecondary credential; and 100 percent will have a high school degree.

2015-17 Capital Budget Request pdf
Community and technical college capital projects are scored and ranked based on the need for space, condition of existing facilities, prior planning, policy objectives, and estimated costs and timelines.

Basic Food, Employment and Training (BFET) pdf
Washington’s community and technical colleges are helping thousands of Basic Food recipients1 train for jobs and move off public assistance.

Competency-based Business Degree Issue Brief (Q&A) pdf [June 2014]
In January 2015, thirteen Washington community colleges will launch an online, competency-based business transfer degree – the first in our state’s community and technical college system. Below are answers to commonly asked questions.

National Leaders in Innovationpdf [April 2014]
This sampler highlights the national recognition of Washington’s community and technical colleges for innovative policies, practices, and research for student success.

Aerospace Trainingpdf [April 2014]
Aerospace is an economic powerhouse that generates jobs and fuels our economy. Washington’s community and technical colleges produce the world-class employees needed to keep it that way.

Limited License Legal Technician [March 2014]
A landmark state Supreme Court rule that promises to create new jobs and expand public access to legal help is coming to life at Washington’s community and technical colleges.

Adult Basic Educationpdf [March 2014]
Overview of innovations underway in the area of adult education.

Basic Education for Adults - Infographic pdf [July 2014]
Quick facts/infographic about Basic Education for Adults in Washington state.

Project I-DEApdf [April 2014]
Description of the new, technology-enhanced approach to English language instruction, which builds on the I-BEST model.

New High School Credential Option: HS 21+pdf [Nov. 2013]
Adults who lack a high school diploma now have a new way to get a second chance. It’s called “High School 21+,” a competency-based high school diploma offered at Washington’s community and technical colleges. Adults 21 years old and older can go to participating colleges to earn a high school diploma. An advisor will look at transcripts and knowledge gained from life experience, and work with the student to craft an educational plan to fill gaps.

Accelerate and Complete!pdf [May 2014]
Washington’s two-year college system ranks 13th in the nation for graduation rates, and 19th for certificates and degrees produced.

STEMing the Skills Gappdf [Nov. 2013]
Employers need people proficient in science, technology, engineering, and math. For many students, the road toward a STEM career begins at a community or technical college.

Building a Prosperous Economypdf [March 2013]
Washington's community and technical colleges are a collective, powerful, unmatched resource for advancing prosperity through education.

Getting Veterans Back to Workpdf [May 2014]
Washington’s community and technical colleges are a perfect fit for returning veterans transitioning to civilian life and private-sector jobs. Also see companion map.

Corrections Educationpdf [Oct. 2013]
Inmates who participated in correctional education programs show a 43 percent lower recidivism rate than those who did not. Also see companion pamphlet.

Higher literacy, stronger skills, greater prosperitypdf [July 2014]
Washington’s Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training Program (I-BEST) is a nationally recognized model that quickly boosts students’ literacy and work skills so that students can earn credentials, get living wage jobs, and put their talents to work for employers.

Student Achievement Initiativepdf [Jan. 2014]
This nationally renowned initiative rewards community and technical colleges for improving student student retention, completion, and success. Colleges earn a portion of their funding based on results, not just enrollments.


Laura McDowell, Director of Communications
360-704-4310 Office, 360-280-0670 Cell Fax: 360-704-4415

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