Communications and News
Priorities and projects
Community and technical college system challenges, issues and successes are outlined in one-pagers, issue briefs and other publications.
Washington community and technical college system highlights
Field Guide 2014-2015 [January 2015]
Infographic Fact Sheet: Washington Community and Technical Colleges 2013-14 [February 2015]
8 Things You Should Know About Community and Technical Colleges [March 2015]
Better Jobs, Brighter Futures, a Stronger Washington [March 2015]
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.
National leaders in innovation [March 2015]
This sampler highlights the national recognition of Washington’s community and technical colleges for innovative policies, practices, and research for student success.
Reclaiming the American Dream [February 2015]
At a time when college education is the ticket to a middle-class lifestyle, America’s open-door colleges serve as engines of social mobility.
Washington's community and technical colleges at a glance [March 2015]
Quick facts about our community and technical college system.
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Basic Education for Adults
Basic Education for Adults [December 2014]
Overview of innovations underway in the area of adult education.
I-BEST: Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training program [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.
Project I-DEA: Integrated Digital English Acceleration [February 2015]
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+ [November 2013]
Adults who lack a high school diploma have a new 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 attend 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.
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Budget and fiscal issues
2015-17 operating budget request [Updated Jan. 12, 2015]
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 [Updated Jan. 12, 2015]
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.
Student Achievement Initiative performance funding [January 2015]
This nationally recognized 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.
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Meeting student, employer and economic demand
Aerospace training [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.
Applied baccalaureate degrees [February 2015]
Applied bachelor’s degrees arguably offer the best of both worlds: hands-on training in a career embedded within a four-year degree.
Building a prosperous economy [March 2013]
Washington's community and technical colleges are a collective, powerful, unmatched resource for advancing prosperity through education.
Competency-based business degree issue brief (Q&A) [January 2015]
In 2015, eight 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.
Corrections education [March 2015]
Upon release, inmates who participate in education programs are more likely to get jobs and 43 percent less likely to return to prison. See also corrections education pamphlet.
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.
STEMing the skills gap [November 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.
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Connecting employers to a trained workforce
Successful partnerships are highlighted in videos co-produced by the Association of Washington Business AWB Institute and SBCTC.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Washington's community and technical colleges are vital in addressing PNNL's challenge to develop the next generation of engineers, scientists, and innovators.
P&J Machining, Inc.
P&J Machining looks to its local community and technical colleges in Washington state for work-ready graduates for high-demand, well-paying advanced manufacturing careers
Inland Northwest Health Services
The healthcare industry is creating alternative models of care, requiring new types of workers. When Inland Northwest Health Services needs new employees or to train its workforce, it relies on local community and technical colleges.
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Partnering for Student Transfer Success [March 2015]
Washington’s community and technical colleges and four-year colleges and universities partner for an efficient transfer process for students.
Precollege (Remedial) Education [February 2015]
Washington's community and technical colleges are fundamentally transforming precollege (remedial) education to move students faster into credit-bearing classes.
Accelerate and complete [February 2015]
National completion rates paint an incomplete picture of student success. We look at multiple measures for a more accurate view.
Basic Food, Employment and Training (BFET) [July 2014]
Washington’s community and technical colleges are helping thousands of Basic Food recipients train for jobs and move off public assistance.
Getting veterans back to work [February 2015]
Washington’s community and technical colleges are a great fit for returning veterans transitioning to civilian life and private-sector jobs.
- Companion PDF map for Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program:
8-1/2" x11" map or 11' x17 map
Smarter Balanced agreement [September 2014]
Washington 11th graders who score at a college-ready level on Smarter Balanced assessments will automatically place into college-level math and English language classes when they enroll in college, thanks to a statewide agreement by Washington’s community and technical colleges and public four-year universities.
Washington Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement community college program (MESA) [October 2014]
Washington MESA – Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement – helps under-represented community college students excel in school and ultimately earn STEM2 bachelor’s degrees. The timing couldn’t be better.
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