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Why Community and Technical Colleges
“Institutions like Lake Washington Institute of Technology teach the cutting-edge job and employability skills our industries require
to remain
in a global
Jan Yoshiwara, Executive Director for the Washington SBCTC
People choose a community or technical college (CTC) for di erent reasons. For some, it’s because the college is close to home or work. For others, the smaller class sizes and hands-on learning opportunities appeal to them. For many, they make their choice because the college is a ordable.
LWTech is a proud member of the state public community and technical college system. “Washington state’s CTCs provide the quickest route for people seeking pathways to employment and career progression. They’re more a ordable than any comparable programs in the state,” commented Executive Director
for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), Jan Yoshiwara.
Typically, CTCs are less expensive than a traditional four-year university. In fact, LWTech is half the cost of the University of Washington. On average, the cost
of attendance for LWTech for a year
of Associate degree tuition and fees is $4,791, compared to $10,753 at UW.*
While a ordable tuition may be what initially drives people to register for classes, what keeps them at LWTech is the support they receive from faculty and sta . “I choose to attend LWTech because of the supportive environment I experienced from day one. I had no idea what a FAFSA was, how to register for classes or even how to pick the type of program that best  t my skills and personality. The sta  provided me with resources to learn the college system and  gure out what I wanted from my education, beyond good
paying employment,” said LWTech Bachelor of Technology in Applied Design student, Amanda Pelly.
“Students come to LWTech for so many reasons. The reason they stay here is because it’s a welcoming place where they feel like a person and not just a number. Students tell me all the time how supportive their faculty are, and that they are learning so much from them,” said LWTech Director of Student Development, Katie Viola.
“Institutions like Lake Washington Institute of Technology teach the cutting-edge
job and employability skills our industries require to remain competitive in a global economy. Each of the college’s programs are advised by industry representatives who are also helpful in facilitating graduates’ internships and employment,” said Yoshiwara.
For more than 65 years, LWTech has successfully responded to industry demand by increasing the number of programs and degrees it o ers. In fact, LWTech now o ers eight applied bachelor’s degrees, more than any other technical college in the state.
Nearly 60-percent of students in Washington’s public colleges and universities are enrolled at one of the state’s 34 community and technical colleges.**
So, whether you’re looking to start a new career, change career direction, advance your skills, or complete your degree, community and technical colleges, like LWTech, are here to help you succeed.
About LWTech
* Cost of attendance retrieved from nancial-aid/cost-of-attendance and costs-amd- nancial-aid/total-cost-of-attendance#freshman-transfer
** Source: O ce of Financial Management Budget Driver Report via the SBCTC
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