Washington Community Colleges

2-Year Schools & Community Colleges in Washington

Washington Community Colleges, Washington Junior College, and Washington Technical Schools

Junior colleges in Washington date back to 1915. State aid was provided in the first community college legislation in 1941. Eight junior colleges were operating when the legislation prohibited the establishment of community colleges in counties having four-year colleges or universities. The limitation was removed in 1961 in legislation that designated the two-year institutions as community colleges, although they continued under the oversight of local school boards. In 1967, after a legislatively mandated study on Washington community college organization, a statute was passed creating a statewide system of 24 districts with its own state board. In 1991, the legislature changed the State Board for Community College Education to the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, merging technical colleges in the state system. The system now consists of 29 public community colleges and five technical colleges

Washington Community Colleges and Junior Colleges

There are 43 community colleges located throughout the state of Washington (35 public colleges and 8 private colleges), educating 195,613 college students.

Top Washington's Colleges, Community Colleges, and Technical Schools with 2-Year Degrees includes:

  • ITT Technical Institute - Seattle, WA
  • Renton Technical College Renton, WA
  • Tacoma Community College
  • The Art Institute of Seattle
  • Seattle Central Community College Seattle, WA
  • Bellevue College
  • Highline Community College Des Moines, WA
  • Green River Community College Auburn, WA
  • Lake Washington Technical College
  • Columbia Basin College Pasco, WA
  • Shoreline Community College
  • Clark College - Vancouver, WA
  • Edmonds Community College
  • North Seattle Community College Seattle, WA
  • Spokane Community College Spokane, WA
  • Clover Park Technical College Lakewood, WA
  • Pierce College District 11 Lakewood, WA
  • Bates Technical College Tacoma, WA
  • South Seattle Community College Seattle, WA
  • Cascadia Community College Bothell, WA
  • Spokane Falls Community College Spokane, WA
  • Bellingham Technical College Bellingham, WA
  • Whatcom Community College Bellingham, WA
  • Centralia College Centralia, WA
  • Walla Walla Community College Walla Walla, WA
  • South Puget Sound Community College Olympia, WA
  • Big Bend Community College Moses Lake, WA
  • Grays Harbor College Aberdeen, WA
  • Lower Columbia College Longview, WA
  • Olympic College Bremerton, WA
  • Clark College Vancouver, WA
  • Peninsula College Port Angeles, WA
  • Wenatchee Valley College Wenatchee, WA

Community colleges in Washington: one of the largest and well-liked college is Clark College with 5,584 full time college students and an in-state tuition list price of $3,410. Clover Park Technical College is one of the most costly community school in Washington with an in-state tuition of $4,760.

On average, how much does it costs to attend community college in Washington? For Washington community colleges, the state's average tuition is about $4,000 per year for in-state college students and $7,107 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges in the state, the typical yearly tuition is roughly $15,169 per year 

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