Community & Technical College Fast Facts
The Community & Technical College System
- There are 34 community and technical colleges (CTCs) in Washington.
- Community and technical colleges enrolled 460,696 students in 2007-08, a one percent increase from the previous year.
- The three mission areas of the CTCs are: workforce training, literacy education and transfer preparation to four-year institutions.
- A total of 61,927 (45 percent) state-supported FTEs were generated by students enrolled for workforce education (upgrading job skills or preparing to enter a new job field).
- The dynamic, economy sensitive Worker Retraining program served a growing number of students - 11,457 (6,238 FTEs) in the community and technical colleges in 2007-08 and 313 in private career schools.
- Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) pairs adult basic education or English as a second language (ESL) with workforce training. Eleven colleges began I-BEST programs late in the 2005-06 year. An additional 14 colleges began programs during 2006-07, bringing the total to 25 colleges preparing students for jobs in nursing and allied health care, commercial truck driving, industrial maintenance, automotive, computers, and early childhood education.
- Some 15,875 FTEs (12 percent) were generated by students enrolled with an immediate goal of basic skills [Adult Basic Education (ABE), English as a second language (ESL), General Education Development (GED) preparation or high school completion].
- Students who were preparing to transfer to four-year institutions accounted for 53,132 FTEs (39 percent).
- New this year is a focus on science, technology, engineering and math transfer (STEM) with 7,200 STEM majors enrolled in 4,190 FTE.
- In fall 2007, more than 100 students began their junior year in one of four applied baccalaureate degree programs in the CTC system:
- Bellevue Community College – Bachelor of Applied Science in Radiation and Imaging Sciences.
- Peninsula College – Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Management.
- Olympic College – Bachelor of Science Nursing.
- South Seattle Community College – Bachelor of Applied Science in Hospitality Management.
- Enrollment at CTCs is expected to increase by 12,000 full-time students by the year 2012.
- A total of 89,648 students (19 percent of all students) enrolled in at least one eLearning course this year, an increase of 12.5 percent from 2006-07. Of these eLearning students, 81,727, or 91 percent, enrolled in online classes.'
- In 2007-08, 17,327 Running Start students – high school students earning high school and college credit simultaneously – accounted for 11,185 FTEs. Another 2,755 high school students enrolled in college classes offered at their high school – College in the High School and 3,151 high school students enrolled in alternative high school programs offered at the colleges.
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