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Technical Colleges

Technical Colleges offer open door admissions and lower tuition rates. Students who complete associate degrees and certificates are more likely to move into higher-status management and professional positions with higher earnings. An investment of a few thousand dollars now will likely pay lifelong dividends, as students who earn associate degrees average lifetime earnings of $250,000 more than people without degrees.  

 Bates Technical College  Lake Washington Institute of Technology
 Bellingham Technical College  Renton Technical College
 Clover Park Technical College  Seattle Vocational Institute


Compass Test

  The COMPASS® computer-adaptive college placement test helps colleges:

  • Quickly evaluate incoming students' skill levels in reading, writing, math, and ESL
  • Place students in appropriate courses
  • Connect them to the resources they need to achieve academic success

Your counselor and/or career specialist can provide additional information about the Compass and instruct you on contacting your local community and/or technical college to take the Compass test.