Lake Washington Technical College
Have you always been a gardener at heart but lacked the practical knowledge to succeed? Are you currently working in the horticulture industry and want to further your education? Lake Washington Technical College offers an Associates of Applied Sciences and a Certificate of Proficiency in Environmental Horticulture that just may fit your needs.
In addition to the available classes and degrees, the horticulture program provides some once in a lifetime experiences such as participation in The Northwest Flower and Garden Show, development and operation of our huge Spring Plant Sale, touring spectacular private gardens and other unique horticultural experiences.
Lake Washington Technical College (LWIT) is a vocational and technical training college located in Washington State’s high-tech corridor. Although the main campus is situated in Kirkland, the school has campuses in Redmond and Duval. The school offers training in over 41 subjects including business, health and fitness, information technology, and manufacturing and transportation technologies.
The college was founded in 1949 as the Lake Washington Technical College (LWTC). The first program offered by the school was in sewing. As time went by, the school added additional vocational training in the culinary arts, automotive, and engineering. In 1983, LWTC was relocated to a new facility near Totem Lake where it has resided ever since.
Lake Washington Technical College began granting degrees in 1991 and started offering a dental program in 1996. The school was expanded several times in its lifetime with the most recent additions being erected in the last decade. In 2002, a $17 million dollar, 60,000 square-foot technology building designed by Harry Cummings was added. In 2004 a satellite campus was erected in Redmond in a 21,000 square foot building that used to serve as a repair shop for missiles during the Cold War. In 2009, ground was broken for a new Allied Health building that is being constructed to accommodate the increasing number of health services programs.
The school’s name was officially changed to Lake Washington Institute of Technology in 2011 by Governor Christine Gregoire via the Substitute Senate Bill 5664.
Lake Washington Technical College Educational Programs
LWIT is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities to offer associate’s degrees and is a candidate for bachelor’s degree accreditation. The school’s primary focus is on preparing students to work in the employment fields of their choice. Lake Washington Institute of Technology has an open-door policy and all students with a high school diploma or equivalent are usually accepted.
The school offers a number of educational programs including one directed at high schools students that allows them to earn an associate’s degree while completing their high school diploma. The program is only open to 16 to 20 year olds. Students should contact their school for more information.
Although LWIT is only a candidate for baccalaureate accreditation, it does have one bachelor’s degree program. The Bachelor of Technology in Applied Design (BTAD) is for students wishing to enter the design field. People working towards this 4-year degree will study design and obtain supervisory and management skills.
Besides the bachelor’s degree, students can earn a number of associate’s degrees. Here is a listing of the programs of study available at LWIT.
Associate Degree Programs
- Baking Arts
- Business Administration Support
- Child Care Manager
- Culinary Arts
- Environmental Horticulture
- Human Resources Generalist
- Legal Support Professional
- Professional Technical Education
- Social and Human Services
- Wine Education
- Dental Assistant
- Dental Hygiene
- Emergency Medical Technician – Basic
- Fitness Specialist/Personal Trainer
- Funeral Services
- Massage Therapy
- Medical Assistant
- Medical Transcriptionist
- Physical Therapist Assistant
- Science Technician
- Auto Collision Body/ Paint Technician
- Auto Repair Technician
- Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician
- Machine Technology
- Motorcycle, Marine and Power Equipment Service Technician
- Welding Fabrication and Maintenance Technology
- Architectural Graphics
- Civil Engineering Graphics
- Computer Security and Network Technology
- Engineering Graphics
- Information Technology Applications Development
- Multimedia Design and Production