Cascadia Community College
|Cascadia Community College|
|President||Dr. Eric W. Murray|
|Location||Bothell, Washington, USA
|Campus||128 acres (0.52 km2)|
Cascadia Community College is an American community college located in Bothell, Washington on a shared campus with the University of Washington, Bothell. Established in 2000, Cascadia was built to serve the cities of Bothell, Woodinville, Kirkland, Kenmore, Duvall, Carnation, Sammamish, Redmond and other smaller communities. The 128 acre (518,000 m²) campus is situated at 18345 Campus Way, along Beardslee Boulevard, just northwest of the intersection of Interstate 405 and State Route 522.
Cascadia offers two-year associate's degrees, certificate programs and continuing education courses, professional training, and contract programs customized to local businesses. Cascadia gained accreditation in 2006 from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Initially created by legislative mandate, Cascadia Community College hired its first staff and faculty in 1999. These individuals numbered less than a dozen and handled all administrative duties including the development of curriculum and programs of studies, recruiting and hiring faculty and staff, and development and design of the permanent campus. Founding staff, administrators, and the four members of the innovative Cascadia "Curriculum Learning Design Team" worked for twelve months in a small office in a business park just about one mile from the new Cascadia campus. Most important decisions were made or announced at a small communal table in the center of the Cascadia temporary office. In this room, all important decisions were deliberated and decided upon. Over 1,100 applications were screened to select just fifteen "Founding Faculty" members along with 55 Associate (part-time) Faculty who would be brought to Bothell in 2000 and oriented to join this innovative learning environment.
In 2000, in recognition of its innovative structure, interdisciplinary curriculum, and outcomes-based organization, Cascadia CC was named as one of twelve "Vanguard Learning Colleges" by the League for Innovation in the Community College. In a 2007 list of the top U.S. two-year colleges created by Washington Monthly magazine, Cascadia ranked second, behind Atlanta Technical College.
- Associate in Integrated Studies (AIS)
- Two-year degree that is equivalent to the first two years of a four-year baccalaureate degree designed for transfer to a four-year university.
- Associate in Science (AS)
- Two-year degree for students intending to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a major in the natural sciences, pre-med, engineering or computer science. Students selecting this degree will choose between two "tracks". Track 1 is for students planning to major in Biological Sciences, Environmental/Earth Sciences, Chemistry or Geology. Track 2 is for students with majors in Computer Science, Atmospheric Science or Physics. Track 2 also offers three specific engineering major-ready pathways, Bio/Chem Engineering, Computer & Electrical Engineering, and other.
- Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
- Degree designed to prepare students for careers in Networking Technology, Software Programming Technology, Web Technology or Administrative Office Management.
- Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
- Environmental Technologies and Sustainable Practices
- Associate in Business (AB)
- Degree designed as an entry pathway to four-year business degree programs to make possible junior level transfer into business majors of most academic programs at public four-year institutions.
- Associate in Pre-Nursing
- This degree program is applicable to students planning to prepare for upper division Bachelor of Science, Nursing or other related allied health field.