Lake Washington Institute of Technology

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Lake Washington Institute of Technology
Type Technical College
President Dr. Amy Morrison Goings
Location Kirkland, Washington, USA
Campus Kirkland
Gender Balance 54.3% female, 45.7% male

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech), formerly Lake Washington Technical College (LWTC), located in Kirkland, Washington, in the North Rose Hill area near the Totem Lake neighborhood (with a satellite campus in Redmond, WA), is a workforce college offering professional and technical training for today’s ever-changing job market. Training is available in 44 areas of instruction, with more than 100 degree and certificate options in: information technology; business & service; health & fitness; manufacturing & transportation technologies; and arts, language & science. LWTech now offers a Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Health and Bachelor of Applied Science in Transportation and Logistics Management (

LWTech offers the Bachelor of Technology in Applied Design (BTAD) program, the first in Washington State. BTAD ( offers professionals working in the design field the opportunity to earn a four-year degree while obtaining management and supervisory skills. In 2009, LWIT debuted a Funeral Service Education program. This two-year Associate of Applied Science degree program prepares students for employment as funeral directors or professional embalmers.

The college also offers a Technical Academy, a full-time special purpose high school program giving qualifying students, ages 16 to 20, an opportunity to complete their high school diploma and also earn a two-year college technical degree at the same time.

LWTech is centrally located in Washington State’s high tech corridor, with a main campus in Kirkland, and a branch campus in Redmond.


Lake Washington Technical College was founded in 1949 by the Lake Washington School District as an adult vocational training program. At first only offering a sewing program, it expanded to other vocations over the years including automotive, culinary arts and engineering. In 1978, local taxpayers passed a bond issue to construct a new facility for the school. A site North of Kirkland near Totem Lake was chosen and the school opened by 1983. In 1991 LWTC became independent of the school district and on September 1, 1991 the institute became a degree-granting technical college with all the rights and responsibilities of a technical college as prescribed by state law. The school dental program was initiated in the Fall of 1996, the state's first new program in 22 years.[1]

Additions were added to the school including a new administration building in 1994. Ground was broken on August 12, 2002 for a new 60,000-square-foot (5,600 m2) $17 million technology building adjoining the administration (or West Building) that was to add twenty classrooms and a new multi-level library facility to the school. The building was designed by architect Harry Cummings of Cummings & Associates with input from faculty, students and regional employers.[2]

The college expanded in 2004 with a satellite campus in Redmond replacing a small training building owned by the school that was formerly a missile-repair shop built during the Cold War as part of the Nike Ajax missile-defense system. The 21,000-square-foot (2,000 m2) building features five classrooms, a library, auditorium and office and eating spaces.[3]

On April 18, 2011, Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire signed Substitute Senate Bill 5664 to change the name of Lake Washington Technical College to Lake Washington Institute of Technology. The name change took effect on July 22, 2011.

In 2011, LWTech opened its new 83,000-square-foot (7,700 m2) Allied Health building, housing the college's ever expanding health services programs. [4]


Lake Washington Institute of Technology's primary purpose is to prepare people for employment, career change, or upgrading occupational skills.

All technical courses offer job-related learning experiences and basic education skills which are needed and in demand by the current job market. Most students enroll in courses which operate on an open-entry, open-exit system.

Programs include (as of July 2014):

Art - Biology - Chemistry - Criminal Justice - English - Fine Arts - History - Math - Philosophy - Physics - Psychology - Sociology - Spanish - Speech - Accounting; AAS - Accounting Paraprofessional; Certificate of Proficiency - Practical Accounting; Certificate of Proficiency - Entrepreneurship; Certificate of Completion - Accounting Assistant; Certificate of Completion - I-BEST Accounting Assistant; Certificate of Completion - Adult Basic Education - Aerospace & Manufacturing - Bachelor of Technology in Applied Design (BTAD) - Animation/Game Design (see Digital Gaming and Media) - Design Entrepreneurship; Certificate of Completion - Design Methodology and Innovation; Certificate of Completion - Architectural Graphics; AAS-T - Architectural Graphics; Certificate of Proficiency - Revit- Certificate of Completion - Auto Collision Repair Technician – AAS - Auto Collision Repair Estimating/Shop Management - Auto Collision Repair Non-Structural Repair - Auto Collision Repair Refinishing - Auto Collision Repair Structural Repair - Auto Repair Technician; AAS - Auto Repair Technician; Certificate of Proficiency - General Service Technician; Certificate of Completion - I-BEST General Service Technician; Certificate of Completion - Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Health - Bachelor of Applied Science in Transportation and Logistics Management - Baking Arts; AAS - Associate in Business DTA/MRP - Business Technology; AAS - Business Technology; Certificate of Proficiency - Web Maintenance; Certificate of Completion - Project Management Support; Certificate of Completion - Microsoft Office Applications; Certificate of Completion - I-BEST Web Maintenance; Certificate of Completion - Human Resources; Certificate of Proficiency - Office Assistant; Certificate of Completion - Child Care Manager (see Early Childhood Education) - Civil Engineering Graphics; Certificate of Proficiency - Civil 3D; Certificate of Completion - Computer Security & Network Technician; AAS - Computer Security & Network Technician AAS-T - Network Support Technician; Certificate of Proficiency - IT Support Technician; Certificate of Proficiency - Associate in Construction Managment DTA/MRP - Continuing Education - Credit and non-credit courses - Culinary Arts; AAS - Culinary Arts; Certificate of Proficiency - Dental Assistant; AAS - Dental Assistant; Certificate of Proficiency - Dental Hygiene; AAS-T - Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician; AAS - Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician; Certificate of Proficiency - Digital Gaming and Media; AAS-T - Child Care Manager; AAS - Child Care Manager; Certificate of Proficiency - Early Childhood Education-State Certificate; Certificate of Proficiency - Administration; Certificate of Completion Early Childhood Education-General; Certificate of Completion Family Child Care; Certificate of Completion Infant-Toddler Care – Certificate of Completion Initial Certificate – Certificate of Completion School-Age Care – Certificate of Completion Associate in Math Education DTA/MRP Electronics Technology - AAS-T Electronics Technology - AAS Electronics Technician – Certificate of Proficiency Digital Electronics – Certificate of Completion Electronics, Manufacturing Specialist Certification - Certificate of Completion< PCB Design Technician - Certificate of Completion Electronics Automation - Certificate of Completion Energy & Science Technician – AAS Bio-Energy - Certificate of Completion Energy Technology- Certificate of Completion Industrial/Laboratory - Certificate of Completion I-BEST Energy Technology - Certificate of Completion I-BEST Industrial/Laboratory - Certificate of Completion I-BEST Bio Energy - Certificate of Completion Engineering Graphics, Mechanical Design Emphasis – AAS-T Engineering Graphics Technician – Certificate of Proficiency Tool Design Graphics – Certificate of Completion AutoCAD- Certificate of Completion CATIA- Certificate of Completion SolidWorks- Certificate of Completion Engineering Technology - AAS-T English as a Second Language (ESL) Environmental Horticulture – AAS Environmental Horticulture – Certificate of Proficiency Fitness Specialist/Personal Trainer – AAS Fitness Specialist/Personal Trainer – AAS-T Fitness Specialist/Personal Trainer – Certificate of Proficiency Funeral Service Education– AAS Lake Washington Technical Academy Running Start Tech Prep GED® Human Resource Management – Certificate of Completion Information Technology Applications Development AAS Information Technology Applications Development AAS-T Software Development - Certificate of Proficiency Web Applications Development - Certificate of Proficiency C++/C# Developer - Certificate of Completion Web Page Development - Certificate of Completion Web Server Applications Certificate of Completion Machine Technology - AAS Machine Technology - Certificate of Proficiency Principles of Precision Machining - Certificate of Proficiency Massage Practitioner - Certificate of Proficiency Massage Practitioner - Certificate of Completion Medical Assisting - AAS Medical Assisting - Certificate of Proficiency Medical Assisting Office Administration - Certificate of Completion Medical Billing & Coding Professional - Certificate of Completion Motorcycle, Marine & Power Equipment Service Tech - AAS Harley-Davidson® Option - AAS Motorcycle, Marine & Power Equipment Service Tech - Certificate of Proficiency Multimedia Design & Production Digital Design – AAS-T Video and Web Production – AAS-T Video and Web Production – Certificate of Proficiency Digital Publishing – Certificate of Proficiency Web and Mobile Design – Certificate of Proficiency Web and Mobile Design Specialty – Certificate of Completion Digital Audio/Video Editing – Certificate of Completion Digital Publishing Specialty – Certificate of Completion Illustrator/Photoshop Specialty – Certificate of Completion Nursing - AAS-T Practical Nursing - Certificate of Proficiency Nursing Assistant - Certificate of Completion Associate in Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP (see Pre-Nursing) Occupational Therapy Assistant - AAS Associate in Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP Physical Therapist Assistant - AAS Social & Human Services - AAS Social & Human Services - Certificate of Proficiency Language Interpreting Services - Certificate of Completion Study Skills Associate in Technology DTA/MRP Bachelor of Applied Science in Transportation and Logistics Management Welding Technology Welding Technology AAS Welding Technology Certificate of Proficiency Welding Introduction Certificate of Proficiency Aerospace/Manufacturing Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Certificate of Proficiency Wine Certificates Beverage Management Certificate of Completion Wine Business Certificate of Completion


Lake Washington Institute of Technology is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities at the associate degree level and at the baccalaureate degree level to include the Bachelor of Technology in Applied Design, Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Health and Bachelor of Applied Science in Transportation and Logistics Management.


  1. ^ Rhodes, Elizabeth "College To Open Dental Program -- Hygienist Course Would Begin In Fall" - The Seattle Times 17 Feb. 1995. Retrieved December 23, 2009
  2. ^ Coolican, J. Patrick "Lake Washington college breaks ground for center" - The Seattle Times 1 Aug. 2002. Retrieved December 23, 2009
  3. ^ Perry, Nick "Tech college to build near Marymoor" - The Seattle Times 6 May 2003. Retrieved December 23, 2009
  4. ^ "New Allied Health Building" Retrieved September 12, 2012

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