Three public technical schools in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia have forged an agreement that will lead to more internships, easy ways to transfer between the schools, and perhaps a new path to an
Earn a four-year engineering degree at a technical college? It could happen one day soon, now that three technical schools in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia have joined forces.
Earlier this month, Lake Washington Institute of Technology — the only public institute of technology in Washington — signed a memorandum of understanding with Oregon Institute of Technology and British Columbia Institute of Technology.
The three schools will work together to make it easier for students to transfer among the campuses, get internships and complete advanced technical degrees that pay well and are in demand in this region.
“We’re taking a regional approach to bridging our skills gap,” said Lake Washington Tech President Amy Morrison Goings, who noted that studies show 750,000 new jobs are expected to be created in Washington in the next five years, and two-thirds of them will require some form of postsecondary credential.
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Lake Washington Tech, located in Kirkland, is part of the state’s community-college system, and most of its students earn two-year degrees. But the college also has eight applied bachelor’s degrees — four-year degrees that offer a targeted area of study, and cost less than their equivalent at a public four-year university. And there are two more in the pipeline, Goings said.
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