AboutWashington Community and Technical Colleges


Gov. Daniel J. Evans signed the Community College Act on April 3, 1967, creating a unified system to offer an open door to every citizen, regardless of academic background or experience. Since then, the system has served about 10 million students.

Whether enrolled in career and job training, preparing to transfer to a university, gain basic math and English skills, or an employer sending employees to college for additional training, our graduates and community partners increase the state’s quality of life and economic vitality as entrepreneurs, employees, consumers and taxpayers.

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Our History: 1967Highlights


Gov. Daniel J. Evans signed the Community College Act on April 3, 1967 to offer an open door to every citizen, regardless of academic background or experience.

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Nathan BowlingAn Inspiring Teacher Never Stops Learning


Lincoln High School social studies teacher, Nathan Bowling, may have been surprised when U.S. Senator Patty Murray presented him with the 2014 Milken Family Foundation’s National Educator Award. But his students weren't surprised.

Bowling has been described by colleagues and students as part cheerleader, drill sergeant and professor, and holds his students to high standards. The Milken Educator Award program honors top educators around the country, targeting early- to mid-career educators for impressive achievements and the promise of what they will accomplish in the future.

Now in his eleventh year teaching, Bowling was the 2016 Washington State Teacher of the Year and one of four finalists for 2016 National Teacher of the Year. A veteran of the Air Force Reserve, Bowling earned his associate degree from Pierce College, and bachelor's and master's degrees from The Evergreen State College. He is passionate about teaching and educational equity issues and blogs at natebowling.com.

Photo credit: David Montesino, The News Tribune

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Nathan Bowling teaching a high school class (photo credit: David Montesino, The News Tribune)

Photo GalleryAn overview of the last 50 years


Take a closer look at Washington state’s community and technical college system over the past 50 years. Programs have evolved and fashions have changed, but the excitement of learning endures.