Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plan, guided by Lake Washington Institute of Technology's (LWTech) four core themes:

  • Pathways

  • Student Achievement

  • External Engagement

  • College Community

The plan articulates the vision for LWTech's desired future and guides its decisions as it sets priorities, assigns resources, and takes actions to create that future.


To prepare students for today's careers and tomorrow's opportunities


To be the college of choice for workforce education

Vision Narrative

Lake Washington Institute of Technology is recognized by students, business, community, and peer organizations as the choice for innovative workforce education because we:

  • Value diversity and welcome students from all backgrounds and levels of educational attainment.
  • Create educational opportunities and support for students to achieve success and prepare for life-long learning.

  • Distinguish ourselves by offering creative, cutting-edge, hands-on education.

  • Offer students choices to achieve their education goals through applied, pathway-based education from basic education and certificate programs to baccalaureate degrees.

  • Teach using the latest industry standards and cross-discipline approaches to prepare students for immediate and future employment.

  • Empower faculty and staff to reach their potential in a supportive environment that values collaboration, transparency, respect, and integrity.

  • Work in partnership with business and industry as well as local and global organizations to foster economic vitality and create prosperous communities.

  • Thrive in state-of-the-art facilities that use the latest learning and business technologies to enhance the delivery of education and our internal operations.

  • Implement innovations that result in a financially-sustainable organization.

Goals & Strategies

Goal 1: Increase access and completion rates for all students, and close opportunity gaps for under-represented students.

Associated core themes: Student Achievement, Pathways, External Engagement


  1. Identify and define opportunity gaps
  2. Implement Guided Pathways
  3. Identify and implement approaches that increase student access, success, and completion with a focus on closing opportunity gaps
  4. Ensure engagement with students and employers at all points along the student’s educational pathway, including completion and employment

Goal 2: Attract and retain diverse employees that view LWTech as an employer of choice.

Associated core themes: College Community, External Engagement


  1. Identify and integrate institutional qualities and activities that create an inclusive environment and help employees feel valued
  2. Establish comprehensive professional development opportunities for all employees
  3. Engage employees in a shared sense of purpose and community
  4. Identify and implement approaches to attract diverse, culturally competent employees to the college

Goal 3: Align our college culture and brand identity.

Associated core themes: College Community, Student Achievement, External Engagement


  1. Collectively, and with cross-campus engagement, define the desired attributes of our culture and identity as a public institute of technology
  2. Identify how students, employees and community members feel a sense of belonging and create a system that invites understanding of our culture and identity
  3. Ensure the college culture and brand identity remains visible to the internal college community and the external community on a continuous basis

Goal 4: Create a sustainable fiscal structure to ensure the college fulfills its mission and vision. 

Associated core themes: College Community, Student Achievement, External Engagement, Pathways


  1. Grow enrollment and maintain it at or above allocation targets
  2. Explore and secure diverse, alternative sources of revenue to support operational and capital costs
  3. Use data to inform investments and program decisions