Employee Benefits

Lake Washington Institute of Technology offers a wide range of benefits to our regular employees. We list many here; Human Resources/Payroll can give you more details.


 rightarros Medical, Dental, Life & Disability Insurance

 rightarros Credit Unions

 rightarros Flexible Spending Accounts

 rightarros Health & Fitness

 rightarros Retirement Plans

 rightarros Training & Development

 rightarros Vacation & Sick Leave

 rightarros Early Learning Center

 rightarros Personal & Family Leave

 rightarros Employee Assistance Program

 rightarros Holidays

 rightarros Commuting Assistance



Medical, Dental, Life and Disability Insurance Plans

We offer eligible employees and their families a broad choice of medical and dental insurance options. All plans provide eligible family members coverage at a low monthly payment.

  • Medical plans cover office visits, hospital care, and preventative care. They also cover prescription drugs, vision care, mental health, substance abuse, and smoking cessation.

  • We provide basic life, accidental death and dismemberment and disability plans. You may also buy enhanced coverage at low rates.

  • We provide medical/dental benefits to qualified same-sex domestic partners. We also provide medical benefits to opposite-sex domestic partners in which one partner is age 62 or older.

Health Care Authority - Public Employees Benefits Board

HCA - PEBB: Benefit Info for New Employees

 Notice of Health Benefit Exchange

Flexible Spending Accounts

Eligible employees may take part in an IRS approved, tax-free account that saves money on eligible medical expenses. You can authorize per-pay period deposits to your FSA from your before-tax salary. Then, when you incur eligible expenses, you request tax-free withdrawals from your account for reimbursement. Setting up a medical expense FSA saves valuable tax dollars on eligible medical expenses.

Health Care Authority - Public Employees Benefits Board-FSA Plan

back to top

Retirement Plans

We provide retirement plans to eligible employees. Your employee status determines which plan(s) you take part in.

  • TRS - Washington State Teacher's Retirement

  • PERS - Public Employees Retirement Plan

  • TIAA-CREF - Teacher's Insurance Annuity Association/College Retirement Equities Fund

  • Deferred Compensation Program - voluntary

  • SRA (Supplementary Retirement Account) - voluntary


WA State Department of Retirement Systems

Sick and Vacation Leave

  • All eligible staff accrue sick leave at one day per month. Leave is prorated based on full-time employment percentage.

  • Staff accrue vacation leave every month. Bargained agreements or policies  determine annual accrual rates. Leave is prorated based on full-time employment percentage.

back to top

Personal Leave

Eligible employees get at least one paid personal day per year based on bargain agreements and policy.

Family Leave

Eligible employees may take leave to care for family members based on bargain agreements, college policy, and state and federal laws.

Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries - Family Care Laws


Eligible employees get 12 paid holidays per year including:

- New Year's Day - Fourth of July - Christmas Eve
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Labor Day - Christmas Day
- President's Day - Veterans Day - New Year's Eve
- Memorial Day - Thanksgiving & the day after


back to top

Credit Unions

Eligible employees may join one of two credit unions. Both offer member services that include payroll direct deposit, automatic bill pay, savings and checking accounts, overdraft protection, personal lines of credit and low interest loans.

School Employees Credit Union of Washington

Washington State Employees Credit Union

Direct Deposit

All employees may sign up to deposit their paychecks directly into a checking or savings account. Once enrolled, you no longer get a paper check or stub but can view your earnings history online. Click here to get the Direct Deposit Authorization form.

Employee Earnings History

Health and Fitness

Regular employees can use the Fitness Center and its equipment at no cost! The center also offers free fitness testing assessments, individualized training, or assistance with gym equipment.

LWTech Fitness Center

back to top

Training and Development

Eligible employees can get tuition waivers for most LW Tech classes. You pay for books, supplies and applicable fees.

We also offer a variety of training and development activities for employees each year. Activities include workshops on diversity, teacher preparation, learning styles, communication skills, computer software skill building, conflict resolution, web design, health & wellness, and more.

Employees may access department and college funds to take part in off-campus professional development activities. Your supervisor must approve in advance the training and professional development you take during normally scheduled work time.

Early Learning Center

The college's early learning center provides a model learning environment for children of LW Tech students and employees, with limited space available for community clients. Early childhood specialists staff the center and provide developmentally appropriate activities and exploration opportunities for children. The ELC also serves as the lab school for the college's early childhood education program. The ELC serves children between the ages of 18 months and six years. The center is open Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more info, call (425) 739-8358.

Early Learning Center

back to top

Employee Assistance Program

We offer free short-term counseling, assessment, and referral services to our employees. This program provides confidential assistance to employees and their families dealing with difficulties like drug and alcohol abuse, family and marital issues, legal problems, financial problems, anxiety, depression, nervousness, and more. A professional counselor can assist you with a referral.

Employee Assistance Program

EAP Orientation - WA Wellness   (requires Microsoft PowerPoint)

Commuting Assistance

The Facilities & Operations office manages commuting options for employees. Contact Jamie Dye, East Building, E199, at (425) 739-8218 for info on:

The Fitness Center offers showers and clothes lockers to bicyclists and walkers.

King County Metro Transit

back to top