Strategic Plan

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

  • Pathways

  • Student Achievement

  • External Engagement

  • College Community

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

Strategic Plan 2013-2017 (pdf)


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


To be the college of choice for workforce education


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.



  • Strengthen Pathways for students at every level from basic education to baccalaureates.

Student Achievement

  • Increase the percentage rate of successful completion of student educational goals in degrees and certificates as well as in work-related outcomes.

  • Increase cultural competency to prepare students for the global workforce.

External Engagement

  • Develop an intentional coordinated plan for establishing industry and community partnerships.

  • Identify new and increased funding sources.

  • Strengthen the comprehensive marketing plan.

College Community

  • Create and implement efficient business processes.

  • Expand and modernize facilities and infrastructure to meet program development needs, workforce training, and future growth

  • Create a culture of collaboration, respect, integrity, transparency, and recognition

  • Develop a campus culture that fully integrates and operationalizes equity and diversity work.

  • Create an employment environment that supports employee achievement and growth.