Our Very Excellent Week

June  27, 2014

Contact: Jamie Holter, Director of Communications and Marketing
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
(206) 719-7535, jamie.holter@lwtech.edu

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Kirkland, WA - Lake Washington Institute of Technology had an excellent week by any standard. More than 400 students graduated in a variety of fields, an engineering team beat the odds and placed well at an international competition and the college's I-BEST program was profiled in a story about what colleges are doing right.

"This has been a fantastic week," said Dr. Amy Goings, president of Lake Washington Institute of Technology.

Graduation

LWTech has more than 44 areas of study. On June 20, 240 students graduated with certificates, associates degrees and bachelor's degrees in these programs. Nearly 150 students graduated from the High School Academy, the high school that exists on campus. Forty nursing students received their graduation pins.

Graduation

CanSat Team

Two Lake Washington Engineering Technology students, Jasmine Davis and Ian Smith, placed 22 out of 59 international college engineering teams at CanSat, the American Astronautical Society (AAS) and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) student design-build-launch competition for space-related topics in Burkett, Texas. The LWTech team beat more than 30 four-year engineering schools who received college credit for participation. What's more remarkable are the students themselves. Both did the competition as a side project while taking a full load of classes. Jasmine is also a single mom.

I-BEST program

The Washington Business Alliance, a nonpartisan, non-profit business organization highlighted LWTech's I-BEST program this week as the poster child for successfully reinventing adult education.  I-BEST pairs two instructors in the classroom - one to teach professional and technical content and the other to teach basic skills in reading, math, writing or English language - so students can move through school and into jobs faster.  LWTech was an early adopter of the successful I-BEST program. The article profiles faculty member Hector Valenzuela for his work integrating calculus and algebra into auto repair. The Gates Foundation partially funds the program.

I-BEST participants were found to be employed at double the hours per week and earning $2,310 more per year than their cohort in the control group.

Lake Washington Institute of Technology is a workforce education college with a mission to educate students of any age for today's careers and tomorrow's opportunities.

Hyperlinks included in release:

Lake Washington Institute of Technology: www.lwtech.edu/

CanSat Competition http://www.cansatcompetition.com/Main.html

Washington Business Alliance story: www.wacatalyst.org/wa-technical-colleges-reinventing-adult-basic-education/

Research: http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED538999.pdf

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Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) is a public, broad-based technical institute providing education in more than 40 areas of study and offering pathways to certificates, associate degrees and bachelor's degrees designed to give students the latest cutting edge skills relevant to today's workplace. Founded in 1949, LWTech offers hands-on, real-world training in manufacturing, transportation, energy, business, allied health, engineering, computer and information systems, food and hospitality, and health and fitness. For information and news about Lake Washington Institute of Technology programs, please visit our Pressroom.