Community

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) directly serves the communities located east of Seattle, across Lake Washington. These include the cities of Kirkland, Redmond, Duvall, Bellevue, Bothell, Carnation, Clyde Hill, Fall City, Kenmore, Medina, Mercer Island, North Bend, Sammamish, Skykomish, Snoqualmie, and Woodinville.

LWTech also serves students from outside our service area as well as international students from around the world.

Location

Lake Washington Institute of Technology is located in the city of Kirkland, in northern King County, and is ten miles east of Seattle. It is easily accessible via Interstate 405 and local and regional transit lines. The college has a branch campus in nearby Redmond.

Located on the eastern shore of Lake Washington, Kirkland has built a sophisticated, urban lifestyle around the waterfront. The city has more than two miles of waterfront and nearly one-quarter of the city's total 10.5 square-mile area is composed of public parks and moorage. Opportunities for outdoor recreation abound.

The surrounding area offers a wealth of diverse arts, entertainment, and cultural attractions.

Employment

Kirkland is Washington state's nineteenth most populated city (April 1, 2009 census). To the east are the Cascade Mountains and to the west is Seattle and the Olympic Peninsula. Seattle, just a short drive across Lake Washington, is home to several cultural events and festivals, as well as professional teams in football, baseball, soccer, and women's basketball. Portland, Oregon, is three hours south and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is three hours to the north, both via Interstate 5.

Kirkland is close to the major employment centers of Seattle, Bellevue and to such employers as Amazon.com, Boeing, PACCAR, Starbucks and Microsoft.

Kirkland's local economy is characterized by a healthy mix of small business, corporate headquarters, light industrial and manufacturing, and a growing base of high-tech, biotech and home-based businesses.