LWTech and CWU Team up to Offer New Path to IT Degree

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Students can study and work in Kirkland while getting an Ellensburg degree

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) and Central Washington University (CWU) inked a deal this week making it easier to get a four-year CWU information technology degree without ever leaving Kirkland. It’s a unique partnership giving students more options.

Previously, students graduated LWTech with a two-year degree and moved to Ellensburg or took CWU classes completely online to earn the popular four-year IT degree.

“We’ve always been impressed with LWTech transfer students,” said Melanie Palm, director of CWU’s university centers.

This partnership allows students to remain in Kirkland near friends, family and the hot Puget Sound job market, increasing the chance that students will stick with the program and earn the Bachelors of Science degree. 

With a 4.8 percent unemployment rate in Seattle, compared to 6.6 percent in Ellensburg, it’s also more likely students will find internships and part-time work while they attend class.

Central creates the curriculum and provides the faculty. LWTech will provide the classroom, equipment and face-to-face support, another key factor in student success.

“This is such a practical approach to education,” said Dr. Amy Morrison-Goings, president of LWTech.  “We want to be flexible in our college system. It leads to success and less confusion, and less waste with transfer credits.”

The bachelor’s degree includes education in information technology, administrative management and cybersecurity. Students learn to manage people, projects and information.

“Lake Washington’s associate of applied science fits perfectly with our Bachelor of Science degree,” said Melanie Palm, director of CWU’s university centers. “The four-year degree will give students more job opportunities.”

Central Washington University has existing partnerships with two Puget Sound community colleges – Highline and Everett. This is the first with an institute of technology.

Classes start this fall and students will have access to CWU-Lynnwood and LWTech financial aid services, library resources, writing help, career services and academic advising. 

“Studies show students have more success when they attend class surrounded by these support systems. We create an educational experience that is practical, purposeful and promising,” said Morrison-Goings.

About Lake Washington Institute of Technology

As the only public institute of technology in Washington state, Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) a provides students with the latest cutting edge skills relevant to today’s workplace. LWTech offers six bachelor’s degrees, more than 45 associate degrees, and more than 85 professional certificates in 44 areas of study, including STEM-focused programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.