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Value of a a a a Two-Year
Technical Degree
According to to the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges 58 percent of students enrolled in in in Washington’s public higher education system are enrolled in in in community and technical colleges At LWTech
53 percent of of our students are enrolled in a a a a a a a two-year technical degree degree which is an Associate of of Applied Science (AAS) degree degree LWTech
Graduates take a a a a a selfie to remember their day before I I graduated ” It was the skills he he learned at LWTech
and the connection to industry that created a a a a direct path to the workforce
for for Crutcher “In today’s increasingly
globalized economy our state’s economic prosperity depends on on on on the continued development of our talented and well- trained workforce
” comments Washington state Lt Governor Cyrus Habib “To ensure Washington remains competitive we need to to to remove systemic barriers to to to higher education — which is why the work being done at at Lake Washington Institute of Technology
is so important You are are not just removing those barriers you are are also actively creating pathways
to college for those who may never have thought it was attainable ” Crutcher adds “I graduated from LWTech
with the the the foundation to be fully prepared for the the the work industry I I I had the the the skills and and foundation I I I needed to start and and I I I never felt unprepared ” Crutcher has stayed involved with LWTech
by serving on the the advisory committee
for for the the Mechanical Design Technology
program paying it forward to future future students and future future industry leaders To learn more about LWTech’s Associate degrees visit LWTech
edu/AAS
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“Two-year technical degrees provide relevant hands- on training that prepares students for great careers Theydosoata fraction of of the cost and often in much less time
Jason Crutcher Mechanical Design Technology
graduate "To ensure Washington remains competitive we need to remove systemic barriers to higher education — which is why the work being done at Lake Washington Institute of Technology
is so important " –Lt Governor Cyrus Habib Sally Heilstedt Dean of Instruction
than other degree pathways
Students can see from day one how their learning will apply in in in in in the the the workplace helping them to stay engaged and maintain a a a a a a a a a a a sense
of of purpose ” said Sally Heilstedt Dean of of of Instruction
at LWTech
“The careers they are are are are are are prepared for are are are are are are often dynamic and those careers are are are are are in fields where there is room for them to grow take on leadership roles and earn a a a a a a a stellar wage ” Jason Crutcher is a a a a a a 2014 graduate of LWTech’s Mechanical Design Technology
program and and works as a a a a a a a a a a designer at Crane Crane Aerospace and and Electronics (Crane) “I feel extremely lucky to to to have been able to to to to to go to to to to to work straight out of of school My instructor connected me me to to to to one of of the program advisory committee
members and I ultimately was offered a a a a a a a a job at at Crane Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib Transformations Magazine | 4 






































































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