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  Message from the President
   Dr. Amy M. Morrison, LWTech President
Welcome to the 2021 edition of Transformations magazine!
COVID-19 continues to devastate families and businesses across our state, and it almost immediately impacted our state’s economy. As
one of the state’s five technical colleges, and the only public institute of technology, we are prepared to retrain our neighbors who have been displaced by the pandemic. While it may take some time before we know the complete impact the pandemic will have on our state’s economy, I want you to know that we are ready to help in the economic recovery efforts by educating and retraining Washington’s workforce through our Industry-driven certificates, associate’s and applied bachelor degree programs.
Lake Washington Institute of Technology’s (LWTech) programs are positioned to adjust to a changing marketplace. They are innovative, accessible, and flexible, and they are designed in partnership with Industry, to directly respond and support Industry need and demand. It’s because of these partnerships that our graduates are fully prepared to hit the ground running in their chosen career path.
For more than 70 years we have been committed to training students to be successful in their careers. While some may still think about LWTech as
a vocational college, we’re so much more. We’ve grown exponentially
to become a STEM-focused, career- connected college that offers 10 applied bachelor’s degrees, 44 associate degrees and 93 professional certificates, in 43 areas of study, including programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
In fact, our STEM program graduates are prepared to successfully transfer
to colleges and universities. You’ll read more about that in the following pages. Additionally, our trades programs, like Machining Technology, also have a STEM focus, with graduates going on into engineering fields.
Our students are successful because of their hard work and perseverance, and because of our dedicated faculty and staff. They’re also successful because of the support we receive from Industry, and you, our neighbors and community. I hope as you read the following pages, that you’ll feel just as inspired as we
do each day, as we see our students succeed and thrive.
I want you to know that just as you have been here for us, we are here for you. If you or a family member needs to retrain after being laid off, or you want to update your credentials, we can help.
With Appreciation,
                      Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities at the associate and baccalaureate degree levels.
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LWTech's total liability for claims arising from a contractual relationship with the student in any way related to classes or programs shall be limited to the tuition and expenses paid by the student to the college for those classes or programs. In no event shall the college be liable for any special, indirect, incidental, or consequential damages, including but not limited to, loss of earnings or profits. LWTech does not and will not provide any commission, bonus, or other incentive payment based directly or indirectly on success in securing enrollment or financial aid to any persons or entities engaged in any student recruiting or admissions activities or in making decisions regarding the award of student financial assistance. LWTech is committed to providing equal access for students with disabilities. Information about instructional accommodations and equipment is available from the Disability Support Services coordinator, (425) 739-8300, or 711 (Washington Relay).
LWTech values equality of opportunity, human dignity, racial, cultural and ethnic diversity both as an educational institution and as an employer. The college provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. The college complies with applicable laws prohibiting discrimination and harassment in employment, educational programs and admissions, including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination Act and the state law against discrimination, chapter 49.60 RCW. Inquiries regarding compliance procedures and complaints may be directed to the college’s Affirmative Action Officer: Executive Director, Human Resources, Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator, 11605 132nd AVE NE, Kirkland, WA 98034, (425) 739-8212 or 711 (Washington Relay).
In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act of 1998, and as a part of the College’s commitment to safety and security on campus, Lake Washington Institute of Technology(LWTech) reports the mandated information about current campus policies concerning safety and security issues, the required statistics, and other related information for the past three (3) calendar years. LWTech’s Annual Safety Report (ASR) is available online at To obtain a paper copy of the report, please visit the LWTech Safety Department located in the East Building at 11605 132nd Avenue NE Kirkland, WA 98034.
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Contents of this publication were developed with funds from the Carl D. Perkins Act, National Science Foundation (NSF DUE #1458583 and NSF DUE #1502032), and U.S. Department of Education (grant #P116G150117). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Additionally, content does not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.
Credits: Editor Leslie Shattuck Design Kimberly Goddard Writers Leslie Shattuck, Edith Rojas Photos Sarah Chandler, Kimberly Goddard, Stewart Isett, Edith Rojas, and LWTech Staff
A special thank you to the students and faculty who through their awards, achievements and amazing lives we are able to celebrate!
Transformations magazine is published for information purposes only. Although every effort is made to ensure accuracy at the time of publication, this magazine shall not be construed to be an irrevocable contract between the student and LWTech Transformations magazine is mailed at the periodicals rate to obtain the lowest cost, while best serving the residents of the college’s geographic area. Please pass on your copy to a friend, take it to work, or recycle it when you are finished. If you do not receive the magazine and would like to be added to our mailing list, email: or call (425) 739-8236.
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