The initiatives listed on this page were developed, executed, phased out, and/or updated to be included in the college's current ongoing work. For current initiatives, please visit the Mission, Vision, Values, and Core Themes page.
To prepare students for today's careers and tomorrow's opportunities
To be the college of choice for workforce education
Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) is recognized by students, business, community, and peer organizations as the choice for innovative workforce education because we:
Core Values pinpoint the subtle qualities that form the basis of an organization’s culture. Shared values create a sense of collective purpose and camaraderie. At a more practical level, they help prospective employees decide if an organization is a good fit for them. For current employees, values are like a compass—they give direction on what makes a good decision or course of action.
LWTech’s values are:
LWTech is accessible to the community by providing multiple entrance points and educational pathways. The college is a conduit for students to upgrade their skills, transition into new careers, or further their education and training.
At LWTech, students gain the skills and knowledge needed to achieve their educational goals and to participate in the workforce.
LWTech forms partnerships with governmental and community organizations, educational institutions, business, and labor in order to effectively support the Institution’s mission.
LWTech provides a safe, supported and engaging learning environment for students and work environment for faculty and staff.
Increase access and completion rates for all students, and close opportunity gaps for under-represented students.
Attract and retain diverse employees that view LWTech as an employer of choice.
Align our college culture and brand identity.
Create a sustainable fiscal structure to ensure the college fulfills its mission and vision.
LWTech’s current strategic plan sunsets in Fall 2017. In considering what kind of strategic plan was needed for the college’s next stage of growth, the President and Executive Cabinet, in consultation with the Institutional Planning and Effectiveness Committee, determined that a three-year, streamlined “transitional” plan was needed in order to give concentrated attention to certain key items that lead to mission fulfillment before engaging in a large scale “aspirational” planning process.
Executive Cabinet made the first attempt at developing a plan outline with volunteer facilitation from Kate Butcher, LWTech Foundation Board Member. Since then, the plan has seen significant input from the college community as well as community partners. Please note, the draft plan only contains goals and strategies. Once goals and strategies are finalized, tactics for achieving those goals and strategies will be developed along with appropriate performance measures. Additionally, the mission, vision and vision narrative for the college have not changed. This approach also aligns the Strategic Planning process with our accreditation timeline and the results of our year seven visit in Fall 2019 will be incorporated into the 2020 large scale aspirational plan.
Lake Washington Institute of Technology 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 admission. Inquiries regarding compliance procedures and complaints may be directed to the Executive Director, Human Resources, Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator, 11605 132nd Ave. NE, Kirkland, WA 98034, (425) 739-8212 or 711 (Washington Relay). LWTech.edu/eo
In September of 2013, Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) embarked on a year-long process to develop a community-driven Strategic Plan. This plan, approved by the Board of Trustees in September of 2013, was a five-year plan guided by the Institute's four core themes. During the 2014-215 academic year, LWTech embarked on a three-part process to implement and assess the strategic plan. In 2016-2017 the college embarked on developing a newly updated strategic plan for 2017-2020, which included sunsetting the 2013-2017 plan.
During Spring 2014, our campus engaged in a series of focus groups and individual interviews facilitated by Drs. Christine Clark and Mark Brimhall-Vargas to gain an understanding of diversity at LWTech. Based on those conversations, the consultants prepared a report outlining their findings.
Meeting enrollment targets is more critical than ever and cannot be accomplished through marketing and outreach alone. Retaining students and helping them persist to earn degrees and certificates is a necessity for both individual and institutional success. The Completion Initiative focuses on high-impact practices using student achievement data to inform how and where we make changes to college policies, procedures, programming, and staffing.
During the 2014-2015 academic year, 11 task forces met to move the college forward, with several key results:
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Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) is committed to providing access to information for all, therefore we are taking the following measures to ensure accessibility of the college’s public facing website (LWTech.edu), and third-party platforms utilized by students, staff, and community members.
The college is currently conducting an audit to determine the extent to which its website and third-party platforms are compliant.