Lake Washington Institute of Technology’s Very Excellent Week


Leslie ShattuckExecutive Director/Executive Communications Officer(425) 739-8236

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Kirkland, WA – The Lake Washington Institute of Technology had an excellent week by any standard. More than 400 students graduated in a variety of fields, an engineering team beat the odds and placed well at an international competition and the college’s I-BEST program was profiled in a story about what colleges are doing right.

“This has been a fantastic week,” said Dr. Amy Goings, president of Lake Washington Institute of Technology. 


LWTech has more than 44 areas of study. On June 20, 240 students graduated with certificates, associates degrees and bachelor’s degrees in these programs. Nearly 150 students graduated from the High School Academy, the high school that exists on campus. XX nursing students received their graduation pins. (link to photos)

CanSat team

Two Lake Washington Engineering Technology students, Jasmine Davis and Ian Smith, placed 22 out of 59 international college engineering teams at CanSat, the American Astronautical Society (AAS) and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) student design-build-launch competition for space-related topics in Burkett, Texas. The LWTech team beat more than 30 four-year engineering schools who received college credit for participation. What’s more remarkable are the students themselves. Both did the competition as a side project while taking a full load of classes. Jasmine is also a single mom. (find and link to photos)

I-BEST program

The Washington Business Alliance, a nonpartisan, non-profit business organization highlighted LWTech’s I-BEST program this week as the poster child for successfully reinventing adult education.  I-BEST pairs two instructors in the classroom – one to teach professional and technical content and the other to teach basic skills in reading, math, writing or English language – so students can move through school and into jobs faster.  LWTech was an early adopter of the successful I-BEST program. The article profiles faculty member Hector Valenzuela for his work integrating calculus and algebra into auto repair. The Gates Foundation partially funds the program.

I-BEST participants were found to be employed at double the hours per week and earning $2,310 more per year than their cohort in the control group.

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CanSat Competition

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About Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) was founded in 1949, and is the only public institute of technology in the state of Washington. LWTech offers 10 applied bachelor's degrees, 35 associate degrees, and 86 professional certificates in 42 areas of study, including STEM-focused programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.