Lake Washington Institute of Technology Receives Grant to Open Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success

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Kirkland, Wash. – Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) received a $367,000 grant from the Department of Education to open a Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success (CEVSS). Nearly 700 veterans have studied at LWTech, and that number continues to grow. It’s estimated that there will be 150 new veteran students attending the college during the 2015-2016 school year.

“LWTech is located 50 miles north of Joint Base Lewis McChord in Lakewood, and 25 miles south of Naval Station Everett, and is perfectly situated to serve the ever-growing population of veterans in the Pacific Northwest,” said Dr. Amy Morrison Goings, president of LWTech. “Last fall, 35-percent of all veterans enrolled in an advanced manufacturing program like Electronics Technology, Engineering Graphics, Machine Technology, Welding Technology, Auto Collision and Repair Technology and Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology. The location of the college provides numerous opportunities for students in advanced manufacturing to find employment following graduation.”

As a public technical college, workforce programs at LWTech offer unique training opportunities well suited to veteran students’ strengths and leading to direct employment.

“Today, too many veterans in our region are still struggling to find jobs,” said Congresswoman Suzan DelBene. “LWTech currently provides veteran students with important financial aid guidance, tuition waivers and counseling. This grant will allow the college to expand these services and help veterans better navigate their college experience to prepare for the 21st century workforce.”

The CEVSS is scheduled to open later this year on LWTech’s Kirkland campus. Grant funding will support a full-time center CEVSS coordinator who will work specifically with veteran students on campus.

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.