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Colleges and Universities
Two-year colleges, often referred to as community or technical colleges, offer associate degrees and certificate programs. Washington community and technical colleges offer a wide variety of programs and coursework. Several two-year pathways offer easy transfer opportunities to four-year colleges and universities.
Four-Year Colleges and Universities
Four-year colleges and universities can be public, such as the University of Washington or The Evergreen State College, or private, similar to Seattle Pacific University or Whitworth University. Both types offer certificates, four-year degrees, and graduate degrees in areas such as business, history, biology, math, English, education, and more.
Private Vocational Colleges
Private vocational colleges often partner with unions and trade groups to offer apprentice and journeyman programs in fields like plumbing, carpentry, or welding. The length of each program varies, but many can take three or more years to complete.
Proprietary or For-Profit Schools
Proprietary or for-profit schools can offer a wide range of postsecondary training and education options, from certificates to two-year degrees, four-year degrees, and beyond.