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Welcome to Centralia College, the oldest continuously operating two-year public college in the state of Washington. The college is located in the center of Centralia, WA, on a tree-lined, 30+ acre campus. Founded in 1925, it has a rich heritage of transfer, workforce, and basic skills programs serving the community. Our enrollment averages 10,444 total annual students with 2,300 full-time equivalent (FTEs), and we employ approximately 260 full-time employees.
The Service Area
The college serves Lewis and south Thurston counties with a population over 75,000. The college is located in the northwest corner of Lewis County, which is 2,409 square miles, about 100 miles long and 25 miles wide. Centralia College East is an extension center in Morton, near the county's geographic center.
The college is on the I-5 corridor in a beautifully green area of forests and farmland. Wide fertile valleys are bordered by picturesque Mt. Rainier and the Cascade Range on the east, and the Willapa Hills on the west. Puget Sound and Hood Canal to the north and the Columbia River and the famous Columbia River Gorge and Mount St. Helens to the south are within a short commute from the college. The populace enjoys the mild climate of the Pacific Northwest with low mean temperatures of 38 in January and a high mean of 78 in July.
Growth & the College's Master Plan
Enrollment growth at Centralia College, has overwhelmed campus facilities to the point where there is not enough available space for all students applying to the college. The projected enrollments during the next two bienniums will continue this trend and elevate the college into the upper half of the state’s community college system in terms of density. The college will develop its capital plan in a way that meets facility needs driven by this growth and in concert with the College's 20 Year Master Plan, which is approved by the Board of Trustees and developed in concert with a Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) made up of neighbors of the college, city officials, and college faculty and staff.
The Centralia College 20 Year Master Plan reflects the college's commitment to meet the needs and expectations of the constituency in District XII and the State of Washington. The master plan hinges upon the college’s dedication to the concept of being a comprehensive community college; which offers a quality range of academic transfer, technical, and basic skills programs. This master plan is an evolving document, which reflects the college’s mission of improving people's lives through lifelong learning. See Master Plan Proposals & Expansion to view the master plan narrative and map.