About the Campus & Community

The cultural & intellectual heart of our community...

welcome bannerAs the oldest continuously operating two-year public college in the state of Washington (founded in 1925), Centralia College has a rich heritage of transfer, workforce & basic skills programs serving the community. The college serves Lewis and south Thurston counties with a population over 75,000.

A community college in the truest sense, we are in the center of Centralia, WA, on a tree-lined, 30+ acre campus. Our enrollment averages 10,444 total annual students with 2,300 full-time equivalent (FTEs), and we employ about 260 full-time employees.


The region...

student Stephanie SchieleThe college is located in southwest Washington on the I-5 corridor midway between Seattle and Portland, 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.