Welcome to Centralia College’s 90th year! This year will be an ongoing celebration of our history and success and a continuation of the outstanding educational programming we offer the Great State of Washington.
By making the decision to enroll at Centralia College, you are joining one of the very top community colleges in the United States.* Our graduation and transfer rates are exceptionally high. This college is making history with its strong mix of associate and baccalaureate education, workforce training, transitional education, and our commitment to sustainable development in Washington.
Centralia College is known across the state for its excellence in teaching, capstone learning projects, a friendly and supportive learning environment, a focus on teamwork and collaboration, and especially the support and commitments the communities of Lewis and southern Thurston counties have made to the college. Last year our foundation awarded over $390,000 in scholarships, more than any comparably sized college in the state.
As the oldest continuously operating community college in Washington, we are very proud of our history. As you walk around the campus, you will note sculpture that commemorates our founders, images of famous Washingtonians, and buildings that celebrate the finest architecture of recent American history. It is easy to see why students, professors and our community take such great pride in our college!
As education trailblazers, our professors and librarians are pioneering the use of open source materials in our classes in an effort to provide the most relevant and lowest cost learning resources for our students.
Last year Governor Jay Inslee, US Senator Maria Cantwell, Senator Jon Braun and Representative Richard DeBolt all visited the college as we showcased student projects, broke ground for the new TransAlta Student Commons building, celebrated the success of our state Center of Excellence in Clean Energy, and won a Washington State Auditor’s Award for Fiscal Stewardship. Centralia College is on the move in very significant ways, modeling sustainable development, Bachelor of Applied Science degrees, community partnerships, and the development of a global-minded citizenry.
If you are thinking about your own future, we hope you will consider Centralia College your #1 choice. The practical reasons are all there: great teaching as well as supportive advising, tutoring, and other learning services. But the professional reasons are just as important: Centralia graduates have a very high immediate employment rate (consistently over 75%) because the college supports tomorrow’s technologies, library, and IT services. Your experience here will be of high value in tomorrow’s workplace.
I look forward to meeting you on campus, and learning about your educational journey!
Dr. Robert A. Frost
*Ranked #37 overall, and #2 in Washington, in a 2015 CNNMoney report.