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President's Welcome

Jim WaltonWelcome to Centralia College. The Vision for Centralia College is to be recognized as the best community college in the state of Washington, to be a driving force in the local economy and to be the intellectual heart and cultural soul of the community. To be the best means that we dedicate ourselves to our mission of improving people's lives through lifelong learning while embracing our core values of respecting the worth and dignity of the individual, acknowledging the unique contributions of each individual, and collaboratively meeting the changing needs of our community.

I am very proud that we are well on our way to achieving our vision. This is a quality institution with a quality faculty and staff. For me there is no greater evidence than the success of our graduates. Our transfer students are performing exemplary work at many four-year colleges and universities. On the average as juniors their grades are as high if not slightly higher than students starting at those institutions. Our professional and technical graduates are finding meaningful employment even in this sluggish economy. I have received numerous commendations from local employers about the knowledge and abilities of our graduates. And, I am especially proud of the many students who complete their GED each year and begin their transition to higher levels of education and work.

For whatever reason you may be thinking of coming to Centralia College, whether it be for liberal arts and science courses, job skills classes, self improvement or simply personal enrichment you will find that instructors, counselors, advisors, and all staff members are here to support you in attaining your goals. If you need financial aid, childcare, tutoring, or advice on what classes to take, our staff will be there to assist you. Count on it!

Centralia College is a small, rural, safe, comprehensive community college that offers many of the experiences of college life found at larger institutions. We have numerous student activities including clubs, student programs, athletics, theater productions, and dances. You can become as involved as you choose to be.

Best wishes for a great year!

Dr. James Walton
President, Centralia College

Centralia College campus

Contact the President's Office

Hanson Administration Bldg.
Room 106
Centralia College
600 Centralia College Blvd.
Centralia WA 98531
(360) 736-9391, ext. 200
Fax: (360) 330-7573
E-mail: jwalton@centralia.edu

Office hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, from Labor Day through early June. Summer hours are 7:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 am to 11:30 am on Fridays.