Highline College

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Over 15,000 students attend Highline College each year for a wide range of high-quality programs.

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Highline offers comprehensive community college programs, four new applied bachelor’s degrees, applied associate degrees and/or certificates plus pre-college, basic education and short-term training programs thru Continuing Education.

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Highline College is the home of Washington’s Center of Excellence for Global Trade and Supply Chain Management.

Providing superior education and services to its diverse community for over 50 years.

Highline College is proud of its over 50-year history of providing members of its diverse and multifaceted community with superior educational programs and services. Founded in 1961, Highline was the first community college in King County.

Today, Highline College is nationally and internationally recognized as a premier community college, a reputation earned through the development of an institutional culture that values innovation, globalization of curriculum, and community participation. It serves over 15,000 students and has more than 350,000 alumni. The campus was built in 1964 with additional buildings added in following years to meet student and technology needs.

The main campus is located in Des Moines and the College’s Marine Science and Technology Center is located several miles south at a pier in the heart of the Redondo area. Highline serves the residents of three school districts-Federal Way, Highline, and Tukwila.  Students from Seattle, Tacoma, and other communities are also drawn to Highline for its diversity and commitment to excellence.

Commitment to Diversity

We believe that students—as a result of their experience during college immersed in an inclusive environment that embraces multiculturalism and diversity—have the capacity to change the world for the better as global citizens. A commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social justice is at the heart of everything we do daily at Highline.

Highline has many services, initiatives and programming that meet diverse needs:  Inter-Cultural Center, Multicultural Affairs, MESA,  TRiO, English-as-a-Second-Language courses, Welcome Back Center, Transition and Postsecondary Programs, as well as the Global Partnerships that connect faculty, staff and students with the diversity of the world.

Educational and Training Programs

Highline College meets the education and training needs of South King County through innovative and quality programs.  Highline offers a wide range of academic transfer and professional-technical education programs, with online, day, evening and weekend classes, and takes a multi-cultural approach to education for the success of all its students and the prosperity of its surrounding communities.

  • Highline College houses the Center of Excellence for Global Trade and Supply Chain Management for the State of Washington, and is the flagship institution for strengthening Washington State’s competitive advantages in these areas through statewide education and training leadership. Highline’s Center of Excellence mobilizes a network of partners, resources, and key communications that provide substantial support to the state’s international trade and supply chain development efforts.
  • Through a creative partnership with Central Washington University, time and place-bound students have the opportunity to complete baccalaureate and masters degrees without ever leaving South King County. Highline and CWU jointly occupy the Higher Education Center on the main campus in Des Moines.
  • Highline’s Small Business Development Center [SBDC], StartZone, and the Department of Community Education and Training Services (CETS) have teamed up to meet the needs of the business community. The SBDC and StartZone are resources for one-to-one, free, confidential, counseling, research, resources and technical assistance for small and medium-size business owners, managers and entrepreneurs in southwest King County. CETS provides training for professional advancement, technology, entrepreneurship and other business skills including customized training developed with businesses to increase employee workplace skills and knowledge for application in today’s competitive business environment.

Highline’s many innovative programs and services demonstrate its commitment to provide all citizens and immigrants access to the rewards of education and training.

Mission and Vision

Mission Statement

As a public institution of higher education serving a diverse community in a multicultural world and global economy, Highline College promotes student engagement, learning, and achievement, integrates diversity and globalism throughout the college, sustains relationships within its communities, and practices sustainability in human resources, operations, and teaching and learning.

Highline’s Vision

Highline College is valued as the educational crossroads where dreams are shaped, communities created and excellence achieved.

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Slide 1

Over 15,000 students attend Highline College each year for a wide range of high-quality programs.

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Highline offers comprehensive community college programs, four new applied bachelor’s degrees, applied associate degrees and/or certificates plus pre-college, basic education and short-term training programs thru Continuing Education.

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Highline College is the home of Washington’s Center of Excellence for Global Trade and Supply Chain Management.

Providing superior education and services to its diverse community for over 50 years.

Highline College is proud of its over 50-year history of providing members of its diverse and multifaceted community with superior educational programs and services. Founded in 1961, Highline was the first community college in King County.

Today, Highline College is nationally and internationally recognized as a premier community college, a reputation earned through the development of an institutional culture that values innovation, globalization of curriculum, and community participation. It serves over 15,000 students and has more than 350,000 alumni. The campus was built in 1964 with additional buildings added in following years to meet student and technology needs.

The main campus is located in Des Moines and the College’s Marine Science and Technology Center is located several miles south at a pier in the heart of the Redondo area. Highline serves the residents of three school districts-Federal Way, Highline, and Tukwila.  Students from Seattle, Tacoma, and other communities are also drawn to Highline for its diversity and commitment to excellence.

Commitment to Diversity

We believe that students—as a result of their experience during college immersed in an inclusive environment that embraces multiculturalism and diversity—have the capacity to change the world for the better as global citizens. A commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social justice is at the heart of everything we do daily at Highline.

Highline has many services, initiatives and programming that meet diverse needs:  Inter-Cultural Center, Multicultural Affairs, MESA,  TRiO, English-as-a-Second-Language courses, Welcome Back Center, Transition and Postsecondary Programs, as well as the Global Partnerships that connect faculty, staff and students with the diversity of the world.

Educational and Training Programs

Highline College meets the education and training needs of South King County through innovative and quality programs.  Highline offers a wide range of academic transfer and professional-technical education programs, with online, day, evening and weekend classes, and takes a multi-cultural approach to education for the success of all its students and the prosperity of its surrounding communities.

  • Highline College houses the Center of Excellence for Global Trade and Supply Chain Management for the State of Washington, and is the flagship institution for strengthening Washington State’s competitive advantages in these areas through statewide education and training leadership. Highline’s Center of Excellence mobilizes a network of partners, resources, and key communications that provide substantial support to the state’s international trade and supply chain development efforts.
  • Through a creative partnership with Central Washington University, time and place-bound students have the opportunity to complete baccalaureate and masters degrees without ever leaving South King County. Highline and CWU jointly occupy the Higher Education Center on the main campus in Des Moines.
  • Highline’s Small Business Development Center [SBDC], StartZone, and the Department of Community Education and Training Services (CETS) have teamed up to meet the needs of the business community. The SBDC and StartZone are resources for one-to-one, free, confidential, counseling, research, resources and technical assistance for small and medium-size business owners, managers and entrepreneurs in southwest King County. CETS provides training for professional advancement, technology, entrepreneurship and other business skills including customized training developed with businesses to increase employee workplace skills and knowledge for application in today’s competitive business environment.

Highline’s many innovative programs and services demonstrate its commitment to provide all citizens and immigrants access to the rewards of education and training.

Mission and Vision

Mission Statement

As a public institution of higher education serving a diverse community in a multicultural world and global economy, Highline College promotes student engagement, learning, and achievement, integrates diversity and globalism throughout the college, sustains relationships within its communities, and practices sustainability in human resources, operations, and teaching and learning.

Highline’s Vision

Highline College is valued as the educational crossroads where dreams are shaped, communities created and excellence achieved.

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