Lake Washington Institute of Technology
Lake Washington Institute of Technology logo.svg
Former name
Lake Washington Technical College
MottoPractical. Purposeful. Promising.
Budget$25.2 million[1]
PresidentAmy Morrison Goings
Location, ,
Colours   Teal and Gold

The Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) is a public community college of technology in Kirkland, Washington.[2] LWTech is a member of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges[3] and offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and professional certificates in more than 40 areas of study.[1]

In addition to regular enrollment, LWTech offers a Technical Academy, a full-time special purpose high school program giving qualifying students, ages 16 to 20, an opportunity to complete their high school diploma and to earn a two-year college technical degree at the same time. Other high school programs include, Running Start, Open Doors, Tech Prep, Adult High School Completion, and WANIC. In addition to high school diplomas, these students can also earn associate degrees.[4]

LWTech has one of the highest completion rates in the State of Washington.[5]


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Lake Washington Institute of Technology was founded in 1949 by Lake Washington School District as an adult vocational training program. At first only offering a sewing program, it expanded to other vocations over the years, including automotive, culinary arts, and engineering. In 1978, local taxpayers passed a bond issue to construct a new facility for the school. A site then north of Kirkland near Totem Lake (since annexed) was chosen and the school opened by 1983. In 1991 LWTech became independent of the school district and on September 1, 1991 the institute became a degree-granting technical college with all the rights and responsibilities of a technical college as prescribed by state law. The school dental program was initiated in the fall of 1996, the state's first new program in 22 years.[6]

Additions were added to the school including a new administration building in 1994. Ground was broken on August 12, 2002 for a new 60,000-square-foot (5,600 m2) $17 million technology building adjoining the administration (or West Building) that was to add twenty classrooms and a new multi-level library facility to the school. The building was designed by architect Harry Cummings of Cummings & Associates with input from faculty, students and regional employers.[7]

The college expanded again in 2004 with a satellite campus on the edge of Marymoor Park in Redmond replacing a small training building owned by the school that was formerly a missile-repair shop built during the Cold War as part of the Nike Ajax missile-defense system. The 21,000-square-foot (2,000 m2) building features five classrooms, a library, auditorium and office and eating spaces.[8]

On April 18, 2011, Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire signed Substitute Senate Bill 5664 to change the name of Lake Washington Technical College to Lake Washington Institute of Technology. The name change took effect on July 22, 2011. The Redmond Campus was closed in spring of 2017. The college currently leases out its Redmond Campus Building to the City of Redmond.[9]

In 2011, LWTech opened its new 83,000-square-foot (7,700 m2) Allied Health building, housing the college's ever expanding health services programs.[10]


Lake Washington Institute of Technology is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities at the associate degree level and at the baccalaureate degree level to include the Bachelor of Technology in Applied Design, Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Health, Bachelor of Applied Science in Transportation and Logistics Management, Bachelor of Applied Science in Behavioral Health Care, Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene, Bachelor of Applied Science in Digital Gaming and Interactive Media, Bachelor of Applied Science in Funeral Service Education, and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computing and Software Development.


Lake Washington Institute of Technology's primary purpose is to prepare people for employment, career change, or upgrading occupational skills. All technical courses offer job-related learning experiences and basic education skills, which are needed and in demand by the current job market. Most students enroll in courses which operate on an open-entry, open-exit system.

Training is available in more than 40 areas of instruction, with more than 100 degree and certificate options.[11] LWTech also offers the Bachelor of Technology in Applied Design (BTAD) program, the first in Washington State. BTAD offers professionals working in the design field the opportunity to earn a four-year degree while obtaining management and supervisory skills. In 2009, LWTech debuted a Funeral Service Education program. This two-year Associate of Applied Science degree program, the only one in Washington, prepares students for employment as funeral directors or professional embalmers.[12]


In October 2017, Lake Washington Institute of Technology opened its new diversity center called the RISE Center: Resources for Inclusion, Support, and Empowerment.[13] The center aims to build an equitable and inclusive campus environment for all students and provides support services for students from traditionally underrepresented and under-served backgrounds, such as students from minoritized ethnic/racial groups, students with disabilities, first-generation college students (those who are the first in their family to attend/graduate from college), undocumented students, and members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community.


In 2017 Lake Washington Institute of Technology signed a memorandum of understanding with British Columbia Institute of Technology in Canada and Oregon Institute of Technology[14] to collaborate in four key areas to bring industry-aligned talent to the Cascadia Innovation Corridor's[15] workforce needs. Microsoft President, Brad Smith, announced the partnership. The memorandum that the three institutions signed outlines four areas for collaboration, which focus on students, faculty, industry, and applied research.



Community Resource Fair

Lake Washington Institute of Technology often hosts events geared toward its community members. Events include the monthly Community Resource Fair,[16] in partnership with the City of Kirkland, City of Redmond, WorkSource Seattle-King County, and the King County Library System. The goal of the event is to provide community and college resources in one location to support low-income, marginalized populations who face barriers in the Seattle Eastside communities. The resource fair services include housing, transportation, food assistance, mental health, immigrant/refugee services, health, and dental care, training and education, domestic violence, disability support, and more.

Job Fair

LWTech hosts its Job Fairs in the fall and spring. Hosted by LWTech’s Employment Resource Center in partnership with WorkSource [1]Snohomish and [2]King Counties, the job fairs feature dozens of companies that are in search of employees. The event is free and open to students, graduates, and members of the community. LWTech aims to connect job seekers and local employers that are currently hiring.

Plants for sale at the Lake Washington Institute of Technology Annual Plant Sale
Plants for sale at the Lake Washington Institute of Technology Annual Plant Sale

Annual Spring Plant Sale

The Spring Plant Sale, one of the most popular events that takes place at Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech[17]), features a variety of plants grown from seed to sale by LWTech environmental horticulture students, including fuchsia baskets, annuals, vegetable starts, succulents, perennials, herb starts, and hundreds of bedding plants. LWTech environmental horticulture students grow over a hundred crops. These include vegetables and herbs that grow exceptionally well in the Pacific Northwest climate. Proceeds from the annual plant sale go to the environmental horticulture program and student scholarships.

Repair Cafe

Lake Washington Institute of Technology campus has provided its space to host the Repair Cafe events, where community members can bring small household items and clothing and their expert "fixers" will repair and mend them for free. Individuals can sign up in advance to make sure their item can be repaired, or just show up the day of the event.


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  2. ^ "Lake Washington Institute of Technology – U.S. News & World Report". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2023-01-31.
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  4. ^ "LWTech Academy graduates earn high school diplomas, additional degrees | Kirkland Reporter". Kirkland Reporter. 2017-06-17. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  5. ^ "A fresh — and expanded — view of community colleges shows they're doing better than many thought". The Seattle Times. 2017-11-14. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  6. ^ Rhodes, Elizabeth "College To Open Dental Program -- Hygienist Course Would Begin In Fall" - The Seattle Times 17 Feb. 1995. Retrieved December 23, 2009
  7. ^ Coolican, J. Patrick "Lake Washington college breaks ground for center" - The Seattle Times 1 Aug. 2002. Retrieved December 23, 2009
  8. ^ Perry, Nick "Tech college to build near Marymoor" - The Seattle Times 6 May 2003. Retrieved December 23, 2009
  9. ^ "Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center Programs Moving". December 15, 2017. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  10. ^ "New Allied Health Building" Retrieved September 12, 2012
  11. ^ "Kirkland tech school could offer a new route to a four-year engineering degree in Washington". The Seattle Times. 2017-09-29. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  12. ^ Lacitis, Erik (December 30, 2014), "We will bury you: Students learn basics at funeral-service school", The Seattle Times, p. B1
  13. ^ "LWTech's RISE Center creates an inclusive space for students | Kirkland Reporter". Kirkland Reporter. 2017-10-24. Retrieved 2018-01-18.
  14. ^ "LWTech joins forces with Pacific Northwest institutes of technology to provide industry aligned talent for the Cascadia Corridor | Kirkland Reporter". Kirkland Reporter. 2017-09-30. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  15. ^ "What is the Cascadia Innovation Corridor? | Provided By Cascadia Innovation Corridor". The Seattle Times. 2017-09-12. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  16. ^ "Lake Washington Institute of Technology to hold recurring community resource fair | Kirkland Reporter". Kirkland Reporter. 2018-01-10. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  17. ^ "LWTech Spring Plant Sale returns April 28–29, May 5–6 | Kirkland Reporter". Kirkland Reporter. 2017-04-21. Retrieved 2018-01-12.

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