Workforce Development

Anacortes School District

Anacortes School DistricThe Anacortes School District is comprised of approximately 2,500 students on six sites, including an early education campus, three elementary schools, a middle school, and the high school. The district offers a full range of educational options from special education programming to our Challenge program for highly capable students.

The strategic vision of the district is a focus on students being school ready, transition ready, and college/work ready. The early education programs, recognized and partially funded for their excellence by the Gates Foundation, help ensure that students are ready for school and able to work constructively. A mature and experienced staff provide intermediate education in a nurturing and academically challenging environment. Anacortes High School provides a wide variety of classes, ranging from career technical to advanced placement.

This 2013 promotional video, produced by Anacortes High School students, shows just how great we are.

Inquiries may be directed to the district superintendent, Dr Mark Wenzel, at (360) 293-1210.

Regional Education

Skagit Valley CollegeSince its founding in 1926, Skagit Valley College has been respected as a leader in providing access to quality higher education, economic development, and cultural enrichment, where diverse learners expand their opportunities and horizons to better themselves and their communities. At Skagit, it’s more than a college; it’s a community.  Smaller classes give you the opportunity to interact with your instructors and your peers. If you’re considering a four-year degree, study with us for two years and then transfer to a four-year school to finish … and save money on tuition!  Or, if you plan to jump right into the workforce, get the hands-on training you need in one of our 25 professional / technical training programs through the Northwest Career & Technical Academy and Northwest Marine Technical.

At Skagit Valley College, you’ll learn the skills and receive the training you need to launch your career in boat and shipbuilding and repair-refit industries. Training with a faculty of industry experts, you’ll work in a state-of-the art professional facility, independently and in teams. As part of your training you can earn professional credentials in addition to the one year Marine Technician Certificate and the Associate of Technical Arts degree in Marine Technology through our one and two year program options. Your training takes place at our purpose built facility in Anacortes, located in the heart of boat and shipbuilding in Washington State. Campus is located at 606 R Ave in Anacortes.


Bellingham Technical CollegeBellingham Technical College is located in the scenic Pacific Northwest, about 90 miles north of Seattle, 60 miles south of Vancouver, BC and just a mile northwest of downtown Bellingham.

BTC partners with local and regional industry to address workforce needs in a variety of fields and there are many opportunities to enter high-wage, high-demand careers.  Workers looking to be employed by one of the area oil refineries will find training here.

Bellingham Technical College is a leading educational institution, and the only technical college, in northwest Washington State. BTC offers high-quality education in a supportive, student-first environment and has been providing skills-focused education to thousands of local and regional students since 1957.

At their campus, they educate a diverse population of over 8,000 students in more than thirty associate degree and fifty certificate programs. BTC students prepare for careers in many fields, from advanced manufacturing to accounting; process technology to pastry; registered nursing to radiologic technology. Their approach is high-tech, hands-on, and student-centered.


Western Washington UniversityNot too big, not too small … with 15,000 students, 160 academic programs, and an energized campus community, Western Washington University offers the focus on students and the faculty access of a smaller college and the academic choice, resources, multicultural diversity, and room to grow of a large university. Not so big that you feel like a number; not so small that you have to conform to a mold. Large enough for you to define yourself and small enough that you make a difference.

Western is a university of the environment. Sustainability is at the heart of what they do – their Huxley College of the Environment was innovative at its birth in 1969, and today those ideals have spread to every corner of campus. A few examples: WWU has been purchasing 100 percent renewable energy since students voted in 2004 to pay a yearly fee for the program; they’re also developing a new energy degree program through the Institute for Energy Studies which was established in the spring of 2012.


Brandman UniversityNAS Whidbey’s Center for Personal and Professional Development Command oversees all Navy College Office operations. There are approximately 30 Navy College Offices throughout the world assisting active duty and family members who desire to further their education and achieve a college degree.  There are two onsite colleges (Brandman University and Columbia College) and numerous online opportunities.

They oversee the on base college preparatory and college level programs for adults with base access. Our operation includes over site of the tuition assistance funding program for active duty and full-time reservists, on-base colleges and degree programs, command orientation services for the Navy College – Program Afloat College Education, counseling, and testing services. In addition. they also host periodic visits from several Navy Distance Learning Partner schools who meet with interested students in the Resource Center (Building 2739, Room 141). Their unique partnership with on-base and distance learning colleges enable them to provide a comprehensive, well-rounded educational experience.

NAS Whidbey’s award winning recycling programs, improved housing and quality of life for families and single Sailors, environmental restoration and protection, training and fleet support stand as models for the entire Navy. The air station actively supports DEFY – Drug Education for Youth – a two-phase program designed to teach young people between ages 9 and 12 about the dangers of drug abuse and gang involvement. The School Partnership Program, or Personal Excellence Program, recruits and places sharp military volunteers into local schools where they work as tutors, mentors and role models.

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