Northwest NEWS

August 21, 2000


Cascadia will emphasize professional/technology programs

   With the growing need for technology-trained employees by area business, Cascadia Community College, the newest community college in Washington, will offer professional and technical degrees and certificates in high-demand areas when it opens for classes on Sept. 25.

   The college expects to have approximately 800 full-time equivalent (FTE) students when it opens its doors.

   "With the rapid growth of technical businesses in our area, the demand for qualified employees far outstrips the supply," said Victorian Munoz Richart, president of Cascadia. "With guidance and input from the business community, Cascadia has designed programs that will prepare students for meaningful careers in technical fields."

   Cascadia students can earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in such areas as Software Programming Technology, Network Technology, or Web Development Technology. Certificate programs are also available for specialist training in such areas as e-commerce, web applications, technical support, computer applications, network technology, and software testing.

   Programs will appeal to new and returning students. The college has tailored its program offerings to meet the needs of a wide range of students, from the recent high school graduate to the professional who aims to advance his or her career.

   Cascadia's learning environments will be as innovative as its curriculum, noted Richart. Learning outcomes will cross all disciplines (Learn, Think, Communicate, and Interact) for each course offered. Students will create electronic portfolios to demonstrate proficiency in those outcomes.

   Cascadia students and staff, which will share with the University of Washington at Bothell, will have access to 600 computers and printers; the latest available equipment in science and technology labs; and full access to UW's five-million-volume library collection.

   Registration is taking place at the college's temporary offices at 19017 120th Ave. NE, Suite #102, in Bothell. Call 425-398-6389 for admission information or go to