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About CCS

Founded in 1963, Community Colleges of Spokane is a dynamic community college district serving over 30,000 students a year in Eastern Washington. CCS is a vibrant, comprehensive learning community – with educational opportunities for students of all ages and abilities.

Along with traditional college campuses, Spokane Community College  and Spokane Falls Community College, CCS also delivers a variety of educational programs including rural outreach, business and community training, adult literacy services – and Spokane County Head Start/ECEAP/Early Head Start.

Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS) is a community college district comprised of two accredited colleges, Spokane Community College (SCC) and Spokane Falls Community College (SFCC). In addition to serving a large urban and suburban population in greater Spokane, the district provides educational services to rural communities throughout a 12,302 square-mile region in Eastern Washington. This region includes all of Spokane, Stevens, Whitman, Ferry, and Pend Oreille counties, and portions of Lincoln County. SCC is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and governed by the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges.

1144


Chidren and families were served by Head Start and Early Head Start in the last year

19,298


Award Seeking Students

87.2%


Employment Rate

2,899


Degrees Awarded

Centers of Excellence

They are experts in their fields, educational innovators and highly respected by their peers and students.

Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS) helps students of all ages and knowledge levels transition successfully as they pursue their educational goals. In a region where between 8 and 10 percent of adults do not have functional reading and writing skills, our Adult Basic Education Division is a critical resource to community and workforce development.

During the 2009-10 academic year, CCS served

  • 5,500 students taking adult basic education courses
  • 2,900 students taking English as a Second Language courses
  • 1,190 students taking GED courses

On average, CCS serves about 1,000 immigrants and refugees a year.

CCS meets the educational needs of some 1,000 adults incarcerated by the state department of corrections annually. More than 240 of these students earn their GEDs each year.

Through Head Start, Early Head Start and the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program, CCS provides educational enrichment to about 2,000 infants, toddlers and preschoolers and their families each year.

Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS) is an educational leader helping to meet the statewide and regional need for skilled aerospace workers. Along with its aviation maintenance and composites programs, Spokane Community College's (SCC) degree and certificate offerings like avionics, CAD and design technology, CNC machinist, computer software engineering, electronics, hydraulic and pneumatic automation and welding support the aerospace industry. SCC also is exploring a partnership with Green River Community College to offer an air traffic controller program.

SCC was the lead agency in Air Washington, an 11-college consortium in Washington charged with training 2,600 aerospace workers by 2014. The consortium was funded by a $20 million U.S. Department of Labor grant.

Almost 850 students currently are preparing for high-paying, challenging jobs in more than 30 different allied health programs at Community Colleges of Spokane. We provide the health care industry – Spokane’s top employer –  wiith hundreds of graduates who consistently demonstrate excellent clinical skills and knowledge in patient care, rehabilitation services, and health information technology.

On average, more than 90 percent of CCS allied health graduates pass their respective state and national credentialing exams on the first try. CCS allied health graduates have a profound effect on the hospitals, health centers and medical clinics where they work. They are job ready – because they study in programs that emphasize hands-on skills based on current industry expectations.

Spokane Community College’s allied health division is the largest in Washington – and second largest in the U.S. – graduating a significant number of students who go directly into the health care workforce each year.

The integrated business and entrepreneurship (IBE) program at Spokane Community College (SCC) is located in the Avista Center for Entrepreneurship.

The program is an innovative approach to helping people combine their technical talents with entrepreneurial skills in order to succeed in business. It’s a six-month program focusing on jump starting entrepreneurship and job creation at a time when small businesses have become a focal point of the state's economy. In fact, 96 percent of companies in Washington state employ fewer than 50 employees.

In spring 2012, Avista announced creation of the Avista Business Entrepreneurship Network in partnership with SCC and three other community colleges in the region to provide a continuum of education and ongoing support for budding entrepreneurs in Avista’s service area.