Catalog 2014-2015 
    Jul 21, 2024  
Catalog 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Support Services

Support Services for Students

Academic Skills Center

Technology Center, T217 | (425) 739-8656

If you need help in keeping up with your classes or require remedial assistance before proceeding into a program, the Academic Skills Center is the place to go. Open to all college students on a walk-in or teacher-referral basis, the Center offers a variety of services to assist you in becoming a self-sufficient learner.

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Adult Basic Education helps students improve their reading, writing, and math skills for entry into academic or professional-technical coursework, and/or obtain an adult high school completion diploma. All new students need to take a placement test, attend a program orientation class, register, and pay $25.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

English as a Second Language serves refugees and immigrants through day and evening classes offered at the Kirkland and Redmond campuses. Six levels of ESL and a variety of supplemental classes are available to students who want to improve their English in order to become better parents, workers, and community members, or to transition to the college’s professional-technical programs. All new students need to take a placement test, attend a program orientation class, register, and pay $25.

Math Lab

The Math Lab, located in room T413B, is a drop-in center where students can get free math tutoring and use the computers for math work. Students can also receive help with the MyLabsPlus program used in many math classes.

Tutoring Center and eTutoring

This program, a cooperative effort between the Associated Student Government and Lake Washington Institute of Technology, is a free drop-in center with peer tutors available on a scheduled basis. Services include tutors in technical and academic fields.

Writing Center

Trained peer and faculty tutors provide free help to students from any academic or technical class on topics like understanding assignments, essay organization, writing mechanics and grammar. Tutors are available during any phase of the writing process.


West Building, W207 | (425) 739-8300 |

As part of the college’s focus on student success we provide advisers to help each student understand placement tests, determine academic readiness in math and english, and help select appropriate classes. An adviser can help any student determine degree and certificate requirements, a sequence of courses and select general education courses.

During your first appointment with an adviser, please discuss the transfer of any other college credits. Quality planning will help each student select the right program and the right classes at the right time. Students planning to apply for any Baccalaureate, or Associate degree or certificate should meet with an adviser to review degree planning steps and degree requirements, degree progress, and to complete the admissions application.

Advisers can refer students to an array of college services designed to support student success. It remains the responsibility of each student to plan for program completion including degree requirements, certificate requirements, and transfer requirements. Early meetings with an adviser will make certain that educational plans stay on target.


West Building, W204 | (425) 739-8115

A variety of assessments are offered to both students and the community.


Students working toward an AAS degree may earn college credits by taking a computer-based College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam. Check with an adviser for CLEP eligible courses. A passing score earns credit only-not a grade. CLEP scores do not impact GPA.


The college offers General Education Development (GED®) in English and Spanish.


LWTech runs an authorized certification testing center for Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) and Microsoft Certified Applications Specialist (MCAS)

Placement Testing

The college requires COMPASS placement testing for enrollment in English, math and many technical and academic classes. Students pursuing a degree or certificate must take the compass test before enrolling (or provide transcripts from another college).

A free COMPASS Prep Workshop is offered twice a month to help you prepare to take the COMPASS test. Contact the Advising office at (425) 739-8300 for more information.


Dental Hygiene, Nursing and other allied health programs require the TEAS test as part of the admission process.

Vocational Assessment

Selecting a career and an appropriate training program are major life decisions. Whether it is your first time in the employment field or you are changing careers, you are making an investment with both your time and money. Make sure it is the right decision before you start training!

To assist you in career exploration, the Employment Resource Center at Lake Washington Institute of Technology offers a free Career Choice Workshop. Explore your interests, research current occupational information and learn about resources to assist you in exploring your career options. Additional interest and personality assessments are available on an individual basis. Contact the Employment Resource Center at (425) 739-8113 for more information.

The Basic Food, Employment & Training Program

West Building, W207 | (425) 576-5811

The Basic Food, Employment & Training program is a federally funded program designed to support students receiving federal food stamps and who are enrolled in a professional-technical program or Basic Skills (ABED, ESL or GED®).

Benefits may include:

  • funding for books and related supplies
  • childcare assistance through Working Connections Childcare (DSHS)
  • career & educational advising
  • job search assistance and resources
  • eligibility for food stamps if previously denied


East Building, E127 | (425) 739-8108 | Fax: (425) 576-0033

The Bookstore sells textbooks for all classes. If you are considering textbook rental, you may rent many titles, both in physical and digital form. Some digital titles are for sale as well. In addition, the Bookstore stocks course related supplies such as notebooks, binders, software, and class required kits. Most course related items are available on our website; visit, and then follow directions to the LWTech Bookstore. Web orders can be shipped or picked up in the store. Store hours are posted on the website and in quarterly class schedules. The store also stocks snacks, chips, sodas, energy drinks, candy, gum, and sundries.


West Building, W207 | (425) 739-8300

Counselors can assist students with educational, career, or personal needs so students can successfully complete their college training. Short-term counseling services are confidential and available at no charge to students. The emphasis is on providing support to students, teaching new coping skills, and accessing community resources. Counselors work with community agencies and organizations. When appropriate they make referrals to other agencies to support the student.

Dental Clinic

East Building, E107 | (425) 739-8130

Students receive quality dental care at a low cost in the college’s modern, fully equipped dental clinic. Licensed dentists are available by appointment to provide a wide range of dental procedures. The clinic provides students in the dental assisting and dental hygiene programs with a practical experience environment. Please call to make an appointment.

Disability Support Services

West Building, W207 | (425) 739-8300 | TDD: (425) 739-8109 |

LWTech is committed to providing support services to students with disabilities in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Students who need assistance should make an appointment with the Disability Support Services (DSS) office by calling (425) 739-8300, in person in room W207, or via email at

Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee is a standing campus committee dedicated to generating response to and support for culturally relevant issues. The committee maintains an inclusive membership of faculty, students, staff, and administration and meets twice a month to discuss issues, plan workshops, and determine training needs. Based on committee work, faculty receive resources related to classroom management and professional development, staff receive resources related to student engagement and cultural relevance, and students receive resources related to identity development and cultural relevance for a global workforce. Strategic planning, accreditation, and educational resources inspire the work of the committee and, in turn, committee members participate in shared governance opportunities on campus. For more information about the Diversity Committee contact one of the Chairs: or

Early Learning Center

South Portable, S2 | (425) 739-8117 or (425) 739-8565

Convenient, quality care is available at the campus Early Learning Center for children from age eighteen months through six years. Children receive an active, stimulating program that encourages learning through experience and accomplishment. Funding programs are accepted. Please call to register a child.

Food Service & Chef City Grill

Students have several choices on campus for snacks and meals. Nutritious, quality food service is available in the cafeteria, offering well-balanced entrees daily as well as beverages and snacks. In addition, the college operates Chef City Grill, a training restaurant for students in the Culinary Arts program. It is open to the public for full meal service. Hours of operation vary throughout the year. Vending machines for snacks and beverages are also available on campus.


Harassment is unacceptable, against the law, and will not be tolerated on campus or at any off-campus events. The college strictly forbids harassment based on types of unlawful discrimination such as race, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, age, religion, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that may offend the recipient, cause discomfort, or humiliation and interfere with school or job performance.

If you believe you have been subjected to harassment by anyone on campus or at an off-campus event, you may report it to the Vice President of Student Services office at (425) 739-8102 or the Executive Director of Human Resources at (425) 739-8251. Your concerns will be promptly investigated and you will not suffer retaliation for reporting your concerns.

Job Search Assistance in the Classroom

The training programs at Lake Washington Institute of Technology are practical and reality-based, relying on strong ties between industry and faculty. Job-search methods, including interviewing techniques, résumé writing, and application methods, are taught in the classroom specific to the type of industry or skill that is being learned. Instructors assist students in finding work using industry-specific job-search methods.

Job Search Assistance in the Employment Resource Center

West Building, W207 | (425) 739-8113

The Employment Resource Center offers career exploration and job search assistance to students, alumni, and community members. The center is staffed by a partnership between the college, the Associated Student Government, and representatives from community-based organizations.

Services include:

  • an extensive list of current job postings
  • career services online - search for current jobs; apply online and post your résumé
  • job search resources and assistance
  • career exploration workshops and resources
  • résumé, interview and networking assistance
  • computer, fax, copy machine and phone are available to assist in job search
  • on-campus employer recruiting opportunities and information on local job fairs

Library - Learning Commons

Technology Center, T213 | (425) 739-8320

The Library - Learning Commons at Lake Washington Institute of Technology offers a comfortable, flexible learning space for active learning, research, multi-media presentations, and working on collaborative projects. We combine traditional library services, academic support services, faculty development, and technology services in one location.

In addition we offer:

  • Academic Skills Center (Adult Basic Education, ESL Math Lab, Tutoring Center, and Writing Center)
  • online databases, available on and off campus
  • computers
  • DVDs
  • local, regional, national and international newspapers
  • learning studios, conference and study rooms

The Opportunity Grant Program

West Building, W207 | (425) 739-8100, x8448

The Opportunity Grant is designed to help low income students in high demand pathways reach their educational and employment goals. Students in the Opportunity Grant program may receive:

  • tuition and fees for up to 45 credits or up to 3 years, which ever comes first
  • up to $1,000.00 per academic year for books and related supplies
  • support services, academic advising, and career planning from an Opportunity Grant adviser
  • job search assistance and resources

Eligibility guidelines for Opportunity Grant include:

  • low income as determined by the FAFSA and 14-15 income guidelines
  • Washington resident for at least 1 year
  • must be in Business, Accounting, Healthcare or I-BEST programs


LWTech provides free parking facilities for visitors and students in both day and evening programs. Parking is not allowed along roadways or traffic lanes.

Designated spaces are available for disabled persons who display a state-issued parking sticker. For a carpool parking permit application form, please visit the Safety & Security Office in the East Building, 1st floor, room E145.

The Kirkland campus is conveniently located on Metro bus route 238. The Redmond campus is located on Metro bus route 253 and on ST Express Bus 545.

Redmond Campus

(425) 739-8321

Located next to Marymoor Park, LWTech’s Redmond campus was designed to meet the demands of our students while also growing business, industry and education all under one roof. The goal of the Redmond campus is to provide workforce training opportunities through strategic corporate and community partnerships. The Redmond Campus houses the Accounting Degree and Certificates program and the Human Resources Management Certificate Program.

The campus offers:

  • Accounting Degree and Certificates Program
  • Human Resources Management Certificate Program
  • Academic Core Credit Classes
  • Continuing Education Classes
  • Tutoring
  • Facility Rentals
  • Student Computer Lab
  • Library Services
  • Corporate Education and Customized Training
  • Student Commons
Mon-Thu 7:30am-10:00pm Sat closed
Fri 7:30am-4:30pm Sun closed

Safety and Security

East Building, E145 | (425) 739-8100, x8224

Your safety and security are taken seriously at the college. Trained college security and commissioned Kirkland police officers patrol the campus and are available for assistance and criminal investigations during the following times:

Mon-Thu 6:30am-10:30pm Sat 7:00am-5:00pm
Fri 6:30am-4:30pm Sun closed

Information provided by law enforcement agencies concerning registered sex offenders attending the college may be obtained from the Vice President of Student Services office.

Reported Clery Crime Statistics for 2012:

Department of Education-Clery Act Report 2012; as filed September 2013

Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 0 cases reported
Negligent manslaughter 0 cases reported
Forcible sex offenses (incl. forcible rape) 0 cases reported
Nonforcible sex offenses 0 cases reported
Robbery 1 cases reported
Aggravated assault 0 cases reported
Burglary 0 cases reported
Motor vehicle theft 1 cases reported
Arson 0 cases reported
Liquor law violations 1 cases reported
Drug law violations 2 cases reported
Illegal weapons possessions 1 cases reported
Hate Crimes 0 cases reported


Lake Washington Institute of Technology is a smoke-free campus; however the college recognizes the privilege of personal choice. Smoking on campus, including the use electronic cigarettes, is limited to the following areas ONLY: the fenced and sheltered areas at the north end of the East and West wings of the East building, the smoking shelter located across the Fire Lane to the west of the Tech Center, the North, South, West and Horticulture parking lots and the Tech building outside parking area.

Student Complaints

If you believe you have been treated unfairly or wronged in some way, you should take the following steps:

  • Try to resolve the issue with the person involved
  • Talk to the person’s direct supervisor
  • Request an appeal through the appropriate Vice President

More information is available in the student handbook.

Student Conduct Code

Lake Washington Institute of Technology has specific expectations regarding the conduct of those involved in the college community. Students are expected to comply with the college student conduct code, WAC 495D-121, and failure to do so may result in disciplinary actions, up to and including dismissal from the college. The student conduct code is available in the student handbook, on the college website and in the college Policy and Procedure Manual located in the library.

Student Protections

No one in the college community shall suffer recrimination or discrimination because of participation in the due process grievance procedure. Confidentiality will be observed pending resolution. A grievance shall be considered resolved if timelines are not maintained. 

TRiO Student Support Services Projects

East Building, E214 | (425) 739-8361

TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) Project: Provides academic support for eligible first-generation and/or low-income students.

TRiO Support Services for Students with Disabilities (SSSD) Project: Provides academic support for eligible students with documented disabilities.

LWTech’s two Student Support Services Projects are federally funded and established for the purpose of assisting eligible students in achieving their postsecondary ambitions. Students are encouraged to complete their associate degree or certificate program and, whenever feasible, transfer to a 4-year institution. TRiO provides supportive services such as tutoring, a learning lab, academic counseling, educational planning, study skills workshops, transfer, career planning, financial education, scholarship workshops and counseling.

To be eligible for TRiO Projects, you must:

  • be a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States
  • be enrolled or accepted for enrollment at LWTech and in a technical program
  • be a first-generation and/or low-income student OR be a student registered with LWTech Disability Support Services (A student is considered first-generation if neither parent - or the custodial parent - has a bachelor’s degree.)
  • be able to meet the need for academic services criteria as established by LWTech’s TRiO Projects
  • complete a TRiO application packet and entry interview.
  • be able to meet with TRiO staff at least three times per quarter

Applications are available in E214 or by calling (425) 739-8361 or (425) 739-8353.

All services are through grants from the U.S. Department of Education. However, the contents have not been reviewed by the Department and no endorsement should be inferred. The Lake Washington Institute of Technology Student Support Services TRiO Projects are 100% federally funded annually at $420,840.00

WorkFirst Programs

West Building, W207 | (425) 739-8339 or (425) 739-8131

WorkFirst is an innovative partnership involving the college, the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Employment Security Department (ESD), community-based organizations, business and labor.

The goal of WorkFirst is to assist TANF families, through training and basic education, to move permanently off all forms of public assistance and to become self-sufficient. There are a number of options within the WorkFirst program to help families attain this goal.

TANF families may be eligible for:

  • tuition and books
  • individualized support to reach their goals
  • educational and career planning
  • job search assistance and resources

Worker Retraining

West Building, W207 | (425) 739-8206

LWTech provides special services to people who have been laid off from work, are displaced homemakers, or were self-employed and are now unemployed. Military veterans honorably discharged in the last 24 months may also be eligible for services.

Services may include:

  • tuition & book assistance
  • educational planning
  • development of an individual training plan
  • priority registration
  • career & job search assistance
  • assistance with CAT/TB applications

Student Life and Leadership

Student Programs

East Building, E128 | (425) 739-8314

Student life is about getting involved, connecting to your campus community, and building your leadership skills. There are many ways to be involved in student life at the college. Running for student government, volunteering for Student Programs or ASG, joining a student organization or participating in the many campus life activities are a few examples. Visit Student Programs or the Associated Student Government to learn more about these opportunities.

Associated Student Government

East Building, E128 | (425) 739-8314

Associate Student Government Executive Board

“To enhance the student experience by planning activities and providing representation to build a feeling of community.”

An active student government at LWTech provides excellent leadership opportunities for students as well as a forum for student issues and student activities.

The Associated Student Government is a group of students annually selected to represent the concerns and successes of all LWTech students. They work as a 5-member board that throughout the year meet weekly, support student success, and represent students to the LWTech Administration. Meetings are open to all students and any student may bring a concern or idea to the Board. To be an Executive Board Officer, contact the Associated Student Government in East Building, E128. All officer positions are open each year, in spring quarter. When vacancies occur, the Associated Student Government selection committee is responsible for filling those vacancies.

Associate Student Government Committees

Throughout the year ASG looks for students to serve on various college committees including college cabinet and faculty tenure committees. Other committees include: ASG Budget, Elections and Activities & Events. These committees are a great way to volunteer your time to the college and learn how the college operates. You are able to provide your thoughts and ideas about the college as a student who experiences campus life. Committees often have a short volunteer time so these opportunities fit into any schedule.

Services & Activities Fee

The Associated Student Government Executive Board and Board of Trustees annually approve a Services and Activities fee included in tuition. Among other things, this fee makes up a student focused budget which is used to fund student clubs, conferences travel for students, lectures, on campus employment, childcare services and emergency grants for students. Please take advantage of these services and more by getting involved.

Student Activities

Student Programs sponsors a variety of campus life programs throughout the year. Look for advertisements, fliers or website announcements. Different activities have been: social activities, charitable events, speakers and leadership workshops.

Student Clubs & Organizations

Any student may charter a club, through the ASG. Clubs offer leadership and learning opportunities by being involved with LWTech business and student government. Many clubs are funded through ASG with the services and activities fee paid through student tuition. Meetings are open to anyone from the college community. Take advantage of enhancing your college experience. When students do, they compete nationally for recognition, travel to conferences, develop lasting industry networks and meet new people. It’s a great way to learn about LWTech and your industry.

Student Email

All admitted students receive a college email address and server storage. All students are expected to check this email for announcements about college business including: registration information, enrollment dates, special programs, scholarships and up-to-date announcements about college closures. To log on to your email visit and follow the step by step instructions. Your initial password is your birthday in MMDDYY format. This email may be forwarded to a more familiar email address. For questions, email

Student ID Cards

Photo identification cards are available at no extra charge for currently enrolled students at the Enrollment Services office in West Building room 201, during posted hours. ID cards serve as the Library card and give access to the Academic Skills Center. To receive an ID card bring picture identification, student identification number, and a current class schedule copy to Enrollment Services. Cards are valid throughout enrollment, up to 2 years. If an ID card is lost, a replacement fee of $2 will apply.

Student Lounges and Open Space

LWTech has many open spaces for students to gather. These spaces are managed by the college and are intended for students to gather, meet friends, hold study groups, and take a break between classes. If you encounter any issues with furniture or the surroundings please contact Facilities and Operations in E199.