Founded in 1967, Edmonds Community College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. ECC offers a wide variety of academic programs that include transfer degree programs, vocational programs, pre-college programs, high school completion programs, and continuing education programs. Boasting one of the biggest international community college programs in the country, the school also offers different English language programs for international students. The Prior Learning assessment (PLA) allows students to have the lessons that they have learned through life and work experiences assessed for college and elective credit.
Special partnerships with state universities allow the college to offer its students direct transfer degrees from schools such as Central Washington University and the University of Washington. Academic advisers assist students with planning their programs so that they can transfer to four-year schools as juniors.
Edmonds also offers online vocational certificates and two-year online degree programs as well as hybrid classes that combine online and classroom instruction. Four-year online degrees are also available through partnerships with Washington State University and the University of Washington. Students can also opt to participate in one of the college’s many quarter-long and short term study abroad programs.
ECC has received 12 National Science Foundation grants that have helped it develop its science and math programs. Two of the most popular majors are the associate’s degree programs in Pre-Nursing and Applied Science. They also offer Allied Health certification programs, as well as unique Materials Science Technology and Restoration Horticulture degree programs.