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Lower Columbia College

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Lower Columbia College is a co-ed two-year public community and technical college that educates approximately 4000 students per quarter. It is ocated in the south-western part of Washington State with the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Cascade Mountains towards the east.

Often called LCC, Lower Columbia College was established in 1934 and was then known as the Lower Columbia Junior College. The faculty held the first classes at R.A Long High School and the first class, comprised of seven students, graduated in 1936. Over the years, the enrollment of students continued to increase and in 1948, the college received its first accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The college faced some financial problems and decided to purchase a 26-acre campus in 1942 on which the main building of the campus, Old Main II, was constructed. The college became a part of the Longview School District and was elevated to the level of a community college in 1961.

As of summer 2011, Lower Columbia College is spread over a 38-acre area and has 25 buildings. It continues to be accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.


Lower Columbia College offers various degree and certificate programs designed to assist students for further studies. It offers transfer degrees for students who aim to shift to a 4-year college or university for baccalaureate programs. The transfer degrees offered at the college include Associate in Arts – Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA), Associate in Arts and Sciences (AA), Associate in Applied Science – Transfer (AAS-T), Associate in Sciences – Transfer (AS-T) degrees. There are numerous fields of study in which these degrees are offered such as accounting, anthropology, biological sciences, business, chemistry, chemical dependency studies, drama, earth sciences, mathematics, and nursing.

The professional and technical degrees and certificates offered at Lower Columbia College include Associate in Applied Science (AAS), Certificate of Proficiency (COP), and Certificate of Completion (COC). The certifications are available in areas such as medical reception, administrative support, medical billing and coding, fire prevention, public education, and fundamentals of manufacturing.

Additional programs and learning options offered at the Lower Columbia College include apprenticeship programs, continuing education, online learning, Head Start program, high school programs, and adult basic education programs.

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Lower Columbia College has an open-door admissions policy where any student who has graduated from a high school or who is at least 18 years of age and who holds a Certificate of Educational Competence is admitted to the college. Applicants who are less than 18 years of age can apply for admission and their cases are considered on a course-by-course basis. In most cases, admissions are granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Students are required to fill the admission application form and submit their high school transcripts. Students who have previously attended other colleges or universities are required to submit their college/university transcripts. Students planning to enroll for degree or certificate programs need to take the required placement test before enrolling. Placement assessments in mathematics, reading, English, and study skills are designed to help students select the right courses for their needs and interests.

International students must be high school graduates or equivalent while enrolling for admissions. They are required to fill out the admission form and submit financial statements. They are also required to submit proof of their proficiency in English by submitting their TOEFL scores.

Financial Aid

Lower Columbia College offers various types of financial aid to students to help them meet their educational expenses. To apply for financial aid, students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education. Lower Columbia College recommends a priority deadline of April 16 to apply for the financial aid.

The different types of financial aid available to students seeking admission at LCC are are grants, loans, scholarships, work-study programs, and the WorkFirst program. Different types of federal grants available to eligible students of the Lower Columbia College include the Federal Pell Grant and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG). Students who are Washington residents can also apply for the Washington State Need Grant. Students can also research various loan options, such as Federal Direct (Subsidized and Unsubsidized) loans and Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS). Student employment options include on-campus and off-campus employment options. Students can work up to 19 hours per week while attending school.

Lower Columbia College also offers the WorkFirst program, wherein tuition and book costs are paid for eligible parents who are current recipients of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Parents (TANF) program through the State Department of Social and Health Services.

Student Financial Aid Details

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LCC believes that students play an active role in enhancing their classroom studies by participating in community services, cultural events, sports, and extracurricular activities. The Associated Students of Lower Columbia College (ASLCC) is a student body that represents the interests of the students to the faculty and the college administration. The ASLCC sponsors various events, social activities, and clubs and organizations on the campus.

Popular clubs on the campus include Act One, Biological Society, multicultural club, Phi Ro Pi, Phi Theta Kappa, Science Fiction club, and the Zen club. There is an Art Gallery in the Rose Center which stages two exhibits per quarter. Various concerts and plays are also staged in the Wollenberg Auditorium and the Center Stage Theatre. The campus has a bookstore which offers textbooks, school supplies, computer software, and LCC clothing. There is an on-campus childcare facility for student parents and it provides care for children between 1 month to 6 years of age. Other facilities available on the campus include computer labs, a cyber café, and a fitness center. Students can enjoy dining facilities in the LCC Food Services, located in the Student Center. Lower Columbia College does not have residential housing on campus but provides assistance to students in searching for off-campus housing.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Lower Columbia College is a member of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges. The athletics teams are known as the Red Devils. The Red Devil men compete in baseball and basketball, and the Lady Red Devils compete in fastpitch softball, basketball, and volleyball.


  • Lower Columbia College. About Lower Columbia College. Web. 1 August 2011.
  • Lower Columbia College. Financial Aid. Web. 1 August 2011.
  • Lower Columbia College. Lower Columbia College 2010-2012 Catalog. 2010. Print.

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Ranks 57th in Washington and 3254th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2 0.05
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 4 0.11
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 87 0.23
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 2 0.01
Forcible Rape 35 0.09
Robbery 38 0.10
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 317 0.85
Larceny 1,483 3.98
Vehicle theft 197 0.53

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Longview, WA 98632-0310
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population47,202 (42,760 urban / 4,442 rural)
Households18,612 (2.47 people per house)
Median Household Income$38,195
Families12,398 (2.99 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAt least 2, but less than 4 academic yrs
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District5303

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4505th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,997 $3,997 $4,537
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $275 $275 $275
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $115 $115 $129
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $5,400 $5,400 $5,940
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $19,239 $19,239 $19,779
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $8,653 $8,653 $9,193

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,814 $4,272 $3,814 $4,272 $4,629 $4,812
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,068 $1,104
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,900 $10,164
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,221 $3,303
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,306 $3,399

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 1 14 57 10 15 966 55 1,156
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 2 8 3 96 3 115
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 1 10 2 13
Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Other
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 2 27 2 32
Biology Teacher Education
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician
Business Administration and Management, General 5 3 70 3 81
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician 4 4
Chemical Technology/Technician 2 2
Chemistry Teacher Education
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Assistant
Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Machinist Technology/CNC Machinist 1 1
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 1 1
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 1 11 1 13
Customer Service Support/Call Center/Teleservice Operation 2 23 2 27
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General 1 5 6
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician 2 16 1 19
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 1 19 2 23
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 1 1
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 1
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 1 23 24
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 1 2 1 4
Fire Services Administration 1 6 2 12
General Merchandising, Sales, and Related Marketing Operations, Other 1 23 24
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services 3 6 1 2 65 1 79
Geographic Information Science and Cartography
Graphic Design 1 1
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 1 1
Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology/Technician 1 1
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology
Landscaping and Groundskeeping
Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary
Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 5 9 4 3 226 14 275
Library and Archives Assisting
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 4 69 7 84
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant 2 2
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist 1 4 5
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician 1 4 5
Marketing, Other
Mechanical Engineering 5 6
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary 1 10 12
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 8 9
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
Medical Reception/Receptionist 4 4
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist
Medical/Clinical Assistant 3 1 22 2 28
Music, Other 1 1
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 1 4 3 2 72 4 91
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, Other
Parts, Warehousing, and Inventory Management Operations
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 1 1 2
Physical Fitness Technician
Physical Sciences 1 2
Receptionist 1 2 3
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 64 3 73
Renal/Dialysis Technologist/Technician
Retail Management 2 2
Sterile Processing Technology/Technician
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 5 2 7
System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager 2 9 11
Teacher Assistant/Aide
Vehicle and Vehicle Parts and Accessories Marketing Operations
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant 1 1
Water Quality and Wastewater Treatment Management and Recycling Technology/Technician 2 1 3
Welding Technology/Welder 1 43 1 45

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2645th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $56,985 ($57,625 male / $54,593 female)
Number of FT Faculty 64 (32 male / 32 female)
Number of PT Faculty 208
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $2,376,106

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