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education

Centralia College

Centralia College is the people’s college. From its beginnings in 1925, the college has served students, as well as the region’s business and industry with a commitment to quality education and training that continues to stand the test of time. The college strives to be the intellectual heart and cultural soul of the community it serves. Centralia College is a constantly evolving modern campus adjacent to the downtown core of Centralia. It started by offering teacher education classes meant to transfer directly to the University of Washington. Since then, the college has added Workforce Education offerings and its academic transfer classes are accepted at just about every four-year college and university not only in Washington but throughout the United States. Centralia College enrolls approximately 4,000 students. More than one-half of the students are full-time, about 60 percent are female, and many enroll immediately after graduating from a regional high school. More than one-third of the students enroll in an academic transfer program. Statistically, Centralia College transfer students perform as well as or better than most students who begin their education at a four-year university. Centralia College is rich with Workforce Education training programs, most of which are conducted in partnership with regional businesses and industries. The college also has online and hybrid (blending online and face-to-face) opportunities for students looking for alternatives to on-campus classroom courses. As an indication of things to come, Centralia College now offers a Bachelor of Applied Science in Management program, the first four-year degree in the college’s history. Over the first two years, nearly 60 students enrolled. Additional bachelor degree programs are under consideration. Through partnerships with four-year institutions, students can earn baccalaureate degrees in education, business, or criminal justice and in selected other fields entirely on the Centralia College campus.

Centralia College also offers intercollegiate Chehalis School District students continue to sports, clubs and organizations, performing score above state averages in many areas of the High School Proficiency Exam (grades arts and fine art presentations. 9-12) and the Measurement of Student Centralia College has a reputation for Progress Exam (grades 3-8). ACT test scores exceptionally talented faculty and vibrant, for W.F. West High School students are also engaging classes. Top high school students, above state and national averages. Over 350 including the majority of valedictorians and students participate each year in Advanced salutatorians from area high schools, are Placement (AP tested) classes: English, increasingly choosing Centralia. World History and U.S. History and various The 70,000 square-foot science center is an advanced classes: Jr. English, Algebra, educational showpiece offering among the Pre-Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, Molecular best in science labs and lecture halls of any Genetics, Culinary Arts, Architecture, Auto, college in the state. On the drawing board is Photography, and Graphic Design. W.F. a $40-plus million structure to house student West High School is a “Lighthouse” School services, meeting and lecture rooms, an area for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering to accommodate up 500 guests at a formal- and Math) as designated by the Office of the type event. In addition to state-of-the-art State Superintendent of Public Instruction classrooms, meeting areas, labs, and plans and is the only high school in the region with are in the works for a planetarium inside the a scanning electron microscope thanks to the Chehalis Foundation. Other STEM classes proposed center. // offered at the high school level include For more information on Centralia College Robotics, MatLab (coding for electronic devices) and Application Development. and what it can do for you, please call the college at (360) 736-9391 or visit the Chehalis Middle School students also college website at www.centralia.edu. participate in advanced classes and exercise citizenship through many annual community service projects including volunteering at the Chehalis Food Bank. This year, STEM expanded into the middle school grades through Robotics. All 7th grade students enjoy a unit of Robotics study and there is a Robotics team for all interested middle school students. Chehalis Middle School is also focused on improving overall Math scores through the use of an Instructional Math Specialist, as well as Math Tutors available to all grades 6 through 8 students, thanks again to the Chehalis Foundation. Centralia College Campus Students at the three Chehalis elementary schools–Cascade (grades K-1), R.E. Bennett (grades 2-3), and Olympic (grades 4-5)– Chehalis School District The Chehalis School District enjoys a long concentrate on Reading skills through Walkand distinguished history of academic, to-Read, extended reading block times and musical and athletic excellence within the Accelerated Reader program. its schools. A four-year AA high school, a three-year middle school and three primary/ Both Chehalis Middle School and W.F. West intermediate elementary schools serve 2,690 High School have very active music programs students and employ 383 classified and and achieve outstanding and superior ratings in various competitions across the state certified staff members. and region. Chehalis sports teams win not only many athletics competitions, but also are awarded WIAA Outstanding Academic Achievement Awards for excellent and superior cumulative team grade point averages. The Chehalis School District believes that motivated students, enthusiastic instruction and involved parents and community make a winning combination to produce welleducated young people. By following this belief, we are accountable to each other in ensuring success for our students. //

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Centralia-Chehalis Chamber Directory 2014  

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