Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plan, guided by Lake Washington Institute of Technology's (LWTech) four core themes:

  • Pathways

  • Student Achievement

  • External Engagement

  • College Community

The plan articulates the vision for LWTech's desired future and guides its decisions as it sets priorities, assigns resources, and takes actions to create that future.


To prepare students for today's careers and tomorrow's opportunities


To be the college of choice for workforce education

Vision Narrative

Lake Washington Institute of Technology is recognized by students, business, community, and peer organizations as the choice for innovative workforce education because we:

  • Value diversity and welcome students from all backgrounds and levels of educational attainment.
  • Create educational opportunities and support for students to achieve success and prepare for life-long learning.

  • Distinguish ourselves by offering creative, cutting-edge, hands-on education.

  • Offer students choices to achieve their education goals through applied, pathway-based education from basic education and certificate programs to baccalaureate degrees.

  • Teach using the latest industry standards and cross-discipline approaches to prepare students for immediate and future employment.

  • Empower faculty and staff to reach their potential in a supportive environment that values collaboration, transparency, respect, and integrity.

  • Work in partnership with business and industry as well as local and global organizations to foster economic vitality and create prosperous communities.

  • Thrive in state-of-the-art facilities that use the latest learning and business technologies to enhance the delivery of education and our internal operations.

  • Implement innovations that result in a financially-sustainable organization.



  • Strengthen Pathways for students at every level from basic education to baccalaureates.

Student Achievement

  • Increase the rate of completion of student educational goals in degrees and certificates.
  • Increase cultural competence to prepare students for participation in the diverse and globalized workforce.

External Engagement

  • Develop an intentional coordinated plan for establishing industry and community partnerships.
  • Identify new and increased funding sources.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive marketing plan. 

College Community

  • Create and implement effective, transparent, and simplified business processes.
  • Expand and modernize facilities and infrastructure to meet program development needs, workforce training, campus safety, and future growth.
  • Create a culture of collaboration, respect, integrity, transparency, and recognition.
  • Develop a campus culture that fully integrates and operationalizes equity and diversity work.
  • Create an employment environment that supports employee achievement and growth.