NW Career & Technical Academy

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Academy programs will not be offered at WCC in 2015-16

Due to low enrollments, the Northwest Career & Technical Academy will regrettably not be running programs at Whatcom Community College in the 2015-16 academic year. The College will continue to explore opportunities to partner with local high schools on educational programs to benefit students.

Visit the Northwest Career & Technical Academy for information on other programs offered at their main campus in Mount Vernon and satellite campuses in Anacortes and at Meridian High School.



A new partnership between Whatcom Community College (WCC) and the Northwest Career & Technical Academy (the ‘Academy’ or ‘NCTA’) is in development that will allow local high school students to earn both high school and college credit while preparing for careers in the fields of:

  • Computer security & support
  • Early childhood education
  • Medical assisting careers

The NCTA is a Washington State Skills Center and operates as an extension of the local high schools in the area, providing students valuable hands-on education in high-demand technical fields prior to graduation from high school. Students who complete the Academy program are prepared to enter their field of choice. Those earning a “B” or better grade may apply to earn college credits in addition to high school credits, thus furthering their education toward their desired career goals. The programs at the Academy provide cost-effective, quality academic and career skills training in areas that are typically too expensive to offer at every high school.


How does it work?

WCC is the fourth NCTA campus. When the Whatcom programs begin enrolled high school juniors and seniors will attend morning classes at WCC, equivalent to three consecutive high school periods daily, earning three high school credits. Medical assisting careers students will attend classes in the College's state-of-the-art Health Professions Education Center and may qualify to earn 17 college credits and industry certifications. Computer security and support program students are eligible to earn 13 college credits in courses related to technical support, networking, and information security, and will also participate in the CyberPatriot competition. Early childhood education students are eligible to earn 12 college credits that align with the State Initial Early Childhood Education Certificate and prepare students to work in entry level positions in preschool programs and licensed child care centers.

Other programs of study are offered on NCTA’s main location on the campus of Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, as well as satellite campuses in Anacortes and Whatcom County’s Meridian High School.



The Academy will start accepting applications in February for the 2015/2016 academic year.


Admissions & registration

To apply and register for one of the programs offered by the Academy, visit the Northwest Career & Technical Academy website and download the application form found there. The application form for the 2015/2016 academic year will be available early in 2015.



The Academy is tuition-free, however some programs may have industry-related costs or lab fees. Each year, the NCTA estimates students enrolled in their programs earn thousands of college credits at a total savings of approximately $300,000 in tuition. Currently, 21 high schools in Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom counties send students to Academy programs.



For more information, please contact the Academy by phone 360.848.0706, fax 360.848.7586 or online nwtech.k12.wa.us