Renton Technical College

Tel: (425)235-2352
3,042 students
Public institution

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Renton Technical College prepares a diverse student population for work, fulfilling the employment needs of individuals, business and industry.
School Highlights:
Renton Technical College serves 3,042 students (40% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 23:1 is higher than the community college average of 21:1.
Minority enrollment is 56% of the student body (majority Asian and Black), which is more than the state average of 28%.
Renton Technical College is one of 13 community colleges within King County County, WA.
The nearest community college is Pima Medical Institute-Renton (2.1 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 131 teachers has declined by 6% over five years.
Renton Technical College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 131 staff
60 staff
Renton Technical College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 3,042 teachers has grown by 13% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 23:1 has decreased from 34:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.65 is more than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has grown by 20% over five years.
Total Enrollment
3,042 students
1,266 students
Renton Technical College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 23:1
Renton Technical College student staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students
1,214 students
810 students
Renton Technical College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 1,828 students
1,017 students
Renton Technical College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Renton Technical College sch enrollment Renton Technical College sta enrollment
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
Renton Technical College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hawaiian
% Hispanic
Renton Technical College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
Renton Technical College Black (2006-2013)
% White
Renton Technical College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
Renton Technical College More (2008-2013)
% Unknown races
Renton Technical College Unknown (2006-2013)
Renton Technical College sch ethnicity Renton Technical College sta ethnicity
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.65 0.53
Renton Technical College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $4,720 is less than the state average of $5,740. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The out-state tuition of $4,720 is less than the state average of $10,260. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $4,720 $5,740
Renton Technical College In-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Out-State Tuition Fees $4,720 $10,260
Renton Technical College Out-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 70%
Renton Technical College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2013 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

In 1942, Renton Technical College came into existence as a war production school. Throughout the duration of World War II, the College provided customized pre-employment training and job upgrading-retraining. After the war, the College became a state-funded vocational school with the mission of assisting industry in converting from a war-time to a peace-time economy. For the next 20 years, the College conducted a large number of upgrading-retraining classes and a small number of high quality training programs. The second 50 years, beginning in 1991, were marked by the conversion of the state's vocational-technical institutes to technical colleges. As part of this change, governance was shifted to the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and authorization was given to grant two year, sub-baccalaureate degrees and certificates of completion. Degrees are awarded in 36 preparatory programs, in apprenticeship and through three general occupational degree programs. Certificates are currently provided in 80 programs. Renton Technical College's central campus is located on 30 acres just north of N.E. 3rd Street in Renton, Washington, where 12 permanent structures and four portable buildings house the majority of the college's training facilities. Additionally, the college operates numerous satellite locations throughout King County. Renton Technical College's service area encompasses the Renton, Kent, Auburn, Tahoma, and Enumclaw School Districts, and the central and south portions of the Seattle School District. Renton Technical College provides relevant quality training and education, giving our students the skills and opportunity to compete in the job market. Our 73 specialized career training programs replicate the work environment, training our students on equipment used in today's workplace. Our training areas includes Automotive, Business Technology, Construction and Building, Cosmetology, Education and Human Services, (Allied) Health, Hospitality, Manufacturing and Product Services and Technology. Renton Technical College (RTC) is one of 34 colleges in the State of Washington operated by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. RTC's goal is to provide job training in the shortest period of time at the least cost – an important concept for both the student and the Washington taxpayer. Vocational training at the College is comprised of three programs: full-time, initial job training; part-time, retraining or upgrading existing skills; and apprenticeship-related instruction.

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Did You Know?
For King, WA public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,013 per year for in-state students and $7,601 for out-of-state students. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.
King, WA community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.54, which is higher than the national average of 0.53. The most diverse community college in King, WA is Seattle Community College-South Campus. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.