Renton Technical College
- The teacher population of 134 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
|Renton Technical College||(WA) Community College Avg.|
|Carnegie Classification||Baccalaureate / Associates Colleges||Baccalaureate / Associates Colleges|
|Institution Level||Less than 2 yrs||Four or more years|
|Total Faculty||134 staff||145 staff|
|Total Enrollment||3,359 students||4,463 students|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||25:1||31:1|
|# Full-Time Students||1,249 students||2,353 students|
|# Part-Time Students||2,110 students||2,110 students|
|% American Indian/Alaskan|
|% Two or more races|
|% Unknown races|
|College Completion Rate|
|Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)||$36,700||$36,200|
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS
- 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.
- The nearest community college to Renton Technical College is Pima Medical Institute-Renton (2.3 miles away).
- College Location Mi. Students
- 777 students | 2.30 Mi555 South Renton Village Pl-Ste 400
Renton,  WA  98057
- 13,469 students | 6.50 Mi3000 Landerholm Cir SE
Bellevue,  WA  98007
- 5,535 students | 9.20 Mi6000 16th Ave SW
Seattle,  WA  98106
- 6,443 students | 9.40 Mi2400 S 240th St
Seattle,  WA  98198
- 6,773 students | 10.90 Mi1701 Broadway Avenue
Seattle,  WA  98122
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