Renton Technical College

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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 3,546 students (35% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 26:1 is lower than the state community college average of 27:1.
Minority enrollment is 70% of the student body (majority Asian and Black), which is more than the state average of 53%.

Top Rankings

Renton Technical College ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in Washington for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 134 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Renton Technical College(WA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate/Associate's Colleges: Associate's DominantBaccalaureate/Associate's Colleges: Associate's Dominant
Institution LevelFour or more yearsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty134 staff157 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Renton Technical College has grown by 5% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 26:1 has increased from 20:1 over five years.
The Renton Technical College diversity score of 0.77 is more than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has grown by 8% over five years.
Total Enrollment3,546 students4,698 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio26:127:1
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# Full-Time Students1,245 students2,397 students
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# Part-Time Students2,301 students2,301 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
11%
7%
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% Hispanic
8%
13%
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% Black
9%
5%
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% White
30%
47%
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% Hawaiian
1%
1%
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% Two or more races
3%
7%
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% Non Resident races
3%
7%
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% Unknown races
34%
12%
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Diversity Score0.770.73
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College Completion Rate
63%
31%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$36,700$36,200
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $4,735 is more than the state average of $4,058. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $4,735 is less than the state average of $7,211. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,735$4,058
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Out-State Tuition Fees$4,735$7,211
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid78%65%
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Median Debt for Graduates$8,625$11,595
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Median Debt for Dropouts$6,581$6,271
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Source: 2019 (or 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.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Renton Technical College is Pima Medical Institute-Renton (2.3 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • 497 students | 2.30 Mi555 South Renton Village Pl-Ste 400
    Renton, WA 98057
    (425) 228-9600
    2.30497
  • 13,226 students | 6.50 Mi3000 Landerholm Cir SE
    Bellevue, WA 98007
    (425) 564-1000
    6.5013,226
  • 6,177 students | 9.20 Mi6000 16th Ave SW
    Seattle, WA 98106
    (206) 934-5300
    9.206,177
  • 6,530 students | 9.40 Mi2400 S 240th St
    Des Moines, WA 98198
    (206) 878-3710
    9.406,530
  • 6,802 students | 10.90 Mi1701 Broadway Avenue
    Seattle, WA 98122
    (206) 934-3800
    10.906,802
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King County, WA community colleges have a diversity score of 0.75, which is higher than the national average of 0.73. The most diverse community college in King County, WA is Highline College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.