One college. Many paths.

At Highline College we offer over 100 professional-technical degrees and certificates to help jump-start your career in today's competitive workplace. Whether you have a job or need help finding the career that's right for you, Highline can help.

What is Prof-Tech?

Professional-Technical Education Programs help prepare you for work right after graduation in a variety of high-demand career fields.

Depending on the program, you'll earn a certificate, associate degree or bachelor's degree and be ready to enter your chosen career field. Since many of these programs are designed to help you with your career, they're not specifically designed to transfer to a four-year college. Howver, some transfer opportunities are available depending on the program. One of our advisers can help you decide what's right for you.

Are you working now? We offer day, evening and weekend courses, so you can find what works with your schedule.

Did You Know?

  • $500,000: How much more associate degree recipients make on average over their careers vs. people with only a high school diploma.
  • 76% of Highline students who completed a Prof-Tech program in 2011-12 were gainfully employed within 9 months.

Not Convinced?

Community college grads out-earn bachelor's degree holders (CNNMoney)

Employment surges for community college grads (USA Today)

Study highlights widening gap between college grads and those without degrees (Seattle Times)

Degrees & Certificates

Highline awards five types of Prof-Tech degrees/certificates

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree

You will find Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees in a variety of fields. The AAS degree will prepare you for successful employment in a professional or technical area. Some AAS degrees have pathways to Bachelor of Applied Science degrees or other bachelor's degree options. The main goal of AAS degrees is to prepare graduates for careers in high-demand areas.

Associate of Applied Science (AAS–T) Degree

You will find a few professional-technical programs where you can earn an Associate of Applied Science–Transfer (AAS–T) degree. The AAS–T is built upon the technical courses required for job preparation but also includes a college-level general education component, which is common in structure for all such degrees.

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) Degree

You can earn a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree at Highline in five programs: Cybersecurity and Forensics, Global Trade and Logistics, Respiratory Care, Youth Development and Teaching and Early Learning. These programs build on Highline's strong AAS degree programs and will put you on the path to higher wages and promotion.

Certificate of Completion (CC)

You can earn a Certificate of Completion (CC) by completing a professional-technical education program requiring a minimum of 45 credits. Each program consists of at least three quarters and has specific requirements. Students must complete at least one-half of the required credits at Highline with a 2.0 minimum overall GPA.

Short Certificates (Proficiency and Achievement)

Short Certificates range from 5 to 44 credits and are part of an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. Some AAS degrees include several stackable Short Certificates. Short Certificates are focused on specific skills relevant to the profession.

Program Pathways

We offer a broad range of programs in high-demand career fields

Social Sciences, Human Services, Law & Philosophy

Lawyers and psychologists are some professionals in Social Sciences, Human Services, Law & Philosophy. A desire to help others and good communications skills are essential in this area.

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)

Computer scientists, scientists and engineers are some professionals in STEM. If you have strong attention to detail and problem-solving skills, you may be interested in pursuing a field of study in STEM.

Education & Library Services

Teachers and librarians are just some of the professionals in Education & Library Services. People in this area typically enjoy helping others and have good communication skills.

Applied Bachelor Degree
(credits vary)
AAS (90 or more credits)
Certificates of Completion
(45 or more credits)
Certificates of Proficiency/Specialization
(Under 45 credits)

Art, Design, Communication & Languages

Graphic designers, journalists, artists and musicians—people who often have good communication skills and are highly creative—work in this area.

Certificates of Completion
(45 or more credits)
Certificates of Achievement
(Under 45 credits)

Health & Wellness

Nurse, doctor, fitness trainer and medical office worker are some Health & Wellness job titles. If you enjoy working with people and desire to help others, you may be interested in a field of study in health and wellness.

Getting Started

Follow these steps to get started at Highline

1Apply to Highline: If you've never attended Highline before, apply for admissions here. If you're a returning Highline student, get started here.

2Plan Ahead for Expenses: Apply for financial aid here with college code #003781. You'll find a wealth of information at Financial Aid, including deadlines and much more. Helpful hints: Other funding sources include Workforce Education Services and WorkFirst. Be sure to check the Financial Aid Portal regularly for financial aid status and awards.

3Activate myHighline: Your myHighline account is your key to Highline. You will use it to participate in classes, take MyMathTest, receive school communication, pay for parking and more.

4Assess Your Starting Point: Some programs require placement. Program placement can be determined using high school transcripts, GED scores, placement tests you’ve already taken or by testing. Visit the Placement Center website for more information.

5Get Oriented: If this is your first time attending college, you are required to participate in orientation. Visit Advising Center for details. Interested in a campus tour? Email the Outreach Department.

6Decide on a Program of Study: What career choices are good for you? What are you interested in studying? Advisers are available on a drop-in basis or by e-advising to support you with educational planning and course selection. Bring college transcripts if you have them.


Got Questions?

Give us a call at (206) 878-3710 or email the Admissions Department.


How Much Will it Cost?

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