Walla Walla Community College (WWCC) is one of three institutions of higher education established in the Walla Walla Valley area. Two of the three institutions are private four-year colleges established in the late nineteenth century that serve specific student populations. In the mid-1960s it became clear that a community college was needed to provide education and training to a wider array of community members. Walla Walla Community College opened the doors of one campus in 1967 with a student body of 850 and has grown to an annual enrollment of over 10,379 students on four campuses.
Located on approximately 130 acres, the Walla Walla campus has become a center for innovation, education, training, and learning opportunities throughout the region it serves (Walla Walla, Columbia, Asotin, Garfield counties, and bordering counties in Idaho and Oregon). WWCC’s Clarkston campus, located in Clarkston, Washington, serves the education and training needs of community members within Asotin and Garfield counties. The College also has education and training centers at two correctional facilities: Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla and Coyote Ridge in Connell, Washington.
Walla Walla Community College offers a comprehensive curriculum of academic and workforce training programs. The major areas of study include Arts and Sciences Transfer, Workforce Education, Pre-College, and Basic Skills. In addition, WWCC offers courses through extended learning; dual-credit and alternative high school programs; workplace learning centers; outreach learning programs; and lifelong learning opportunities, including Kids’ College and Quest, a program that offers short courses to retired citizens.