|Independence Day Holiday
|End of five-week session
|End of six-week session
|End of eight-week session
|End of 10-week session
|End of 12-week session
||– Last scheduled class time –
|Last day for an automatic “W”
|Professional faculty day (no classes)
|Veterans’ Day Holiday
|Thanksgiving Day Holiday*
|Last day to withdraw officially
|Last day of classroom instruction
||*Classes that begin at 5 p.m. or later do not meet the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
|Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
|Last day for an automatic “W”
|President’s Day Holiday
|Last day to withdraw
|Last day of classroom instruction
|Last day for an automatic “W”
|Memorial Day Holiday
|Last day to withdraw officially
|Last day of classroom instruction
School Closure Information
Hazardous weather, floods or unexpected emergencies may force school to close. Major local radio and television stations begin broadcasting emergency schedules or school closure information at 6 a.m. A report of school schedule changes due to adverse weather conditions and other emergency situations is also available at the Public Schools Emergency Communications System Web site (www.schoolreport.org) or by calling Highline Community College at (206) 878-3710.
Student Learning Outcomes
Highline Community College students, upon successfully completing their courses of study, will demonstrate abilities in the following areas. In achieving these abilities, students’ lives will be improved academically, professionally and personally.
The ability to identify and summarize assumptions, issues, and salient arguments, as well as to draw logically valid conclusions from statements, images, data and other forms of evidence relevant to discipline or occupation-specific content, and to assess the implications and consequences of conclusions.
The ability to comprehend, analyze, estimate, use and evaluate quantitative information arising in a variety of situations and involving a combination of words, data sets, graphs, diagrams and symbols.
The ability to read, write, listen, speak and use visual and other nonverbal means of communication with clarity and purpose while being mindful of audience characteristics; to express original thought, to take a position and defend it using solid evidence and sound reasoning; and to recognize and consider the perspectives and contributions of others.
Demonstrate Civic Responsibility in Diverse and Multifaceted Environments.
The ability to understand and interact productively and ethically with others in diverse local, national and global communities with an informed awareness of contemporary issues, their historical contexts and their personal relevance.
Develop Information and Visual Literacy.
The ability to assess the information requirements of complex projects, to identify potential textual, visual and electronic resources, to obtain the needed information, to interpret, evaluate, synthesize, organize and use that information, regardless of format, while adhering strictly to the legal and ethical guidelines governing information access in today’s society.
Getting started at Highline is easy. Please follow these simple steps:
Step 1: Apply for Admission
Highline Community College admits anyone who is 18 years old or a graduate of an accredited high school or its equivalent. All students attending Highline for the first time should complete an application form.
Note: The college charges a one-time, nonrefundable application fee.
First-Time Applicants: Apply for Highline:
Students Returning After Time Away (STRATA): Students returning to Highline after being away for one quarter or more should contact Admissions/Entry Services to reactivate their records.
Transfer Students: Students who have attended other colleges and wish to enroll in credit classes at Highline for the first time should submit the following:
High School Students (Running Start, High School Completion, GED): Visit http://hs.highline.edu.
International Students: Visit http://international.highline.edu.
Highline Community College application form and the nonrefundable fee;
Official transcripts from each college attended (only required for students wanting to complete a Highline degree or certificate program);
Highline Community College “Request for Transcript Evaluation” form.
Step 2: Finance Your Education
All students are encouraged to plan their personal budget and resources before starting college. Students may also wish to apply for financial aid. See “ Financial Aid ” for more information.
Step 3: Assess Your Skills
All applicants who are new to college studies and intend to earn academic credits are encouraged to take the ESL COMPASS or COMPASS test. This placement test will be used for advising and registration purposes. For a practice COMPASS test, go to http://testingcenter.highline.edu/compass.php
Step 4: Attend a New Student Orientation
All degree or certificate seeking students who have not attended college prior to coming to Highline are required to attend a New Student Orientation program. If a student is unable to attend the in-person Orientation, an online orientation is available. To register for an Orientation program, go to the Educational Planning website.
Step 5: Meet with an Adviser
Students can meet with a faculty adviser or an adviser in the Educational Planning and Advising Center (EPAC) in Building 6. EPAC offers advising on a drop-in basis as well as e-advising and phone advising. Advising provides students with the opportunity to discuss their educational plans and select classes that will help meet their educational and career goals.
Step 6: Register for Classes
Students can register for classes online or in person. Information about registration is provided to students after they apply for college admission.
Step 7: Pay Tuition and Fees
Tuition and fees are based upon the total number of academic credits students select. Tuition and fee amounts and due dates are available in the quarterly class schedule or on the Registration website at http://registration.highline.edu.
Tuition may be paid online with a credit card at https://sec.highline.edu/wts/wccba/waci600.html
To assist students with tuition and fee payments, the college offers the Student Tuition Easy Payment Plan (STEPP) program. Visit http://registration.highline.edu/stepp.php
For more information, see the “Tuition and Fees” section.
(206) 878 3710, ext. 3181
New students are welcome to meet with an Admissions/Entry Services representative to learn more about being a college student and the college’s programs. Students may apply online or they may submit the application form to Admission/Entry Services any time during the year.
Some professional-technical programs with limited enrollments have selective admissions procedures and academic prerequisites that must be completed prior to acceptance into the program. Students interested in these programs should contact Admissions/Entry Services for information about special procedures and requirements.
Residents (citizens) of any country outside the United States who wish to apply as international students (non-immigrants and non-U.S. citizens) have special admissions requirements. For information, visit the International Student Programs office in building 25, room 506 or online at http://international.highline.edu/admissions.
Transferring into Highline
Highline honors academic credits earned at other regionally accredited institutions that are equivalent in academic level nature to work offered at Highline. Highline subscribes to statewide Policy on Inter-College Transfer and Articulation among Washington Public Colleges and Universities agreed to by regionally accredited colleges and universities of Washington the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and adopted by the Higher Education Coordinating Board in February 1986. The policy describes the rights and responsibilities of students and review and appeal process in transfer credit disputes.
Washington state community and technical colleges (CTCs) offer reciprocity to transfer degree-seeking students who move from college to college within the CTC system. Students who have fulfilled entire areas of their transfer degree requirements at one college — for example, Quantitative Skills, Communications or Distribution Area requirements — will be considered to have met those same requirements if they transfer to another community or technical college in Washington state. Students must initiate the review process and must be prepared to provide necessary documentation. For complete information, contact the Graduation Evaluator’s office in Building 6 or call (206) 878-3710, ext. 3323.
Transferring from Highline
Students who plan to transfer from Highline to a four-year college or university should work closely with their academic adviser or contact the Transfer Center.
Students planning to transfer to another college or university must meet the admission requirements of that institution at the time of transfer. Transferability of classes taken at Highline is determined by the institution to which the student transfers. Most Highline classes designed to transfer do so without a problem. Certain institutions, however, may limit the number of credits earned in a Credit/No Credit system or may have limits on certain classes.
Classes designed for professional-technical degrees and certificates are not usually transferable to four-year institutions. Students should work closely with advisers before attempting to transfer classes that are special components of an occupational program. Other types of restricted credits for transfer include course challenges, credit by examination, military experience, CLEP, DANTES and other nontraditional credit.
An institution to which an official transcript is sent may recompute the grade-point average of the student in accordance with its own requirements and policies.
Transfer Credit Appeals
Students who encounter transfer difficulties should first seek resolution through the receiving institution’s transfer office. If not resolved at this level, students may appeal in writing to Highline’s registrar. The registrar will attempt to resolve the problem.
Financial aid is available for eligible students to help offset educational expenses. All students are encouraged to apply. The financial aid process takes time and requires planning.
Applying for Financial Aid
For information on how to apply, required documentation and financial aid deadlines, visit the financial aid website at http:financialaid.highline.edu
The following are general guidelines regarding eligibility for financial aid:
Be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen and have a valid Social Securiety number;
Be registered with selective service (men only, as required);
Be working toward an eligible degree or certificate;
Have a high school diploma, GED, pass a designated test, or have completed 6 credits toward an eliible program of study; and
Not owe a repayment on a grant or be in default on a federal educational loan.
The following types of financial aid are available at Highline:
Federal programs: Pell Grant, Federal Supplementary Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Work-Study (FWS), Federal Subsidized Direct Loan (SUB-LOAN) and Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan (UNSUB-LN)
State programs: State Need Grant (SNG) and State Work Study (SWS) program
Institutional programs: Highline Community College Grant and Tuition Waiver
Academic Requirements for Financial Aid
Students receiving financial aid are expected to maintain satisfactory academic progress.
For information about the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy, visit http://financialaid.highline.edu/FormsResourcesPolicies.php
Students may have the opportunity to work on campus for a variety of departments and offices or off campus for local organizations and companies through Work-Study programs. Eligibility is determined during the financial aid process. For information, visit the Student Employment office or http://studentemployment.highline.edu
Veterans Education Benefits
See “Veterans Services” for information about benefits, support and services for veterans.
See “ Workforce Education Services ” for information about this program and related financial aid opportunities.
Scholarships and Emergency Assistance
The Highline Community College Foundation provides financial assistance to students through a scholarship program and Emergency Assistance funds. These funds are made available through donations from community organizations, corporations and individuals.
Eligibility requirements vary. For information, visit www.funds4highline.org
Before registering for classes, Highline recommends that all admitted students take the ESL COMPASS or COMPASS placement test, an academic skills test, or the SLEP test if the student’s first language is not English. Placement testing helps determine skill level in reading, writing, and mathematics.
Understanding the results of the COMPASS assessment will help students select classes that match their current skill levels and maximize their likelihood for academic success. Selecting the appropriate classes can save money and time because students will not be registered for classes that are not an appropriate match for their current skill levels.
Students with disabilities should contact Access Services at (206) 878-3710, ext. 3857, if they will be requesting accommodations for placement testing. Access Services is located in Building 99.
Students who have attended a college or university prior to enrolling at Highline may be exempt from taking certain sections of the COMPASS assessment. The Educational Planning and Advising Center will provide individual evaluations for students who are uncertain about their need to take the COMPASS. Students should bring their college transcripts to the center or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Test records are kept on file for two years. If it has been more than two years since the COMPASS (or ASSET) assessment, it may need to be retaken. Students with transfer credits from a college or university should have the classes evaluated for transfer credit. See “Transferring Into Highline.”
Advising and Educational Planning
(206) 878-3710, ext. 3584
Educational planning starts before enrolling in classes and continues as students complete their educational programs at Highline Community College. The planning process involves much more than selecting classes. It involves assessing academic skills, defining goals and developing strategies to achieve educational success.
Students should meet with an educational planner prior to their first quarter. It is recommended that students meet regularly to review performance, plan class schedules and discuss educational and career goals. Educational Planning & Advising Center (EPAC) advisers can help students understand program prerequisites, locate campus resources and explain Highline and university transfer policies. The center has college catalogs, transfer and planning guides, and Internet and e-mail advising resources. Advisers can provide invaluable information and guidance, but ultimately each student is responsible for knowing Highline’s degree and college transfer requirements.
Students should request a faculty adviser during their first two quarters at Highline. The student and faculty adviser share a common interest: the student’s education. Each student’s faculty adviser can help select classes and develop a realistic and successful educational plan.
Many students prefer to make class selections without an adviser’s assistance; in other words, they prefer to find out what they need to do, select classes and plan their programs without the assistance of an adviser. However, students frequently find that most transfer and professional-technical programs demand careful planning and complex decision-making.
Whether students choose to be self-advised or not, they will benefit from meeting with an adviser upon completing 30 credits at the college, and again two quarters before they plan to graduate.
Evening and distance learning students should make every effort to meet with faculty advisers. If scheduling an appointment with a faculty adviser is not possible, EPAC provides general advising in the evenings as well as online and via the phone. For the center’s hours, see the quarterly class schedule or visit the EPAC Website at http://edplanning.highline.edu
Prior Learning Assessment
http://pla.highline.edu/ 206) 592-3071
Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is the process for awarding credit for learning that has taken place away from the college classroom.
(206) 878-3710, ext. 3242
Registration & Records creates and maintains accurate student records while helping students navigate the college’s policies and procedures.
Registration & Records staff assist students, faculty and staff with enrollment, grading and graduation functions and assure that accurate enrollment and graduation data are reported to the state and federal government.
The Registration office processes student enrollment and withdrawal transactions and maintains student transcripts and records. Students should come to Registration when they have questions about transferring credits from other schools, to add or drop classes or to access other information related to enrollment at Highline.
Special registration days are set aside for new students before the beginning of each quarter. Students who have applied to Highline receive registration information with their admissions letter. New students are encouraged to take the COMPASS placement test and must attend a mandatory orientation if they have not attended college previously. During the orientation, new students meet with faculty and staff advisers who will assist in selecting classes.
Currently Enrolled and Returning Students
Currently enrolled students and students who have previously attended Highline are assigned a specific time and date to register each quarter. Students may register at their appointed date and time or anytime thereafter. The scheduled date and time is based on the number of credits the student has successfully completed at Highline. Students should plan to meet with their adviser prior to their registration time to make class selection and educational plans.
It is to the student’s advantage to request transcripts from other institutions and have them evaluated for transfer credits as early as possible. For information, visit http://registration.highline.edu/transcript.eval.php
Every student is encouraged to meet with a faculty adviser prior to his or her first opportunity to register. An evening student may visit the Educational Planning & Advising Center instead, if his or her faculty adviser is not available.
Currently enrolled students are encouraged to register for classes online. Visit https://sec.highline.edu/wts/student/webreg/
An entry code is a five-digit random number that is needed to enroll for a class when permission or a prerequisite is required. Entry codes for classes requiring permission are only distributed by the class instructor or department coordinator. Entry codes for classes that have a prerequisite are provided by the class instructor and the department coordinator. If a student is not able to contact the instructor or coordinator, they may email Educational Planning and Advising at email@example.com . For prerequisite classes, entry codes are needed when Highline does not have a record that a student has met a prerequisite. When a student provides documentation that demonstrates the prerequisite has been met, an entry code will be provided. An entry code may be used only once.
Every student enrolled in credit classes is required to have an official Highline Student Photo Identification card. The card is free for students who paid the admission application fee. Students will be charged to have a card replaced. For information, visit http://registration.highline.edu/fees.php
Photo identification cards are issued by the Registration office in Building 6.
Quarterly Class Schedule
A schedule of classes is available online before each academic quarter at https://classes.highline.edu/.
Auditing a Class
Students who wish to attend classes but do not want to receive credits may audit classes. Audit students must register and pay for classes. A student may change from credit to audit or from audit to credit before the 15th instructional day of the quarter. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and other governmental agencies will not pay for audited coursework.
Class Schedule Changes
Once students have registered for classes, they may change their class schedules via the Web or by submitting a “Registration Add/Drop Form ” to the Registration office. This form is available online at http://registration.highline.edu/docs/add.drop.pdf. Printed forms are also available in the Registration office, faculty buildings, Educational Planning & Advising Center and Admissions/Entry Services.
For information on deadlines for adding classes and making schedule changes, visit http://registration.highline.edu/calendar.php .
An added class is not official until the registration process is completed and all tuition and fees are paid.
Students with questions about changing their class schedule should consult with their faculty adviser or the visit the Educational Planning & Advising Center before making any changes.
Enrollment after the 10th instructional day of the quarter (eighth day in summer quarter) is considered late. A nonrefundable late course add fee will be assessed for each late course registration. Exceptions to this policy include:
Continuous enrollment and variable credit classes
Lab classes for office skills, reading, tutoring and writing
When a course section is full, students may place themselves on a waiting list for that section. As positions become available, those on the list will automatically be registered, in the order they appear on the list. Students are responsible for checking their schedules to see if they have been added to a class. For information, visit https://sec.highline.edu/wts/student/webreg/waci230.asp
Class and College Withdrawal
To withdraw from Highline, students must complete a “Registration Add/Drop Form” and return it to the Registration office. The forms are available in the Registration office, faculty buildings, Educational Planning & Advising Center and Admissions/Entry Services, or visit http://registration.highline.edu/docs/add.drop.pdf .
Withdrawal is official when the form is received by the Registration office; however, no official withdrawals are granted after the last withdrawal date. For information about the last withdrawal date, visit http://registration.highline.edu/calendar.php .
A W on a transcript signifies that the student has withdrawn from a class. In other limited situations the college or an instructor may also withdraw a student from class.
If students simply stop attending classes and do not officially withdraw from college at the Registration office, they may be graded as having failed (0.0) each class in which they were registered.
Note: Students receiving veterans’ benefits or other financial assistance must notify the appropriate funding office (i.e., Veterans Services, Financial Aid) of their withdrawal to avoid being indebted to the federal or state government.
Student Initiated Withdrawal
Students may withdraw from a class any time prior to the end of the eighth week of the quarter. Summer quarter or other special session classes must be dropped earlier. Visit http://registration.highline.edu/calendar.php .
Students who drop a class prior to the published deadline will not have any grade posted on their transcripts for the class.
After the published deadline, students who withdraw from a class will have a W recorded on the transcript .A W for withdrawal will be posted on the transcript; no credit or numerical grade is associated with a W.
Visit http://registration.highline.edu/calendar.php for published withrawal deadlines.
Instructors, at their discretion, may initiate a withdrawal for students who do not attend at least 60 percent of class during the first five instructional days of the academic quarter (or equivalent for summer); however they are not obligated to do so. Students who are withdrawn during the first five days of the quarter will be eligible for a full refund of applicable tuition and fees.
Please note that the primary responsibility for withdrawing from classes rests with the student.
For additional information about grades, see “Grades and Transcripts .”
Highline may withdraw a student from a class if the student has been suspended academically, has not paid tuition or whose conduct has resulted in a disciplinary suspension.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and fees are set by the Washington State Legislature. Current tuition and fees may be found on the Registration and Records website at http://registration.highline.edu/. Miscellaneous laboratory fees that relate to specific classes are listed in the current class schedule. Tuition and fees are due in full on the dates published in the quarterly class schedule and online at http://registration.highline.edu/calendar.php .
For tuition purposes, a “resident” is a U.S. citizen, refugee or immigrant who has U.S. Citizenship or Immigration Services approved status, and
Has lived in Washington state, for purposes other than education, at least one year immediately prior to the first day of the academic quarter in which he or she is enrolling;
Was listed on last year’s income tax form as financially independent or a declared dependent (excluding spouse) of a Washington state resident;
Has not received educational financial assistance from another state during the past year;
Has paid Washington state taxes and fees for the year immediately prior to the beginning of the academic quarter on any vehicle or any other items of personal property owned or used by the student for which state taxes or fees are required.
Current tuition rates are published in the quarterly class schedule and are available online at http://registration.highline.edu/tuition.php.
For financial aid, other funding agency or insurance benefits purposes, full-time status is considered 12 credits or more.
*Non-resident waiver applicable to U.S. citizens and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services-approved permanent residents. Contact Admissions/Entry Services for complete details.
**There is an additional charge for each credit hour enrolled above the 18-hour full-time rate. Professional-technical program students enrolled in more than 18 credits during a specific quarter will not be charged in excess of 18 credits for courses required for their degree or certificate.
Current fee rates are published online at http://registration.highline.edu/fees.php .
Further informaton specific to International Students can be found at the International Student Programs office or at http://international.highline.edu.
Admission Application Fee: A nonrefundable fee is due at the time of application. This fee includes the cost of a Highline photo ID.
Building Fee: A per-credit fee assessed at the time of registration. This fee was established by a vote of the students to cover costs of the Highline Student Union and is assessed at the time of registration.
COMPASS Test: The COMPASS test is a computerized placement test. Fees vary. For information, visit the Testing website at https://testingcenter.highline.edu/compass.php .
Instructional Technology Fee: A fee assessed for students enrolled in computer-related courses.
Late Course Add Fee: Students will be charged a late-add for each course added after the published payment deadlines. See “Important Dates” in the quarterly class schedule or visit http://registration.highline.edu/calendar.php for the last day to enroll without incurring this charge.
Parking Fee: Permits are required to park on the college campus. Students may purchase a parking permit at the Campus Security office or at the Cashier window, both located in Building 6. Fees are published online at http://campussafety.highline.edu/parkingpermits.php . Purchasing a parking permit does not guarantee a parking space.
Photo Identification Fee: A photo identification card is free for students who pay the admission application fee. Students will be charged for replacement cards.
Transcript Fee: There is a charge for each official transcript copy requested. Allow up to 10 business days to process each request. Unofficial transcripts are available free of charge online at https://sec.highline.edu/wts/student/waci002.asp .
In order to meet educational needs not supported by state funding, Highline offers some courses financed solely by student-funded (self-supported) payments. Enrollment in these courses requires payment, over and above regular tuition and fees. Contact Community Education at (206) 870-3785 or http://ce.highline.edu.
Senior Citizen Rate
Washington state residents 60 years or older are eligible for a reduction in tuition charges under the following circumstances:
Enrollment must take place the second week of the quarter on a space-available basis.
A maximum of two classes per quarter may be taken.
An instructor’s signature is required on an add/drop form, which must be taken to Registration for processing.
This waiver is not available to students who plan to use the course credits gained thereby for increasing credentials or salary increases; course credits taken under the waiver do not apply toward any certificate or degree.
Current senior citizen tuition rates are published in the class schedule or contact Registration and Records for further information.
Basic Skills Courses (Noncredit)
There is a nominal charge for noncredit Adult Basic Education (ABE), English as a Second Language (ESL) and GED preparation classes. Waivers are available for students who are unable to pay.
All requests to withdraw from classes must be received by the Registration office. Students may withdraw from a class via Web registration or at the Registration office.
Tuition and fee refunds are issued according to the schedule published in the quarterly class schedule or visit http://registration.highline.edu/calendar.php .
Refunds require three weeks to process. Students receiving any form of financial assistance must consult with the Financial Aid office to determine the appropriate refund amount.
Summer Quarter, Late Start, Short Courses
Refunds for these courses will be computed on the basis of the number of instructional hours offered before withdrawal documentation is received in the Registration office. If the number of instructional hours offered is equivalent to five instructional days or less of the regular academic quarter, 100 percent of the amount paid will be refunded.
When a class is canceled by the college, the total amount paid for that class will be refunded unless the student enrolls in a replacement class. If the replacement class is for fewer credits than the canceled class, the difference will be refunded.
Programs, Resources and Services for Students
Students are encouraged to take advantage of the wide variety of programs and services that Highline offers. Highly qualified, caring faculty and staff provide programs that can assist students academically and personally.
Academic Success Centers
Math Resource Center (MRC)
Building 26, room 319; (206) 878-3710, ext. 3444
The MRC offers workshops, faculty assistance and instructional resources to help students succeed in mathematics studies. The MRC is co-located with the Tutoring Center, providing a one-stop facility for student support.
Building 26, room 319D; (206) 878-3710, ext. 3478
The MESA Community College Program (MCCP) serves underrepresented students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields with academic support and professional development. MCCP provides rigorous academic enrichment services along with personal, financial aid, and transfer advising. Our MESA Student Center offers students a dedicated space to study, attend workshops, meet one-on-one for advising, and access scholarship and internship resources. Our goal is for students to excel academically and transfer successfully to four-year institutions as STEM majors.
Building 26, room 319; 206-878-3710, ext. 3444
The Tutoring Center offers tutorial assistance to currently enrolled students who may be experiencing challenges in their academic studies. Tutors are available for mathematics, writing, business, sciences, professional technical and a variety of other classes. Students who request tutoring, as well as those who wish to serve as tutors, should visit the Tutoring Center.
Building 26, room 319i; (206) 878-3710, ext. 4364
The Writing Center offers Highline students one-on-one help in their writing processes. Writing consultants are strong student writers who are trained to mentor fellow students. Consultants help their peers understand assignments, develop and support ideas, organize drafts and learn editing strategies. The center also offers special workshops on grammar and style.
Building 99, Suite 180; (206) 878-3710, ext. 3857; TTY: (206) 870-4853 ; VP: (253 ) 237-1106/(866) 327-6856
Highline Community College offers support services for students with disabilities to ensure access to programs and facilities. At Highline, it is the office of Access Services that directly assists students with disabilities by providing classroom and campus accommodations.
It is the policy of Highline to ensure that all qualified students with disabilities receive reasonable accommodations in the admissions process, programs of study and campus activities. The college is committed to providing an equal opportunity to access the benefits, rights and privileges of the college experience in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504; and Washington State Laws of 1994, Chapter 105, without compromising essential program requirements.
Any qualified student with a disability requesting reasonable accommodation at Highline will need to do the following:
Arrange a time to meet with Access Services to complete the intake assessment;
Identify yourself as a student with a qualifying disability;
Present formal written documentation of your disability (a guide outlining requirements for documentation of disability is available through the office of Access Services);
Request services early (at least four weeks prior to need is recommended);
Present the “Letter of Accommodation” to faculty within the first week of the quarter; and
Meet and maintain academic standards.
Services and accommodations provided on an individually determined basis may include accessible facilities, sign language interpreters, specialized equipment, texts on CD, access to assistive technology, note-taking assistance, testing accommodations, registration assistance and campus orientation.
Building 6, upper level; (206) 878-3710, ext. 3181
Admissions/Entry Services provides the first step in exploring the academic options available to students. For information on the application process, see “Getting Started”.
Agency Funded Students
Building 6, upper level; (206) 878-3710, ext. 3358
Students who receive funding from an outside agency for books, tuition, fees or other financial assistance must submit a funding voucher to the Financial Aid Office.
Campus Safety Office
Building 6, lower level; (206) 878-3710, ext. 3218
The Campus Safety Office serves all members of the college community. Campus safety maintains parking controls, issues parking permits and parking citations, provides assistance to motorists, investigates accidents on campus and handles emergencies. Any criminal activity such as theft, or concern for your personal safety on campus should be reported to campus safety via our phone number or 911. Campus Safety works closely with the Des Moines Police Department to provide a safe learning and working environment for our students, staff, faculty and visitors. Campus Safety also provides on-campus escort service from buildings to vehicles upon request.
Career Resource Center
Building 6, upper level; (206) 878-3710, ext. 3353
The Career Resource Center provides career assessment, information and workshops emphasizing career exploration and development.
Building 6, lower level; (206) 878-3710, ext. 3126
The Cashier office accepts cash, check, VISA and MasterCard for payment of tuition and fees.
Building 6, upper level; (206) 878-3710, ext. 3353
The Counseling Center provides a receptive environment where students are helped to reach their academic goals through educational, career and personal counseling.
Counseling is a process that uses therapeutic techniques to help people cope with mental, emotional and behavioral concerns and to assist them in developing productive and meaningful lives. Counseling sessions are confidential as defined by law.
Educational counseling helps students learn to cope with stress and pressure that interfere with academic success. Students learn how to develop study skills, reduce test anxiety, manage time more effectively, establish and reach realistic goals, and adjust to college life.
Career counseling helps students explore the world of work; assess interests, values and skills; make occupational decisions; select educational programs and majors; and examine life goals.
Personal counseling provides students with the opportunity to meet with professional counselors to discuss issues and concerns that may be interfering with their ability to achieve educational and personal goals. Counselors are also available for crisis counseling and psychological emergencies.
To make an appointment, call the Counseling Center. There is no charge for counseling.
Educational Planning & Advising Center (EPAC)
EPAC offers educational planning information, including degree requirements for transfer and professional-technical programs, university transfer requirements as well as information about Washington state community and baccalaureate colleges and universities. An EPAC adviser may also make referrals and explain academic policies and procedures.
Building 6, upper level; (206) 878-3710, ext. 3584
This center coordinates the mandatory College Orientation and Registration Experience (CORE) for all new students, information sessions, student success workshops and opportunities to meet with representatives from four-year schools.
The center is generally a drop-in service. To request a faculty adviser, complete a “Request a Faculty Adviser” form online or at the advising center. The center also works closely with other departments on campus to enhance student retention and success.
Financial Aid Services
Building 6, upper level; (206) 878-3710, ext. 3358
All students are encouraged to apply for financial aid assistance. For information about financial aid viability and the application process, see the “Financial Aid” section.
Gateway to College
Building 9, room 121; (206) 878-3710, ext. 3394
Gateway to College empowers individuals ages 16-21 years old who have dropped out of high school or are not on track to graduate to earn a diploma and dual credit. The dual credit program allows students to earn a high school diploma while progressing toward a college degree or certificate. Gateway to College students learn how to succeed in a college setting through structural supports including, and not limited to, a team of instructors and resource specialist. Highline Community College’s Gateway to College program partners with the Federal Way, Highline, and Tukwila School Districts.
General Educational Development (GED) Testing
Building 25, room 631; (206) 878-3710, ext. 3282
Highline Community College administers GED tests under contract with the GED Testing Service of the American Council on Education. Students must be 19 years of age or older to take the test. Students between the ages of 16 and 18 may take the test if they obtain approval from their local school districts. Those who do not attend a local high school should contact the district where they now live.
To obtain a GED certificate, students are required to earn satisfactory scores on the following tests: Writing Skills, Social Studies, Science, Interpretive Literature and the Arts, and Mathematics. Those who successfully pass the GED test will be awarded a certificate of educational competence.
Arrangements for taking the test may be made through the Testing Center at (206) 878-3710, ext. 3682. Students with disabilities must make special arrangements before beginning testing.
Test Preparation Classes: Highline also offers a free assessment test and low-cost test-preparation classes for those who are uncertain of their skill levels. For information, contact the Pre-College Studies office at (206) 878-3710, ext. 3941.
Highline Community College Foundation
Building 99, 2nd floor; (206) 870-3774
The Highline Community College Foundation develops financial assistance for Highline students. By working with community groups, businesses and individuals, the foundation is able to provide funds for student scholarships.
Not all scholarships are based solely on academic grade point or financial need. The foundation has established several scholarship opportunities for students who are pursuing degrees in specific fields of study. Scholarship information is also available from the Financial Aid office.
Building 30, 3rd floor; (206) 870-4880
Instructional Computing (IC) provides equipment, software and support for students and classes that use technology resources. There are approximately 1,600 computers available for student use across the campus.
The Instructional Computing Center (ICC) in Building 30 houses 15 classroom labs and a drop-in open lab. There are also several computer labs at other locations throughout the campus, including the Higher Education Center in Building 29. These labs provide software used in various classes as well as access to online resources.
A quarterly instructional technology fee is required to use IC resources, both online and on campus. This fee is automatically assessed on classes that use IC resources. Students who are not enrolled in one of these classes may elect to pay the fee to gain access to IC resources. Payment information is available at the Cashier office.
International Student Programs
Building 25, 5th floor, Room 506; (206) 878-3710, ext. 3725
The International Student Programs office provides assistance to all international students. Services offered include application and admission to the college; comprehensive orientations; academic advising; registration assistance; special events planning and quarterly activities; SEVIS and other immigration information; college survival classes; and cultural adjustment support.
See also, “Medical Insurance”
Building 25; (206) 878-3710, ext. 3234
Highline’s library serves as the campus gateway to a broad collection of information resources. Skilled library staff members are available to assist students in locating information and conducting research. The Information Commons connects users to electronic resources available locally and via the Internet. The Media Commons provides independent learning carrels in a multimedia environment.
The library houses a collection of more than 175,000 items, including books, scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers in print and electronic formats. It also has a large collection of videos and educational CDs.
In addition to casual reading areas and traditional library seating, facilities are also available for independent and group study for both large and small groups.
International students must carry sufficient health and accident insurance. Those who cannot provide documentation of appropriate insurance coverage to the International Student Programs (ISP) office are required to purchase the health and accident insurance plan offered by the college. For information, visit the ISP office.
Optional Student Injury and Sickness Insurance is available for general students to purchase. Inforamtional brochures and application forms are available in Admssions/Entry Services.
Multicultural Services/Inter-Cultural Center
Building 6, upper level; (206) 878-3710, ext. 4350
Building 6, upper level; (206) 878-3710, ext. 3296
Multicultural Services provides retention and support services for students of color with an emphasis on advising, leadership development, clubs/organizations, advocacy and campus diversity programs.
The staff is committed to working with the college community to promote campus diversity and multicultural understanding. Services are dedicated to supporting a learning community that values the rich and diverse perspectives that students, staff and faculty bring to Highline.
Building 6, lower level; (206) 878-3710, ext. 4350
The Inter-Cultural Center is an intimate lounge and resource center for students, staff and faculty. It is a vibrant and safe space to explore and celebrate diversity in an educational setting. The center provides peer mentoring for students, computers for student use, and a multicultural library. Programs include Men of Vision (men’s discussion group), Women of Vision (women’s discussion group), Diversity Poetry Lounge and an Arts & Lecture series.
Building 6, lower level; (206) 878-3710, ext. 3218
Note: Violation of campus parking and/or traffic rules and regulations may result in fines or other penalties. Unpaid parking citations/fines may result in official transcripts may be withheld; towing of vehicles; and/or inability to register for next semesters classes.
Permitted parking areas are identified by signs posted at each entrance. Anyone who parks on the campus is required to comply with campus parking and traffic regulations. Parking permits are required to park on campus and may be purchased through the Cashier office. Permits are issued by the Campus Safety office. Purchasing a parking permit does not guarantee a parking space as parking is available on a first come first serve basis.
ESL students receive a complimentary parking permit during their first class session which is valid only for two (2) days. A parking permit must be purchased prior to the expiration of this pass if class continues past the two day period.
Staff parking spaces are reserved 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. These areas are available to anyone after 5 p.m. and during weekends.
Disabled parking spaces require that driver display appropriate placards designate vehicle as disabled.
Carpool spaces require that driver apply for a carpool permit and must demonstrate that carpool members have classes close to each other in terms of start and end times.
Visitors to campus should park in visitor spaces and should request a daily visitor permit from campus safety or college host.
Highline offers several alternatives to single-occupant vehicle commutes to the campus, including carpool permits and discounted bus passes for qualified individuals.
Carpool permits: These permits will be issued to qualified applicants upon approval by the Campus Safety office. All applicants must be Highline Community College employees or students. The carpool permit is transferable only among the carpool members. A carpool is defined as two or more individuals commuting together with similar work/study schedule. Carpoolers must have two vehicles.
Bus Service: Highline Community College students who have a student identification card, and benefit-eligible faculty and staff are able to purchase bus passes at discounted rates in the college Bookstore, located in Building 8, 2nd level.
Metro Bus service includes:
South and Administrative parking lot transit stops, serving routes 121, 122, 131, 132, 134 and 166.
Pacific Highway South adjacent to the east boundary of the campus, serving routes 174, 175 and 191.
Student parking permits:
Pay for the permit at the Cashier’s Office in Building 6, lower level, or online at http://www.highlinebookstore.com.
Take the receipt to the Campus Safety Office in Building 6, lower level to receive a permit.
Continuing education permits:
- These permits are issued at the time of registration through Community Education.
Peak Hours: Parking spaces may be difficult to find during the peak hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The college highly recommends students and staff use alternative means of transportation to the campus.
Building 6, lower level; (206) 878-3710, ext. 3242
The Registration office processes student enrollment and withdrawal transactions and maintains student transcripts and records. Students should come to the Registration office when they need to change an address, ask questions about transferring credits from other institutions, add or drop classes or to access other information related to enrollment at Highline.
Highline recommends students register via the Web. Visit https://sec.highline.edu/wts/student/webreg/index.asp.
The Registration office also houses the Veterans Services office.
Building 25; (206) 878-3710, ext. 3610
The Study Abroad program offers students an opportunity to earn credits and experience everyday life outside of the traditional classroom in the United States. Program offerings occur in a variety of locations and during various quarters of the academic year.
Building 25, room 631; (206) 878-3710, ext. 3251;
Information line: (206) 878-3710, ext. 3990
The Testing Center provides professional monitoring and administration of standardized placement, GED and classroom tests. Services include ESL COMPASS and COMPASS placement testing, GED testing program, student make-up testing, Access Services testing and secure test proctoring, including state exams, correspondence courses and out-of-state students.
Building 6, upper level; (206) 878-3710, ext. 3295
The Transfer Center is committed to preparing students for a smooth and successful transition to a four-year college or university. Staff seek to empower students with the tools they need to make informed choices pertaining to their transfer education.
Students will find valuable resources to assist with their planning: computer access to the Websites of four-year schools, workshops on the transfer process, transfer guides and catalogs for Washington state postsecondary schools.
Each quarter students have the opportunity to meet with representatives from a wide variety of colleges and universities. The center also publishes “Transfer Link,” an informative online newsletter with tips for transferring, a schedule of workshops and transfer fairs, dates to visit four-year schools and important deadlines.
TRIO Student Support Services
building 6, lower level (206) 878-3710 ext. 3229
The TRIO Student Support Services program supports Highline’s mission and values of equal access and quality educational opportunities by providing support services for disadvantaged students to help them continue with their education and successfully transfer to a four-year college or university.
Two-thirds of students accepted into the TRIO program must be low income and first generation college students. One third of the TRIO students must have at least one of the following criteria: first generation college student, low-income college student or student with a disability.
Students must complete an application and return it to the TRIO Program Assistant’s Office in Building 6, Room 156. Students accepted into the TRIO program will be required to attend an orientation and participate in at least one TRIO Student Support Services activity each quarter. In addition, they will need to complete quarterly grade checks and keep their TRIO advisor updated on their academic progress.
Personal, Financial and Academic Advising
Community Building & Networking
Workshops on academics, community support, transfer preparation and financial literacy
Navigating the college transfer process
4-year college campus visits
Scholarship search and application support
Building 6, lower level; (206) 878-3710, ext. 3285
The Veterans Services Office (VSO) provides personal support, resources, and campus and community referrals to students who are veterans. In addition, the Veterans Services staff members assist eligible veterans and/or their dependents with the activation and maintenance of their VA educational benefits. Office hours may vary so check the website or the VSO door for current hours. For more information, visit the Veterans Services website at http://veterans.highline.edu/
Building 6, lower level; (206) 878-3710, ext. 3340
Women’s Programs is a safe and welcoming place for potential and current students and community members. Services focus on helping individuals identify, define and achieve their goals.
Staff members offer workshops and resources for the issues facing students today; help in starting college; referrals to community resources; and special events. In addition, academic advising, career advising and job search assistance are also available.
Women’s Programs provides resources to students on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance program. Classes and services are open to both men and women.
Building 6, lower level; (206) 878-3710, ext. 3340
Highline is committed to providing pre-employment and wage progression opportunities for WorkFirst participants. Services are provided through Women’s Programs.
Specific programs include orientations; WorkFirst tuition assistance; employment preparation classes; and referrals to Working Connections Childcare, ABE/GED/ESL, and High Wage High Demand training (HWHD).
Workforce Education Services
Building 6, upper level; (206) 878-3710, ext. 3802
Worker Retraining provides financial assistance and support services to individuals who wish to acquire new workplace skills or upgrade existing skills. Loss or lack of work is a challenge to anyone and the Worker Retraining staff assists qualified individuals through the process of career assessment, establishing a training plan and bringing together financial and other resources to achieve a successful outcome.
Eligible individuals typically have received a layoff notice, are receiving unemployment benefits or have received them within the last 24 months. Displaced homemakers and self-employed individuals that are out of work may also qualify for assistance.
Worker Retraining staff members are also involved with a variety of community partners, providing assistance to their client populations. Highline offers more than 60 degrees, certificates and apprenticeships, equipping graduates with new skills for competitive wage jobs.
Basic Food Employment & Training (BFET)
The Basic Food Employment & Training (BFET) program provides financial assistance to students who receive benefits through the state Department of Social & Health Services’ Basic Food program. Qualified students may receive short-term assistance for tuition, books, fees, bus passes and child care.
The Opportunity Grant provides financial assistance for low income students who are enrolled in the Business, Education, Healthcare, or Human Services programs
(206) 878-3710, ext. 3536
Highline Community College hosts a vibrant and exciting schedule of student activities and programs. The Center for Leadership and Service has been established at the college to ensure that all students have options for learning, community building and personal exploration outside of the classroom, as well as to provide a place for such activities in the college’s student center.
Highline students contribute a quarterly Services and Activities (S&A) fee to help fund co-curricular, extracurricular and educational activities on campus. The Center for Leadership and Service office is open to all students to explore ways of becoming involved in campus life that fit their individual interests.
The Center for Leasdership and Service, formerly known as Student Programs, has been a part of the college since 1962. Even early on, involved students played a key role in helping establish the traditions and activities on campus.
For example, the campus newspaper, The Thunderword, was named by the first Highline student government during its first meeting and earlier students were responsible for bringing many of the American Indian symbols and building plaques to campus.
This legacy continues today with current student efforts to build vibrant student communities with clubs and organizations and house these activities in the Highline Student Union (HSU).
The Center for Leadership and Service provides communities and experiences that enhance growth and learning outside the classroom. Students are invited to engage in leadership and service roles. The Center for Leadership and Service ensures the creation of environments that promote connections and relationships, contribute to student involvement and success, and emphasize social justice awareness and the promotion of global citizenship.
The Center for Leadership and Service ensures there is an activities program for students and a place for students to gather and connect with one another. Highline values the connections with others outside the classroom, with the hope that the network that is built today will help support students for a lifetime. The social spaces that are associated with Student Programs and HSU are intended to provide venues for making and nurturing these connections.
Highline Student Union: A Place for Students
HSU is the crown jewel of the college campus. Here is just a sample of what’s inside:
Fireside Bistro: coffee and pizza oven
Quiet study lounge with great view
Three large conference and meeting rooms
Three designated student conference and meeting rooms
Center for Leadership and Service with student government and caucuses
Clubs and communities
Leadership Resource Center
Center for Leadership and Service
Building a Foundation for Success
The Center for Leadership and Service administrative offices are located in the HSU on the 3rd floor. The suite of offices includes the Center for Leadership and Service staff, the Associated Students of Highline Community College (ASHCC), student leadership, activities and a graphics design team that supports student activities.
The Center for Leadership and Service suite is the base from which staff members provide three cornerstone areas of service to the campus community:
Student Leadership: Building a student life requires a community of student leaders who are committed, organized and effective. Student leadership positions are found throughout the organization, but are supported centrally by the Center for Leadership and Service staff training, leadership advising and workshop opportunities.
Well-known leadership positions at Highline include serving as members of ASHCC student government, as community leadership and resource consultants, as campus event consultants, as Phi Theta Kappa, HCC chapter, Leadership Team members or as various officers within student clubs.
Student Activities: Student activities include programs and groups that bring social and educational events to campus. ASHCC caucuses, clubs, multicultural and international programming, intramurals and performing arts programs in drama and music all contribute to a host of exciting and entertaining learning opportunities.
Whether students join the Center for Leadership and Service for the annual welcome back barbecue or the thought-provoking Unity through Diversity Week, the programs will provide space for growth, learning and fun outside the classroom.
Community Service and Experiential Learning: Highline has a distinguished history of providing high quality service to the campus and local community. The Center for Leadership and Service is committed to providing individuals the opportunity to both serve and learn. Training in the tenants of servant leadership is part of all of the center’s community and leadership opportunities and serves as the primary contribution to the lives of students. Student leaders will have the opportunity to do real work with real passion and to make a real difference in the world.
Center for Leadership and Service Offerings
Here is additional information about the many activities and leadership opportunities available on campus.
Intercollegiate Athletics: Committed to excellence in academics and athletics, Highline’s strong intercollegiate athletic programs successfully attract quality student athletes. Through educational ideals learned both on and off the field of play, participation in athletics works to instill in student athletes the benefits of competition, sportsmanship, hard work and commitment.
Intramurals: This program offers a variety of athletic activities for students to participate in throughout the year free of charge. Activities may include basketball, flag football, indoor soccer, softball and volleyball. No skills required, just a good attitude! For information call 206-878-3710 ext. 6046 or visit http://studentprograms.highline.edu/intramurals.php .
Multicultural Programs: The goal of multicultural programs is to plan activities that enhance the campus community’s knowledge of different cultures and heritages and to promote participation in Highline’s ethnic clubs.
Multicultural programs helps students reach their academic and personal goals by programming events that promote multicultural awareness and supporting students to attend events such as the statewide Students of Color Conference. Annual multicultural events at Highline include Martin Luther King Jr. Week in January and Unity through Diversity Week in April.
Performing Arts: The performing arts scene has a rich tradition on Highline’s campus. Students have numerous ways to get involved.
Drama: The Drama department is committed to providing students with a strong foundation for their education and career in theatrical performance or design. For more than 25 years, graduates have entered the most competitive professional training schools in the U.S. and Great Britain. Students have appeared on Broadway, in films, on television and are working as designers and technicians in theaters from New York City to Los Angeles, as well as in Seattle and Tacoma.
The department offers a rich and varied curriculum, which gives beginners and advanced students plenty of challenge and excitement in the classroom and on stage. Audiences enthusiastically applaud the accomplishments of Highline students at new shows each quarter. Auditions are open to everyone; backstage workers are welcome to join the team.
Music: The Music department invites students to explore their musical abilities and meet others with similar interests. Students can participate in choir, jazz ensemble or world percussion ensemble. Instrumentalists have the possibility of performing in small ensembles and in regional symphony orchestras such as the Rainier Symphony. Faculty members assist and advise those students who wish to put their own group together.
Student Clubs: These student-led organizations enrich campus life and give students a way to meet new people, share similar interests and develop new skills. Students may find a club that matches their interests or they may start one of their own.
Each year, Highline boasts approximately 50 clubs, which means students are certain to find an organization that matches their interests. Although the lineup of student clubs changes annually to reflect the college’s current students, here is a partial list of campus clubs that have been active recently:
Asian and Pacific Islanders Club
Black Student Union
Cambodian Student Association
Campus Crusade for Christ
Highline College Paralegal Association
Muslim Student Association
United Latino Association
Vietnamese Student AssociationStudent Design, Publications and Services
Student Design, Publications and Services
Publications: The Thunderword weekly newspaper is an award-winning publication that accepts articles from both staff and at-large writers. The literary magazine, Arcturus, is a student-produced, edited and printed annual journal of creative writing, poetry and visual arts that is also regionally acclaimed for its quality.
Campus Event Planning, Promotion and Design Services: The Center for Leadership and Service has information and resources to help students plan events. The knowledgeable staff can assist with all phases of the planning process: brainstorming, organizing, promoting, implementing and evaluating. Individual students and/or small groups that identify an event or activity they are interested in presenting to the campus may be able to access resources through the Center for Leadership and Service.
First Fridays Leadership Institute: A regular series of leadership development workshops offered the first Friday of each month (2-4 p.m., September through June). The sessions are hands-on, interactive and designed to build practical leadership skills, including public speaking, interpersonal communication and conflict resolution.
Winter Leadership Retreat: This event, held every winter at a local retreat center, brings together students from across campus to explore leadership in depth and to build a community of student leaders. Retreat applications are available middle of fall quarter.
Leadership Consultation: Many students aspire to be great leaders but don’t know where to begin. Highline’s leadership consultation service will help students get started on the path to leadership by finding areas they are passionate about, create goals, write a personal mission statement and much more.
International Leadership Student Council (ILSC): This team of five student leaders coordinates various international events on campus. Its mission is to provide international students with additional support, build a strong multicultural environment on campus and in the community, and encourage global understanding.
ILSC members assist with international student orientations and activities and act as mentors to new international students. Events ILSC members coordinate numerous programs and events including but not limited to: Conversation Pals, winter ski trip, Enchanted Winter Dance, Halloween and Super Bowl parties, and GlobalFest.
Phi Theta Kappa (PTK): PTK is the international honor society of two-year colleges. Highline’s chapter is one of the largest in the country and is actively involved in leadership and service both on and off campus. Phi Theta Kappa offers students the opportunity to grow outside of class and develop as responsible members of the community. Highline’s PTK chapter provides students several ways to get involved with service and scholarship.
Student Government: ASHCC invites all students to participate in student government. Student government provides a means which students represent interests, concerns and viewpoints in the college governance structure.
It also provides leadership-training opportunities that include public speaking, parliamentary procedures, program development and evaluation, group dynamics, conflict resolution and skills in conducting effective meetings. Student government serves as a training ground for developing the skills necessary for democratic government.
Whether students are interested in serving in one of the two elected positions or volunteering for one of the many campus committees or ASHCC caucuses where students have a voice, there is an opportunity for everyone.
ASHCC Caucuses: Student leadership community groups collaborate with other students, staff, faculty and the surrounding community to discuss and support leadership concepts being explored by the student body.
Campus Communities: Students gather for community building in many ways, whether through academic study groups, recreational interests, team projects as part of a class or other means. The Center for Leadership and Service offers resources to these small groups.
Leadership Resource Center: This center, located in HSU, 3rd floor, provides students with a physical space and resources to pursue leadership interests. Students can search the Internet, peruse the leadership library or network with other student leaders on campus. It’s a place to explore one’s leadership potential in the context of the community and a space to refine leadership vision. Students are invited to visit the center.
Check Out the Center for Leadership and Service
Contact the Center for Leadership and Service for further information.