May 20, 2018  
2013-14 Catalog 
2013-14 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Instructional Programs Overview

Degrees and Certificates

Transfer Programs

For students who plan to earn a baccalaureate (four-year) degree, the transfer program is designed to be the first step to achieve that goal.

Courses in this program parallel the first two years of a university program, and credits earned in these courses generally transfer to four-year colleges throughout the United States. Study in this program leads to an Associate of Arts (AA) degree or an Associate of Science (AS) degree (for science majors).

It is important that students who already know which four-year college they wish to attend read the institution’s catalog, or make contact via its Website or in person, and plan their program at Highline to meet the requirements of that institution. Faculty advisers or advisers in the Educational Planning & Advising Center (EPAC) in Building 6 will assist students in developing their schedule of courses. 

Students who have not decided on a major or a specific four-year college or university should generally pursue Option A of the AA degree. Option A will prepare students to meet the general requirements of most Washington state four-year colleges and universities. More tailored AA degree, Option A, programs may be designed — with an adviser’s assistance — to meet pre-major requirements in fields such as business and education. Degree requirements can be found within Credentials .

Transfer admission is competitive. While completion of an associate’s degree in arts or science provides students with many advantages in the transfer process, it does not guarantee admission to the four-year institution or to the major of the student’s choice.

Advisers are available in EPAC to help students plan their program of study and transfer. Faculty advisers also assist students with their planning.

Professional-Technical Education Programs

For students who need technical, personal and professional skills for employment, the professional-technical programs are designed to prepare graduates for entry into the field of their choice.

Highline’s professional-technical programs also offer refresher and skill-improvement courses for those who are already employed.

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree or Certificate of Completion is earned upon satisfactory completion of the required credits for the specific program chosen. Many of the credits earned in these programs are not intended for transfer to four-year colleges.

Although the primary purpose for Highline’s professional-technical education programs is gainful employment after program completion, some graduates decide to transfer to four-year colleges to continue studying in their chosen fields. Although the transferability of professional-technical credits is limited, the college or university to which the student is transferring will determine if the credits earned in the professional-technical program may be counted toward a baccalaureate degree at that institution. A faculty adviser or an adviser in EPAC will help students meet unique educational goals. Complete program descriptions can be found in the “Professional-Technical Programs ” section of the catalog.

An AAS degree may be earned in all of the following programs at Highline. Some, marked with a (C) below, also offer a Certificate of Completion that can be integrated into the AAS.

  • Accounting (C)
  • Administration of Justice
  • Administrative Management
  • Business
  • Chemical Dependency Professional
  • Data Recovery/Forensic Specialist
  • Drafting Design
  • E-Commerce
  • Education: Early Childhood
  • Education: Paraeducator
  • Hospitality & Tourism Management (C)
  • Human Services
  • Information Systems Project Coordinator
  • Interior Design
  • International Business and Trade (C)
  • Library & Information Services (C)
  • Medical Assistant
  • Network Specialist
  • Nursing: LPN to Registered Nursing
  • Nursing: Registered
  • Paralegal
  • Personal Fitness Trainer
  • Polysomnographic Technology
  • Respiratory Care
  • Retail Management (C)
  • Small Business/Entrepreneurship (C)
  • Visual Communications (C)
  • Web/Database Developer

The following programs are available for a Certificate of Completion only.

  • Accounts Receivable/Payable
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Bookkeeping
  • Customer Service Specialist
  • Paralegal Plus
  • Patient Account Specialist
  • Project Administration
  • Residential Design


Other Instructional Programs

Adult Basic Education (ABE)/General Educational Development (GED)
Building 19, room 109; (206) 878-3710, ext. 3941

Students who desire to improve their basic academic skills for work, further study or daily life may enroll in classes through the ABE or GED programs. There is a $25 nonrefundable charge for each class. Need-based waivers are available.


Apprenticeship is a system of training in which a person desiring to learn a specific occupation is given instruction and experience on the job, as well as community or technical college courses related to that particular occupation. It is a time-proven method of systematically producing highly skilled workers.

Highline cooperates with joint apprenticeship training committees by coordinating training for the Dispensing Optician and Library and Information Services. These emerging new apprenticeships vary in the number of hours of supplemental related training required, but in no case is related training less than 144 hours per year. Classes are generally offered in a variety of formats including on-campus, hybrid and online.

Dispensing Optician Training: (206) 878-3710, ext. 3131
Library Technician Training: (206) 878-3710, ext. 3259

Clock Hours and Endorsements for Teachers
(360) 725-6400

The office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) makes teachers responsible for tracking their own endorsements and clock hours. To ensure that the courses taken meet requirements, students should contact the office of the OSPI.

Continuing Education
Building 99, room 101; 206-870-3785

Community Education offers a rich variety of programs on Highline’s main campus in Des Moines and at a variety of school and community buildings throughout the college’s service area. Community Education’s administrative office is located in the Outreach Center adjacent to the main campus at 23835 Pacific Highway S. in Kent.

Community Education offers classes and programs designed to meet students’ needs in the areas of technology and computer training, business and professional development and personal enrichment. Students can take a wide variety of noncredit classes at a number of locations in the community, including their home or workplace.

Current programs include:

  • Business and Professional Development
  • Customized Training
  • Personal Enrichment
  • Senior Programs
  • Technology and Computer Training

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

One CEU is defined as 10 clock hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction and qualified instruction. The primary purpose of the CEU is to provide a permanent record of the educational accomplishments of an individual who has completed one or more significant noncredit educational experiences. All classes offered through Community Education qualify for either clock hours or CEUs.

Cooperative Education
Building 6, upper level; (206) 878-3710, ext. 3148

Cooperative Education programs link on-the-job experience with related classroom instruction. The Highline faculty, student and employer collaborate to establish learning objectives and to evaluate progress in a predetermined course of study. Many professional-technical programs include co-op experiences. Transfer students (AA degree) may earn up to 12 credits that transfer as general electives to most four-year institutions.

English as a Second Language (ESL)
Building 19, room 109; (206) 878-3710, ext. 3941

ESL classes for immigrants, refugees and others who want to learn the English language are offered each academic quarter at various locations, both on and off campus. There is a $25 nonrefundable charge for each class. Need-based waivers are available.

General Educational Development (GED) Testing
Building 25, room 630; (206) 878-3710, ext. 3251

Highline is a testing center certified to administer the GED test through the GED Testing Service of the American Council on Education. Adults 19 years of age or older may earn a certificate of educational competence with a satisfactory score on the GED test. Arrangements for taking the test may be made through Highline’s Testing Center. Special testing arrangements for students with disabilities are available. Highline also offers free GED test preparation courses.

High School Completion
Building 6, upper level; (206) 878-3710, ext. 3583

Students who have not earned a high school diploma may be eligible for Highline’s High School Completion program. This program allows students to complete classes that lead to a standard Washington state-approved high school diploma. The program is designed for students who are 21 years old or older, but students who are at least 18 years old may be eligible. For information, visit the High School programs office or Website.

High School Enhancement
Building 6, upper level; (206) 878-3710, ext. 3583

Students who are 16 years or older can enroll in college courses through the High School Enhancement program. Permission from the student’s high school and parents or legal guardian is required. Regular college tuition and fees are charged. For information, visit the High School Programs office.

High School Programs
Building 6, upper level; (206) 878-3710, ext. 3583

Students participating in Running Start, High School Enhancement or the High School Completion programs work closely with the High School Programs advisers. See the individual entries in this section for more information about each program. For information, visit the High School Programs office or Website.

Honors Scholar

The Honors Scholar program offers students the opportunity for educational enrichment and academic recognition. The program targets motivated, academically successful students looking to be better prepared to transition to four-year academic institutions or looking to open doors to competitive professional-technical opportunities. Successful completion of the program gains students special recognition at graduation, on-going mentorship and the possibility of a one-quarter tuition grant.

Students seeking to graduate from Highline with distinction as an Honors Scholar should enroll as early as possible in “Honors Seminar” (HONOR 100 ) and the honors colloquy, “Contemporary Voices” (HONOR 101 ). The Honors Scholar program also requires students to complete honors option projects in a minimum of 30 hours of their regular coursework and conclude their studies with an interdisciplinary project by enrolling in HONOR 299 .

Integrated Basic Education Skills Training (I-BEST)

I-BEST is a delivery method that provides short-term education and training to students with English language and basic education needs. Courses are co-taught by professional-technical and ABE/ESL faculty.  College credits earned in each I-BEST offering are applied to the connected AAS degree.

Kaplan Aspect Program for International Students
Building 25, room 517; (206) 870-3740

Kaplan Aspect program on Highline’s campus provides an intensive English and university preparatory program to international students who wish to study in the United States. Kaplan students benefit from small classes and individualized attention. Personal advising for university placement is also available. Four levels of classes that include grammar, reading, writing, listening and speaking are offered. Students that successfully complete the highest level class do not have to take the TOEFL exam to be admitted to Highline Community College. Kaplan students are housed with host families or in nearby apartments.

Pre-College Credit Classes
Building 19, room 109; (206) 878-3710, ext. 3941

Highline offers pre-college credit classes in reading, writing, study skills, communication skills and math to help students gain the academic skills they need to enroll in college-level courses. Students may need to take a few courses to improve their academic skills before they may enroll into transfer or professional-technical classes.

Puget Sound Welcome Back Center
Building 19, room 103; (206) 878-3710, ext. 3345

The Puget Sound Welcome Back Center serves as an information and resource center for adult immigrants and refugees who were trained in a health field in their home countries, who currently live in the Puget Sound area and who would like to enter the health care sector in Washington state. The center provides case management, counseling and support to foreign-trained health workers and assists them in developing a career pathway plan that builds on their education, experience and skills.

ROTC: Department of Aerospace Studies and Military Science

(206) 543-2360

The Air Force ROTC program is available to Highline students through an agreement between the college and the University of Washington. The objectives of the ROTC programs are to motivate, educate and commission highly qualified students as officers in the Air Force. Highline graduates may apply for scholarships. For information, students may contact:

Recruiting Office
USAF ROTC District 910
Box 353830
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195

Running Start
Building 6, upper level; (206) 878-3710, ext. 3583

Running Start is a partnership between Highline Community College and local high schools that allows eligible high school juniors and seniors to enroll for college-level courses and earn credits toward a college degree. High school credit is also earned for these courses. Tuition is free during the academic year. The special application procedures and deadlines are available from a high school counselor, Highline’s High School Programs office or Website.

Transition Referral and Resource Center
Building 19, room 103; (206) 878-3710, ext. 3484

The Transition Referral and Resource Center provides information to ESL and ABE students to assist them in navigating the community college environment. Assistance includes advising, referral to appropriate services and departments, and providing resources facilitating informed decision making toward one’s academic goals.