Jun 25, 2024  
2023-24 Catalog 
2023-24 Catalog

Other Instructional Programs

Adult Basic Education (ABE)/General Educational Development (GED)

Building 19, room 109; (206) 592-3297

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) 592-3131
Library Technician Training: (206) 592-3259

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

Campus View; 206-592-3785

Continuing 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. Continuing Education’s administrative office is located in Campus View adjacent to the main campus at 2920 College Way in Des Moines.

Continuing 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:

  • Allied Health
  • Business and Professional Development
  • Customized Training
  • Nursing Assistant Certified (NAC/CNA)
  • 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 Continuing Education qualify for either clock hours or CEUs.

Cooperative Education

Building 9, room 212; (206) 592-3301

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) 592-3297

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 1; (206) 592-3251

Highline is a testing center certified to administer the GED Testing Service of the Americcan Council on Education. Adults 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. Scheduling for the test is done at ged.com. Special testing arrangements for students with disabilities are available. Highline also offers free GED test preparation courses.

High School Completion

Building 9-104; (206) 592-3503; hseas@highline.edu 

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.  

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.

Pre-College Credit Classes

Building 19, room 109; (206) 592-3941

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 103A; (206) 592-3345

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

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) AFROTC is a nationwide program that allows students to pursue commissions (become officers) in the United States Air Force (USAF) while simultaneously attending college. AFROTC classes are held on college campuses throughout the United States and Puerto Rico; students can register through normal course registration processes.  AFROTC consists of four years of Aerospace Studies classes (Foundations of the USAF, Evolution of USAF and Space Power, Air Force Leadership Studies, and National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty), and a corresponding Leadership Laboratory for each year (where students apply leadership skills, demonstrate command and effective communication, develop physical fitness, and practice military customs and courtesies). College students enrolled in the AFROTC program (known as “cadets”) who successfully complete both AFROTC training and college degree requirements will graduate and simultaneously commission as Second Lieutenants in the Active Duty Air Force. The AFROTC program is currently offered at the University of Washington, but they have a crosstown agreement that allows our students to enroll in AFROTC and become full-fledged cadet participants. For more information on AFROTC course descriptions, please review www.washington.edu/students/crscat/aerosci.html. For more information on the AFROTC program, please review http://depts.washington.edu/afrotc/drupal/node/44

Transition Referral and Resource Center

Building 1, room 119; (206) 592-4439

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.