Nearly two thirds of all jobs in Washington State require at least one year of college.

Earning your high school diploma is a courageous step towards opening doors for your future.

If you are currently in high school, or never finished high school but need to do so now, please consider one of LCC's options listed below.



Career Education Options (CEO)

An educational recovery program for young adults who left high school without a diploma. Eligible students get a second chance at their education and the opportunity to expand their career opportunities. 

Career Pathways/Tech Prep

A dual credit program with local high schools to provide technical preparation in selected programs that lead to an associate’s degree, apprenticeship certificate, or professional/technical certificate.

Dual Enrollment/Rural Outreach

Dual enrollment programs available to high school students in rural areas in an effort to increase access to college. Each program allows students to earn high school and college credit at the same time.

General Education Development (GED)

Adults who did not finish high school may earn high school credentials by taking this series of four tests. Practice and instruction is also available to help pass the GED test.

High School 21+ (HS21+)

A new low-cost program tailored to adult learners age 21 and older who need to earn a high school diploma. Tuition costs just $25 per quarter with financial assistance for those who cannot afford the cost. Classes are available online, on campus and in the community.

Running Start

Qualifying high school juniors and seniors can enroll in college classes at Lower Columbia College and receive both high school and college credit.The program was created by the Washington State Legislature to provide students an opportunity to take college courses while they are still in high school.

Welding Competitions

Each year local area high school students compete in a welding competition at LCC. Students compete in teams to demonstrate proficiency in basic to advanced welding and torch skills learned in high school. First, second and third place teams receive a trophy to display at their school! Students learn about welding training and career opportunities.

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