Vocational studies programs prepare graduates for specific trades, crafts and careers. Students obtain general knowledge and hands-on experience in using related materials, equipment, and procedures.They learn the importance of attitude, teamwork and communications skills in order to work in today's modern, team-oriented industry environments.
Lower Columbia College offers the Associate in Applied Science option, as well as certificate options, in Automotive Technology, Diesel/Heavy Equipment Technology, Fire Science, Machine Trades, Manufacturing and Welding. Various certificates are also available in the Individual Certificate Program.
Vocational careers are an excellent option for people looking for a stable and well-paying job, who are not necessarily interested in a four-year degree. Employers typically require specific training, skill-sets and hand-on experience. A growing number of jobs are in high demand, and growth is predicted to continue. Many jobs require only an associate's degree or a trade certificate.
Modern automobiles are complex machines requiring service technicians who are highly skilled and knowledgeable about mechanical, electrical, and electronic systems. The Automotive Technology program provides a strong combination of classroom theory and hands-on practice, with courses based on competencies established by the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF). The LCC Automotive Technology program is certified by NATEF, a branch of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).Catalog
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
The Heavy Equipment Preventative Maintenance program prepares students for careers in any industry that utilizes trucks, excavators, bulldozers, vessels or any other industrial equipment utilizing diesel power, hydraulics or other mechanical power transmission devices. This certificate is a shorter route to entry-level jobs.Catalog
Prepare for occupations and advancement in modern fire service with LCC’s Fire Science Technology program. The program includes fire suppression, fire investigation, fire prevention, emergency medical and rescue services, and hazardous materials emergency response. The program correlates classroom, laboratory, and clinical field experience in public and private fire organizations.Catalog
ICP offers an opportunity to pursue a custom-designed worksite-based learning program that is not available through current apprenticeship or college programs.
Certificate of Proficiency (COP)
Prepare for a job as a machinist, millwright, and tool and die maker, or another occupation related to manufacturing through LCC's Machine Trades program. Graduates may work as advanced apprentice machinists, machine operators, or programmers.Catalog
Manufacturing industries are in need of skilled production operators and technicians with up-to-date, 21st century skills. Industries that make products from metal, plastics, wood and other materials, as well as those producing solar panels, biofuels, energy, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, food, semiconductors, and a host of other traditional and green products need employees capable of running and servicing sophisticated machinery. In addition, workers in these industries must understand and practice principles aimed at maintaining safety, improving quality, eliminating waste, and reducing or eliminating the impact of operations on the environment.Catalog
Prepare for the state commercial welding examination or qualify for welding jobs in manufacturing, maintenance, or instruction through LCC's welding program. Students must successfully complete the Washington Association of Building Officials (WABO) Qualification Test before earning a degree in Welding.Catalog