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It’s easy—and rewarding—to become an Industry Preferred Partner of the Northwest Career Colleges Federation. Join the outstanding vendors, service providers and professional organizations who have partnered with the Northwest Career Colleges Federation.

What's new

The Careers That Work! Scholarship program makes available five $1000 scholarships to every high school – public and private – in Oregon, Washington and Idaho to award to graduating seniors headed to one of the NWCCF participating member colleges. This includes alternative high schools and skill centers. High schools select the recipients.

Did you know?

The first recorded private "venture" school opened in 1705 in Colonial America, the first business college opened in Washington in 1886 and Perry Technical Institute opened in 1941, making it the oldest, continuously operating private career college in Washington.


State Agencies


Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board
Licenses non-degree private career schools and colleges; maintains; approves programs and maintains the Eligible Training Provider list for WIA Workforce programs.

Career BridgeCareer Bridge is home to over 5,000 Washington education and training programs, including apprenticeships, with performance results available for many of them. This free, state website also features Washington’s Eligible Training Provider list.

Washington Student Achievement Council
Authorizes degree programs; administers the State Need Grant and other state-level financial aid programs.

Washington Department of Licensing

Washington Department of Health

State Board for Community & Technical Colleges

Superintendent of Public Instruction K-12 education in Washington


Oregon Department of Education (ODE)
The licensing and authorizing agency for private career schools and colleges.

Effective December 5, 2013, the Private Career Schools Licensing Unit will physically move into the office of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC). The office is located at 775 Court St. NE, Salem, OR 97301.

Please address all correspondence and payments to the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC).

Oregon Office of Degree Authorization

Oregon State Board of Nursing


Idaho Board of Education

Bureau of Occupational Licenses


The Roadmap:

Access, Affordability and Achievement

Key Facts About WA Higher Education (PDF)

WTECB “Where are you going? Assistance for career planning.(PDF)”

WA Workforce Development Directory

High Skills, High Wages — Washington’s 10-Year Strategic Plan for Workforce Development

National Accrediting Agencies

Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)

Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges(ACCSC)

National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences (NACCAS)

Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)

Council on Occupational Education