Become a partner

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.


Our Mission

  • Maximize membership awareness and response to legislative actions at both the state and federal levels.
  • Deliver information to members and target audiences through the use of available communication tools.
  • Heighten the credibility of our members and the quality of educational programs through professional growth opportunities.
  • Promote private career education through showcasing member schools.
  • Promote private career schools as a vital member of the higher education community.

Strategy: Five key areas of focus

  • Governmental affairs.
    The membership works closely with the executive director and chief lobbyist to develop a legislative agenda to proactively advance legislation and regulation favorable to career education. We build positive, lasting relationships with legislative/regulatory officials and keep our membership informed of our positions, approaches and progress.
  • Member communication.
    The Board of Directors works to facilitate dialog between member schools on business and education issues through regular meetings and available communication options. The NWCCF provides members with information that will keep them informed of issues important to career education.
  • Building Awareness.
    The NWCCF works to raise awareness of the value of private career colleges with government officials, education representatives, and the business community. We promote the importance of private career education to the Northwest’s economy and its positive impact on the lives of thousands of individuals entering the job market and their ability to gain valuable job skills.
  • Professional development.
    The NWCCF is dedicated to offering professional growth opportunities for member schools’ staff, faculty and leadership. We recognize that life-long learning is critical to the success of our members. We provide various programs for professional growth, critical during this dynamic time of change.
  • Strategic planning.
    The Board of Directors sets the future course for the NWCCF by listening to our members. Based on member needs, we develop programs and services that create high value in membership.


As the authoritative voice of private career colleges and schools, NWCCF works with state and federal legislators and key regulatory officials to ensure that member needs and priorities are addressed in education-related policy and regulatory development. The federation’s executive director, legislative lobbyists and proactive board of directors work to ensure that private career colleges and schools are recognized as an essential component of higher education and a vital contributor to both local and regional economies.

Professional Development

NWCCF provides a full range of professional development opportunities and training for leaders and administrators of its member institutions, including

  • A newsletter and action alerts on key issues.
  • Networking opportunities with other professionals.
  • An annual conference .
  • Web site listings and links for member schools.

NWCCF Industry Partners

The NWCCF’s industry partner program includes a select group of
outstanding vendors, service providers and professional organizations. Our
Industry Partners are listed