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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 Licensing and Authorizing Agencies


Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board
Licenses non-degree private career schools, maintains the Eligible Training Provider list for Workforce programs, provides VA Educational Benefit approval and review for non-degree programs, and is the designated agency for WIOA.

Career Bridge
Career 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 aid programs.

Washington Department of Licensing
Licenses cosmetology, barbering, nail technology, and esthetics programs.

Washington Department of Health
Licenses, recognizes or approves various allied health professions and programs.

State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
Approves private career schools for participation in various student funding programs; facilitates credit transfer.

Superintendent of Public Instruction
K-12 education in Washington.


Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC)
The licensing and authorizing agency for private career schools and colleges.

Oregon State Board of Nursing
Approves schools’ PN and RN programs.


Idaho Board of Education
Licenses non-degree technical schools and authorizes degree-granting institutions.

Bureau of Occupational Licenses
Licenses cosmetology and barbering schools.


Idaho State Board of Education
An Idaho Education:  High Potential-High Achievement

Oregon HECC Featured Reports

The Roadmap & Strategic Planning – WSAC

WTECB Reports and Publications

WIOA in Idaho
WIOA in Oregon
WIOA in Washington State


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 Career Arts & Sciences (NACCAS)

Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)

Council on Occupational Education

NWCCF Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Toolkit NWCCF Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Toolkit