Highline/UWT Federal Way campus delayed
By Izzy Anderson - Staff Reporter
Opening day for the UW-Ta- coma/Highline campus in Federal Way has been delayed until Winter Quarter.
The campus was supposed to begin operations this quarter.
"The schedule for the opening has moved. As of right now, we are targeting for a Winter Quarter opening," said Tyler Hemstreet, city of Federal Way communications coordinator.
"We are still in the process of selecting a site on the downtown Federal Way corridor," he
said. Highline and Federal Way officials said that a UW-Tacoma/ Highline campus in Federal Way could help students who would benefit from a closer campus.
Federal Way students make up 21 percent of the Highline student body.
"There is [an] unmet need for access to higher educational opportunities in Federal Way," said Highline Dean of Continuing Education Gabrielle Bachmeier. "Highline College has a number of dual credit articulation agreements in place with career and technical programs
within the Federal Way Public Schools.... This will be a natural opportunity to intentionally expand these collaborations, and to provide more intentional career pathways for Federal Way high school students."
"I think the other thing to keep in mind here is that once [the] light rail comes to Federal Way in a few years, it will bring even more students to the campus," Hemstreet said.
Along with several on-site classes, the new campus will provide short-term certificates.
"We are going to offer shortterm certificates, for example;
the Early Care Education stackable certificates, web design, [and] intro to office assistant certificate," Bachmeier said.
Officials hope to gradually open up more classes and programs, but will begin with a select few, Hemstreet said.
"The classes have tentative- ly been selected, and they are: nursing and healthcare, educa- tion, STEM, accounting and fi- nance, and general education," Hemstreet said.
City officials have been try- ing to attract a college operation to town for a couple of years.
A lack of proper funding ear-
ly on nearly cancelled the proj- ect altogether.
$800,000 was originally re- quested from legislatures to fund the campus.
When the Legislature first proposed $500,000 to fund the campus, city officials stated that they would not have enough for this project.
Last spring however, city of- ficials made it work out with the smaller budget.
Highline had a small branch campus in Federal Way for a number of years in the mid- 2000s, which closed due to low enrollment.