Quality of Life: Education and Schools
Renton — A Smart Place to Learn.
Education is consistently rated as one of the top priorities by businesses. Without an educated, motivated workforce to execute business plans, the best product or service in the world will not find long-term success in the market.
Another reason why businesses choose to locate in Renton is an educated workforce and a variety of training opportunities. Within the Renton community, the number of individuals 25 years old or above who have completed four or more years of college is nearly twice the national average. There are six four-year colleges and universities and eight community and technical colleges within a 25-mile radius of Renton. Both Renton Technical College and City University have campuses in Renton.
Renton School District
A strong sense of community makes Renton Schools outstanding places to learn and work. Spanning 32.5 square miles, the award-winning Renton School District serves over 13,000 students in preschool through twelfth grade. Four high schools, three middle schools, 13 elementary schools, an early childhood education center and various other special program locations constitute the accredited preschool-12 system. Five of these schools are designated as "Outstanding Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence" and the District received the prestigious national "What Parents Want" Award.
Creating life-long learners is at the heart of the Renton School District's instructional goals. Students are encouraged to reach for excellence through a variety of programs that focus on basic academic skills, problem solving, creative and critical thinking, and social and emotional growth. For additional information on the Renton School District, download the district's brochure, call 425-204-2340 or visit the Web site.
Renton Technical College
For 60 years, Renton Technical College has made dreams a reality for students training, retraining and upgrading their skills for rewarding careers. As the community has grown and changed, Renton Technical College has followed suit - offering exciting new programs and keeping abreast of cutting-edge technologies that have reshaped the workplace. Renton Technical College is one of 34 colleges in the State of Washington operated by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. Renton Technical College's mission is to prepare a diverse student population for work, fulfilling the employment needs of individuals, business and industry.
Approximately 16,000 students choose Renton Technical College each year as the place to learn a new skill. On average more than 95% of them are immediately employed upon graduation. The College offers Associate of Applied Science degrees and certificates in over 70 program tracks in the medical, trades, business technology, technical, home and family life, and high-tech professions. Businesses utilize the College's resources through customized training delivered either on campus or at the workplace. Instructors come directly from industry to the classroom so students are assured of learning current practices and technologies in their chosen field. For more information on Renton Technical College, call 425-235-2352 or visit the Web site.