Spokane is the education and training center of the Inland Northwest, a region served by a variety of public and private higher educational institutions. The educational and business community work collaboratively together to ensure that the future workforce receives the training and education needs and requirements of businesses.
Built upon 125 years of tradition, Eastern Washington University offers more than 100 fields of study, ten master’s degrees, four graduate certificates, 55 graduate programs and one applied doctorate at two locations – the Cheney campus (just 16 miles from Spokane) and the Riverpoint Campus in the downtown Spokane U-District.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has served the public and private aviation sectors through education for over 70 years, and is the only accredited not-for-profit university in the world totally oriented to aviation. In 1990, the Fairchild Air Force Base Resident Center began offering classes to civilians, active duty military and their dependents.
Founded by the Jesuit order in 1887, Gonzaga University has grown and matured into one of the West’s premier regional universities. For the past five years, Gonzaga has been ranked No. 3 among the top colleges and universities with master's programs in the Western United States by U.S. News & World Report, and is consistently ranked by the same publication as one of the West's best values in higher education. Gonzaga embodies the intellectual powers of five schools offering seven undergraduate degrees in 43 majors. The University also offers degrees in 26 master’s programs, one Ph.D. program and a Juris Doctor through the School of Law. The academic heart and strength of Gonzaga’s liberal arts tradition lies in its core curriculum which integrates philosophy, theology, history, mathematics, literature, the natural and social sciences, and extensive writing in students’ major disciplines.
The Institute for Extended Learning (IEL) is part of the Community Colleges of Spokane. The IEL provides access to a wide variety of educational programs to people in the six-county region of northeastern Washington. The IEL has no single campus; its programs are offered at many locations in Spokane and in cities and towns in the surrounding counties.
Interface College is a private, accredited college that has served the Spokane area since 1982, specializing in short-term training programs in career fields with growth potential. The college offers accelerated 8-12 month training programs in technical, business and healthcare careers, and also offers five associate degree programs (transfer credits are accepted).
The Spokane ITT Technical Institute is operated by Indianapolis-based ITT Education Services, Inc. ITT/ESI, a subsidiary of ITT Corporation, provides education to approximately 25,000 students through the operation of 70 colleges in 27 states. ITT came to Spokane in 1985 and focuses on preparing graduates for careers in technology. ITT is accredited by a Department of Education approved agency and is a degree-granting institution. ITT specializes in electronic engineering technology and computer-aided drafting technology.
Park is a private, accredited school of arts and sciences which offers associate and bachelor of science degrees through accelerated face-to-face and online courses at School for Extended Learning (SEL) resident centers. The Resident Center at Fairchild Air Force Base is part of the SEL, the national outreach arm of the university’s main campus in Parkville, near Kansas City, Missouri. The center at Fairchild offers four associate degrees and seven bachelors degrees to both military and civilian students. Enrollment and attendance is open to all. Courses are offered as traditional, evening classes, and also through Distant Learning courses via the Internet. Park has been serving Fairchild and the surrounding community for more than 20 years, and works closely with local community colleges to provide quality education opportunities.
SCC offers degrees and certificates in more than 90 professional/technical fields, as well as a full range of transferable liberal arts programs. Professional/technical areas of study include agriculture, horticulture, natural resources, business and office technology, health sciences, and a wide variety of technical, industrial and service occupations ranging from aircraft mechanics to electrical maintenance, culinary arts, welding and more.
SFCC emphasizes liberal arts instruction and is among the top three community colleges in the state in the number of students who transfer to four-year universities. Liberal arts students choose from more than 40 pre-major programs ranging from accounting to education to veterinary medicine. SFCC also offers more than 20 professional/technical degrees. Areas of study include business and office technology, camera repair, fine and applied arts, interior design, music, orthotic-prosthetic technology, photography, saddlemaking, health/fitness technology and human services.
WSU Spokane is the urban campus of Washington State University, a land-grant research university founded in 1890. The Riverpoint Campus, bordered by the Spokane River and Centennial Trail, lies at the heart of a developing University District on the east end of downtown. Part-time working adults as well as traditional undergraduate, graduate and professional students benefit from the campus’s new classrooms, labs, studios, and clinical space.
WSU Intercollegiate Center for Nursing Education
The WSU Intercollegiate College of Nursing moved into a new building on campus in 2008-09. Campus programs also include the design disciplines, education programs, social and policy sciences, and science and technology. Washington State University is one of just 95 public and private research universities with very high research activity, according to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifications. In addition, “U.S. News & World Report” ranks WSU as one of the top public research universities in the nation.
Webster University is an independent, accredited, coeducational university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in many fields. Its graduate programs provide career-minded adults with knowledge and skills to enhance their professional development or embark on a new career. The extended campus located at Fairchild Air Force Base offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Arts (MA) in Human Resources Development; M.A. in Management and Leadership; M.A. in Business and Organizational Security Management; and M.A. in Counseling. There are many other options online. Courses are available to civilians, active duty military and their dependents, both on-site and internet-based.
Founded in 1890, Whitworth University is a private, liberal arts institution affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Ranked by U.S. News as one of the ten best regional universities and values in the Western U.S., Whitworth is committed to rigorous and open intellectual inquiry and to the integration of Christian faith and learning.
Whitworth enrolls 2,700 students at its 200-acre wooded campus located 15 minutes north of downtown Spokane. Undergraduate degree programs are offered in 48 different majors, and master’s programs are available in business administration, counseling, education, international management, school administration, teaching, and theology. Whitworth’s Continuing Studies program offers evening programs convenient for working adults at its main campus and a new downtown location in the University District.