Top-Rated Education

Access a highly skilled and educated workforce, along with key industry connections through Tacoma’s eight higher educational institutions.

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An Educated Workforce

Tacoma is home to several of the region’s top-rated universities and colleges, including the University of Washington Tacoma, University of Puget Sound, Bates Technical College, Tacoma Community College, Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus and Pacific Lutheran University. With more than 55,000 students attending courses at local universities and colleges, you have plenty of talent to choose from, including trade workers, engineers, administrators, health professionals, and more.

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Academics Shape Economic Growth

Local higher education institutions build their academic programs around Tacoma’s economy, so as certain industries grow, so do their relevant training courses. For example, University of Washington Tacoma’s Institute of Technology has developed some of the nation’s top cyber security experts and hosts regional and national cyber security events. Because of this, Tacoma’s cyber security and tech industry has grown considerably over the last few years. UW Tacoma also offers job-ready programs in finance and insurance, healthcare, education, business and professional services, and urban clean water technology.

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Internship and Recruiting Opportunities

University of Washington Tacoma (UWT) offers competitive paid internship programs that help your company find and develop the right team. Every year, more than 150 students in computer science, IT, cybersecurity, and other technical areas seek internships and capstone project opportunities at local businesses. Local businesses can also use UWT’s Innovation Lab to collaborate with students, faculty, and other entrepreneurs on business ideas and ventures.

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