With an appealing climate, great local employment opportunities, and a robust agricultural sector, it’s easy to see why the Tri-Cities has been the fastest-growing region in Washington state since 2000.
Located in the southeastern part of the state, Richland, Kennewick, and Pasco (a.k.a the Tri-Cities) have mushroomed nearly 20 percent over the last eight years and boast a current population of 234,000. However, as is always the case with rapid growth, there is one issue: The area’s booming population base has few available avenues to earn four-year degrees without traveling out of the region, thus limiting the ability for many residents to ascend on the career ladder.
As a result, Columbia Basin College offered a solution.
Read the full case study (PDF): Community college lands 4-year program using data-driven approach