About RTC

Students succeed at RTC.

Renton Technical College is a nationally recognized college committed to helping our diverse student population succeed. Our 63 percent completion rate is the highest in the state among community and technical colleges – and among the highest in the country. And 85 percent of our graduates are employed nine months after graduation.

Our programs

RTC offers a breadth of short- and long-term career training programs, apprenticeships, college transfer options, and applied bachelor’s degrees in information technology. Some of our courses are offered in the evening or in an online hybrid format to fit your schedule.

Our Guided Pathways model helps students find the right path and help them finish their programs faster. To make it simpler, we have grouped our programs into seven Areas of Study: Advanced Manufacturing, Business Management, Culinary Arts, Health & Human Services, Information Technology, and Transportation Technology. Our College and Career Pathways programs offer English, math, and high school completion courses to prepare students to transition into career training courses.

RTC is inclusive

We are a vibrant, inclusive community that welcomes students from all backgrounds and empowers them for success.  We meet students where they are and move them toward greater opportunity. Our student body is 60 percent students of color, and we welcome immigrants, veterans, students with disabilities – anyone who wants to succeed in college.

RTC is affordable

From Workforce Education funding available for displaced workers to scholarships provided by the RTC Foundation, RTC is affordable. Our Financial Aid office will help you find a way to make college a reality.

RTC is acclaimed  

  • Aspen Institute Top 10 Community College, 2015
  • Aspen top 150 finalist, 2017, 2019
  • Washington Monthly, #8, Best Two-year College in the Country, 2017
  • Brookings Institute, #13, Beyond College Rankings, 2015
  • Achieving the Dream Leader College

RTC is convenient

Our campus is located on 30 acres just north of Northeast Third Street in Renton, Washington and operates several satellite locations throughout King County.

RTC one of 34 colleges in the State of Washington operated by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. The Renton Technical College service area encompasses the Renton, Kent, Auburn, Tahoma and Enumclaw School Districts and the central and south portions of the Seattle School District.

Our Mission:

Renton Technical College engages a diverse student population through educational opportunities for career readiness and advancement, serving the needs of individuals, the community, businesses, and industry.

Our Core Values:

Community – create an inclusive environment where all are celebrated and welcome.

Empowerment – promote strength and confidence to embrace challenge, creativity, and intellectual risk.

Equity – nurture an academic and work environment that promotes fairness and removes systemic and institutional barriers.

Integrity – foster an ethical environment of trust and honesty.

Learning – pursue excellence by engaging in critical thinking, problem solving, and technical expertise.

Respect – value humanity and the diversity of people, perspectives, and ideas.

Stewardship – build a stronger, accountable institution for future generations.

Find out how you can succeed at RTC.