Renton Technical College & Kent School District Partnership


March 22, 2013


RENTON— Wednesday, March 20, marked a historic day for Renton Technical College and the Kent School District.  After weeks of planning and preparation, representatives from the two entities joined together at Kentlake High School and signed a Memorandum of Understanding that permits Renton Technical College instructors to teach college courses at Kentlake High School.  This unique program is called “Medical Career Pathways”.  The courses will be designed to help students gain a career in the medical field. 


Two of primary goals for the Medical Career Pathways program are to increase the percentage of college-going graduates and to increase graduation rates.  Steve Hanson, President at Renton Technical College stated, “This is an exciting opportunity to provide clearly articulated pathways for Kentlake students who are interested in pursuing careers in health care professions. Students will be able to explore options for a medical arts career through a certificate program, an associate degree, or preparation for further study in a four-year college or university in a medical related field.  In addition to providing access to high-demand careers in health care, this dual-credit program will also allow many students to graduate with a high school diploma and an associate degree.” 


The Medical Career Pathways program serves the Kent community in multiple ways.  In addition to providing training for high school students during the day, Kentlake will also operate as a satellite of the Renton Technical College main campus in the evenings, where other community members can take courses. 


Both Renton Technical College and the Kent School District plan to begin recruitment for students this spring. Classes will begin in the fall. 


Renton Technical College prepares a diverse student population for work, fulfilling the employment needs of individuals, business and industry.  The institution has the highest completion rate of any two-year college in Washington State.



Direct all media inquiries to:

Kendra Smith

Renton Technical College

Phone:  425-235-2356