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When Grays Harbor College was established in 1930, a tradition of helping our students succeed also began. Now, some 80 years later, we have assembled excellent instructors and dedicated staff, all caring individuals focused on providing the very best services to the students in the Grays Harbor and Pacific counties that we serve.

We are focused on success of all varieties – helping students as they work towards an Associate degree with plans to transfer on to a four-year college or university; teaching Workforce Preparation skills that could lead to a new or improved job; or encouraging someone as they strive to earn a GED, master English as a new language, or enroll in any one of our community education courses.


Grays Harbor College Foundation 

The Grays Harbor College Foundation is among the oldest of the community college foundations in the Northwest, founded more than 50 years ago with proceeds raised from Gala Starlight Ball events. Since that time, the Foundation has continued to award scholarships for deserving students and support of college programs.

The Foundation Board of Directors, which meets monthly on the main campus, includes more than 25 community leaders from Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties. In addition to funding ten full-tuition scholarships each year, the Foundation also sponsors the World Class Scholars program. Through this outreach program, the Foundation challenges jr high school students to make a plan for college at GHC. After successful completion of WCS requirements, students qualify for a $1500 scholarship at GHC. To date more than 1200 students have received medallions.

In 2013-2014 the Foundation will award more than 250 scholarships and $139,500 in support of GHC including Childcare Scholarships, GED Scholarships, Athletic Scholarships, Graduation Breakfast, Year End Awards, Student Tickets, Book Loans, Summer Musical and much needed instructional equipment. Thanks to all who who support our mission.

For further information about donations to the Foundation or creating scholarship endowments, contact the office at (360) 538-4243.


Grays Harbor College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding an institution’s accredited status by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue N.E., Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 558-4224


 Equal Opportunity 
Grays Harbor College provides equal opportunities and equal access in education and employment for all persons. The college is committed to ensuring freedom from discrimination based on gender, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, marital status, sexual preference, disabled and veterans status, or the presence of any physical, sensory or mental disability, in accordance with current state and federal laws. Inquiries regarding compliance with equal opportunity/affirmative action should be directed to the Chief Human Resource Officer, Grays Harbor College, Aberdeen, WA 98520 or Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 2815 Second Avenue, Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98121. For questions or concerns on matters affecting women or persons with handicaps, contact the Chief Human Resource Officer, Title IX and 504 Officer, Jewell C. Manspeaker Instructional Building, (360) 538-4234.


Students’ Right to Know 
Federal and state laws require higher education institutions like Grays Harbor College to provide students, prospective students and student employees information regarding:

  • Standards of conduct that prohibit unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol; College security and safety policies and programs including campus crime statistics; Graduation or completion rates by full-time undergraduate student athletes by race and sex for basketball and baseball, with all other sports combined;

  • Graduation or completion rates for selected programs.

Specific information regarding the above can be obtained by contacting the vice president for student services' office. The Aberdeen Police Department is the local law enforcement agency with jurisdiction at the main Grays Harbor College campus. Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Department maintains a registered sex offender Website.

send a message to GHC Public Relations  For more information, send an e-mail message to: Jane Goldberg (, or call (360) 538-4005.

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Riverview Education Center, Raymond: 360-538-4023, Fax: 360-875-9467
Columbia Education Center, Ilwaco: 360-538-2539, Fax: 360-642-9434

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