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What Can I Study?

Academic Transfer @ GHC - This College is a great place to start the first two years of a bachelor’s degree program. You can earn a two-year Associate degree suitable for transfer to any public four-year school in Washington State or one tailored to the transfer school of your choice. For some programs, you can even complete your bachelor's degree right here on the GHC Campus.  

Workforce Preparation and Training - Our Workforce Training programs can prepare you to enter the world of work, or upgrade your job skills, after just one or two years. In some cases, the training time is even shorter. And, depending on the program, you can earn a college degree, a certificate, or both.

Pre-College Programs - Our Pre-College programs can help you work toward earning your GED® or high school diploma (HS21+), bring your reading, writing, and mathematics skills up to college level, or improve your English skills in our English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Call 538-4167 to Get Started.

Community Education - offers a wide variety of subject matter and skills training opportunities that range from single day seminars to 2-6 week classes. Programming is offered throughout Grays Harbor and Pacific counties. It’s a great way to meet new people and energize your mind. Best of all, there are no tests – only the pleasure of learning and exploring! View the Community Education Course Catalog for current offerings and to register Online.

How Do I Apply?

Apply Online OR download and print a copy of the Admissions Application
You can drop it off at GHC Admission Office, or mail it to: 1620 Edward P Smith Dr, Aberdeen, WA 98520 or Fax to (360) 538-4293. Please call the Admissions and Records Office at (360) 538-4026 for questions. 

Request Official Transcripts 
Transcripts are required from your high school or GED and any previous colleges if you are transferring to GHC. Have your transcripts sent directly to the Grays Harbor College Admissions Office, 1620 Edward P. Smith Drive, Aberdeen, WA 98520. 

Take the College Placement Test (CPT) 
This is an admission requirement. The CPT helps evaluate your skill level so that you can start with the classes you need to be successful. Call (360) 538-4099 to find out the drop-in testing schedule or access the information online at the Student Support Center. This is not necessary if you have completed 100 level Math and English classes (or higher) at another college. 

Sign up for Entry Advising and Registration 
Call the Student Support Center at (360) 538-4099 to make an appointment for entry advising, orientation, and registration. Attend the New Student Orientation to learn about the many programs and services that we have to assist students on their educational journey. 

How Do I Pay For School?

Grays Harbor College provides a comprehensive student financial aid program to eligible students. Financial aid is designed to provide assistance when student resources are insufficient to meet the cost of going to college. Aid programs include grantsscholarshipswork-study, and loans.

To be eligible to receive financial aid funds, students must have completed high school or GED, be an American citizen or eligible non-citizen, be registered with Selective Service (if required), not owe a repayment on a financial aid grant or be in default on a student loan and be enrolled in a program that leads to a degree or certificate.

All students applying for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn more...

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News and Events

Student Events & Activities

Fall Quarter Dates:

Professional Day (no classes) - Oct. 9

Student Success Conference - Oct. 14

"W" Day - Nov. 5

Veterans Day Holiday - Nov. 11

Registration Begins - Nov. 16

Thanksgiving Holiday - Nov. 26-27

WAOL Instruction Ends: Dec. 2

GHC Instruction Ends - Dec. 7

Final Exams - Dec 8-10


More News and Events

Deep Love: A Ghostly Rock Opera - Saturday, October 3rd

Deep Love: A Ghostly Rock Opera OPERA is a story of love, loss and indecision where sweethearts become adversaries in pursuit of what they cannot live without. Told entirely through continuous, haunting rock and roll, DEEP LOVE features Jon Peter Lewis from American Idol, his bandmate from The Voice, Ryan Hayes (of the group Midas Whale), and Amy Whitcomb from The Voice and The Sing-Off. Heartwarming and heartbreaking, it promises to delight all ages. The show was recently selected to be performed at The New York Musical Theatre Festival. Audience members are encouraged to come dressed in their best funeral attire.

Tickets  ($22 Adult, $18 Senior, $12 Student).

Sponsored bySeabrook Foundation

Flagger Training

Flagger AheadGrays Harbor College regularly offers Flagger Training classes on the main campus in Aberdeen.

The next session will be on Saturday, October 10, from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room 2255. Pre-registration is required, by contacting GHC Community Education,, 360.538.4088.

Students, who must be 18 years of age by the date of the class, will learn about safety equipment, clothing, preparedness, responsibilities and traffic control company regulations. Successful completion of the day-long class, instructed by Michelle Bemis, will earn students flagger certification. Cost is $55.

A second Flagger Training course will be offered on November 7.

Commercial Food Preparation and Service
Commercial Food Preparation and Service

Grays Harbor College offers a new job skills program, Commercial Food Prep, beginning in January. Instructors will be Candi Bachtell, and her son, Josh Bachtell. The 49-credit course will meet during evening hours Mondays through Fridays in the Culinary Arts area of Aberdeen High School.

The 4-quarter program has been approved for financial aid and those interested can register with Melissa Barnes, 360.538.4096 or  For assistance with applying to the college and for financial aid, contact the Welcome Center, 360.538.4026, Winter Quarter Commercial Food Prep instruction will focus on sanitation and safety; pantry prep; stocks, sauces and soups; and baking. Subsequent quarters will include meats, poultry and seafood instruction; breakfast prep; saute prep and production; pastry and desserts; inventory control; nutrition; and food server.

Offering the hands-on Commercial Food Prep course is in response to requests from area businesses who are seeking qualified employees to hire. To enroll in the program, students must have a Food Handlers Permit, take the GHC Placement Test and place above  Reading 90, English 60 and Math 60.

For details, contact Nancy Estergard, 360.538.4012,

Auditions for the lead roles in Grays Harbor College’s Spring musical production of the classic “Mary Poppins” will take place in early October. Tryouts for the roles of Bert and Mary Poppins are planned for 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 3, while the roles of Jane and Michael Banks will be cast starting at 2 p.m. the following day, Sunday, October 4. These auditions will take place in the Music Pavilion on the GHC campus in Aberdeen.

Audition songs:

Bert –
#16, "Let's Go Fly a Kite" measures 30-54
#13, "Chim Chim Cher-ee" measures 1-19 AND 31-48

Mary –
#05, "Practically Perfect" measures 1-44
#18, "Brimstone and Treacle (Part 2)" measures 200-228

Jane and Michael –
#03, "The Perfect Nanny" entire song
#16, "Let's Go Fly a Kite" measures 81-97.

Tryouts for the rest of the “Mary Poppins” cast will occur in early December. The production will take place the first two weekends of March.

For more information about the auditions, contact director Brad Duffy,, 360.538.4172.


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1620 Edward P. Smith Drive | Aberdeen WA 98520

(360) 532-9020
or toll-free (in WA state) 800-562-4830

Community Education Centers

Riverview Education Center, Raymond: 360-538-4023
Columbia Education Center, Ilwaco: 360-538-2539