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Academic Transfer degrees - 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.

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.

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Basic Skills programs can help you work toward earning your GED® or high school diploma (HS21+), improve your skills to college level, or improve your English skills in our English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Call 538-4167 to Get Started.

GHC Continuing 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. View the Continuing Education Course Catalog for current offerings and to register Online.

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Student Events & Activities

Register NOW for Fall Quarter classes!

September 16 -17 
New Student Orientation

September 22
First Day of On-Campus and GHC Online Classes 

September 25
WAOL Instruction Begins

December 3
WAOL Instruction Ends

December 8
Last day of on-campus & GHC online classes

December 9 - 11


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Commercial Food Prep classes
Commercial Food Prep is new at Grays Harbor College for Fall Quarter. Instructed by former owners of Savory Faire restaurant Candi Bachtell and her son, Josh Bachtell, the class will take place after school hours at Aberdeen High School’s Culinary Arts facility, beginning the week of September 22.

Classes will include Culinary Arts Orientation, Food Service Sanitation and Safety, Pantry Prep, Stocks, Sauces and Soups and Baking, all taking place on weekdays during evening hours. Space is currently available in each of the classes. Potential students must have a current Washington State Food Handlers Permit, place in READ 090, ENGL 060 and MATH 060, or in college levels of these subjects. Students will purchase a supply kit, plus required books, all available at the GHC Bookstore.

To register for Commercial Food Prep or for more information, contact Nancy Estergard at GHC,, 360.538.4012.


Ride along on our next EDventure!

Voyage on the Lady Washington - Historical Seaport
The EDventure begins September 17th at the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport in Aberdeen. Meet us at 9:30 am for a tour of this historical landmark, lunch, and a two hour cruise on the Lady Washington. Perhaps we can convince the Captain to do a cannon salute. Cost of the trip is $68.25, which includes cruise, tour, lunch, and snack.

Space is limited- Sign-Up Today online or with Bethany Barnard at Whiteside Continuing Education Center,, 360.533.9733.

Grays Harbor College launches the new Plus 50 Encore Completion program with a free computer workshop on Saturday, September 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Whiteside Education Center in Aberdeen.

Plus 50 is a new program designed for adults age of 50 and older who, for various reasons, are seeking new career directions. Workshops, such as the September 13 computer class, are offered at no charge for these returning students considering new careers in the fields of healthcare, education and social services.

Bethany Barnard is the College’s Plus 50 Career Coach, based at the Whiteside facility where the workshop will take place. This computer workshop will be the first in a series of many workshops scheduled to help Plus 50-eligible students prepare to return to college. 

As she points out, “GHC has several certificate and degree programs that will be included in our Plus 50 programming as career pathways for the health care, education and social service fields. These include two-year degrees in Early Childhood Education, Medical Records, CNA, Nursing, Criminal Justice, Human Services and, in partnership with City University, we offer an onsite pathway to a Bachelors in Education.”  

Barnard also explains that the College offers certificate programs as well, specifically in Bookkeeping, Business Technology, Formatting /Publishing Business Documents, Microcomputer Applications, Microsoft Office Applications, Office Professional Certification, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Human Services, Medical Records Office Assistant, Medical Coding, Medical Transcription, Practical Nursing, and Nursing Assistant Training.

“Our free Plus 50 computer and career exploration workshops will help adult students make the decision to come back to GHC and train for a new job. These are exciting times and we are here to lend a hand,” Barnard adds.

For further information about the  September 13 workshop and others that are being planned, contact Plus 50 Career Coach Bethany Barnard at or 360.533.9733


Auditions for Grays Harbor College’s Fall premier production of “Back in the World” are set for Saturday, September 20 at 10 a.m. and the following day, Sunday, September 21, starting at 2 p.m. All tryouts will take place in the Bishop Center on the main GHC campus in Aberdeen.

“Back in the World” is an original musical about the plight of soldiers returning home from war, debuting on the Bishop Center stage the first two weekends of November. Composed by GHC alum Alex Eddy with lyrics by GHC instructor Lynne Lerych, the show is sad, angry, funny and ultimately uplifting. Sandy Lloyd is the show sponsor.

The production includes principal roles for six males and four females, ranging in ages from late teens to 50s or 60s. All roles are singing parts and there also will be a chorus of at least eight. For more information about the production and auditions, contact Lynne Lerych at, 360.538.4156.


child care assistance grant
Partial Assistance Grant

If you are a student at Grays Harbor College with a child(ren) enrolled at Wunderland Childcare and have a significant childcare need you may be eligible for some partial assistance.

Download the Grant Application
(application deadline is September 5, 2014)


Central Washington’s Law & Justice program begins on the GHC main campus this fall!

CWU-Aberdeen is located at Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen, Washington. This partnership provides the opportunity for students to earn their first two years of a bachelor's degree at GHC and stay on campus to complete their bachelor's degree at CWU-Aberdeen.

The Bachelor of Arts major in Law and Justice (LAJ) is designed to prepare students for professional employment in the criminal justice system and/or entry into graduate or law school. It retains the humanistic emphasis of the liberal arts while assisting students to prepare for graduate school, careers in law enforcement, corrections, paralegal professions and the practice of law following law school. Classes will be available through face-to-face, interactive television, and Online.

According to JEB Thornton, GHC’s assistant dean who helped finalize the new agreement with CWU, the size of this first bachelors degree class in the Fall could mean additional classes taking place on our campus, and eventually other Central bachelors programs as well. For more information, contact CWU representatives at

Related link: Baccalaureate Opportunities at GHC


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Community Education Centers

Riverview Education Center, Raymond: 360-875-9466, Fax: 360-875-9467
Columbia Education Center, Ilwaco: 360-642-9433, Fax: 360-642-9434 GHC Pacific County Facebook
Whiteside Continuing Education Center, Aberdeen: 360-533-9733, Fax: 360-533-9779