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Grays Harbor College was founded in 1930, and serves a 2 county district comprised of Grays Harbor and Pacific counties in southwestern Washington. Within this 3,000-square-mile district, numerous rural communities combine for a total population of approximately 94,000 people. For comparison, the population of the combined Olympia, Tumwater, & Lacey metropolitan area was 127,000 as of the 2018 American Community Survey. Grays Harbor College has campuses in Aberdeen, Raymond, and Ilwaco, and provides educational opportunities at Stafford Creek Correctional Center (SCCC), which is located in the service area.

Students at SCCC are able to complete their high school equivalency and earn certificates in several professional/technical fields, such as carpentry, welding, and business. Due to a recent change in state law, GHC now offers an Associate in Applied Science in Business Management at SCCC.

Grays Harbor and Pacific counties are mostly rural and traditionally have relied heavily on the fishing and timber industries. The region has been heavily affected by the decline of these industries and the recent recession.

Grays Harbor and Pacific counties are also home to several Native American nations, including the Quinault, Chehalis, Shoalwater Bay, and Chinook Indian Nations. Many members of the Grays Harbor and Pacific County communities are employed by Nation-owned businesses.

Summary of Student & Service Area Demographics

   2019-2020 All GHC Students  2019-20 State Funded  GHC Service Area of Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties
Unique Headcount   3,249  2,451  92,394
 % Female2  50%  61%  49%
 % HU Students of Color  32%  31%  14%
 Median Age  26.6  22.3  43.7 (GH)/53.1 (P)
 % Attending Full Time  44%  54%


Without Running Start:   2019-20 (State Only)


Unique Headcount n/a 2,060


Median Age n/a 25


% Receiving Need-Based Aid3 n/a 58%


% Receiving Pell Grant n/a 41%


% First Gen n/a 29%


[1] State-Funded FTE includes Basic Education for Adults (High School Degree), English Language Acquisition (ELA), Developmental Education (Pre-College), Associates and Bachelors level courses. Excludes 50+ Community Service and Stafford Creek

[2] Of those who answered the question.

[3] From 2020 Field Guide (2018-19 Academic Year). 

2019-20 Enrollment

In addition to college-level certificates, Associates, and Applied Baccalaureate degrees, GHC provides contract training, continuing and community education, and education at the Stafford Creek Correctional Center. The following table counts each student once, and shows the breakout of enrollment across the types of students that GHC serves.

 Cohort  Unique Students  Annual FTES  % of Annual FTES  Median Age
 State-Funded1  2,060  1,270  67.8  25
 Running Start  391  314  16.8  17
 Stafford Creek  525  268  14.3  36
 Continuing Ed  239  10  0.5  66
 Contract Training  34  10  0.6  29
Grand Total 3,249 1,873 100.0% 27


A pie chart showing percentages of the 2019-20 unique headcount by student category. State-Funded students are 63%, Stafford Creek is 16%, Running Start students are 12%, Continuing Education students are 7%, and Contract Training students are 1% of the pie.

A pie chart showing percentages of the 2019-20 total FTE (enrollments) by student category. State-Funded students are 68% of total FTE, Running Start is 17%, Stafford Creek is 14% of FTE, Contract training in 0.6%, and Continuing Education is 0.5% of total FTE.

The following pie chart details enrollments for State Funded and Running Start Students by the intent of the course: Basic Education (includes ELA), Developmental Ed (Pre-College), Transfer courses, and Workforce/Vocational courses. This chart only includes enrollments for State Funded and Running Start Students.

A pie chart showing percentages of 2019-20 FTES (enrollment) for State Funded and Running Start Students. Academic/Transfer courses represent 52% of the pie, Workforce courses are 31% of the pie, Basic Skills courses are 9% of the pie, and Developmental Education courses are 8% of the pie.

2019-20 Demographics (Selected Populations)

The demographics in this section reflect all unique State-Funded and Running Start Students from 2019-20. State-Funded includes ELA, Transitions, Developmental Ed (Pre-College), and College-Level Courses. 50+ Continuing Education courses are excluded.

Unique Students

An image showing three circles of varying sizes with numerical values, representing the number of students in each category. State-funded is the largest with 2,060 students, Stafford Creek is next largest with 525 students, and Running Start is the smallest circle with 391 students.

% Female: 60.5%

% Full/Part-Time:

  • Full Time: 53.8%
  • Mixed: 5.2%
  • Part-Time: 35.8%
  • Summer Only: 5.2%

By Age Group:

 Age Group  State + Running Start  State Alone
 19 & Under 38% 26%
 20-24 20% 24%
 25-29 13% 15%
 30-39 17% 20%
 40 and Above 12% 15%

% Received Pell: 40.8%

Note: Received Pell only includes State-Funded students, Running Start students are not eligible for Pell Grants.

% Historically Underserved Students of Color: 31%

Historically Underserved Students of Color include American Indian / Alaska Native, Black or African American, Latino/Hispanic, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders, and students reporting Two or More Races, where one of the races is in that list.

By Race/Ethnicity:

 Race Ethnicity  State-Funded + Running Start
 American Indian/Alaska Native  3.0%
 Asian  1.2%
 Black or African American   1.8%
 International  0.4%
 Latino/Hispanic  19.0%
Pacific Islander 0.4%
Race/Ethnicity Unknown 6.4%
Two or more groups 9.6%
White 59.2%

2019-20 Completions

The number of completions by Academic Year. The count is the number of degrees earned, and not number of students. Some students will have earned more than one degree and will be represented more than once in the count.

 Degree Type  2015-2016  2016-17  2017-18  2018-19 2019-20 
 High School/GED  77  61  57  37  27
 Certificate: <45 Credits  422  389  320  305  161
 Certificate: 45+ Credits  68  110  128  64  44
 Associates in General Studies    1      
 Associates in Applied Science  39  22  28  63  58
 Associates of Applied Science, Transfer  37  48  56  48  14
Associates of Arts DTA 214 207 193 198 239
Associates of Science 14 22 22 25 14
Associates of Science DTA 5 10 13 5 16
Associates of Technology 33 36 50 27 27
Bachelors of Applied Science     10 26 28
Total Awards 909 906 877 798 628

DTA means “Direct Transfer Agreement,” these degrees have articulation agreements with certain 4-year colleges where students can transfer in as a junior.

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