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Ribbon-Cutting Officially Launches New CWU-Sammamish

"I take the position college is for everybody and Central Washington University is a college that is for everybody."

That was what Washington state Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib told those who attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for CWU-Sammamish. Habib added that the new instructional site fits perfectly with his commitment to seeing the creation of a college-going culture in Washington. 

CWU President James L. Gaudino presided at the event and was joined by Sammamish City Manager Lyman Howard, and Sammamish Mayor Bob Keller.

CWU-Sammamish is a partnership involving CWU and the City of Sammamish, in a learning facility where general education undergraduate classes--which qualify for Running Start requirements--are now available to the public, along with other higher education programs.

Central also will conduct Continuing Education programs at CWU-Sammamish. These programs provide lifelong learning opportunities, education, and training for all ages and meet the needs of those wanting to enhance their professional skillset or explore a personal interest.

Additionally, CWU-Sammamish is hosting a Thursday evening Fall Speaker Series featuring university faculty. 

In April 2017, CWU signed a three-year agreement with the City of Sammamish to begin offering educational programs. CWU-Sammamish is located within a few miles of four high schools (Skyline High School, Eastlake High School, Tesla STEM High School, and Eastside Catholic High School).

The new CWU-Sammamish facility encompasses 31,000 square-feet on a 22-4-acre site. It complements CWU’s existing extended learning programs at six existing University Centers, which include Lynnwood, Des Moines, Pierce County, Moses Lake, Wenatchee, and Yakima, as well as at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Media contact: Robert Lowery, CWU Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,

Photo: (L. to R.) CWU Associate Provost for Extended Learning and Outreach Gayla Stoner, Sammamish Mayor Bob Keller, Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib, CWU President James L. Gaudino, CWU Executive Director of Extended Learning Melanie Palm, and CWU-Sammamish Site Director Elyane Harney conduct the official CWU-Sammamish ribbon cutting.