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Edmonds Career Access Program (EdCAP)


Edmonds Career Access Program (EdCAP) is a Washington State Open Doors program operating in partnership with the Edmonds School District and Edmonds College. EdCAP provides eligible 16- 21-year-old students with a variety of ways to meet their educational goals, along with strong support systems, and financial assistance along the way.

EdCAP provides the opportunity to earn:

  • GED®
  • High School Diploma issued by Edmonds School District
  • Professional-Technical Certificates
  • Associate Degrees
    • Students who earn an AA with EdCAP can bypass the state's 24-credit graduation requirements and apply for an Edmonds College diploma.
  • Or a combination of these!

In addition, many students can use this as an opportunity for skill building, career exploration, or learning English.

Key support provided by EdCAP:

  • Free tuition, course fees, textbooks, and mandatory course supplies
  • EdCAP introductory course to build academic habits
  • One-on-one case management and advising support every quarter along the way
  • Career exploration and skill development opportunities
  • Support with the next steps after graduation

Benefits of being at Edmonds College:

  • Flexible schedules allow you to build school into your life, not the other way around. Classes are offered at a variety of times of day, and schedules typically end up having 2-4 days on campus, and depending on class choices between 5-15 hours of class a week, with homework time varying by class
  • Extended eligibility allows students to work at their level and pace. Students are able to take college and/or high school level classes with EdCAP as long as they meet the prerequisites
  • Edmonds College has many helpful resources for all students
  • Edmonds College offers a robust list of academic programs that students can choose from. Students are able to focus on the topics that are most relevant to what they want to study
  • You are treated like an adult on our campus

Important things to consider:

  • EdCAP does not provide the same resources as local high schools, this includes transportation and/or meals
  • EdCAP Complies with Edmonds College's FERPA policies, meaning parents/guardians are not automatically given access to student records and information
  • EdCAP students who are under 18 are not given any special allowances or considerations due to their age
  • Taking classes at the college will expose students to a variety of ideas, philosophies, and materials that some may not deem suitable for younger students


Students are eligible if they meet the following criteria:

  • Do not currently have a high school diploma (GEDs are OK)
  • Currently lives in Washington state
  • Are at least 16 and not yet 21 on or before Sept. 1 of the school year they wish to begin
  • Be significantly credit deficient or have a counselor recommendation stating that they are unlikely to graduate by the age of 21
Students who are identified as Multi-Lingual may need to participate in district screening/testing for language development.
Students who are eligible for an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) will need to co-enroll at a local high school to continue receiving services.

Once students are eligible, they will remain eligible until:

  • They are awarded a high school diploma
  • They are awarded an associate degree
  • August of the school year in which they turn 21 (for example, a student that turns 21 in July will age out the next month, August. A student that turns 21 in September will age out the August of the following year)

Get Started


Email: precollege@edmonds.edu
Join the Pre-college Zoom Lobby (Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m.)
Phone: 425.640.1593