Welcome to WaNIC

A Regional Skills Center in NE King County

WaNIC (Washington Network for Innovative Careers) is established to provide advanced-level Career and Technical Education programs based on rigorous academic and industry standards, preparing students for post-secondary education and successful entry into high-skill, high-demand careers and employment.

WaNIC Skill Center Virtual Tour (Kirkland Location)

WaNIC Skills Center  
11605 132nd Ave NE #A108
Kirkland, WA 98034
Phone: 425-739-8400  Fax: 425-739-8398
 LWIT Campus map 
 WaNIC Student Handbook 2014-2015
Please review the Student Handbook.
Return the sign-off sheet to your instructor with a parent/guardian signature.
Your year-long WaNIC classes follow the school schedule for the district where the class is located – which may be different from your home high school’s schedule.  For classes at the WaNIC Skills Center and DigiPen, they follow the Lake Washington School District schedule (LWSD calendar click here). 

WaNIC  Information:

Registration for 2015-16 will begin February 2, 2015.

Go to the Apply Here tab to find out more and apply.

Time & Location information

mileage chart (high schools to programs)

DigiPen Info Session Flyer 2014 (for your required program visit)

Click on the Program Tab to view course brochures.

Please see your Career Specialist or Counselor for additional information.

About WaNIC

A Regional Skills Center in NE King County

WaNIC, the Washington Network for Innovative Careers,
is a consortium of seven school districts in the region northeast of Seattle that has been in partnership for 24 years, and shares Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. Member districts include Bellevue, Issaquah, Lake Washington, Mercer Island, Northshore, Riverview and Snoqualmie Valley. As a state-approved interdistrict CTE consortium, WaNIC’s primary mission is to provide quality, diverse, and cost-effective career and technical education for all students through interdistrict cooperation.

Courses available to WaNIC students include the areas of Arts, Media, Communication and Design; Business Management; Natural Resources and Agri-Science; Engineering, Science, and Technology; Health and Human Services; and Information Technology.

WaNIC’s goals include:

  • Ensuring student access and opportunities while promoting equity and diversity in programs
  • Providing highly challenging, relevant, specialized courses and programs to students
  • Maintaining and expanding business and industry partnerships and connections

WaNIC programs are always looking for ways to enhance the classroom learning by making connections to the ‘real world’ for students and teachers. Opportunities such as job shadowing, internships, mentoring, field trips and guest speakers in the classroom, are always needed. If you are interested in partnering with us please contact the WaNIC office.

WaNIC Program News – We will be posting a “virtual tour” video of our campus soon.


WaNIC provides a broad range of outstanding courses for all students, which can expand options for the future. All classes encourage both male and female students to enroll. In addition, all WaNIC courses are part of a Career Pathway.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? Programs are open to students in the seven member districts: Bellevue, Issaquah, Lake Washington, Mercer Island, Northshore, Riverview and Snoqualmie Valley.  Students who live outside those district boundaries may participate on a space available basis with permission from their resident school district. Contact WaNIC to request information.

GRADE LEVEL: In general, students are enrolled in grades 11 or 12. Exceptions to this should be reviewed with the student’s Counselor. Summer Skills Academy is available for students entering grades 10 to 12.

LENGTH: Most classes are year-long, unless otherwise noted. For questions about enrolling, please contact your Career Specialist/Counselor.

SCHEDULING: Approved and arranged with your Counselor. Class and travel time should be considered. See the Time/Location insert for class times.

CREDITS: Occupational education credits are earned based on class hours involved. Some classes offer equivalency credit (i.e., math, science). Many WaNIC classes are eligible for college credit through Tech Prep. Check with your Counselor/Career Specialist.

COST: None (except as noted for lab fees).

TRANSPORTATION: Students provide their own transportation.

AVAILABILITY: Classes operate on a space-available basis, with enrollment on first-come, first-served.

ADVANCED TRAINING, EMPLOYMENT PREPARATION AND EXPERIENCE IN A CAREER FIELD: Available to students while still attending high school. Students have the opportunity to develop leadership skills. Reading, math, written and oral communications skills related to the workplace will be integrated in to the curriculum. Many classes offer advanced placement options at area community and technical colleges.

QUESTIONS? Contact WaNIC, or call us at 425-739-8400.

Career Pathways

Career Pathways are an organized sequence of classes and activities that contribute to preparation for occupations of a similar kind. Pathways provide students with a method for setting broad, flexible goals for the future, prepare them for the post-secondary world, and direct them toward opportunities in higher education and the skilled workforce. Pathways help students see why they are in school and help them become motivated to reach their fullest potential.

There are six Pathways identified by WaNIC and its member school districts: Arts, Media, Communication and Design; Business Management; Natural Resources and Agri-Science; Engineering, Science, and Technology; Health and Human Services; and Information Technology.

Arts, Media, Communication and Design
People who are artistic and creative are employed in this pathway. These pathways may include fashion design, graphic design and production, film and cinema studies fine arts, journalism foreign languages, radio and television broadcasting, advertising and music production.

Business Management
These pathways may include careers that appeal to those individuals who are enterprising and persuasive in nature including careers of public relations, sales, marketing, hospitality and tourism, computer/information systems, retailing, accounting, small business ownership, and management.

Natural Resources and Agri-Science
These career pathways appeal to those who value the earth and plants. Careers may include landscaping, forestry, turf management, florist, and horticulture occupations.

Engineering, Science and Technology
People who are realistic and enjoy getting things accomplished are found in this career pathway. These pathways may include engineering, drafting, carpentry, scientific research, welding, mechanics, electronics, and automotive related occupations.

Health and Human Services
People who put the education and well being of others at the top of what is important to them are drawn to this career pathway. It may include careers related to health and community support related to economic, political, and social systems. It may also include law enforcement, nursing, counseling, childcare, cosmetology, and medicine.

Information Technology
People who are attracted to careers in this pathway are inquisitive and like to ponder data and issues. Pathway careers include those related to the technologies necessary to design, develop, install, or maintain computer systems. This pathway may include computer technology, web related services, computer programming and animation.

There are WaNIC courses in every Pathway, regardless of which Pathways your school or district is using. So, whatever career you may be considering, there may be a related WaNIC course for you. See your Counselor or Career Specialist for more information.

Our Courses

Agriculture, Science & Natural Resources

Advanced Environmental Horticulture

Description: Be prepared to extend your knowledge of the horticulture industry, as well as plant production and sales through the student run floral store; contact with industry professionals, and area community colleges and universities. Participate in hands-on learning including field trips and projects that focus on the city of Bellevue. After completing this course, you will be prepared for further study in Environmental Science, Urban Forestry, Ecology, Green Environments, Horticulture, and Landscape Architecture. Possibilities abound for entry-levels jobs and summer work.


11th or 12th grade
Lab Fee: $15

Credit Equivalency: CTE

Environmental Science (AP)

Description: Explore environmental issues while preparing for the Advanced Placement Environmental Science test. Concepts include ecosystem measurements, human populations, pollution, energy use, and forestry issues. 1 credit; Cross-credit: Science (1.0).

Students will learn the techniques needed to evaluate how different variables affect the world's environment.

Grades 11, 12.
AP Test Fee: $87
Lab Fee - Mount Si: $20

Credit Equivalency: Science 1.0


Description: Gain hands-on experience in growing, nurturing and preparing plants commercially. Learn about plants, trees, shrubs and flowers of the Pacific Northwest. Commercial production techniques common to the horticulture and floriculture industries are emphasized.
Lab fee: $25; 1-2 credits; Cross-credit: Science (1.0 Mount Si)

Greenhouse management; Retail sales; Plant propagation; Nursery production; Floriculture; Leadership (FFA); Basic landscape design, installation & maintenance.

Grades 11, 12.
Lab Fee: $25

Credit Equivalency: Science 1.0 (Mount Si)

Art, Media, Communication & Design

Film & Video Production

Description: Join us in learning how to write, produce and direct short films and videos just like the pros, using our sophisticated state of the art studio and equipment. Skillfully use video, audio, and lighting equipment, as well as non-linear editing and design to enhance your production and skill level. Prerequisites: One year of Video Production or equivalent. 1-2 credits.

Camcorder shooting; Editing; Video productions; Special effects; Planning; Script writing; Directing; Producing; Studio productions.

Grades 11, 12.
Lab Fee: Mount Si - $10

Interior Design

Description: Learn and apply the basics of design to housing and home interiors. Topics include color, lighting, furniture arrangement & styles, kitchen & bath planning, floor coverage, fabrics, window treatments and space planning. The final project will be to complete designs for the interior of a home. This is a first semester class. Lab fee $15; 1 credit.

Overview of the housing styles and interior design; Application of the principles and elements of design; Reading blueprints; Planning strategies for kitchens and baths; Organization of household storage; Selection of materials, flooring, lighting, wall coverings, countertops, textiles, window treatments and accessories.

Grades 11, 12. $15 lab fee.

Production Graphics and Graphic Design

Description: Gain job-entry-level skills in the ever-growing and changing field of graphic arts in this award winning program. Participate in the full service, student run, graphic arts business that includes graphic design, electronic pre-press, wide-format digital printing, offset printing, sign-making, laser engraving and screen printing. 2.0 credits; Cross-credit: Fine Art (1.0)

Layout/design; Electronic pre-press; Process photography; Film assembly/platemaking; Offset press operation; Bindery and finishing; Vinyl sign-making; Screen printing; Student leadership (VICA).

Grades 11, 12

Credit Equivalency: Fine Art 1.0

Radio/TV Broadcasting Technology

Description: At Mercer Island, run and operate a radio station. At Bellevue, experience the ins and out of radio operation and producing video for TV. Use a professional news studio to produce a daily news cast. Produce and perform studio television programming.

operation and management of the radio station; learn to use professional audio and video equipment

Grades 11, 12

Technical Theatre Performance & Production

Description: Explore the major areas of theater technology, production and performance. Behind-the-scenes stage experience and leadership skills will be gained through the production of 2-3 shows during the year. Set design and construction, lighting and sound, make-up and costumes will be emphasized. 1 credit;
Cross-credit: Fine Art (1.0)

Gain mastery of skills applicable in theater and communication-related fields; Develop an understanding of the technical, administrative and performance aspects of theater production; Gain group process skills including leadership, interpersonal communication, follow-through and completion of projects for public performances.

Grades 11, 12

Credit Equivalency: Fine Art (1. 0)

Business, Marketing & Management

Event Planning, Hospitality and Tourism

Description: Through motivating classroom and practical experiences, learn administration and coordination, customer service, hospitality, marketing, and leadership as they relate to the business of planning and conducting business and social events. 2 credits.

Event Planning: Event Coordination, Event Operations, Event Administration. Tourism Coordination: Managing Vendor Contracts; Accomadating Guests; Laws; Ethics; Risk Management; Technology; Marketing.

Grades 11, 12

Credit Equivalency: CTE credit and cross credit with Business English/Senior English

International Entrepreneurship

Description: Global Learning to Make a Difference
Create your own international corporation and establish international trading partnerships with countries like Ghana, Kenya, and China. In today’s world, and increasingly in tomorrow’s world, students need new skills in order to succeed in our global economy. Develop market research projects for international markets and analyze global economies while exploring current international entrepreneurial opportunities. Meet some of our region’s most successful entrepreneurs, engage in civic and service learning and participate in local job shadows and internships. Prerequisites: Completion of an entry level business course;
Lab fee: DECA $30; 2-3 credits; Cross-credit: Social Studies (1.0)

Students will:
- understand what identifies an entrepreneur
- know how to form a corporation
- understand international business including international trade, economic and cultural influences, and working with foreign nations
- develop their own corporation and understand public stocks
- know how to write a business plan and finance it
- develop financial analysis
- understand how to run a corporation and board of directors
- learn about social entrepreneurship, serving your local community, and serving the global community
- perform job shadows and internship

Grades 11, 12. Completion of an entry level business course.
Lab Fee: $30 for DECA

Credit Equivalency: Senior Social Studies 1.0

Sports & Entertainment Marketing/Management

Description: Develop a thorough understanding of the marketing concepts and theories that apply to sports and entertainment marketing and event management. Delve into the components of promotional plans, sponsorship proposals and the key elements needed in sports marketing plans. An internship at sports and entertainment events will be an integral part of this class. 2 credits.

Basic marketing, target marketing and segmentation; Sponsorship; Event marketing; Promotions; Sports marketing plans.

Grades 11, 12.
Students will be required to meet a minimum number of internship hours in order to receive credit for this class.

Engineering, Science &Technology

Architectural & Engineering Design

Description: Incorporating the latest state-of-the-art techniques and equipment used in industry, learn Computer-Aided Drafting/Design (CAD) - both beginning and advanced. Standard drafting practices are learned and applied to drawings and engineering projects including work in 3D. Gain exposure to the working environment of the engineering field while acquiring beginning drafting, modeling, and structural, civil engineering and architectural industrial design skills. Lab fee: $20; 1-2 credits.

Drafting techniques & sketching; Development of building plans;
Construction methods, building codes & energy requirements; Elements of design; Use of drafting tools & equipment; Model making; CAD (computer aided design); Career opportunities; Field trips, guest speakers and internships.

Grades 11, 12. Beginning drawing or approved drafting class helpful.
Lab Fee - $15 to $20

Automotive Technology

Description: Discover the real world experience of an automotive career, including vehicle diagnosis and repair. Work with the latest test equipment, procedures and systems. Gain an understanding of tools and test equipment used in the auto industry, including electronic systems, steering and suspension, brakes and engine performance. Lab fee: $25; 2-3 credits.

Repair & maintenance of auto systems, including: brake, lubrication, electrical, engine, fuel, emission control, power trains, etc.; Automotive ignition and tune-up; Diagnostics and repair; Safety tool & test equipment use; Student leadership (Skills USA).

Grade 11-12.
Instructor interview and permission.
Mount Si: $10 lab fee; safety glasses & coveralls.

Composite Engineering & Manufacturing

Description: Do you want to design and build fun projects like snowboards, skateboards, guitars, consumer products, aerospace, auto, and marine fabrication and repair, sporting equipment, and more? Composite manufacturing and materials engineering have evolved into a diverse industry and can be found in marine, aerospace, automotive, sports equipment, construction, alternative energy, consumer products, and medicine creating an expanding wealth of opportunity for talented professionals. The Composites Engineering & Manufacturing program provides school preparatory instruction and practice for careers in composites and materials science engineering, manufacturing, and repair.


11th or 12th grade
previous introduction course in woods, metals, welding, or manufacturing is recommended

Credit Equivalency: CTE

Construction Trades

Description: Learn residential construction skills through the fabrication of various structures. Participate in hands-on building/carpentry exercises in class and on site.

Residential framing techniques; Material estimation & cost analysis;
Blueprint reading & task-related math skills; Finish work, including woodwork, drywall, painting, forms, roofing and siding; Safe use of tools/equipment.

Grades 11, 12. Previous shop experience recommended.

Credit Equivalency: Fine Art (1.0 - Mount Si)

DigiPen Robotics and Future Technologies

Description: Would you like to gain a deeper understanding of the key technologies that robots use? Or have you wondered how integrated technologies have enhanced our lives with everything from touch tablets to GPS to microwave ovens? Or perhaps you have the next great idea for a “must have” mobile device? Join this course to learn how these new technologies can be designed, integrated, and produced into real products. The program has a strong emphasis on electronics, embedded computer systems, and programming, making this an ideal track for those considering a career in computer engineering. 3 credits.

Design Methodologies – Problem definition, ergonomics, design parameters and limitations, design presentation; Design Projects – Conceptualization, creative flexibility, materials and scale, 3D objects, fit and finish, ergonomic requirements, advanced design; Industry Math – Engineering formulas (algebra), fractions and ratios, basic geometry; Precision Measurement – Metric/English system, digital/vernier scales, gauges and rulers, calipers and micrometers; Blueprinting – Layout and title block, 3 view and isometric view, scale and dimensions; Computer Aided Design (CAD) – Coordinate systems, 2D wire frame, 3D wire frame, Solids, project design; Basic Electronics – Simple DC circuits, circuit design, electronics design project; Basic Programming – micro controller programming, program design, program project; Rapid Prototyping – 3D printer, complex prototype with composite materials.

Grades 11, 12.
Lab Fee: $25.

Sustainable Engineering & Design

Description: Are you interested in the environment, engineering and creating solutions to solve complex real-world problems? Understand the roles and responsibilities of designers and the process of developing sustainable solutions that balance our human footprint (energy, buildings, water, food, and consumer products) with the natural earth system. Learn the basics of material selection, manufacturing processes and techniques, production systems, clean technology, and green design. Work alongside industry partners to apply the concepts of whole system design, life cycle analysis and the triple-bottom line to develop a project that may be showcased at the annual WSU Imagine Tomorrow competition. 1-2 credits.

•Systems Theory and Sustainability
•Impact of Human Activities on Sustainability
•Sustainable Transportation Technology and Systems
•Sustainable Power Generation Technology and Systems
•Sustainable Resource, Materials, and Waste Management
•Sustainable Agricultural Systems
•Sustainable Ecosystem Management
•Sustainable Design and Construction
•Sustainable Operations
•Healthy Homes and Communities
•Sustainability in the Work Place
•Sustainable Business & Marketing Practices
•Your Role in Building Sustainable Communities
•Career Paths in Sustainability – Postsecondary Options

Grades 11, 12.

Credit Equivalency: 3rd Year Math 1.0; CADR (Lab Science, Math)

Welding Technology, Design and Fabrication

Description: Design, layout and fabricate projects using processes and procedures from the metal-working industry. Individual and group projects are modeled after industrial welding operations and are held in a large, well-equipped classroom laboratory. Gain experience with oxy/acetylene welding and cutting; wire-feed welding; tungsten inert gas welding; and plasma metal cutting. Metal sculpting and individual projects are important elements of this course. Lab fee: $20 (Mount Si); 1-2 credits; Cross-credit: Fine Art (1.0 Mount Si)

Welding techniques and terminology (arc, mig, tig, gas cutting and
welding); Project design and fabrication; Tools and equipment.

Grades 10-12. Beginning metals or related course recommended.
Lab fee - Mount Si: $20.

Credit Equivalency: Fine Arts (1.0 - Mount Si)

Health & Human Services

American Sign Language

Description: Through ASL you this visual/gestural language and the community that uses it. Explore the vocabulary, grammar, and culturally-appropriate uses of ASL through natural, everyday conversational situations. You will become comfortable using your hands to talk and “listening” with your eyes. 1 credit; Cross-credit: World Languages (1.0)

Introduction to ASL Interpretation; Introduction to deaf culture; Exchanging personal information;
Communicating about surroundings, family and activities; Communicating directions; Making request; Signaling, telecommunication and captioning devices; Code of ethics.


Credit Equivalency: World language (1.0)

Criminal Justice

Description: Explore the fascinating and complex American criminal justice system. Criminal Justice addresses the social and economic aspects of crime, corrections, the legal system and other critical issues. Advanced course content includes public administration/policy, personnel, funding and intergovernmental relations. At Mount Si, students will take the prerequisite class, American Law, first semester, and Criminal Justice second semester. 1-2 credits; Cross-credit: Social Studies (1.0 Skyline)

State and federal court systems; Corrections and law enforcement; Municipal, state and federal laws; Forensics; Career exploration; Guest speakers.

Grades 11, 12; Adv: Grade 12 and completion of first year of Criminal Justice.
Skyline: purchase your crime scene kit and supplies.

Credit Equivalency: Social Studies (1.0 - Skyline)

Culinary Arts

Description: Explore careers in a variety of food related industries. Learn French cooking techniques, culinary terminology, knife skills, aesthetics of food presentation, baking and pastry techniques, and explore a wide variety of foods and cuisines. In addition, have the opportunity to practice safety and sanitation procedures, restaurant management, customer relations, build team and leadership skills and catering and table service. There are also industry related field trips to observe professionals and explore career possibilities. At Newport a 150-hour externship is required. Lab fees: $30 - $90; 2-3 credits.

Professional food preparation & production; Basic math functions; Reading; Safety & sanitation procedures; Restaurant management & bookkeeping; Industry visitations & career exploration; Customer relations. ProStart certification training available at some sites.

Grades 11, 12.
Lab Fees - Newport: $40 plus uniform ($20); Bothell: $90 for uniform; Lake Wa: $30 plus uniform
Mount Si: $25 plus $15 for uniform

Dental Careers

Description: Explore many dental career possibilities. In a new, state of the art dental learning lab, learn about instruments; dental materials; four-handed dentistry; preventative, restorative and specialty procedures; patient charting; sterilization; Radiography; General and oral anatomy; microbiology; terminology; First Aid/CPR; and Infection control. Participate in Field trips, clinical observations, guest speakers, community service and leadership activities. Lab fee: $50; 3 credits.
Brochure: http://wanic.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Dental-Careers.pdf

Patient care skills; CPR/first aid; Basic oral anatomy & terminology; Disease pathology; Infection control; Sterilization techniques; Dental charting and exam procedures; Radiography; Chair side procedures; Impressions and study models; Safety standards and regulations; Career exploration, job shadowing, community service activities.

Grades 11, 12.
Lab Fee: $50

Fire and EMS

Description: Building future firefighters and EMTs. Learn the skills necessary to become a firefighter, but also to be an integral part of a community emergency response team in your own neighborhood. Taught by fire-fighting professionals, you are introduced to all aspects of this challenging field: Firefighter training; fire prevention, inspection and investigation; alarm systems; dispatching, CERT, and emergency medical services. You will have the opportunity to travel to various fire stations in the area and experience all this profession has to offer. Lab fee: $25; 3 credits; Cross-credit: Health (.5)

Overview of fire service; Field CPR and first aid training; Fire chemistry and hydraulics; Fire safety; Drills; Inspection & Emergency Procedures; Fire-fighting equipment and vehicles.

Grades 11, 12
Lab fee $25

Credit Equivalency: Health (.5), Fitness (.5)

Health Science Careers (Nursing Assistant)

Description: Touch a life. Explore the challenging, exciting career possibilities in Health Care - one of the fastest growing industries today. You may earn the nursing assistant certified certificate by completing this nursing assistant training program that meets Federal and State of Washington standards which includes clinical hours at a healthcare facility. Coursework also includes guest speakers and field trips to care facilities, hospitals and specialty sites. Gain First Aid training and find out what it takes to work in the medical field. Learn about a variety of health care topics, procedures and careers and patient care, and in the spring, participate in internships at care facilities. Lab fee: $50 (WaNIC); 2-3 credits; Cross-credit: Health (NSD, WaNIC - .5)

Patient care skills; CPR/first aid; Basic anatomy, physiology and medical terminology; Disease pathology; Infection control; Developmental changes; Preventative and restorative care; Career exploration; Job shadowing/internships.

Grades 11, 12.
Lab Fee: $50 (WaNIC)

Credit Equivalency: Health .5 (WaNIC, Woodinville)

Medical Careers

Description: Learn the language of doctors, nurses, and health care professionals in a new state-of-the-art facility. Skills you will learn: Vital signs; Nutrition; Treatment room procedures; vision/hearing screening; CPR/First-Aid; Infection control; Patient positioning/draping; Instrument identification and use. Gain skills in office practices including reception, patient records, medical transcription and legal aspects of medicine. Participate in Field trips, clinical observations, guest speakers, community service and leadership activities. Lab fee: $50; 3 credits; Cross-credit: Health (.5)

Anatomy, physiology and medical terminology; Disease pathology; Medical law and ethics; Laboratory techniques; Pharmacology and medication administration; Accounting, coding and insurance processing; Patient relations; Career exploration.

Grade 11 or 12.
Lab Fee: $50

Credit Equivalency: Health .5

Sports Medicine

Description: Learn anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, First Aid/CPR, nutrition, injury prevention, taping and wrapping and rehabilitation competencies through classroom instruction, lab participation and field internships. 2-3 credits; Cross-credit: Science (Issaquah 1.0)

Anatomy, physiology and medical terminology; First aid; CPR; Nutrition; Injury prevention; Taping & wrapping; Care, recognition & rehabilitation of common injuries; Field trips; Guest speakers.

Grades 11, 12

Credit Equivalency: Science (1.0 - Issaquah)

Teaching Academy

Description: Find out if teaching is for you by spending approximately 90 hours actually working in a classroom of your choice. Along the way gain a better understanding of: how you learn, how schools are run/funded, diversity in the classroom, special needs students, how to become a teacher in Washington and the history of education in the United States. The class is fun, interactive and can be a life changer! Prerequisite: Minimum of 2.5 GPA and instructor approval; 1-2 credits.

Teamwork; Leadership; Communication; Time management; Curriculum planning; Observation and teaching techniques.

Grades 11, 12. Min of 2.5 GP and Instructor approval. Own transportation for internship site.

Information Technology

Animation Foundations and Production

Description: Learn the tools and skills necessary to create digitally animated objects utilizing Adobe Flash and After Effects, Maya 3D animation and modeling and Adobe Premier Elements stop motion.
Lab Fee $10; 2 credits; Cross-credit: Fine Art (1.0)

Students will work on projects with specific industry-based applications.

Grades 11, 12.
Mount Si: $10 lab fee

Credit Equivalency: Fine Art (1.0)

CISCO Networking Academy

Description: Discover how to design, build, manage and troubleshoot corporate enterprise networks. Learn mitigation of security threats, wireless networks, and advanced troubleshooting skills with a major emphasis on hands-on learning. Each day half the class time is spent working in a state-of-the-art networking lab. Be prepared to take the Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) exam at the completion of the course. 20 college credits are available for this course. Prerequisite: Completion of Computer Technology or instructor permission; 3 credits.

In a lab setting that closely corresponds to the working world, students get their hands on the building blocks of today's global information networks, learning as they design and bring to life local and wide-area networks.

Grade 11, 12

CISCO Networking Advanced (2nd year)

Description: Prepares students for advanced certification in this field.

Install, configure, monitor, troubleshoot CISCO IOS routers and ASA firewalls.

prior completion of CISCO Networking

DigiPen Advanced Video Game Programming

Description: 2nd year continuation of DigiPen Video Game Programming

Computer Science and Programming

Must have successfully completed DigiPen Video Game Programming.

Credit Equivalency: 3 Occ Ed High school credits
Cross credit: Math Analysis.

DigiPen Animation Academy (AP Studio Art)

Description: Open the door to the creative world of fine art and animation production. Study professional production animation – from traditional art theory and skills development to composition and storytelling in 2D and 3D animation. You will be prepared for further study at the post-secondary level and with baseline skills to succeed in the world of cinema or video games as an artist/illustrator/animator.
3 credits. Cross-credit: Fine Art (1.0)

Understand the principles and elements of art and design and know-how to incorporate them into your body of artwork; Be a competent observer, being able to able to draw using a wide variety of drawing media and techniques; Understand how to draw from memory; Know and be able to apply the principles of animation to traditional and 3D animation projects; Have an understanding of what it takes to be a professional animator or concept artist.

Grades 11, 12.
Lab Fee: $25
AP Test Fee: $87

Credit Equivalency: Fine Art 1.0

DigiPen Video Game Programming (AP)

Description: Become a “maker of technology”, not just a user of technology. Learn how today's digital games and interactive experiences are created. You will make a series of four games using DigiPen’s ProjectFUN Editor while learning the basics of programming in C/C++, integrate mathematics, design theory and 3D modeling techniques, immersing yourself in the game production process, and exploring pathways into video game careers. 3 credits; Cross-credit: Algebra II (1.0); CADR designation.

Taught using C++, students will cover a spectrum of basic and introductory material from the following topics:
Programming Methodology
Operating Systems
Data Structures
Software Engineering
Computer Organization and Architecture

Grades 11, 12. Completion of Algebra 1; Entrance Exam.
Lab Fee: $25

Credit Equivalency: Algebra 2 - 1.0 Credit


Apply Here

How to register for a WaNIC course:

  1. Find out details about the course you are interested in.
  2. Complete the WaNIC Application, on-line, and print a copy.
  3. Visit the class you are interested in (required prior to registration, except for summer classes).  Your Career Specialist can help arrange this.
  4. Meet with your Counselor to review credits/schedule, and obtain your school’s approval to enroll.
  5. Secure all necessary signatures on the application and turn it in to your Career Specialist to be processed. (Your application is not activated until it has been turned into the career center)
  6. Once your enrollment has been confirmed by the district you will be going to for your WaNIC class, a confirmation email will be sent to you.

If you have any questions, please see your high school Career Specialist, or contact us.

WaNIC Program important dates:
February 3rd  – Registration begins
May 1st – Priority Registration deadline (we still do accept applications after this date)

WaNIC Summer important dates
April 1st – classes posted on website
April 23rd – Summer Academy registration begins


Business/Community Involvement

If you are interested in learning more about our Work-Based Learning Programs please contact Pamela Darling, WaNIC Skills Center Director, at 425-936-1304.

Read further to learn of the benefits to your business when partnering with us.

What are the benefits of the Work-Based Learning Program?

Work-Based Learning helps employers:

  • Establish closer working relationships with local schools and educators
  • Introduce students to your business and the careers available within your company in information technology
  • Communicate to students how important it is to learn well: how to read, write, speak, listen, calculate, and think when it comes to workplace success
  • Be seen as an active and caring part of the community
  • Generate positive publicity and public relations for your company
  • Help students make better informed educational and career choices
  • Build morale among employees by giving them something positive in which to participate
  • Influence information technology curricula taught in schools
  • Develop new projects with student assistance
  • Communicate required information technology job-specific proficiencies to educational personnel

Work-Based Learning helps students:

  • Gain hands-on experience in the high tech industry that builds upon skills learned in the classroom
  • Establish a clear connection between education and work
  • Develop an understanding of the workplace
  • Explore and research a variety of information technology careers
  • Develop workplace responsibility and learn about workplace realities
  • Establish professional contacts for future employment and mentoring
  • Establish positive work habits and attitudes
  • Learn technical skills that will be invaluable for future jobs
  • Understand what educational opportunities are available that will lead to a career in the information technology industry

Work-Based Learning helps teachers:

  • Keep curriculum up to date through communication with employers
  • Make education more relevant and valuable for students
  • Access the latest sophisticated equipment
  • Acquire information on actual proficiencies required by employers/occupations
  • Interact with the business community to procure resources (e.g. knowledge, equipment, software, etc.) to enhance learning

Student Resources

Explore the following career links for information about what is needed, the future of these careers, and finally how to connect with them. Find out about salaries, job opportunities, career advancement and more.
Pathways to Prosperity
Meeting the challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century.

Contact Info

Jenni Young/ Jana Robertson: Office Managers

Office: 425.739.8400

Karen Hay: Director


11605 132nd Ave NE  A108

Kirkland, WA 98034


425.739.8398 (fax)

WaNIC complies with all federal and state rules and regulations and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender or disability. There are eligibility criteria for admission to some of WANIC’s courses. Please contact WANIC directly for such information.

Reference Guide

Please click the link below to locate contact information for Districts, Career Specialists, Registrars, and Teachers.

District Information

Participating District Superintendent CTE Director
Bellevue Tim Mills
Eric Ferguson
Phone: 425.456.4226
Fax: 425.456.4187
Issaquah Ron Thiele
Dennis Wright
Phone: 425.837.7046
Fax: 425.837.7047
Lake Washington Dr. Traci Pierce
Dan Phelan
Phone: 425.936.1387
Fax: 425.936.1325
Mercer Island Dr. Gary Plano
Mark Roschy
Phone: 206.236.3387
Fax: 206.236.3357
Northshore Larry Francois
Damen Schuneman
Phone: 425.408.7718
Fax: 425.408.7720
Riverview Anthony Smith
Donna Bielstein
Phone: 425.844.4855
Fax: 425.844.4819
Snoqualmie Valley Joel Aune
Cindy J. Wilson
Phone: 425.831.8131
Fax: 425.831.8222

Career Specialists

District School Career Specialist
Bellevue SD Bellevue High School / BSD Julie Worden
Phone: 425.456.7028
Fax: 425.456.7110
Bellevue SD Interlake High School / BSD Michelle Ball
Phone: 425.456.7213
Fax: 425.456.7215
Bellevue SD Newport High School / BSD Donna Mattison
Phone: 425.456.7460
Fax: 425.456.7530
Bellevue SD Sammamish High School / BSD Ortansa McDonald
Phone: 425.456.7637
Fax: 425.456.7641
Issaquah SD Issaquah High School / ISD Charolett Henderson
Phone: 425.837.6172
Claudia Cote
Phone: 425.837.6003
Fax: 425.837.6166
Issaquah SD Liberty High School / ISD Judy Co
Phone: 425.837.4849
Fax: 425.837.4907
Issaquah SD Skyline High School / ISD Laura Sherman
Phone: 425.837.7898
Creslyn King
Phone: 425.837.7869
Fax: 425.837.7855
Lake Washington SD Eastlake High School / LWSD Lori Horton
Phone: 425.936.1500
Fax: 425.836.6640
Lake Washington SD Juanita High School / LWSD Jean Johnson
Phone: 425.936.1600
Fax: 425.936.1602
Lake Washington SD Lake Washington High School / LWSD Julie Madsen
Phone: 425.936.1710
Fax: 425.936.1750
Lake Washington SD Redmond High School / LWSD Andrea Snyder
Phone: 425.936.1800
Fax: 425.936.1840
Lake Washington SK Emerson HS/ Emerson K-12 / LWSD Wendy Simmons
Phone: 425.936.2300
Fax: 425.936.2305
Mercer Island SD Mercer Island High School / MISD Susan Sutherin
Phone: 206.230.6013
Fax: 206.236.3358
Northshore SD Bothell High School / NSD BJ Dawson
Phone: 425.408.7028
Fax: 425.408.7027
Northshore SD Inglemoor High School / NSD Mary Buckner
Phone: 425.408.7228
Fax:: 425.408.7356
Northshore SD Northshore Networks / NSD Amy Strandy
Phone: 425.408.4179
Fax: 425.408.4176
Northshore SD Woodinville High School / NSD Heatherjoy Boi
Phone: 425.408.7428
Fax: 425.408.7511
Riverview SD Cedarcrest High School / RSD Deborah Gilmore
Phone: 425.844.4810
Fax: 425.844.4802
Snoqualmie Valley SD Mount Si High School / SVSD Kellie Essig
Phone: 425.831.8116
Fax: 425.831.8223
WaNIC DigiPen Martin Culbert
Phone: 866.478.5236
Fax: 425.558.0378