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 
 2015 Summer Academy Dates: June 29th to July 17th.
Class schedule is 9 am to 4 pm (varies by class)
Please review the Student Handbook:  WANIC Student Handbook 2014-2015
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 2015 (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

Art, Media, Communication & Design

Business, Marketing & Management

Engineering, Science &Technology

Health & Human Services

Information Technology


Apply Here

Apply Starting February 2nd 2015!

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 2nd  – 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