The Portland-Vancouver metro area offers a wide range of excellent educational opportunities to prepare students for the workforce. There are 25 public and private colleges and universities in the area offering professional and technical degrees. The local higher education system is the center of workforce development activities in the region.
Both Washington State University Vancouver and Clark College have seen tremendous growth over the past five years. Combined, the community college system operates 18 centers and six main campuses, with an annual enrollment of more than 190,000 students.