Highline Community College will get a new name – that’s actually an old name – on July 1.
The college board of trustees voted Thursday to return the Des Moines institution to its original name, Highline College.
Highline College was established in 1961 as a community college serving the Highline area of South King County. In 1967, the state legislature passed the Community College Act, creating a statewide system for community colleges. With the passage of the act, Highline changed its name to Highline Community College.
The board changed the college’s name to reflect state approval of four Bachelor of Applied Science degree programs, slated to start in the fall quarter of 2014. The degree programs provide the third and fourth years of college work for people who have completed a two-year technical degree. The four programs are cybersecurity and forensics, global trade and logistics, respiratory therapy, and youth development.
“Changing the name will not change the mission,” college President Jack Bermingham said. “Highline has, and will always be, an institution of higher education, focused on serving the educational needs of our local community.”
“We want to put students in the best possible position when they earn credentials at Highline, both in terms of what they learn here and how their education is perceived by business and industry,” said board chairman Bob Roegner. “We believe changing our name will benefit students.”