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Facts about the IEL
The Institute for Extended Learning is a network of innovative services, offering traditional and non-traditional education and customized training throughout the 12,312 square miles of our six-county district.

During the 2012-13 Academic Year, the IEL made the following impact:


  • 56 percent of students were female, 44 percent male
  • Over 11,475 (unduplicated) students took a class at the IEL
  • Students at the IEL are more diverse than Spokane, Spokane Valley, or Spokane County
  • Over 7,711 students took a credit course (700 annualized FTEs)
  • Over 19,223 students took a non-credit course (2946 annualized FTEs)
  • Over 3,360 students took an ABE course (1,098 annualized FTEs)
  • Over 2,224 students took an ESL course (811 annualized FTEs)
  • Over 629 students took a GED course (188 annualized FTEs)
  • Over 1,412 students took an Online course (132 annualized FTEs)


  • 1398 credit course offerings
  • 1950 non-credit course offerings
  • 372 ABE course offerings
  • 181 ESL course offerings
  • 157 GED course offerings
  • 257 Online course offerings
  • The IEL always extends classes leading to a bachelor's degree via distance education to Stevens, Ferry, and Pend Oreille counties through a cooperative agreement with Washington State University.


  • Six rural sites
    • Colville, Republic, Inchelium, Ione, Newport, and Pullman
    • Predominately offer credit courses for two-year degrees and certificates
  • Over 35 sites in Spokane
    • Predominately offer non-credit courses in ABE, Head Start, and BCT


  • 3,978 course offerings during the day (21,416 students enrolled)
  • 534 course offerings during the evening (1,601 students enrolled)


  • To provide students in rural cities and counties the same opportunity to education that Spokane residents have.
    • (Head Start/ECEAP/Early Head Start & ABE)
    • To prepare students for the job market by offering entry-level career training, as well as courses for adult students who want to upgrade their skills for workforce re-entry or advancement.
    • To serve as a bridge from high school to college by providing courses for transfer toward a Bachelor's Degree. Four out of 10 college-bound high-school graduates start their college education this way.


  • We generate over $17.3 million in grants and contracts
  • We employed over 1,100 full- and part-time people
  • We teach an average of 1,000 immigrants and refugees a year.
  • We helped more than 330 families enhance their parenting skills in our parent cooperative preschools.
  • We serve about 2,000 infant, toddler, and preschool children a year in our Head Start, Early Head Start, ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance) and Extended Hour Care programs. 
  • We meet the educational needs of over 1,000 adults incarcerated by the Washington Department of Corrections. More than 240 of these students earn their GED certificate each year.