The Washington Center’s Mission & Vision
Nearing five decades, The Washington Center has ably adapted and evolved its experiential learning model, centering access and opportunity for students.
Our founder, William M. (Bill) Burke, imagined a living-learning-work experience in Washington, D.C. that would offer students of any background or socioeconomic status the opportunity to observe and participate in government, the private sector and public interest internships. The idea was to link academic theory and practice together.
It’s our 2022-2025 plan, TWC is undergoing a great transformation as many organizations are to meet the changing demography in higher education and the needs for the future of work. As a well-respected higher education adjacent organization, we aim to complement and supplement the college and university syllabi, not replicate it. We strive to create experiences for students to ensure they thrive in their lives and careers as global citizens.
Our new vision and mission statements reflect our great legacy and shine a light on the path to our future.
Empowering every learner to secure a better future for themselves and the world around them.
Creating flexible, immersive pathways to enhance the pipeline of diverse talent and build more equitable, inclusive workplaces and communities.
Fewer than 2.7 million out of 20 million students attend college full-time and live on campus.
Average age of a student in a community college is 28.
7 out of 10 enrolled college students are nontraditional.
Room for Improvement: About 41% of recent college graduates are considered underemployed.
I thought I knew what I was going to do as an undergrad. Being in D.C., however, I have realized I was limiting myself to just one path when there are endless possibilities. I now realize I can branch out and take on opportunities that will continue to challenge me.”
Monique Reyes, from the University of Massachussetts Lowell, interned at Law Students in Court.