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The Economic Contribution of Seattle Community Colleges 

A recent economic impact study shows that the Seattle Community Colleges play a major role in the region's economy, creating a total impact in King County of $1.1 billion a year. The report was produced by Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. (EMSI), and measures earnings of graduates, spending for college operations, and spending by students. According to the report, the higher earning power of students and increased business output of the companies that employ them is estimated at $937 million a year. The Seattle Community Colleges also generate $107 million a year in new income for King County from college operations, including facilities and equipment, and spending by faculty and staff.