As of Summer Quarter 2008, all Washington state community and technical colleges are using a
Common Course Numbering (CCN) system. The system identifies courses that are equivalent at community
colleges throughout the state to make it easier for students who may transfer between two-year colleges.
Some course numbers, prefixes and titles have been changed to comply with these new standards.
The courses with an ampersand “&” after the prefix code are part of the Common Course Numbering
system. However, courses without an “&” will continue to transfer between two-year and
four-year colleges under individual Direct Transfer Agreements, as in the past.
The CCN list page shows the courses that have been changed
to implement the new system. Changes may include one or more of the following -
Changes are highlighted in red.
Bold red indicates a change in prefix designation and/or course number.
Some prefix subject areas have only one or two courses with changes.
Updated individual course descriptions are available by performing a
of the online catalog.
Type in the new course prefix and number to get the description. The 2008-2010 catalog will be published in the spring
of 2008 and will contain all the new course designations and descriptions.
Click on the links below to go directly to the subject prefix and see the changes:
If a prefix does not appear on the list above, it is not affected by the CCN at this time, and all those course designations remain the same.
The FAQ page answers questions about the Common Course Numbering system.
For further questions about the CCN contact the district coordinator for CCN,
Green for the 21st Century in Seattle
Innovations in curriculum and operations have earned the 2009 Green Washington Award for the Seattle Community Colleges
– Central, North and South. All three colleges are active members of the Seattle Climate Partnership and North was an
early signer of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. A district-wide Chancellor’s
Sustainability Initiative provides energy, focus and a forum for emerging training and initiatives.
Sustainability is infused into programs ranging from urban agriculture at Central to environmental science,
real estate and building management across the district. Students have funded a sustainability coordinator.
Campus activities include reducing the carbon footprint and promoting recycling and energy conservation, which earned
a “Recycler of the Year” award for South. Last year, the college culinary operations diverted 31 tons of
materials to a regional composting facility – which returned the compost to “green” the college landscape.
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Helping displaced workers to
‘Start Next Quarter’
During the economic downturn, thousands of displaced workers turned to the Seattle Community Colleges at the same
time regional employers reported a need for skilled workers to fill jobs in the new economy. To help both potential
workers and employers, the Seattle Community Colleges developed Start Next Quarter (SNQ), a two-part initiative
designed to improve the success of dislocated workers who enroll in technical education programs. SNQ invites
prospective students to assess their eligibility for workforce funding online and connects them to a comprehensive
two-day college success workshop held at each campus. The workshops are based on a model developed at one of the
district campuses. Students who complete the workshop are more likely to complete their training programs and to
obtain jobs using their new skills. The project was developed in part through a grant from the League for Innovation,
funded by the Walmart Foundation Bright Futures project to serve displaced workers.
A Model for the Region
The Opportunity Center for Employment and Education at North Seattle Community College is a regional resource and
the first integrated service center of its kind in Washington state. Since the OCE&E opened its doors in spring 2011,
more than 40,000 people have come for one-stop help in finding a new job, career retraining or to sign up for public
assistance benefits. Founding partners were the state Departments of Social and Health Services and Employment
Security, the college, and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. The campus and the new LEED
Gold Certified 45,000-square foot facility are in the heart of Seattle’s north end and close to a major transit hub.
House Speaker Frank Chopp and Rep. Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney (sponsor of the legislation and a former Seattle District trustee)
championed the OCE&E in the state legislature. The center aims to provide streamlined services in a positive environment,
helping clients succeed in the next stage of their lives.