The Seattle Community Colleges are accredited at the baccalaureate level by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities to confer four-year Applied Baccalaureate degrees such as the Bachelor
of Applied Science Degree (B.A.S.) and others.
These degrees build on associate degrees that provide workplace skills in specific career areas. When compared to traditional bachelor’s degrees, applied baccalaureate degrees incorporate more applied,
hands-on learning focused on a particular industry. They are designed with strong internship components, and often offer credit for prior learning and workplace experience.
The B.A.S. in International Business provides a bachelor’s degree opportunity for students who already have business and accounting associate degrees. Students combine their existing business and accounting
coursework and experience with upper division courses to gain a well-rounded business skill set with an international focus. Responding to the needs of local international businesses, the curriculum emphasizes
cultural competency, communication skills, and a strong business base in finance and accounting. Internships add practical, hands-on experience and may enhance second language competency. Program graduates will
be ready to work in an international arena in sales, scheduling, finance, manufacturing, marketing or freight logistics.
The B.A.S. in Professional Technical Teacher Education offers industry professionals a pathway to become professional technical educators at community and technical colleges, in businesses and industry, and also at
apprenticeship, government, and other adult training organizations. Potential “Teach Tech” students will have completed a two-year technical degree or approved associate degree and have a minimum of two years related
work experience in their professional or technical field. Upper-division coursework focuses on the techniques involved in teaching, the skills and technologies, the complexities of the adult learner, the role of
community colleges in society, and issues of equity.
This program offers a substantive, human services bachelor’s degree for direct service practitioners. It is designed for
students with a two-year associate degree in social and human services, early childhood education, interpreting services, or
a related degree. Applications are accepted for fall and winter quarter entry.
This program prepares students who have completed a two-year technical degree or approved associate degree with a broad skill
set of industry-specific competencies. Students take upper-division classes to prepare for management, marketing, human resource
and technical positions in all facets of hospitality, including tourism, hotel operation, restaurant management, catering,
cruise ship-casino operations, and travel. Students have opportunities to gain occupational competencies through internships
and networking with industry leaders.
For each credit between 19 and 25 —
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Program & Study Options
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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‘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.