The Seattle Colleges support the budget and priorities of the State Board for Community and
Technical Colleges for the legislative session beginning January 2013, which include the following capital
funding priorities. Both projects benefit students and create job opportunities by addressing employer
shortages in the maritime industry, international trade and health care.
The Seattle Maritime Academy is located on the Lake Washington Ship Canal, where it has been preparing
students for careers in the maritime industry for over 40 years. The Academy’s Marine Deck Technology and
Marine Engineering Technology programs prepare students to move into high-wage, high-skilled jobs, and
provide ongoing continuing education certifications and licensure. The maritime industry requires a number
of qualified employees trained in current technologies to replace the large percentage of retirements expected
in the next few years.
The revitalized Academy will allow expanded course offerings and implementation of current simulation
technologies such as state-of-the-art GPS, 360-degree Global Maritime Distress & Safety System (GMDSS), and
simulation rooms for bridge, radar, and engine, which meet Coast Guard-mandated license and certification requirements.
This new facility for faculty and students will foster I-BEST and career ladders in high-demand fields by
integrating programs in Nursing, Adult Basic Education and ESL to better serve ethnic minority students and
those with emerging English. Classrooms, computer labs, collaborative office space and nursing labs will all
be located in the same facility, and accommodate 1,040 students and more than 36 faculty and staff, with a
growth potential for more than 140 additional students and faculty members.
Built in 1970, Cascade Court classrooms do not support current methodologies or technologies.
High-tech classrooms and specialized labs are needed to train students in today’s technological medical environment.
The college seeks to meet the demand for these programs, rather than continue to turn away students each year due to lack
of resources and space for Nursing programs.
Board Member Institution of the League for Innovation