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.
Green for the 21st Century in Seattle
Innovations in curriculum and operations have earned the 2009 Green Washington Award for the Seattle 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 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 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 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.