Serving the community by offering a wide range of courses at reasonable cost, Continuing Education classes
are primarily non-credit and non-graded. Most of the classes are taught by community members who are experts in their fields.
Classes may range from one evening to a full quarter in length. Costs vary by class.
Classes include personal enrichment or professional development in areas as diverse as arts and crafts, dance and exercise,
food and wine, foreign languages, computer applications, web design, programming, gardening, job hunting, financial planning
and many more. Many Continuing Education classes are available online as well.
For further information or a schedule of classes, please visit the individual college websites:
Seattle Central offers a non-credit Teaching English to
Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate and 26
courses for certified K-12 teachers to earn clock hours.
North offers teacher clock hours for most courses,
including Continuing Ed courses.
South offers Career and Technical Education (CTE)
Certification for business and industry professionals
to become secondary school teachers.
Business and industry clients can select from a full range of management and employee training
and development services through customized or contract training offered by Continuing Education. These courses may be held at
the employer’s site or at any of our three colleges. Continuing Education units may apply to professional development requirements.
Central: (206) 934-5449
North: (206) 934-6075
South: (206) 934-5857 or (206) 934-6853
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 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 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.