Online Training Opportunities

This page compiles information and website links for various online training opportunities and additional resources for Seattle Colleges employees.

Following are some suggested online training opportunities. Click each accordion box below to see a selection of opportunities and corresponding links.

Most of the online training opportunities available to our employees are offered through Canvas, Seattle Colleges’ Learning Management System. Click on the first accordion box to learn more about Canvas.

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Tracking Your Progress

The following professional development opportunities are approved as meaningful ways to advance the mission of the colleges.

Many of the resources listed here will not track progress. However, it is important to work with your supervisor to coordinate and track the work you are completing during this time. As an option, please write a comprehensive summary of learning and personal reflection, and then share it with your team and/or supervisor. Here are questions to answer when writing your summary of learning and personal reflection:

  • What activity did I participate in and what prompted me/interested me to participate in the activity?
  • What one or two key points did I take away from this session?
  • What new skills, information, or understanding have I taken away from this activity?
  • How will I apply what I learned to benefit students/staff?
  • Do I agree/disagree with the ideas presented in the activity? Why or why not?
  • What do I still want to know? What questions do I still have?
  • What did I learn about myself through this professional development experience?

Employees access Canvas with their email address. The password is not tied to MySeattleColleges/EAD.

Employees should log in to their campus Canvas site:

If needed, employees may reset their Canvas password.

  1. At the Canvas login page, click on Forgot Password.
  2. Enter your full email name in the text box and click Enter.
  3. Log in to your email/outlook account. Look for a message with the subject Forgot Password: Canvas.
  4. In the email message, choose Click Here to set a new password.

If you need additional Canvas support, please contact your college eLearning department via the following:

These training opportunities introduce the fundamentals of ctcLink (PeopleSoft). PeopleSoft is the name of the software the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) uses to manage all student (Campus Solutions or CS), human resources (Human Capital Management or HCM), and financial (Finance or FIN) data. Seattle Colleges will transition to ctcLink in early 2021. You can begin preparing.

For each course, staff with existing Canvas accounts can self-enroll and take quizzes within the course, and course completion will be tracked and reported out.

PeopleSoft Fundamentals: This is a self-enroll course, for which any employee with an existing Canvas account can sign up.

  • The purpose of this course is to introduce the fundamentals of ctcLink (PeopleSoft). By the end of this course, you should have a basic understanding of what ctcLink is and how to navigate throughout the system. Course information includes an overview of ctcLink, Frequently Asked Questions, and videos relating to navigating the system, as well as additional resources such as Terms and Concepts, Quick Reference Guides (QRGs), and Navigation Guides. This course usually takes four to six hours to complete.

New Library of ctcLink Training Courses: SBCTC has recently built and unleashed a new library of detailed PeopleSoft courses covering all aspects of the new system.

  1. To enroll in these courses, go to
  2. Complete the Training Registration Form by first selecting your college and then verifying your existing Canvas account tied to your email address. District Office staff should try selecting Seattle Central College.
  3. Select the specific courses in which you want to enroll. There are:
  • Campus Solutions – 16 courses. The Campus Solutions pillar contains all of the modules related to student administration—from registration to graduation. Functionality in this pillar includes recruitment, admissions, student records, academic advising, financial aid, student financials, room scheduling (25Live), student communications components (Message Center and Campus Community), as well as self-service for students, faculty, and advisors.
  • Student Financials – 8 courses. Part of the Campus Solutions pillar, Student Financials covers topics such as tuition, student-involved financial transactions, payment plans, and third-party contracts.
  • Finance – 21 courses: The Finance pillar contains all the modules for managing finances and budgets. Functionality in this pillar includes budget planning, general ledger, accounts payable and receivable, expenses, billing, grants, projects, project costing, contracts, cash management, purchasing, and asset management.
  • Financial Aid – 10 courses: Part of the Campus Solutions Pillar, Financial Aid covers topics such as processing financial aid applications, authorizing and disbursing financial aid, and reporting requirements.
  • Human Capital Management – 8 courses: The Human Capital Management pillar contains the human resources and payroll modules—from hiring to retirement. Functionality in this pillar includes Talent Acquisition Management (hiring), all the core HR components, payroll, benefits, absence management, time and labor, and self-service for managers and employees.

Self-Service Courses: Learn about the tools students, faculty, and employees will have access to in ctcLink. Each of these courses is self-enroll and will take 1-2 hours to complete.


  • These courses include an initial quiz asking you to agree to a confidentiality policy. If the modules within a course are grayed out, you may need to first complete this quiz.
  • If you are enrolling in courses on the SBCTC pages, and the “Verify my email” button isn’t responsive or is slow, check back in a few minutes. If a lot of folks are trying to use at the same time, it can get jammed.
  • If your Canvas account cannot be verified and you get a red error message, contact your college eLearning department to verify the that your email address is entered into Canvas correctly and is set as your primary email in Canvas.

If you have any questions about accessing Canvas (logins, passwords, etc.), contact the eLearning office at your college.

Follow the link to the EDGE Program Registration Form to see the details about the various opportunities available for faculty and staff to learn how to develop eLearning course materials:

  • Introduction to Canvas (Canvas Certification)—Canvas is Seattle Colleges’ Learning Management System
  • Using the New Canvas Gradebook
  • Other topics

This registration form may be used by faculty and staff districtwide. If you have any questions, contact the eLearning office at your college.

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute—Independent Study (IS) Course List 

All Seattle Colleges employees on the EPAC and NIMS committees should be completing their required FEMA training. The courses that need to be completed are IS-100, IS-200c, IS-700b, and IS-800c. After completion, please print or save a copy of your certificate. When completed, send copies of your certificates to Jeff Young, director of Security at North Seattle College. Contact Michelle Valint, Occupational Safety and Health manager, with questions.

Note: You will be required to use a FEMA Student Identification (SID) number. Refer to their Frequently Asked Questions page

Seattle Colleges Hazard Communication (HazCom) Training 
Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 9 a.m. to Noon
Presented by Christel Olsen, Environmental Health & Safety Manager, Seattle Colleges

Note: Information about this training session on Zoom will be sent via Seattle Colleges email

This training is for any Seattle Colleges employee who works with or around hazardous chemicals. This training introduces hazardous waste operations, storage, and good chemical hygiene to maintain the protection of human health and the environment, and it covers:

  • Discussion of the hazards of chemicals
  • How to communicate and identify the hazards
  • How to protect yourself and reduce the risk of the chemical hazards
  • How to recognize and respond to a nonemergency chemical spill incident
  • How to recognize an emergency-type chemical spill, including emergency response procedures for Seattle Colleges

Additional training opportunities related to hazardous chemicals and biosafety:

Training on biosafety for laboratory personnel from the CDC:

For employees of departments that generate hazardous waste:

Seattle Colleges Human Resources is offering training on Canvas on different topics.

Employees should log in to their campus Canvas site:

Please do not wait for an email invite to begin this training. Feel free to self-enroll. Depending on your supervisory status, you will be invited to take one of the two courses.

Topic: Sexual Harassment

There are two courses:

  • Sexual Harassment Prevention for All Employees (~1 hour 20 minutes)
  • Sexual Harassment Prevention for Supervisors (~1 hour 40 minutes)

Topic: Starfish

  • Starfish Training: Get Started
    Starfish is a software system Seattle Colleges uses for shared note-taking, messaging, and scheduling of academic advising, financial aid, tutoring, and other student services appointments.

Other Topics 

Note: These online training opportunities utilize, a separate online training system from Canvas. A separate email invitation will need to be sent to you in order to access these sessions. 

A list of links to various tutorials for using common technology, such as:

  • Remote Desktop (MyDesk)
  • Online File Storage
  • Microsoft Teams
  • SharePoint
  • Video Conferencing (including Skype and Zoom)
  • CTC
  • Security
  • Office 365

Note: These are not Canvas-based tutorials.

Online Learning Resources from the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services

This selection of learning pathways and learning opportunities for remote learning was developed by WSD to help employees and supervisors know the best and most appropriate training options that align with learning and performance goals. These remote learning resources will be updated regularly.

Accessibility Training



TED Talks and Other Videos

Online Articles


Recommended Books
Employees need to find on their own library or purchase on their own.

Note that with the closure of libraries, you can still check out eBooks. Check with your local library for more information. You can also visit the King County Library System information page on how to obtain your library card and check out eBooks.