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Seattle Central College

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Seattle Central College is a state college located in Seattle, Washington, in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. It is one of the three colleges that comprise the Seattle Colleges District. Its programs include Information Technologies, Business Administration, Healthcare, Apparel Design, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Graphic Design, and other programs.[2] The college has been called one of the nation's most diverse colleges.[3] There is a substantial international student population served by the International Education Programs division[4] as well as many immigrant and refugee students taking ESL courses through the Basic and Transitional Studies division.[5] Seattle Central College also encompasses the Wood Construction Center and Seattle Maritime Academy, which are on separate campuses in order to house the very specific tools and workspaces needed.

Seattle Central College
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Established1965 (1965)
PresidentSheila Edwards Lange
CampusUrban, 15 acres



Broadway High School pictured in 1909. Much of the former school's main building was demolished in the 1970s; a portion was rebuilt as Seattle Central College's Broadway Performance Hall.

Seattle Central's origins can be traced to 1902, with the opening of Broadway High School. It operated as a traditional high school until the end of World War II, when it was converted to a vocational and adult education institution for the benefit of veterans who wanted to finish high school. As a result, in 1946, its high school students were all transferred to Lincoln High School, and the Edison Technical School (which already shared a campus with Broadway High) was expanded to fill the entire facility.[6]

Edison started offering college-level courses when it was reconstituted as Seattle Community College in September 1966. North Seattle Community College and South Seattle Community College opened their doors in 1970, whereupon Seattle Community College was renamed Seattle Central Community College.[7]

In March 2014, the Seattle Community Colleges District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to change the name of the District to Seattle Colleges and to change the names of the colleges to Seattle Central College, North Seattle College and South Seattle College.[8] The decision followed similar decisions by nine other Washington state community colleges that had recently started to offer baccalaureate degrees.


Seattle Central's Broadway Performance Hall

Seattle Central College is an urban campus on Seattle's Capitol Hill, located along its main thoroughfare, Broadway, and west of Cal Anderson Park. The college occupies 13 buildings. Its main structure is the five-story Broadway-Edison Building, which stands south of the four-story Science and Math Building, west of the four-story Mitchell Activity Center and the Bookstore, and north of the three-story Broadway Performance Hall, the South Plaza, and the five-story Fine Arts Building. Other structures in the southern part of the campus include a three-story South Annex, Erickson Theater, and Siegal Center (the Seattle Colleges District headquarters), which contains the School of Cosmetology. There is also a four-story parking garage.

Academics and programsEdit

Academic degreesEdit

Seattle Central College offers two accredited bachelor's degree programs, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Behavioral Science, and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Allied Health. The applied nature of the degrees places increased emphasis on teaching practical skills, versus theory. In addition, two-year associate's degrees are offered that comply with Washington's Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA). The DTA guarantees that all credits taken will be accepted for transfer to any state university in Washington for completion of a bachelor's degree at that institution for persons wanting to pursue a B.A. or B.S. outside of Seattle Central.

Basic studiesEdit

Seattle Central's Basic Studies Division offers ESL training to non-native speakers to achieve English proficiency, as well as a GED preparation and testing program.

The Seattle Maritime Academy operated ship Maritime Instructor

Vocational trainingEdit

Seattle Central College's Seattle Maritime Academy provides students aspiring to enter the U.S. Merchant Marine with STCW training, through two different programs, each requiring about one year to complete. The Marine Deck Technology program teaches skills designed to prepare students to qualify for an Able Seaman–Special rating, while the Marine Engineering Technology program prepares students to qualify as a marine electrician or junior engineer. Both programs culminate in a 60-day at-sea internship aboard a large commercial ship. The academy operates its own 82-foot vessel, Maritime Instructor (formerly USCGC Point Divide), for instructional purposes.[9]

The college's Seattle Culinary Academy offers a five quarter certificate program in Specialty Desserts and Breads, and a six quarter certificate program in Culinary Arts. Both are accredited by the American Culinary Federation.

Seattle Central's Wood Technology Center offers three certificate programs (carpentry, cabinet making, and marine carpentry) ranging in length from four to six quarters.

Other vocational training offered by Seattle Central includes cosmetology, information technology, and graphic design programs. A two-year Associate of Science in Nursing is offered to prepare students to become registered nurses.


Seattle Central College was named Time magazine's Community College of the Year in 2001.[10]

Student lifeEdit

Mitchell Activity CenterEdit

The Mitchell Activity Center is an 85,000 square foot athletic facility constructed in 1996. It includes racquetball and squash courts, gymnasiums, a strength training facility, and a game room, and is accessible to full-time students for an annual membership fee of $92, and to faculty and staff for a fee of $60. Persons not affiliated with the college can purchase an annual membership for $540.

Student publicationsEdit

The City Collegian was Seattle Central College's award-winning biweekly student newspaper, published continuously from 1966 until 2008. In that year, the college administration shut it down after the paper's faculty adviser Jeb Wyman resigned in protest of the hostile environment that administrators had created for student journalists.[11][12][13] The City Collegian returned to print as New City Collegian on June 5, 2012. Written by Seattle Central students, the publication received no funding from the institution, but it was sponsored by a local business, Cupcake Royale. It has since ceased publication.[14][15][16][17][18] A magazine, The Central Circuit, was established in 2011 and published several times a year. It was the only student publication funded by the college until it suspended publication in 2016 due to the lack of an advisor.[19]

Notable alumni and facultyEdit


Faculty and staffEdit


  1. ^ "Seattle Central Community College Regular Interim Report" (PDF). 2009. External link in |website= (help)
  2. ^ Seattle Central Community College,Course Offerings. Accessed 2010-06-28.
  3. ^ Goldstein, Andrew (10 September 2001). "Colleges of the Year: Seattle Central". Time Magazine. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  4. ^ Seattle Central College,International Education Programs. Accessed 2011-08-06.
  5. ^ Seattle Central College,Basic and Transitional Studies. Accessed 2010-06-28.
  6. ^ Paul Dorpat, Broadway High School, Seattle's first dedicated high school, opens in 1902, HistoryLink, 2001-04-15. Accessed 2009-05-25.
  7. ^ Seattle Central Community College,Our History. Accessed 2010-06-28.
  8. ^ Julie Muhlstein, Two-year colleges trending away from 'community' name, HeraldNet (Everett Herald, Everett, Washington), March 21, 2014. Accessed online 2014-05-14.
  9. ^ Fowler, Chuck (2011). Patrol and Rescue Boats on Puget Sound. Arcadia. p. 115. ISBN 073857581X.
  10. ^ Andrew Goldstein, Colleges of the Year Time magazine, 2001-09-10. Accessed 2010-06-28.
  11. ^ Jonah Spangenthal-Lee, Another Student Newspaper Bites the Dust The Stranger, 2008-09-09. Accessed 2009-11-23.
  12. ^ Amy Rolph, College paper up in the air over shutdown The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 2008-11-13. Accessed 2009-11-23.
  13. ^ Nick Perry, Dispute stops presses at Seattle Central The Seattle Times, 2008-11-13. Accessed 2009-11-23.
  14. ^ Long, Katherine. "Seattle Central Community College student newspaper returns | Local News | The Seattle Times". Retrieved 2013-06-02.
  15. ^ Wyman, Jeb. "Seattle Central's New City Collegian: an act of journalistic defiance | Opinion | The Seattle Times". Retrieved 2013-06-02.
  16. ^ "College students revive print newspaper". Real Change News. 2012-06-13. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
  17. ^ "Seattle college paper returns to print four years after censorship controversy « Student Press Law Center". Retrieved 2013-06-02.
  18. ^ "'We're Back!': New City Collegian Resumes Printing After 4-Year Absence– Thanks in Part to Cupcake Shop". College Media Matters. Retrieved 2013-06-02.
  19. ^ Central Circuit website
  20. ^ Bruce lee

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