Student Handbook

Life as a college student can be confusing. From classes, transportation, advising, and all the resources on campus, it can be a lot to remember. We want you to learn how to navigate our college efficiently and effectively so that you can reach your educational goals.

The Student Handbook was designed by students as a tool to support you as a student. It contains information on registering for classes, finding advice and counseling, accessing support programs, and being engaged on campus. Below are a list of resources that are covered in the Student Handbook.

Please note that during the pandemic and the governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy orders, services will continue to be offered remotely. Some wait times will be extended. All offices within Student Services are ready to serve you.

Welcome

We are glad you have chosen to join the diverse and dynamic student body of Seattle Central! We want you to learn how to navigate our college efficiently and effectively so that you can reach your educational goals. We designed this handbook as a tool to support you during the exciting, and sometimes confusing, first quarter.

ABOUT US

Seattle Central College is located on Capitol Hill, a vibrant slice of Seattle life. We are an educational home for our students, a leadership incubator for our community and an economic catalyst for our state. Since 1966, the college has served the higher education and workforce training needs of more than 500,000 students. 

MISSION

Seattle Central College promotes educational excellence in a multicultural urban environment. 

We provide opportunities for academic achievement, workplace preparation, and service to the community.

Need more help navigating college? Information Central!

seattlecentral.edu/info-central
Room BE 1105, 206.934.4030
Info.Central@seattlecolleges.edu

Hours: Mon, Wed-Fri 8am−4:30pm, Tues 8am-6:30pm  

What We Do

We provide accessible, knowledgeable student staff to answer questions, make referrals and direct inquiries to appropriate offices. For example, we can help:

  1. Locate an instructor, staff member or administrator 
  2. Find a classroom, event or activity on campus 
  3. Get you involved in Leadership opportunities 
  4. Refer you to student resources 
  5. (such as Tutoring, Counseling, Career Center) 
  6. Access your transcripts & grades, and assist with using MyCentral (student online services) 
  7. Accessing IT accounts, passwords, and basic IT related questions

PLEASE STOP BY AND LET US KNOW HOW WE CAN SERVE YOU!

ACCESSIBLE

We provide: learning opportunities to students from varied backgrounds and circumstances. Direct and developmental pathways to instructional programs. A safe, healthy and barrier-free learning environment.

DIVERSE

We value: basic, general, professional−technical, and continuing education. Different cultures, races and lifestyles. And learning styles, collaborative learning and decision-making.

INNOVATIVE

We practice: a holistic model of student growth and learning. Alternative teaching and learning methods. Technology-based instruction and services. 

RESPONSIVE

We promote: programs to reflect and anticipate community needs. An international focus in curricula and services. Integration of general and professional−technical education. Assessment for continuous improvement.

Seattle Central College is committed to the concept and practice of equal opportunity for all its students, employees, and applicants in education, employment, services and contracts, and does not discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity, color, age, national origin, religion, marital status, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran or disabled veteran, political affiliation or belief, citizenship/status as a lawfully admitted immigrant authorized to work in the United States, or presence of any physical, sensory or mental disability. In addition, reasonable accommodations will be made for known physical or mental limitations for all otherwise qualified persons with disabilities.

INQUIRIES REGARDING COMPLIANCE AND/OR GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES MAY BE DIRECTED TO:

CHRISTINE NELSON

Title IX/RCW28A.640 Office
Room BE 4180, 206.934.4125

AL SOUMA

Section 504/ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Coordinator Room BE 4180, 206.934.4169

Steps to Enroll

Step 1: Apply

Room BE 1104, 206.934.JOIN 

Anyone who is 18 years or older or a high school graduate may attend Seattle Central. Special arrangements can be made for qualifying students who are under 18. Visit seattlecentral.edu/getstarted to fill out the online application form; it’s fast and free! Approximately two business days later, students will receive an official Student Identification (SID) Number. Please check your SPAM folder to ensure you see the important confirmation message with your SID. 

Step 2: Plan Your Funding

Room BE 1104, 206.934.3844 

To successfully plan your funding, start early (at least three months ahead) and watch for deadlines! Our helpful staff can assist you at all stages of the financial aid application process. See seattlecentral.edu/finaid for more information on PAYING FOR COLLEGE.

Step 3: Placement for Classes

Room BE 1106, 206.934.6344 

All students enrolling for the first time at Seattle Central must demonstrate their English and math proficiency level. There are many ways of satisfying this requirement, from completing the English Directed Self-Placement (DSP) and ALEKS for Math to providing transcripts and SBAC scores. Visit seattlecentral.edu/testing for more information and all of the details. This step must be completed before registration.

Step 4: Register

Room BE 1104, 206.934.6918 

To receive a PIN number that will allow you to register for classes, you are required to participate in START New Student Orientation, either in-person (when offered) or online (always offered); visit seattlecentral.edu/registration to learn more about this informative session.

After completing START, you can choose to meet with an academic advisor before registering.

Register for classes either online or by visiting the Enrollment Services office, Room BE1104, when the building is reopened. Seattle Central’s course listings for each quarter are posted exclusively online at MyCentral is now viewable on any mobile device, including smartphones and tablets.

Step 5: Pay and Prepare

seattlecentral.edu/tuition, Room BE 1104, 206.934.4108

Pay Your Tuition

Pay online or in-person (when the building reopens) at the Cashier. Tuition is due within seven business days from the date you register, or by the first day of class, whichever comes first. Students who applied for financial aid can check their award status with the Financial Aid Office or online at seattlecentral.edu/finaid.

Buy Your Books and Supplies

The campus bookstore has lists of required text books; you will need your class item numbers and section numbers in order to purchase books. Books and supplies can also be purchased online at seattlecentral.bncollege.com.

Plan Your Transportation

Seattle Central has a limited number of parking spots on campus. Students are encouraged to enroll in the college’s ORCA Card program. Visit seattlecentral.edu/transportation for more information.

Get a Student ID Card

These cards are required for all students and can be obtained in the Enrollment Services lobby. You may get one as soon as you have paid for your classes. During the pandemic, student ID cards will be printed only as needed for building access.

NOTE: Some programs have separate enrollment procedures, and general admission to the college may not guarantee admission to a specific program. Please check your interest area online for specifics. 

Student ID Number (SID)

Your SID is your official college ID number. Your SID is needed to access most of the student online services (MyCentral), including registering for classes, checking grades, paying tuition, getting your class schedule and for most other administrative purposes.

Personal Identification Number (PIN)

Student PINs are activated upon completion of the START Orientation (please allow up to two business days). Students need both their SIDs and PINs to use any of the student online services (MyCentral) in order to do tasks such as register for classes (add/drop/waitlist), check grades, pay tuition, access student’s class schedule and keep track of degree progress (My Ed Plan and Degree Audit). For security purposes, we recommend that you change your PIN after it is first activated. 

Transcript Evaluation

This official process evaluates incoming transcripts (from other institutions) for credit towards degrees and certificates at Seattle Central College. Along with submitting official college transcripts, students must submit a Transcript Evaluation. The new form is available here. 

Please return the Transcript Evaluation form to the Registration Office in order for credits to be recognized. This process is complex and takes up to six weeks, and it commences only after all official transcripts have been received. Advisors and Counselors can provide initial, unofficial evaluations of transcripts. International Students should contact the International Education Programs to request a transcript evaluation. 

Paying for College

Our Financial Aid Office is here to help you with all aspects of the financial aid application process. If you need help paying for any part of your education, we encourage you to apply. Because there is not a simple income cutoff for determining aid eligibility, you must complete the entire financial aid application process in order to determine if you qualify for need-based financial assistance.

To apply for financial assistance from federal, state and college sources, you must complete a three-step process: 

Step 1:

Apply for Admission to Seattle Central College (see page 3).

Step 2:

Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form at fafsa.ed.gov. Include the Seattle Central Federal (Title IV) School Code: 003787 

Step 3:

Respond to the "Required Actions" letter from the Financial Aid office. 

Please consult the Seattle Central Financial Aid website for important guidance on each of these steps. All steps must be completed by the published deadlines.

FINANCIAL AID OFFICE

seattlecentral.edu/finaid
Room BE 1104 C, 206.934.3844
FinancialAid.Central@seattlecolleges.edu

Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm Tues 8am-6:30pm

Workforce Services provide funding for tuition, fees, books, transportation and other resources to qualifying students enrolled in a career-focused Professional/Technical program.

Funding Programs include: 

Worker Retraining Program

Available to qualifying students who receive or have exhausted unemployment benefits, are displaced homemakers, are a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or were formerly self-employed in the last 48 months.

Opportunity Grant

Available to low–income students in an approved program.

Basic Food Employment & Training Program (BFET)

Available to students receiving federally issued Basic Food Benefits (food stamps) through DSHS.

WorkFirst Program

Available to students receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) who are enrolled in ESL, Adult Basic Education, GED or a Professional/Technical program.

Workforce Services

startnextquarter.org
Room BE 5166, 206.934.3854
WorkforceServices@seattlecolleges.edu

The Seattle Central Foundation awards scholarships based on academic merit, financial need, personal history, achievement or for specific areas of study. By submitting one application, you automatically apply for the majority of available scholarships. The majority of Foundation scholarships are awarded in the Spring for the following academic year, but some are available on a quarterly basis.

The Career Services Center can also help you find and apply for a variety of other scholarships as well as assist students applying for Foundation scholarship. Visit seattlecentral.edu/careercenter.

The Commitment Scholarship

Once you enroll at Seattle Central and complete at least 10 credits, you can apply for a Seattle Promise scholarship. This bold initiative from the Seattle Central Foundation provides a full scholarship to every student who demonstrates financial need, enrolls full-time and maintains a 3.0 GPA. For more information, visit foundation.seattlecentral.edu/apply.

 

Career Exploration Center

The Career Services Center
Room BE 1102 E, 206.934.4383
CareerServicesCenter@seattlecolleges.edu

Foundation Office

Room BE 4180, 206.934.5491
Foundation.Central@seattlecolleges.edu

The Veterans Affairs Office, located inside the Financial Aid Office, provides services to help veterans and eligible dependents receive and maintain VA educational benefits while in school. If you are a Veteran, contact the Veterans Affairs Office prior to the beginning of the academic quarter to ensure that your benefits are in place. If you are transferring from another school or have completed applications through the Veterans Administration, you should still contact the office to ensure all application requirements have been met.

Veterans Affairs Office

seattlecentral.edu/veterans
Room BE 1104, 206.934.4147

Advising & Counseling

Seattle Central provides resources to help you make the educational decisions that will support your career and life goals. Whether you are Undecided on your direction, confident that you want a College Transfer degree or interested in a Professional-Technical pathway, we have the guidance you need.

Seattle Central provides a variety of services to help undecided students find an academic and/or career pathway.

Career Services Center offers academic and career resources to Seattle Central students and alumni as well as the general public, free of charge. Career Services Center provides:

  • Career planning and job search advising through individual consultations and workshops
  • Career Assessments to help you identify potential careers based on your interests, values, skills and personality
  • Academic planning to help you prepare for the career you want, which includes helping you choose a major, apply for scholarships and prepare college applications
  • Strategies for creating career–related documents such as resumes, cover letters and portfolios
  • An online employment service Career Hub (only available to students and alumni)
  • A library of career–related publications and online resources
  • Information about job fairs, workshops and other career–related events.

Academic Advising offers assistance to undecided students, to help select first quarter classes and explore college transfer options. The International Education Programs Office provides these services to international students at the college. 

Counseling provides support for undecided students through individualized counseling to determine career interests, educational goals, assisting with course selection and referrals to career planning classes and the Career Services Center.

Career Exploration Center

seattlecentral.edu/careercenter
Room BE 1102 E, 206.934.4383
CareerServicesCenter@seattlecolleges.edu

Academic Advising helps transfer students with their educational plans and goals, such as:

  • Developing long–range educational plans
  • Guidance with Seattle Central degree requirements for your transfer degree
  • See admissions for placement options
  • Unofficial transcript evaluation
  • Discussion of requirements to facilitate a successful transfer to four–year institutions
  • Referrals to other college services and resources
  • Help with researching majors
  • Assistance with schedule planning

Academic Advising Office

seattlecentral.edu/advising
Room BE 1102 D, 206.934.4068
AdvisorCentral@seattlecolleges.edu​​​​​​​

College Transfer Center helps students transfer from Seattle Central College to four-year colleges and universities. College Transfer Center provides assistance with:

  • Planning the necessary steps to transfer successfully
  • Searching for colleges that meet your needs
  • Understanding the admissions process and college applications
  • Developing and reviewing your personal statement

College Transfer & Study Abroad Center

seattlecentral.edu/transfercenter
Room BE 1102 F, 206.934.5469
TransferCenter.Central@seattlecolleges.edu

Workforce Advising helps students interested in entering professional-technical programs with:

  • Guidance on entry requirements for professional-technical programs
  • Unofficial transcript evaluation
  • Assistance with first quarter class planning and registration
  • Interpretation of COMPASS placement
  • Understanding program requirements, length and credentials gained
  • Referrals to other college services and resources

Workforce Intake Advising

Room BE 1102, 206.934.4068
WorkforceEd.Central@seattlecolleges.edu

Counseling provides all students with support and direction in pursuit of their educational goals:

  • Personal counseling to help address issues that can make it difficult for students to succeed in college
  • Career counseling or a career planning class, to help students explore the "fit" of a major or career for their skills, strengths and interests
  • Academic counseling to assist with problems in classes, adjusting to college culture, understanding college systems and processes, time management issues, etc.
  • Crisis Intervention to assist students who encounter extremely challenging situations, or respond to powerful issues in their personal lives

Counseling Services

seattlecentral.edu/counsel
Room BE 3166, 206.934.5407
Counseling.Central@seattlecolleges.edu​​​​​​​

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency/need immediate assistance please call 911, campus security at 206.934.5442, the King County Crisis Connections Hotline at 866.427.4747 and/or text the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.

Career Development

seattlecentral.edu/careercenter
Room BE 1102 E, 206.934.4383
CareerServicesCenter@seattlecolleges.edu

Career Services Center offers academic and career resources to Seattle Central students and alumni as well as the general public free of charge. Career Services Center provides:

  • Career planning and job search advising through individual consultations and workshops
  • Career assessments to help you identify potential careers based on your interests, values, skills and personality
  • Academic planning to help you prepare for the career you want, including assistance with choosing a major, applying for scholarships and preparing college applications
  • Strategies for creating career–related documents such as resumes, cover letters and portfolios
  • An online employment service Career Hub (only available to students and alumni)
  • Information about job fairs, workshops and other career–related events

seattlecentral.edu/coop
Room BE 1103, 206.934.6998
Karen.Kato@seattlecolleges.edu

Cooperative Education provides an opportunity to acquire career–related experience, explore or clarify career choices, improve existing skills, learn new skills applicable to future employment and earn college credit. Cooperative Education provides:

  • A work-for-credit program for college transfer or workforce education students. Academic credit is earned for the learning that occurs on the job. Students may earn credit for their jobs (with permission), or paid/unpaid internships.
  • Earn credit for volunteer service in non-profit, community–based organizations.
  • Earn college credit for international work experiences, internships, or volunteer activity, as well as other travel/study and foreign language enhancement activities.

seattlecentral.edu/service-learning
Room BE 1103, 206.934.6997
Patricia.Gorman@seattlecolleges.edu

Service Learning is an opportunity to earn credits by combining community involvement with academic instruction. Student Learning is linked to specific classes as either a requirement or an option. Service Learning provides:

  • The opportunity to enhance understanding of course content
  • Experience for building your resume
  • Exploration of career options
  • A broadening of one’s knowledge of the community
  • An ability to earn an additional 2 credits and do something for others

Degrees and Certificates

seattlecentral.edu/hsprogs 

The High School Completion Program provides students with opportunities to earn a high school diploma by taking college coursework at Seattle Central (GED, Running Start, High School Completion, Highschool 21+).

seattlecentral.edu/basic

Basic and Transitional Studies offers pre-college level programs for students, including:

I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training) classes that integrate college credit courses with English language and adult basic skills so students can move into career training faster. Students can earn short-term certificates in Business Information Technology or in Child and Family Studies, and these credits can be applied toward Associate Degrees in those fields.

ESL (English as a Second Language) classes for immigrants and refugees that teach English skills to improve communication in the workplace and to prepare for college-level classes.

ABE (Adult Basic Education) classes for adults who wish to improve their reading, writing, math and computer literacy skills.

GED (General Educational Development) classes to prepare students to take the GED exams in Mathematical Reasoning, Reasoning Through Language Arts, Science and Social Studies.

seattlecentral.edu/transfer

Seattle Central offers transfer degrees designed to give you a solid foundation for transferring to a four-year college or university in Washington State or throughout the country. Each transfer degree requires:

  • 90 credits in courses numbered 100 and above
  • at least 15 credits earned at Seattle Central
  • approximately 2 years to complete if you are attending as a full–time student (12–18 credits/quarter) and
  • 2.0 or better cumulative GPA. Keep in mind, a 2.0 GPA may not be enough to be admitted to the four-year college/university, or to gain admission into your intended major.

Degree programs with the DTA designation indicate that all 90 credits will be transferable to many four-year colleges and universities in Washington State who are signatory to the Direct Transfer Agreement and may give you priority consideration in the admissions process.

Degree programs with the MRP designation prepare students to enter a particular major upon transferring.  Seattle Central also offers Associate Transfer degrees with Emphasis in Global Health, Global studies, and Sustainable Agriculture.

Be sure to meet with a Seattle Central advisor for guidance in choosing the best Associate Transfer program for YOUR educational goals! 

Associate Transfer Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Arts (AA-DTA)
  • Associate of Arts with Emphasis in Equity & Social Justice
  • Associate of Arts with Emphasis in Global Health (AA-DTA)
  • Associate of Arts with Emphasis in Global Studies (AA-DTA)
  • Associate of Business (AB-DTA/MRP)
  • Associate of Science (AS-DTA)
  • Associate of Science - Transfer:
    • Option 1 (AS-T, #1: Focus on Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Geology, Earth Sciences)
    • Option 2 (AS-T, #2: Focus on Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Atmospheric Science)
  • Associate of Science with Emphasis in Sustainable Agriculture (SagE)
  • Associate of Science with Emphasis in Global Health (DTA, Option 1, Option 2)
  • Associate of Science with Emphasis in Global Studies (DTA, Option 1, Option 2)

seattlecentral.edu/programs/career-training

HEALTHCARE

healthcare.seattlecentral.edu

Allied Health - Generalist

AAS-T with flexible completion options. Program provides students a pathway to a health industry-focused degree. Ideal for students who have already earned a certificate in an allied health field and seek career advancement, as well as for students who plan to pursue the Allied Health BAS degree.

Dual Degree: Global Health Emphasis (AA-DTA) & ALLIED HEALTH: GENERALIST (AAS-T)

This dual degree is a great pathway to the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Allied Health: Community Health and Education program.

Nursing

Six-quarter Associate Nursing degree. Program includes lab skills, nursing theory, and hands-on clinical practice to prepare students to take the NCLEX exam and work as registered nurses.*

Nursing Assistant Certified

One-quarter certificate program. Training prepares students to provide personal care to patients in long-term care settings by combining classroom and lab instruction with clinical experience.*

Surgical Technology

Four-quarter certificate with AAS-T degree option. Students learn science, sterilization and surgical skills in lab, classroom, and clinical settings to assist surgical teams with medical operations.*

BUSINESS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES & CREATIVE ARTS

Business Technology Management

Three-quarter certificate or six-quarter AAS degree. Real world office skills such as customer service, management, and professionalism are taught along with IT skills.

Database Administration & Development

Four-quarter certificate that trains students to organize data, install database management software, create, and secure databases and design database-driven applications.

Network Design & Administration

Four-quarter certificate or three-quarter certificate for Cisco, 5−6 quarter AAS−T degree. Students learn to design, evaluate, and manage systems such as local and wide area networks and other data communications systems.

Programming

Four-quarter certificate five or six-quarter AAS−T degree. Trains students to write, test, and maintain computer programs with an emphasis on object−oriented design and mobile application development.

Web Design

Four-quarter certificate or 5−6 quarter AAS−T degree. This evening program trains students to create graphics, design navigational elements, and structure content to produce user-friendly web sites.

Web Development

Four-quarter certificate or 5−6 quarter AAS−T degree that combines programming, web design, and using databases to produce websites.

Mobile Product Development

Four-quarter certificate that prepares students to develop applications for the most popular mobile platforms.

Apparel Design

Six-quarter AAS degree with classes in fashion, computers, design, color, and sewing. This program prepares students to work in the apparel manufacturing and design industry.

Visual Media

Six-quarter AAS degree equips students with technical knowledge, creative vision, and business acumen to be successful professional photographers.

Graphic Design & Illustration

Six-quarter AAS degree that combines traditional computer-based instruction in professional design, illustration, and typography.

CULINARY

Culinary Arts

Six-quarter certificate or seven-quarter AAS degree. Chef instructors transform students into chefs by teaching culinary theory and management, combined with the real-life experience of preparing meals for two restaurants.

Specialty Desserts & Breads

Five-quarter certificate or six-quarter AAS degree. Students learn a combination of traditional and cutting edge curricula in the classroom and in a state of the art baking lab.

MARITIME ACADEMY

Marine Deck Technology

Three academic quarters plus an at-sea internship lead to a professional certificate. US Coast Guard-approved program prepares students for rewarding careers at sea as an able-bodied Seaman, Mate, or Captain.

Marine Engineering Technology

Three academic quarters plus an at-sea internship lead to a professional certificate. US Coast Guard-approved program prepares students for rewarding careers at sea as a Marine Oiler, Assistant Engineer, or Chief Engineer.

SOCIAL & HUMAN SERVICES

Chemical Dependency

Four-quarter certificate. Graduates will train to practice in direct service positions for Washington State licensed chemical dependency facilities.

Early Childhood Education

Four-quarter certificate or six-quarter AAS degree. Preparation for employment working with children and their families in childcare, preschools, school age care, and education and social services.

Social & Human Services

Six−quarter AAS degree. Train to work in human service occupations or prepare for a BA degree in human services, counseling, or social work.

WOOD TECHNOLOGY

Carpentry

Five-quarter Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program is designed to train students to become skilled professionals in the residential construction industry. The program combines classroom learning, hands-on skill building projects in our shop, and real world new construction and remodel projects in the community.

Cabinetmaking & Architectural Woodworking

Five-quarter Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program. Technical information combined with practical shop experience prepares students for careers in cabinetmaking, furniture design & construction, and architectural woodworking.

Boat Building & Repair

Five-quarter Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program. Students work in a professional shop environment to gain entry-level skills in building and repair of wood and fiberglass boats. Students also receive basic instruction on vessel mechanical and electrical systems. Also receive basic instruction on mechanical and electrical systems as applied to marine vessels.

seattlecentral.edu/programs/bachelors-degree

A four-year pathway for professional-technical students.

In addition to College Transfer Degrees (see pages 9-10), students whose goal is a four-year degree can consider the professional-technical Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) pathway. Seattle Central offers BAS degrees in Allied Health and Applied Behavioral Science. Students who complete Associate of Applied Science degrees in other professional technical fields may find relevant BAS degree opportunities at other Washington State Community and Technical Colleges: sbctc.edu/college/appliedbaccalaureates.

Allied Health

healthcare.seattle.edu

Students may choose from four available tracks to earn their BAS in Allied Health: dental hygiene, respiratory care, community health and education, and healthcare services management.

Dental Hygiene

healthcare.seattlecentral.edu/programs/dental-hygiene

Eight-quarter BAS degree. Program combines theory, lab, and clinical practice to train students in the recognition, prevention, and treatment of diseases of the teeth and gums.*

Respiratory Care

healthcare.seattlecentral.edu/programs/respiratory-care

Eight-quarter BAS degree. Students learn to evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders through a combination of classroom, lab, and clinical instruction.*

Community Health & Education

healthcare.seattlecentral.edu/programs/community-health-and-education

BAS degree with flexible completion options. Track provides a path to career advancement for experienced healthcare professionals who wish to promote health and prevent disease within communities.

Healthcare Services Management

healthcare.seattlecentral.edu/programs/healthcare-services-management

BAS degree with flexible completion options. Track provides quality management, finance, and leadership to prepare experienced healthcare workers for becoming leaders in healthcare administration. This program has a Physician Assistant pathway to the University of Washington.

*Upon completion of these programs, students are eligible to take their licensing exams.

Applied Behavioral Science

seattlecentral.edu/bachelors/abs

The Bachelor of Applied Behavioral Science Program offers a substantive human services bachelor’s degree for direct service practitioners. It is designed for students with an Associate of Applied Science two−year degree in social and human services, early childhood education, or a related area. Applications are accepted for fall and winter quarter entry. A minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA is required for application; however, acceptance into the program is competitive.

Registration & Attendance

Students are officially registered after they have paid fees. Instructors may not allow a student to attend their class if the student’s name is not on the official class roster. Students who are officially enrolled in credit classes must be in attendance or communicate with the instructor no later than the first scheduled class. Students who are absent without prior approval from the instructor or the division/department chair may be withdrawn by the college.

NOTE: Students should not assume that they have been dropped if they have not attended class on the first day. This procedure is usually implemented only when there are other students waiting to enroll in that class. 

Audit students must register for the course(s) they want to audit and pay full fees. An N grade will be recorded on the student’s transcript. It is the student’s responsibility to consult with the instructor regarding class requirements. After an N is issued, the course may be repeated only once.

The student online services site (mycentral.seattlecolleges.edu) is where you can register for classes, waitlist for classes, get your grades and unofficial transcripts, pay tuition, purchase parking permits, check your Ed Plan and Degree Audit, access your financial aid status and more.

Cancelled Classes

To request a refund and withdrawal from courses (including canceled courses) an add/drop form should be submitted to Registration. Students may withdraw using the Web prior to the start of the quarter. Please keep all receipts for proof of transactions.

Dropping/Withdrawals

To avoid any potential problem in meeting their educational goals, students are strongly encouraged to meet with their instructor before dropping any classes. Students may not withdraw without an instructor’s signature. Please refer to the important dates online at www.seattlecentral.edu for withdrawal deadlines. Although students may not officially withdraw from a class after the eighth week, they have the option to contract with their instructor for an I (incomplete grade) if passing, or NC (no credit) if in good standing, before the final exam is given.

Waitlist

The waitlist feature offers students a fair, consistent method of enrolling in a full class if openings occur. If a class with the waiting list option is full and you choose to be put on the waiting list, you will be automatically enrolled into the class when a space becomes available. You can add your name to a waiting list on the web. If you decide you no longer want to be on the waiting list for a class, return to the web to have your name removed from the waiting list.

Please be sure to keep your email address updated with the college because you will receive an email if automatically enrolled into a waitlisted class. Check your schedule to know your tuition and fees. If you owe additional tuition, remember to pay within the time frame allowed (see Steps to Enrolling on page 3).

If you have not been enrolled via the automated process by the first day of the quarter, go to the class to obtain an instructor’s signature, if possible. Bring a signed Enrollment form to the Registration Office for processing. The last day to register is on the 10th day of the quarter and tuition is due immediately. Web registration hours are 5am to 11pm, seven days a week, during web registration dates.

Late Registration/Schedule Changes

Students are always encouraged to begin classes on the first day. However, online registration in open classes (except math classes), continues through the third day of the quarter. After the third day, an instructor’s signature is required to add a class. A late fee of $10.50 per credit will be assessed for any class added after the 10th day of the quarter.

NOTE: Math classes require course instructor’s signature from first day and a visit to Registration is required to drop a math class.

Full-Time/Part-Time Student

A full-time student is defined as being enrolled in at least 12 credits for Financial Aid and academic purposes. Anything less than 12 credits is considered part-time status.

Item Number

A four-digit number assigned to each specific course and section, and generally used when registering (adding/dropping) courses.

Prerequisite

A requirement (usually a class, but sometimes a placement score) needed to gain entry into a course or program of study. Students can prove eligibility for courses by placement testing or by prior course work. Classes earned at another institution must be officially evaluated before being accepted as transferable.

Registration Appointment Time

Your official ‘start’ time to register for classes for the upcoming quarter, assigned through the Registration Office. You must have a Registration Appointment Time in order to register for classes. The Registration Appointment Times are generated each quarter before the registration period begins, and give priority to students based on credits earned at Seattle Central College. If you have not taken classes for one quarter or more, you will need to request an Appointment Time from the Registration Office. Please keep in mind that your Appointment Time is not an actual appointment with an Advisor/Counselor or other staff.

Intra-District Registration

Returning students may register at their regular campus for a course at any of the Seattle Colleges. In most cases, you may register online if you have already applied for admission or through your home campus. The Seattle Colleges District does not provide tuition reduction for concurrent enrollment with colleges outside the district.

Grading & Transcripts

The Seattle Colleges use a numerical grading system. Numerical grades may be considered equivalent to letter grades as follows:

  • A   4.0−3.9 (Excellent)
  • A− 3.8−3.5
  • B+ 3.4−3.2 (High)
  • B   3.1−2.9
  • B− 2.8−2.5
  • C+ 2.4−2.2 (Average)
  • C   2.1−1.9
  • C− 1.8−1.5
  • D+ 1.4−1.2
  • D   1.1−1.0 (Minimum)
  • F   0.0 (Failure)

Many programs and individual course sequences require a minimum of a 2.0 grade in order to continue with additional courses or studies. Be sure to know the specific requirements for your courses, program or college transfer major; consult with your advisor or counselor. Grade point average (GPA) is determined by dividing total points earned by total credit hours attempted.

The following letter grade options are not universally accepted by other institutions and could jeopardize the transferability of courses and financial aid status; see your advisor.

S−Satisfactory With Credit

Used for individual progress, clinical and skill development courses. This symbol is not used for college transfer courses numbered 100 and above, except designated pass/fail courses as approved by the Office of Instruction.

I−Incomplete

Indicates that the student performed at a passing level, completed most of the course requirements and intends to make up the missing work. An Incomplete is given only at the discretion of the instructor when the student has attended regularly, done satisfactory work and furnished satisfactory proof to the instructor that the work cannot be completed because of illness or other circumstances beyond the student’s control.

The instructor and student must draft and sign a contract which describes the work the student must complete in order to remove the I grade and receive credit for the course; this contract must be submitted to the division dean for approval.  Coursework must be completed during the following quarter, excluding Summer Quarter. If the student fails to remove the I by completing the coursework in the specified time period, the I will remain on their transcript. If the student elects to repeat a course rather than make up the work, the I will remain on the transcript. The grade earned will compute in the GPA; after receiving an I in a course, a student may repeat that course only once.

N−Audit

To audit a course means to register for and attend class without receiving a grade or credit. An N grade, rather than credit, is recorded on the transcript. Students must officially register to audit a course. Registration for an N may be made until the end of the second week of the quarter without the instructor’s signature, or at the end of the eighth week (sixth week of Summer Quarter) with the instructor’s approval and signature.

Students are responsible for consulting with the instructor regarding class requirements. After an N is issued, the course may be repeated no more than once. If the instructor’s requirements for an N are not satisfied by the student during the course, the instructor may issue an NC (No Credit) symbol. Students changing their status from audit to credit or credit to audit must make official changes within the specific deadline.

NC−No Credit

Indicates that the student did not fulfill the requirements for receiving an S grade, an N grade or a numerical grade in the course. A student in good standing may request an NC symbol from the instructor prior to the final examination, to be granted at the instructor’s discretion. After an NC is issued, the course may be repeated no more than once. An NC does not affect a student’s GPA.

W−Official Withdrawal

This grade will be recorded and will remain on the student’s transcript. After a W is issued, the course may be repeated no more than once.

Y−Ongoing Course

Used for a course that is two or more quarters in length. The final grade for the course will be reported at the last quarter.

Report grade errors or grade changes immediately to the Registration office. Grade errors reported after two consecutive quarters may not be changed. Students are encouraged to consult with their instructors before initiating a grade review process, as outlined in the complaint procedure.

After a course grade has been assigned, supplemental or additional class work will not be accepted for the purpose of changing that grade except in the case of an I (incomplete) grade. Students must complete the coursework as directed by the instructor during the following quarter (excluding Summer Quarter).

Official, sealed transcripts are required by other institutions when students transfer. Official transcripts (a copy of a student’s permanent academic record) may be requested in writing from the Registration office of the college where the classes were taken or online through the National Student Clearinghouse.

Cost is $7.50 per copy and requires two working days for processing. In compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, transcripts will be released only upon written request. Students can get an unofficial transcript at no cost, via MyCentral on the college website. Transcripts will not be released if students have not fulfilled all financial obligations to the college.

Students are recognized for outstanding academic achievements through the Dean’s List or President’s List Awards at the college they are currently attending. These awards are posted to the student’s official academic transcript.

Dean’s List

Students must have 10 or more credits per quarter at the college they are currently attending and a 3.5 quarterly GPA.

President’s List

Students must have accumulated 30 or more credits at the college they are currently attending and have a 3.8 or higher cumulative GPA.

Student Resources

College Success Program

The College Success Program serves current foster youth and those who have aged out of the foster system. The program provides guidance, connecting students with experts in financial aid, career and academic planning, the learning support network, financial planning, TRiO Student Support Services, emergency assistance, employment, transfer application and advocacy. College Success also offers a place for students to connect with one another and opportunities for academic recognition. 

Seattlecentral.edu/collegesuccess 

Room BE 4174 D5, 206.934.3168 

Disability Support Services

Disability Support Services provides accommodations and services to students with documented disabilities who require or need additional support in order to achieve equal access to education. Our staff provide one-on-one support and advising, meeting with students to determine any accommodations needed to allow students to meet course standards. Accommodations include such assistance as extra time for tests, sign language interpreters, shared class notes and course readings in alternative formats, and other assistive technology. Disability Support Services fosters a sense of community where students have an opportunity to fully participate in all aspects of campus life.

seattlecentral.edu/disability-support 

Room BE 1112, 206.934.4183 

Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm 

Alternative Telephone Access
People who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or speech-disabled may access the Seattle Colleges through free communication services provided by the Washington Relay Service:

  • TTY text-telephone: 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384
  • Voice carry-over (VCO): 1-800- 833-6386
  • Hearing carry-over (HCO): 1-800-833-6388
  • Speech-to-speech (STS): 1-877-833-6341

TRIO-Retention and Completion Programs

TRIO Retention and Completion Programs provide student support services for first-generation college students, low-income and students with disabilities. TRIO programs include TRIO-Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and TRIO-Regular for students pursuing all other non-STEM, transfer programs. TRIO-Retention and Completion Programs provides academic and transfer advising, peer mentoring and one-one-one academic tutoring to eligible students. The TRIO program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education to promote academic success and transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Please visit our webpage for additional information and to see if you qualify. https://seattlecentral.edu/campus-life/student-support-and-services/trio

TRIO Student Support Services

Hours: Monday-Friday 8am to 4:30pm 

Location: Broadway Campus, BE 1102-B1 

Phone: 206-934-3852 

Email: trio.central@seattlecolleges.edu

M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery

Take a break from your studies and feed your spirit with a visit to the art gallery, located across from the Atrium cafeteria in the BE building. Frequent displays of student works are complemented with shows by local and regional artists, as well as touring exhibits. The gallery also sponsors activities such as guest lectures and poetry readings that reflect, appreciate, promote and serve the college’s multicultural population.

seattlecentral.edu/artgallery

Room BE 2116, 206.934.4379 

Mon-Fri 9:30am-3:30pm

Tues-Wed 5pm-7pm 

Multicultural Services

Multicultural Services promotes institutional responsiveness to the needs of students of color and students of diverse cultural backgrounds. They offer college information and assistance to prospective, new and re-entry students, referrals to on and off campus resources, student advocacy, workshops and conferences, scholarship information, informal dialogue discussions regarding social justice or diversity, coordination of "Students of Color Conference" attendees (see page 22), and community collaboration and partnerships. The office also collaborates with other college departments on retention and student success projects and provides professional development activities and diversity resources to students, faculty and staff.

seattlecentral.edu/multicultural

Room BE 1103 A5

206.934.3133

Student Support Programs

Seattle Central offers a range of programs and services that can provide meaningful support for students.

Childcare Assistance Program

Childcare Assistance Program offers funding, information, and referral resources to students desiring childcare assistance while attending school. 

Emergency Funding

The Emergency Fund provides financial assistance to students experiencing an immediate or emergent financial hardship that will hinder their ability to persist through their academic goal while enrolled at Seattle Central College.

Re-Entry Support Programs 

Re-Entry Support Programs provides a welcoming, supportive, and responsive learning environment for students who have been system impacted or are experiencing involvement with the criminal injustice system. 

Veterans Services 

As a veteran, member of active duty military personnel or dependent, you may qualify for a variety of resources to help you pay for your education as well as other services that may help you to achieve your educational goals.

Food and Stability Resources 

The food and resource pantry provides weekly access to a pantry of supplemental food, children's supplies, toiletry items and clothing. 

Students are encouraged to inquire about resources and income supports they may be eligible for in our area.

STUDENT SUPPORT PROGRAMS

seattlecentral.edu/student-support

Room BE 3215 

Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm 

Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA)

The Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program supports students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). We provide a unique combination of inclusive academic support, industry mentors, paid internships, and an encouraging diverse STEM community, to help students successfully transfer to a 4-year institution to earn their STEM bachelor’s degree. Our goal is to further pave pathways for community college students to become the next leaders in STEM!

To learn more about MESA, eligibility requirements, and to fill out an application visit: www.seattlecentral.edu/mesa

Questions? Reach out to the MESA Director at mesa.central@seattlecolleges.edu

Room SAM 114, 206.934.4320

Mon-Fri 9:30am-4:30pm

Marilyn.Saavedra-Leyva@seattlecolleges.edu

For more information, visit our website or stop by SAM 114 to fill out an application.

LEARNING SUPPORT NETWORK – Tutoring Centers

Mission Statement

The Learning Support Network provides accessible and quality academic support to Seattle Central students by improving comprehension, increasing competence, instilling confidence and promoting success. The Network is comprised of multiple learning centers and satellite tutoring locations that offer knowledgeable peer and expert tutors to assist students in their academic coursework.

The Learning Support Network (LSN) services are free to all current students. Our trained tutors provide one-on-one appointments, drop-in and online support in a rich environment to connect, learn and grow. Learn more at: https://seattlecentral.edu/campus-life/student-support-and-services/learning-support-and-tutoring

Center Subjects Type Contact
BE Learning Center
  • Accounting 
  • Economics
  • Foreign Languages (including ASL)
  • Statistics
  • Math for Humanities (MATH 107)
  • CDS, ECED, SHS, Behavioral Sciences
  • Writing support– for all subjects
Appointments, drop-ins, online support

Belearning.central@seattlecolleges.edu

https://seattlecentral.edu/campus-life/student-support-and-services/learning-support-and-tutoring/be-learning-center

206-934-0972

BE 2102A

SAM Learning Center
  • Biology
  • Chemistry and Organic Chemistry
  • Computer Science (CSC 110, 142, 143)
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics (precollege and college level)
  • Physics 
Drop-ins, online support

samlearningsupport@seattlecolleges.edu

https://seattlecentral.edu/campus-life/student-support-and-services/learning-support-and-tutoring/sam-learning-center

206-934-6919

SAM 100

Bruce McKenna Writing Center

  • Writing support in all subjects 
  • Advice on the writing process 
  • Feedback on all types of academic writing 
  • Assistance with personal statements and transfer application essays 
  • Help with resume and cover letter writing 
Appointments, drop-ins, online support

Misun.bishop@seattlecolleges.edu

https://seattlecentral.edu/campus-life/student-support-and-services/learning-support-and-tutoring/bruce-mckenna-writing-center

Library Classroom A 

IT & Business Technology Management Tutoring
  • BTM 
  • Microsoft Office 
  • Networking 
  • Adobe Suite 
  • GitHub website/configuration 
  • Database Admin & Development 
  • Programming Languages 
  • Visual Studio 
  • Web Design & Development 
Appointments, drop-ins, online support

samlearningsupport@seattlecolleges.edu

https://seattlecentral.edu/campus-life/student-support-and-services/learning-support-and-tutoring/it-btm-tutoring-0

eTutoring Various subjects Appointments, asynchronous support, fully online; support on weekends, evening hours 

Belearning@seattlecolleges.edu

https://seattlecentral.edu/campus-life/student-support-and-services/learning-support-and-tutoring/e-tutoring

Tutoring During Remote Operations:

Current students now have an easy way to access Seattle Central’s online tutoring centers – through our new Canvas “course”. Students can login to their Canvas account, and accept enrollment in the “Online Tutoring Centers – Seattle Central” course from their dashboard or courses tab. Students then select the Learning Center they wish to visit from the homepage, with direct links to our Centers on Zoom, tutor subject schedules, and more.

Student Help Desk

The Student Helpdesk is located inside the Information Central Office. IT Services staff members are there to answer technology questions relating to student computer use on campus. They can help with issues such as how to find login names, how to register and pay for classes online and how to access online services for general information. Students may request help by email, phone or in person during office hours.

Room BE 1105, 206.934.6320 

Mon−Thu 9am−6pm

Fri 9am−5pm 

Sat 9am−1pm 

StudentHelpdesk.Central@seattlecolleges.edu

Computer Center

The Computer Center is available to all Seattle Central students and has PC and Apple computers. Current Seattle Central enrollment and a thumb drive are required. Students without computer experience are encouraged to enroll in one of the MIC 102 introductory short courses. Lab staff members are available to assist with use of technology but cannot act as tutors.

Room BE 3148, 206.934.4194 

Mon-Thu 7am-10pm 

Fri 7am-6pm 

Sat 9am-6pm 

Closed during breaks

Distance Education/E-Learning

Distance education courses are flexible and you can choose when and where you study. Whether the course is online over the Internet, by correspondence or via video or DVDs, you can learn at the times convenient to you and earn credits toward your degree or certificate.

seattlecentral.edu/distance

Room BE 1140, 206.934.4060

DisLrn@seattlecolleges.edu 

Library & Media Services

The library staff and faculty provide a wide range of information resources, services, and instruction. Resources include collections of books, e-books, periodicals, DVDs, CDs, online databases, and streaming media. Group study rooms, scanning photocopiers, cameras and other media equipment, networked computers, and laptops are also available. Librarians teach information research credit courses and workshops and provide reference services for those seeking individual research help. Online reference assistance is available 24/7.

seattlecentral.edu/library

Room BE 2101 

Circulation: 206.934.4050 

Reference: 206.934.5421 

Media: 206.934.4053 

Book Store

The Seattle Central Bookstore offers required textbooks, supplies and educational support materials. The Bookstore provides new, used, digital and rental textbooks. To avoid long lines, students are encouraged to purchase books two weeks prior to the start of classes each quarter, or online at: seattlecentral.bncollege.com.

seattlecentral.edu/bncollege.com

206.934.4148 

Copy Center

The Copy Center provides copying services for students, faculty and staff. It is equipped with self−service machines, and employees are available to assist in copying, selling blue books, scantrons, envelopes, transparencies, and course packets.

Room BE 3105 A, 206.934.5419 

Mon-Thu 7:30am-7:30pm 

Fri 7:30am-4pm 

The Buzz

Mon-Fri 7:30am-2:30pm

The Buzz Espresso Stand by the Broadway entrance to the Broadway Edison Building welcomes students, employees and visitors to the campus with espresso, coffee and smoothies. Student-prepared pastries, including specialty desserts and breads, are also available for purchase in The Buzz pastry case during most of the quarter.

Square One Bistro

Tue−Fri 11:15am−1:00pm

Square One Bistro offers a quick and casual meal in the sky-lit atrium or in our cozy bistro. Dine on fresh market salads, daily house-made soups and chowders and wood-fired pizzas. We feature fresh pasta, local seafood and pasture-raised meat and poultry.

One World Dining

Reservations: 206.934.5424

Tue−Fri 11:15am−1:00pm

One World Restaurant offers seasonally focused dining with global influences using local and sustainable ingredients in each of our artfully prepared dishes. Advanced reservations are required for parties of six or more.

The MAC

The Charles H. Mitchell Activity Center (MAC) provides an environment of diverse activities and recreational programs for the campus and general community to promote healthy lifestyles. With facilities that include a fitness center, basketball gym, group exercise/dance studio, game room, and locker rooms with showers, it is the perfect place to get your daily physical activity or just to relax with friends playing games. Most organized drop-in fitness classes are included with the MAC membership fee. If you prefer recreational activity as a social endeavor the MAC also works with the Tournaments and Games team, a Student Leadership board, to host health weeks, guest speakers, sports activities, and tournaments specifically for the student body.

mac.seattlecentral.edu

Room MAC 314, 206.934.6315 

Mon-Fri 7am-8pm 

Sat-Sun 10am-4pm 

Public Transit

Seattle Central is well served by excellent transit service. Metro routes 8, 9, 10, 11, 43, 49 and 60 provide either direct or adjacent access to the campus on Broadway and E. Pine. The LINK light rail Capitol Hill station is located adjacent to campus and provides a direct link to the University of Washington to the north, and downtown, Beacon Hill and the Rainier Valley to the south.   Seattle Central offers a deeply discounted transit pass called an ORCA card. This card is valid for use on all regional buses, the Link Light Rail, the Sounder trains that travel to Tacoma and Everett, and also the South Lake Union and First Hill streetcars and King County-operated Fast Ferries and Water Taxis. Please inquire at the Transportation Office for more information.

Transportation Services Office

www.seattlecentral.edu/campus-life/student-support-and-services/transportation 

Room BE 1143 

206.934.3202 

Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm

THE TRANSPORTATION SERVICES OFFICE IS HERE TO HELP YOU. DROP BY THE OFFICE OR VISIT THE WEBSITE FOR INFORMATION, FORMS AND MORE.

Student Parking

Parking is extremely limited at Seattle Central and in the Capitol Hill area. Four types of parking permits are available to students: daytime (all day), carpool, afternoon and evening permits (for parking from 12 noon until closing, and all day Saturdays) and night time permits. Student parking permits are not valid for parking on campus during days and times when the college does not offer classes.

The daytime, all-day student permits are offered on a first come, first served basis only to eligible students. The college limits the sale of the all-day parking permits due to limited availability. These permits are available for purchase online or at the cashier’s office typically one month before the beginning of the quarter.

The afternoon and evening permit is available for students attending classes beginning at noon and throughout the evening. Purchase afternoon and evening permits directly at the campus cashier or online; there is no limit to the number of these permits to be sold.

The night time permit is available for students whose classes are only in the evening or Saturdays. This permit is valid from 4pm until school closes Monday through Friday; it is only valid when there are night time classes being offered, and is also valid on Saturdays from 7am until 6pm, Fall through Spring quarters. The night time permit is not valid on Fridays or Saturdays during Summer quarter.

Student Carpools

Student carpools are required to register with Transportation Services. A student carpool is defined as two or more registered, paid students commuting together for at least 50% of the carpool’s longest individual commute distance. The student carpool permit is only offered to those students who reside more than five miles from campus. Permits are available on a first come, first served basis to eligible students only. Availability of parking space and permits is not guaranteed.

Bicycles and Motorcycles

Students riding bicycles and motorcycles can park on campus. All bicycles and motorcycles must park in the designated areas.

The Public Safety Department

  • Acts as the first responder for all criminal incidents  
  • Provides general patrol of campus facilities and property  
  • Investigates collisions and manages traffic safety and parking  
  • Coordinates emergency management planning 
  • Provides crime prevention programs 
  • Responds to all reports of fire and/or medical aid working in support of the Seattle Fire Department. 

Lost & Found is located inside the Public Safety office.

If there is a life-threatening emergency, please first call 911, then contact the Public Safety Department.

seattlecentral.edu/security

BE 1108, 206.934.5442

Communication in an Emergency

Emergency Call Stations

Emergency call stations are located in seven locations around campus. These include three wall-mounted call stations and four blue call station towers. With just the touch of a button, the call stations will connect you directly with Seattle Central’s Public Safety department in case of an emergency.

Public Address System

When safe to do so, the Public Safety Department will announce an active emergency or lock-down has been issued, and will announce the ‘all clear’ from an active incident.

SeattleCollegesAlerts

Our official emergency notification system. Student email addresses are automatically entered into the SeattleCollegesAlerts, and updated on a regularly scheduled basis. Students will receive a request to register from from SeattleCollegesAlerts at the email address you submitted during Admissions. Follow the directions in the message to confirm your contact information and choose your notification preferences.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Seattle Central College enforces guidelines concerning information about the student’s permanent educational record, and governs the conditions of its disclosure. Except as otherwise indicated, the College will not provide information contained in student records in response to inquiries unless the student has given consent to the College in writing.

The college will make an exception to these restrictions if: (1) disclosure is required by law (judicial subpoena of records), provided that the college makes a reasonable effort to notify the student in advance of the release of records; or (2) if knowledge of the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals. The college provides additional information to military recruiters in compliance with federal Solomon Act requirements.

Students wishing to be excluded from the student directory information, as defined in PL.93-380, must file a quarterly non-disclosure request with the Registrar to seal their records. Seattle Central College assumes that failure on the part of any student to specifically request the withholding of Directory Information indicates individual approval for disclosure. By sealing your records, Seattle Central will be unable to verify degrees, graduation or any other requested information.

  • Student’s Name 
  • Email Address 
  • Date(s) of enrollment 
  • Awards granted by the college 
  • Participation in official sports activities 
  • Height and weight of athletic team members 
  • Field of Study 
  • Enrollment Status at the college

Student Complaints Process

The Seattle Colleges District has developed policies and procedures that are generally set forth in the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) chapter WAC 132F.122 (370.10.70) to be used for the processing and disposition of complaints about campus employees. These procedures are designed to respect the rights and dignity of both the complainant and the respondent in the resolution of the problem. Students’ rights are carefully protected to ensure that they do not suffer retaliation from articulating a problem or filing a formal complaint.

There are numerous resources available to assist students in resolving problems or complaints that may arise in class or on campus. The Dean of Student Development is the designated campus complaints officer and is available to meet with students to discuss issues, devise problem-solving strategies, and if necessary, guide them through the formal complaints process. Make an appointment (206.934.3840) to meet for assistance, support and advice.

Informal Process STEP #1

The person you are having the problem with is always the best person to talk to first. We strongly encourage a student who has a complaint to speak (communicate via email, phone, or in person) directly with the college employee most responsible for the condition or situation that is the cause of the complaint, and hopefully solve the problem with dialogue. Most problems are resolved at this stage with calm objective conversation and good will. If you are uneasy about how to approach the subject, any of the following people (in addition to the complaints officer) can advise and assist you:

Your division counselor is an excellent resource to assist you. Call 206.934.6946 for information about counselors.

Human Resources Officer, 206.934.4017, can provide information and guidance about retaliation, sexism, and sexual harassment.

The Multicultural Services Office, 206.934.4085, can assist you with concerns about racial discrimination.

Informal Process STEP #2

If your conversation (via email, phone, or in person) with the instructor or staff member does not result in a satisfactory response, or if there is some reason that makes it inappropriate to speak with the employee, the next step is to make an appointment to speak with the employee’s supervisor. Normally this will be the director, manager, or dean of the division or program. See table at the left side of page 30 of the Handbook for division and dean contact information.

The individual supervisor for the program, department, or division in which you are experiencing a problem can often be very helpful in negotiating between you and the employee to resolve differences or find a solution to the problem.

In preparation to meet with the individual, you are encouraged to write clearly explaining your complaint or problem, identifying evidence and describing the resolution that you seek. The campus complaints officer can assist with reviewing this and can provide advice in the presentation of the concerns.

The supervisor will investigate the issues articulated in the Advocacy Request and make a serious attempt to achieve a mutually satisfactory solution to the problem.

Formal Process STEP #1

The purpose of filing a formal complaint with the student complaints officer is to provide due process to both parties in the solution of a problem or complaint that a student has been unable to resolve or settle informally.

The complaints officer will guide the student through all of the appropriate steps.

The steps and the timeline in the formal complaints process will vary somewhat depending on the situation.

Formal complaints must be addressed, in writing, to the campus complaints officer. The material can be emailed as attachments. Meet with the complaints officer to discuss the matter prior to writing your letter. Your written complaint should be clear and well organized, with the situation explained in detail and all supporting materials and documentation included.

The complaints officer will send a copy of your complaint letter to the person named in the complaint and to the head of the department or division. The person about whom you are complaining is required to respond in writing about your complaint to the complaints officer within 10 instructional days of receiving the letter.

If the written response does not resolve the complaint, the student can request a conference with the faculty. The complaints officer will call the parties together for a conference where they can talk face to face in an atmosphere of fairness and cooperative problem solving. For online courses other accommodations will be made. This meeting will include the student, the respondent, the respondent’s supervisor or unit administrator, and the complaints officer. The student may bring an advocate.

Student Grievance Officer initiates scheduling of one-hour conference meeting to facilitate discussion for attempted resolution. Afterwards the Grievance Office will provide all parties with a written summary of the conference.

Appeal Process

If Complainant is not satisfied with the resolution upon receipt of conference summary, they may request of the Grievance Officer a final review by the respondent’s Vice President or appropriate unit administrator.

The unit administrator may amend, modify, reverse or accept the recommendation. This decision shall be final.

Grade Grievances

Additional provisions for grade grievances are available through WAC 132F-121-090.

For student grievances regarding grades received for course work, before a student can file a formal or written grade appeal, he or she should try to resolve the issue directly with the instructor or their Dean.

If direct discussion with the faculty or instructional dean does not resolve the grade dispute to the student's satisfaction, the student may begin the formal grade grievance process.

A student may formally grieve only the final grade received in a course and that complaint may include any or all of the components of that final grade. For a grade complaint, the respondent(s) shall be, or include, the instructor who issued the grade. Assignment grades before the quarter ends, must be resolved using the informal complaint process by involving the instructor and their dean.

A formal grievance regarding a grade must be filed not later than the last day of the quarter which follows the quarter for which the disputed grade was received, except that a complaint regarding a spring quarter grade may be filed through the last day of the following fall quarter.

In specifying the facts and other grounds on which it is based, the formal complaint shall specify the grade that is being challenged and should attach copies of relevant documents, including assignments. The response on behalf of the respondent shall include, to the extent feasible, the applicable evaluation criteria, copies of the course syllabus and relevant grading records, and what steps the student has taken with the faculty member or instructional dean to resolve the issue, and what resolution the student seeks.

Student Conduct

The Student Conduct Office provides support and resources to students and faculty to address complaints about alleged student behavior or conduct. The following pages include more information regarding the Student Conduct Code.

Student Conduct Code and Procedures

Any institution serving thousands of people must have rules, policies and procedures protecting and supporting a cooperative educational environment. To maintain this environment, the college outlines a code of conduct that defines both misconduct and proper/appropriate conduct.

A student’s responsibility in maintaining a good environment is to:

  • Maintain high standards of academic integrity 
  • Respect the rights of others 
  • Refrain from actions that endanger themselves or others 
  • Comply with district and college rules and regulations 
  • Comply with the civil authority

Student Conduct

 

For a full description of student misconduct, refer to the Washington Administrative Code Section 132F-110 (https://apps.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=132F-121-110)

Any member of the college community (faculty, staff, students, administrators) may file a student conduct complaint against any student when they believe there has been a violation of the student conduct code.

The Student Conduct Incident Report form is available through the Student Conduct Officer in room BE 4180.

Phone: 206.934.6946

Examples of misconduct include:

  1. Discriminatory conduct against a student or an employee. 
  2. Sexual misconduct: Harassment, intimidation, violence. 
  3. Harassment: Unwelcome and offensive. 
  4. Academic dishonesty, including cheating and plagiarism. 
  5. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of documents and false statements. 
  6. Obstruction or disruption of instruction, research, administration, and other district activities. 
  7. Assault, physical or verbal abuse, threat(s), intimidation, bullying, cyberbullying, stalking, harassment of any person on district property. 
  8. Theft, damage, misuse, or possession of district or personal property. 
  9. Failure to comply with direction of district employees or identify oneself to persons when requested. 
  10. Participation in activity that unreasonably disrupts the operations of the district or lead or incite another person to engage in such activity. 
  11. Weapons: Possession or use of any device or substance which can inflict bodily harm or damage property. 
  12. Hazing. 
  13. Possession, consumption, or being under the influence of alcohol, or selling alcohol. 
  14. Possession, consumption, or being under the influence of narcotic drugs or controlled substances, marijuana, or selling any such drug or substance. 
  15. Obstruction of free flow of pedestrian or vehicular movement on district property or at a district activity. 
  16. Conduct that is disorderly, lewd, or obscene. 
  17. Breach of the peace, or aiding, abetting, or procuring a breach of the peace. 
  18. Smoking inside a campus building or where smoking is not authorized. 
  19. Theft or other misuse of computer time or other electronic information resources of the district. 
  20. Unauthorized possession or use of a key, or unauthorized entry onto or into district property. 
  21. Abuse or misuse of any procedures relating to student complaints or misconduct. 
  22. Safety violations. 
  23. Violation of any other district rule, requirement, or procedure. 
  24. Violation of any federal, state, or local law, rule, or regulation. 
  25. Ethical violation: Breach of generally recognized and published code of ethics or standards of professional practice. 
  26. Aiding, abetting, inciting, encouraging, or assisting another person to commit any act of misconduct. 
  27. Retaliation against any individual for reporting or addressing allegations or violations.

Student Leadership

Student Clubs empower students to create community, explore learning outside the classroom and put ideas into action. Students organize around common career, artistic and recreational interests, cultures and ethnic backgrounds, and social or political beliefs. All recognized student clubs are open to all students and are eligible to apply for funding support. We are proud of our student clubs and associations for building welcoming and accepting spaces for mutual support, meaningful action and fun. 

For a complete list of current student organizations on campus, stop by Student Leadership. If you don’t see what you are looking for, we will help you start your own club! Remember, you are here because you belong!

For club leaders, we offer a year-long Club Leadership Internship Program (CLIP) to support you in designing and implementing a project or event that advances the mission of your organization. CLIP interns gain valuable and transferable leadership skills through monthly leadership workshops. CLIP funding may be available for approved activities.

Student Leadership

seattlecentral.edu/student-leadership
Room SAC 350, 206.934.6924
(Above the Bookstore)

Mon−Fri 8:00am−4:30pm

Student Involvement

Room SAC 357, 206.934.4028

Student Organizations, Clubs, and Associations are supported by the Student Organizations Resource Council (see page 22) and are organized by Commissions, each representing a common theme:

ART 

Focus on creative expression through any artistic medium. Examples: The Culinary Club, The Film Production Club, SCC Photography Club, Manga and Comics Club, Public Speaking Club, Viva Voce.

HUMANITARIAN 

Student organizations who work towards a cause for the betterment of the world. Examples: Global Health Club, Students United for Direct Action, UNICEF at SCC, Fourth Wave.

MULTICULTURAL 

Student organizations who celebrate a unique culture. Examples: Arabic Club, Ethiopian and Eritrean Students Union, Korean Student Association, Native American Students Association, Somali Student Union, Vietnamese Student Association.

SCIENCE & DEVELOPMENT 

Clubs for students who are interested in networking or developing skills in the sciences and STEM fields. Examples: CS Club, Robotics and Microcontroller Club, Students Participating in Active Celestial Exploration (SPACE), Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE), 3D Print Club.

SOCIAL JUSTICE

Student organizations who advocate for justice related to opportunity and privilege within our society. Examples: Black Student Union, Muslim Student Association, Movemiento Estudiantil de Chican@ de Atzlan (MEChA), Queer Straight Alliance, Student Veterans Association.

SPORTS & GAMES 

Clubs who gather for athletics, sports, martial arts, dance and movement, as well as all types of games. These student organizations are supported by the Tournaments and Games Team (Room MAC 151, 206.934.6315). Examples: Break Dance Club, Chess Club, Girls Basketball Club, Press Start, Seattle Soccer Club, Step Up Dance Club.

ASSOCIATED STUDENT COUNCIL 

Room SAC 356, 206.934.4057 

The Associated Student Council (ASC), the official student government of Seattle Central, represents student interests to the college administration. The ASC leads the organization of a broad range of student committees that address issues and concerns and promote services that enhance the student experience at Seattle Central. The ASC consists of six student executives chosen through a rigorous peer selection process each spring. An additional six Associate members are chosen in the fall to work on specific projects for the student body. To be eligible, you must have completed 15 credit hours, be registered for 10 credits and have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

COLLEGE ACTIVITIES BOARD 

Room SAC 355, 206.934.6335 

The College Activities Board (CAB) is a team of students who develop and organize multicultural events and activities on campus that celebrate the diversity of our community, promote student involvement and foster collaboration among student organizations. CAB members gain hands-on experience in all aspects of event planning, including booking, promotion, and management. Get in touch to get involved! 

GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT TEAM 

Room MAC 205 H, 206.934.0971 

The Global Engagement Team (GET) works to maximize interaction between local and international students through activities and events. GET coordinates the Conversation Partners language exchange program, assists in orienting international students, collaborates with other student groups and provides valuable leadership opportunities that enhance the student experience. 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ADVISORY COUNCIL 

Room MAC 205 H, 206.934.3109 

The International Student Advisory Council (ISAC) is a team of international students responsible for representing international student interests to the International Education Programs (IEP) Office and Seattle Central at large. It functions to provide a student voice and to guide, support and advise IEP on how to create a more welcoming, supportive and effective learning environment at Seattle Central for international students. ISAC gathers feedback from students concerning issues such as advising, housing, orientation and others. ISAC organizes a mixer and open forum every quarter for international students to discuss common issues, questions and/or concerns with each other. 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS RESOURCE COUNCIL 

Room SAC 357, 206.934.3165 

The Student Organizations Resource Council (SORC) supports Club Life at Seattle Central. SORC helps clubs access the information, resources and training available to them. SORC reviews student organization funding requests and works with Commissions to promote collaboration among clubs with related interests. SORC members organize a Student Involvement Fair each quarter to publicize the diverse organizations that exist on campus and to teach their fellow students how to form clubs around their own passions. 

STUDENT WEBSITE AND PUBLICATIONS TEAM 

Room BE 4108, 206.934.0943 

The Student Website and Publications (SWAP) Team produces the independent student newspaper, The Central Circuit, both online and in print. The Central Circuit serves as a voice for the collective body of Seattle Central students, striving to keep them informed and engaged with student life while serving as a platform for student expression, from creative writing and art to opinion pieces, and campus news and events. SWAP is committed to fair, accurate and inclusive reporting and is always looking for student submissions!

TOURNAMENTS AND GAMES TEAM 

Room MAC 151, 206.934.6315 

The Tournaments and Games Team (TAG Team) organizes and facilitates recreational activities that promote student involvement, fair play and physical activity. The team works in conjunction with the Mitchell Activity Center (MAC) to promote the many health and wellness resources available at the MAC to all Seattle Central students. Activities offered include basketball, soccer, table tennis, billiards, guest speakers, free massage and free nutrition counseling. 

Students of Color Conference  

The annual Students of Color Conference brings together over 750 students from community colleges across the state to discuss topics that include ethnic and racial identity development, academic success, skills for promoting social justice, and intercultural communications. Each spring, Seattle Central brings 40 students to participate in this transformational learning experience. To be eligible, you must be enrolled spring quarter, taking at least 10 credits and have a GPA of 2.5. Learn more by visiting Multicultural Services in BE1103, or the Student Leadership office above the Bookstore.

Committees 

Seattle Central students serve the campus through participation on a variety of committees. Student-led committees are organized by the ASC or CAB to address specific issues or mobilize energy toward organizing events and activities. College-wide committees created by the college administration formulate policy recommendations and work with Student Leadership to ensure that the student voice is heard on critical campus issues.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS TO SERVE ON A STANDING COMMITTEE:

  • Must currently be enrolled as a Seattle Central student 
  • Must be available to attend committee’s regularly scheduled meetings 
  • Must be able to make the commitment to attend committee meetings on time and be prepared 
  • Must conduct oneself in a courteous and professional manner even in group dynamics when one may have strong opinions 
  • Must take responsibility to present information about your committee to the Seattle Central campus community, if necessary

Associated Student Council Committees

The ASC Selection Committee recruits new ASC members for the next council year. This committee also recruits students to review applications and conduct interviews.

The ASC Book Committee works with the Seattle Central Library to identify expensive books that will be used by many students and purchase Library reserve copies as a way of assisting students who lack the funds for textbooks.

The Issues and Concerns Committee seeks to resolve concerns brought forth by Seattle Central students. Convened by the ASC Issues and Concerns Executive, the committee meets weekly to assist students with questions or problems and refer them to the appropriate campus resource for assistance.

The Service and Activities (S&A) Budget Committee, chaired by the ASC Finance Executive, includes six "at-large" students who review and recommend S&A allocations for college departments that provide student activities and programs.

The Student Advocacy Committee researches public policy issues that impact students at the state and local level and organizes actions as needed in order to ensure the student voice is represented. Recent issues addressed by the committee have included state funding for higher education, student bus passes and financial aid for undocumented students.

The Student Success Committee connects students with resources that encourage and promote student success, development and well-being. This group evaluates various needs of the student body and works on innovative projects to enhance the overall college experience.

College Activities Board

The Activities Committee plans fun, traditionally celebrated events on campus, and helps school organizations put on campus-wide events. Examples include Halloween, Teacher’s Appreciation Day, Valentine’s Day and the Winter Dance.

The Cultural Events Committee creates and organizes events exploring and celebrating the diversity of our campus. Examples include Dia de los Muertos, Lunar New Year, Black History Month and Women’s History Month.

The Creative Arts Series Committee organizes events that showcase the artistic talents and achievements of the campus community.

The Unity Fair Committee is comprised of representatives from all the leadership boards, clubs and organizations, who come together to organize a campus-wide Spring Quarter event celebrating the diversity of our community and the accomplishments of the year.

Campus Wide Committees

The College Council advises the president on behalf of the entire college community on vital matters such as budget and resource allocations, student success and achievement, and institutional evaluation and effectiveness.

The Safety Committee addresses safety and emergency planning issues on campus. Members will monitor and review safety and health practices campus−wide, educate the campus community regarding safety issues, and assist in correcting identified unsafe practices or conditions.

The Facilities Operations & Management Advisory Committee (FOMAC) advises the Director of Facilities and Plant Operations and ensures that voices from throughout the college are heard to support the goal of well-functioning, attractive and efficient facilities.

The Student Publications Board is comprised of the ASC Executive of Communication, staff, faculty and students to support Seattle Central student publications by protecting publications from censorship, upholding ethical standards and mediating conflicts that cannot be resolved by the publication staff.

The Sustainability Council works with college administration to examine and improve sustainable practices on campus and to educate the Seattle Central Student Body about environmental and philosophical concepts of sustainability.

The Tech Fee Committee meets during winter and spring quarters to accept and review requests for funds provided by the Universal Technology Fee. These funds are allocated to computer technology that provides the greatest possible service to the greatest number of students.

PHI THETA KAPPA 

206.934.2829

Phi Theta Kappa is the International Academic Honor Society of the Two−Year College. The members of the Seattle Central chapter, Alpha Chi Zeta, promote Phi Theta Kappa’s mission to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two−year college students and to provide opportunities for individual growth and development.

Global Involvement

Seattle Central is a leader in international education. We provide opportunities for students, faculty and staff, locally and internationally, to gain experience to expand intercultural and global competence.

The college offers a wide range of study, intern, volunteer and professional development opportunities abroad (called GO ABROAD).  We also have scholarships for students to help fund these trips! Some of our programs are traditional, full-time study abroad in another country. Students register for 12-18 credits and can often use their financial aid to participate. Other programs are short-term, language study or global health-oriented service learning. Another unique opportunity is a paid internship/employment in public schools (in China). Seattle Central students can go abroad for fall, winter and/or spring quarters, as well as 2-4 week summer programs.

Our outbound program opportunities include options in a wide variety of countries: China, Costa Rica, England, Ghana, India, Italy, Morocco, Peru, South Africa, Spain, Turkey and Vietnam.

For information, call college transfer and study abroad center at 206.934 5469 or email seattlecentral.studyabroad@seattlecolleges.edu.

STUDENT DEVELOPMENT TRANSCRIPT 

The Student Development Transcript (SDT) is an official record of your extracurricular involvement and accomplishments at Seattle Central that can be used to enhance applications for four−year institutions, scholarships and employment. Get involved and take advantage of this valuable service!

If you are involved in clubs, committees, Student Leadership boards or other learning experiences outside of the classroom, be sure to track your participation with an Activity Documentation Sheet each quarter. This form captures the dates and times of meetings, trainings, event planning, service and multicultural activities in which you participate, and describes the requirements for specific levels of achievement to be designated on the SDT.

Bring your completed Documentation Sheet to the Student Leadership Office each quarter, and your transcript will be kept updated and available to you upon request. For more information, please visit the Student Leadership Office above the bookstore.

WEDNESDAY NOON LECTURE SERIES 

Women’s Programs offer a Wednesday Noon Lecture Series each quarter that is free and open to all students, faculty, staff and the public. The series features lectures, films and interactive presentations on topics ranging from women’s political issues to social and cultural topics in arts and literature. 

Students also have the option to earn two credits by registering for HDC 190: Women in Society (Course Item Number: 3975) and meeting course requirements. For more information contact Women’s Programs at 206.934.6949 or visit the office at BE 3215.

LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE 

Drop−in training sessions are open to all students. The sessions cover essential leadership topics such as communication, core values, team building and time management. For a current schedule, please visit the Student Leadership Office above the bookstore.

HDC120: INTRODUCTION TO LEADERSHIP THEORY AND PRACTICE 

Leadership at any level is about giving voice and action to your own values while empowering others to work toward a shared vision. This seminar−style course will help you to develop concrete organizational leadership, presentation and communication skills to participate effectively in leadership on campus or in a community.  Assigned reading, written assignments and class discussion will assist students by elevating their understanding of contemporary leadership theory and practice.

For information contact Student Leadership Offices above the bookstore.