Short Term Certificates have fewer than 20 credits. They usually cover an entry-level or specific skill set needed
for that industry. Students can complete a short-term certificate and enter/re-enter the workplace with improved
skills. They may also continue on a pathway to a higher certificate or degree, and some or all of the credits from
the short-term certificate may apply to the next level certificate or degree.
Among these short-term certificates are some that are considered “stackable” certificates. Stackable Certificates
are short-term certificates of fewer than 20 credits each, which are specifically designed to build, or “stack” sequential
skills and credits. On completion of each certificate, students can return to the workplace with added skills
or they can continue building additional skills at the next level in the stackable series of certificates. Taken together,
stackable certificates lead to a sequence of increasing skills, potential job advancement and/or cumulative
credits toward a higher certificate or degree.
For example, in Wood Technology, students can take 18-credit certificates independently in Carpentry, Finishing
and/or Framing Fundamentals. These skills can lead to jobs, or students can accumulate the skills, which can
lead to more job skills, further certificates or an A.A.S.-T degree. In Welding, there are six levels of skill. Each new
skill level can increase job potential for students who need to stop studies to work. On returning to school, students
resume work at the next certificate level, accumulating skills which can lead to further Certificate and/or an
Contact the program for additional information. New certificates
are frequently added as industry needs change.
*For information call Worker Retraining at (206)934-5835(S) (206)934-3854 (206)934-3787(N)
Program & Study Options
Green for the 21st Century in Seattle
Innovations in curriculum and operations have earned the 2009 Green Washington Award for the Seattle Colleges
– Central, North and South. All three colleges are active members of the Seattle Climate Partnership and North was an
early signer of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. A district-wide Chancellor’s
Sustainability Initiative provides energy, focus and a forum for emerging training and initiatives.
Sustainability is infused into programs ranging from urban agriculture at Central to environmental science,
real estate and building management across the district. Students have funded a sustainability coordinator.
Campus activities include reducing the carbon footprint and promoting recycling and energy conservation, which earned
a “Recycler of the Year” award for South. Last year, the college culinary operations diverted 31 tons of
materials to a regional composting facility – which returned the compost to “green” the college landscape.
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Helping displaced workers to
‘Start Next Quarter’
During the economic downturn, thousands of displaced workers turned to the Seattle Colleges at the same
time regional employers reported a need for skilled workers to fill jobs in the new economy. To help both potential
workers and employers, the Seattle Colleges developed Start Next Quarter (SNQ), a two-part initiative
designed to improve the success of dislocated workers who enroll in technical education programs. SNQ invites
prospective students to assess their eligibility for workforce funding online and connects them to a comprehensive
two-day college success workshop held at each campus. The workshops are based on a model developed at one of the
district campuses. Students who complete the workshop are more likely to complete their training programs and to
obtain jobs using their new skills. The project was developed in part through a grant from the League for Innovation,
funded by the Walmart Foundation Bright Futures project to serve displaced workers.
A Model for the Region
The Opportunity Center for Employment and Education at North Seattle College is a regional resource and
the first integrated service center of its kind in Washington state. Since the OCE&E opened its doors in spring 2011,
more than 40,000 people have come for one-stop help in finding a new job, career retraining or to sign up for public
assistance benefits. Founding partners were the state Departments of Social and Health Services and Employment
Security, the college, and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. The campus and the new LEED
Gold Certified 45,000-square foot facility are in the heart of Seattle’s north end and close to a major transit hub.
House Speaker Frank Chopp and Rep. Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney (sponsor of the legislation and a former Seattle District trustee)
championed the OCE&E in the state legislature. The center aims to provide streamlined services in a positive environment,
helping clients succeed in the next stage of their lives.