The College for Working Adults makes it easier for busy workers to access training programs that lead to high demand careers. Whether you want to change careers, gain a certification in a new industry or stay and move up where you currently work, the College for Working Adults is for you.
The Seattle Colleges, Seattle Central, North Seattle, South Seattle and Seattle Vocational Institute, offer technical training at times and locations convenient for students who juggle work, school, family and other obligations. Programs are taught at night and on weekends, some with hybrid delivery and some all online. With a single point of contact for advising, enrollment and support finding tuition assistance, the College for Working Adults makes getting started easy.
Seattle’s Office of Economic Development, SkillUp Washington, Urban Research Park, Seattle Jobs Initiative, and the Seattle King County Workforce Development Council have played a central role in launching the College for Working Adults. These partners help with seed support, planning, program development, program staffing, business expertise, and connecting students with employers.
The Seattle Colleges have partners who can provide resources to students. Organizations such as the Seattle Jobs Initiative Career Pathways program, Neighborhood House, TRAC & Associates, YWCA, SEIU 1199NW Multi-Employer Training and Education Fund, and others provide tuition assistance support for program-related requirements. Contact the College for Working Adults Navigator for more information.
We understand the demands of working and going to school and we’ve made our programs more accessible to you. Programs for Working Adults offers programs these high demand sectors:
Seattle is a global hub for the technology economy. IT jobs are exploding at companies such as Google, Facebook, Amazon, Boeing, and hundreds of small to mid-sized employer are hiring all the time. The College for Working Adults can prepare you for:
Right now in Seattle there are 4 jobs available for every 1 healthcare worker. That means healthcare professionals have choices! The healthcare industry needs people across all areas of patient care as well as office and administrative roles. Programs in healthcare include:
Business and accounting programs prepare you for entry-level bookkeeping career and general office employment. Courses develop core skills, including communication, organization, technology, financial and marketing analysis, hiring, and ways to nurture innovation and maintain ethical business practices.
The manufacturing process requires many different roles, skills and expertise. Whether you are building circuits, operating machines, fabricating composites, or driving long haul trailers, your skills will be in high demand.
ECE certification leads to opportunities to teach and guide children in settings such as daycare facilities, pre-school programs, licensed in-home day care programs and other. More and more programs require pre-school teachers to have a bachelor’s degree – we have pathways so you can get there.
Get started by following the steps below. If you need assistance, your personal navigator will guide you through this process.
The College for Working Adults is making education more accessible for your workers to increase their education and advance their careers. Classes and programs are available at night, on weekends and online. We support your commitment to the development of your workforce and can provide tools and resources to your employees such as:
We’re here for you. We can meet you on campus, in the evenings, or on site at your workplace to assist you.
College for Working Adults Navigator
Request information at go.seattlecolleges.edu.
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.