Communications & Public Information Office

The Communications & Public Information Office informs the community about South Seattle College, and responds to general information needs from the public. Areas of responsibility cover marketing/advertising, college website (content, guidelines and standards), publications (including quarterly class schedule, and program and service brochures), media relations, college branding, internal communications and community relations. For departments creating their own material please use logos approved by the PIO for HTML emails, letterhead, flyers, and web materials.

What we do:


  • Support enrollment goals
  • Maintain public awareness about the college
  • Create unique identity for South
  • Ensure consistency of “brand” to the community
  • Manage vendors (including radio, television, web, magazine, newspaper, billboard, bus poster, direct mail )
  • Advertising media includes digital ads, billboards, bus ads, radio, print, special publications (veterans, program-specific, etc.) and high school sports calendars.

Publications (many of which also go on the web)

  • @South Quarterly Viewbook
  • Online Class Schedule
  • Annual Class Schedule planning tool
  • Brochures for programs and courses
  • Report to Community (with Foundation)
  • Posters
  • Flyers
  • Postcards
  • Invitations to college-wide events
  • Viewbook
  • Presentation folders

External Communications

  • Research, write and distribute news releases
  • “Pitch” article ideas to news sources
  • Respond to news inquiries
  • Write “specials”
  • Coordination of messages for 16th Ave reader boards
  • News releases and clips on the web at (link from home page)

Internal Communications

  • UPDATE newsletter
  • Campus closure notices
  • Emergency notification (with Security)
  • Create screensavers for cafeteria, OLY, and student computers

Graphic Design

  • Publications above
  • Ads
  • Support other department needs as time allows
  • Photography

Community Relations

  • College representative to organizations (West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Southwest Neighborhoods District Council, Delridge Neighborhoods District Council)
  • Community/public opinion research (5-10 year intervals)
  • Respond to community inquiries/requests
  • Posting approval

Social Media

  • Manage and create content for social networking sites – Twitter, Facebook , Instagram, LinkedIn and Flickr
  • College YouTube site (
  • Assist college departments in setting up and maintaining a social media presence 

Web Management (Managed by Districtwide Web Team in Collaboration with SSC Communications Staff)

  • Logos, Style Sheets and Graphics
  • Web page planning and support
  • Create/modify colleges web pages, documents, & photos
  • Web design/development of features, web applications, & forms
  • Produce South branded emails
  • Website visitor reporting
  • Maintain college web site databases
  • Web hosting/web server management
  • Posting of calendar items & user input support
  • Video production, editing, rendering, hosting
  • Responses/forwards from online public contact form
  • Web procedures online at SouthNet (under Web Site Production and Web Site Standards)