Academic Year 2020-21 Information

Academic Year 2020-21


Hello current and future South Seattle College Otters! This page shares information on how the college will operate, offer classes, and provide students services for the 2020-2021 academic year, running through the end of Spring Quarter on June 18, 2021.

Similar to how we started fall quarter, most classes will be offered through remote/online learning with exceptions for limited technical programs in accordance with public health requirements. Student services will also be offered primarily virtually and remotely for the year.  You can learn more about instruction and student services below.

South will continue to monitor the public health situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and may expand to more on-campus learning and services before the end of the academic year if conditions allow.

This decision was made to provide some level of certainty for students, faculty and staff in an otherwise very uncertain time. The college will focus on ensuring students have what they need to succeed in a flexible, online environment (through instruction and student services) and continue to provide a safe structure for those attending class in-person.  We will additionally focus on strengthening online and remote teaching strategies and continue to improve accessible student supports so you can stay on track with your education while staying healthy.

Getting registered for future quarters

New students should fill out an Admissions Application (applying is always free), and visit our Steps to Enroll to get started. You can also explore our Areas of Study to see the wide range of programs we offer. We are here to support you every step of the way.

For current and future students, registration for classes begins about two months before the start of our upcoming winter and spring quarters. Keep track of important upcoming dates by viewing the complete academic calendar.

  • Winter Quarter 2021 starts Jan. 4 (current student registration starts Nov. 2; new student registration begins Nov. 9)
  • Spring Quarter 2021 starts April 5 (current student registration starts March 3; new student registration begins March 8)

How will classes be offered this year?

Visit our class schedule to explore and find your upcoming classes, which will be offered in one of the following course delivery modes:

Online: Classes are taught online via Canvas (what is Canvas?) or another online learning management system (LMS).  There are no required meeting times, and classes are available for engagement at any time via the LMS used. Students have the most flexibility but must meet due dates as outlined by the instructor, and you will be engaging with the content for a number of hours each week. There is an expectation that you log in to the LMS on the date that the class starts (similar to showing up to class).

Virtual: Classes are taught online via Canvas or another online learning management system (LMS) with regularly scheduled virtual meeting times using a web conferencing tool such as Zoom. Students are expected to meet virtually online as well as engage with other online content weekly. There is an expectation that you log in to the LMS on the date that the class starts (similar to showing up to class). 

Hybrid: A combination of online/virtual classes and face-to-face classes. These courses are taught in a classroom or lab on campus with regularly scheduled meeting times as well as online via Canvas or another online learning management system (LMS). The online portion of the class may or may not include virtual meeting times using a web conferencing system. Any scheduled meeting times should be published in the online schedule. Your instructor will provide additional details. There is an expectation that you log in to the LMS on the date that the class starts (similar to showing up to class).

Face-to-Face / In-Person: Following State of Washington public health best practices, students and faculty will meet in person in a classroom or lab on campus with regularly scheduled meeting times. Safety protocols are in place for these programs. 

Here is an overview of how classes will be offered in our different instructional divisions (subject to change):

Program Type Course Delivery Mode
Academic/College Transfer Online and/or Virtual
Career Training (Professional & Technical) Mix of Online, Hybrid and Face-to-Face
Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) Mix of Online, Hybrid and Virtual
Continuing Education Online
English Language Learning Online
Intensive English Program Virtual
High School Completion Programs Online (except Career Link, which is Hybrid)
Apprenticeships Hybrid
Justice Involved Solutions (JIS) Hybrid

Our instructors are dedicated to providing a quality learning experience through classes taught remotely. For example, you can still get credit for taking science lab courses online. While the labs may look different than when we are in-person, you will still be learning the scientific method, observation, instrumentation theory, lab safety, data recording, appropriate lab reporting, and results interpretations/analysis. You might even engage in fun at-home kitchen experiments! We are putting together lab kits for students for some of our biology and chemistry classes for at-home student use as well. 

Taking an online class this year?  Check out Student Services' Online Learning Student Checklist for important reminders and resources. 

To learn more about how labs will operate during this academic year, view the following videos by Terri Hettinger, South Chemistry Instructor (CHEM 110), and Jessica Pikul, South Chemistry Instructor (CHEM 121)

Need Support? We Got You Covered!

Our Student Services teams are available through several remote options to help you. Interested in LiveChat or a Zoom conversation? Visit our Virtual Assistance page. You can also connect with our services through phone and email. Contact information is up-to-date on each service webpage, and can also be found at the following pages: Current Students or New & Prospective Students.

Paying for College

Financial Aid and Emergency Funds (including CARES Act funds) are available to help eligible students cover the costs of your education. It is worth your time to find out what aid you qualify for!

Campus Entry Procedures

If you are asked to come to campus for a class or limited by-appointment service, the college has campus entry procedures established so we can help keep the campus community safe and comply with state guidelines. Learn more here.

Connect & Engage

Follow South on social media to stay connected with the latest news and events: InstagramFacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedIn.

Current students can also receive regular updates about upcoming dates and deadlines, campus events, student resources, scholarships and job opportunities, and more by self-enrolling in South's News & Updates Canvas course.