Professional & Technical Career Training
Offering In-person Instruction with Safety at the Forefront
Following public health protocols during the pandemic, limited professional and technical programs are offering in-person instruction so hands-on learning can be safely offered. Students and faculty meet in a classroom or lab on campus with regularly scheduled meeting times. Safety protocols, including daily health screenings, social distancing and wearing facemasks, are in place for these programs, guided by Seattle Colleges’ COVID-19 Infection Control Program.
South Seattle College offers career-focused professional technical programs designed to get people the education they need to secure good paying jobs in today’s skill-focused economy. With two-year Associate of Applied Science degrees and shorter-term certificate options, we have a program to match your skills and passions!
- Aeronautical Technology
- Automotive Technology
- Business Operations & Project Management Support
- Culinary Arts
- Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technology
- Industrial Manufacturing Programs
- Landscape Horticulture
- Multi-Occupational Trades (MOT)
- Multi-Occupation in Engineering & Technology (MOET)
- Nursing Assistant Certified (NAC) Program
- Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program
- Welding Fabrication Technology
- Maritime Shipyard Welding
- Wine Studies
AAS & AAS-T Degrees, Certificates & Short-Term Training
Associate of Applied Science Degrees
Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees are designed for individuals who want to prepare for immediate employment.
Associates of Applied Science-Transfer Degrees
Associates of Applied Science Transfer (AAS-T) degrees are designed for students to learn technical skills for employment, but may also want to transfer to a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) or to a four-year institution. Transferability of courses will be contingent on the decision of each individual institution.
Certificate programs are generally one-year in duration and provide students with a set of skills to find a job or stay current in a profession. Many certificates are designed to build on top of each other and eventually lead to a longer-term certificate or degree. These are called “stackable” certificates.
Short-Term Training programs are designed for students who wish to return to the workforce quickly, with specific job skills. Most programs are 12 weeks or less in length, with some being six-months long. South Seattle College has partnerships with a number of organizations who have an interest in hiring people trained in our programs. These programs are funded by the State of Washington and students must be deemed eligible to enroll. Assessment testing will be required prior to enrollment in classes at a Start Next Quarter orientation.
Please go to startnextquarter.org to see if you are eligible for funding assistance and sign up for an orientation today. To learn more about funding for these programs, including financial aid, please visit Workforce Education.
Use the College to Career Tool to Further Explore Programs
Seattle Colleges’ College to Career website is a tool that will help you find the right training to reach your career goals. With information on professional and technical career training options at all three Seattle Colleges, you can explore several programs by areas of career interest, with details on typical jobs for which the training programs will prepare you, what courses you’ll take, how much it will cost and more.
Additional Program Resources
- College Transfer Courses: Earn credits towards transfer to a four-year institution.
- Continuing Education: Offers non-credit classes for personal enrichment such as computing technology, art and culinary arts.
- Georgetown Campus: Offers customized contract training programs designed to meet specialized workforce training needs as well as apprenticeships in multiple trades.
- Credit for Prior Learning
South Seattle College's MakerSpace is a collaborative work space for making, learning, exploring and sharing using a variety of high, low, or no-tech tools such as 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC machines, sewing machines, wood, art supplies and more. MakerSpace is open to all students and is intended to cultivate a “maker mindset”, allowing students to explore their interests and practice creating something from nothing.