Professional & Technical Career Training

Professional & Technical Career Training

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!

Programs Pathways 

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 provide students with a set of skills to find a job or stay current in a profession. Many certificates are designed to lead to a degree.

Short-Term Training Programs

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.

Program Funding

Please go to 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

SSC MakerSpace

SSC MakerSpace

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.