Short-Term Training

Short-Term Training Programs

South Seattle College offers many short-term training programs that can help you learn career-ready skills in a hurry! Our convenient programs are perfect for those who want to train for entry-level job opportunities and increase their earning potential. Program length varies from 12 weeks to six months.

South has partnerships with 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.  To find out if you may be eligible for funding assistance for our programs, and to sign up for an orientation, please visit

Please find a list of current Short-Term Training programs below. *Please note each program has different contact information. 

For general inquiries, please email

Manufacturing Academy

The 10-week Manufacturing Academy (MA) is a joint program of South Seattle College and the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) designed for entry-level and re-entering professionals wanting to update and expand their skillsets in the world of diversified and advanced manufacturing. This program provides training in industrial safety CPR/first aid, manufacturing basics, introduction to blueprint reading, applied math for technicians, manufacturing tools and trades, OSHA 10 (General), an introduction to lean manufacturing. This program takes place at our Georgetown Campus.

Maritime Shipyard Welding

The Maritime Shipyard Welding (Welding Intensive for Maritime & Manufacturing Environments) program provides students a foundation in marketable welding and fitting techniques for the maritime (world-class fishing vessels, barges and ferries) and general manufacturing industries. At South Seattle College and Vigor Industrial Shipyard’s Harbor Island Training Center, a classroom-in-a-shipyard, students learn within a real-working environment by instructors with industry experience. This program takes place at the Harbor Island Training Center.

Nursing Assistant Certified (NAC)

The one quarter NAC program covers basic health care concepts needed to provide nursing care to adults; including maintaining and monitoring patient’s health status while covering the nurse’s role in aspect of age and disability. Enrollment in the NAC program is authorized only by the Nursing Department after attending a Nursing Information Session and completing a CASAS Assessment (minimum 235 scores required). Background check required.

On-site Hospitality Certificate

The certificate in On-site Hospitality is a short-term, 18-credit online program. The certificate was developed by South Seattle College’s Hospitality Management department and Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management. The program is designed for students who completed their Associate Degree, or equivalent. The program takes 6 months (two academic quarters) to complete. Students start with enrolling in two 5-credit courses online in January or September, then take the third 5-credit course and 3-credit practicum the following quarter.

CNC Machining (Computer Numerical Control)

PROGRAM UPDATE: The CNC Machining program at South Seattle College is not running at this time. Shoreline Community College offers CNC Machinist training.  Learn more about Shoreline's program.

The CNC Machining (Computer Numerical Control) program at South Seattle teaches students the technology behind the CNC process, a computer-aided machine tool system that creates parts and structures to very precise specifications. CNC is a staple of modern manufacturing, and CNC technicians use computerized mills, lathes, grinders and drill presses to produce complex, 3-D structures with the touch of a computer. This short-term intensive program covers the basic setup and operation of machines, blueprint reading, shop mathematics, machine tool theory, inspection, surface plate techniques, and statistical process control (SPC). This program takes place at our Georgetown Campus.