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47°36′52″N 122°19′18″W / 47.61444°N 122.32167°W / 47.61444; -122.32167
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Seattle Colleges District
Former name
Seattle Community Colleges District
ChancellorRosie Rimando-Chareunsap (interim chancellor)
Academic staff
1,251 [1]
Students46,333 [1]
Location, ,

47°36′52″N 122°19′18″W / 47.61444°N 122.32167°W / 47.61444; -122.32167
Campus Urban

The Seattle Colleges District (previously Seattle Community Colleges District), also known simply as Seattle Colleges, is a group of colleges located in Seattle, Washington. It consists of three colleges— North Seattle College, Seattle Central College (including the Health Education Center in Pacific Tower, [3] the Wood Technology Center [4] and Seattle Maritime Academy [5]), South Seattle College (including the Georgetown Campus [6] and NewHolly Learning Center) [7]—and, formerly, the Seattle Vocational Institute, which closed in 2019. [8] Together the colleges form the second largest institution of higher education in the state, [8] behind the University of Washington, to which many of their graduates transfer.

The district's origins can be traced to 1902, with the opening of Broadway High School [9] on Capitol Hill. It operated as a traditional high school until the end of World War II, when it was converted to a vocational and adult education institution for the benefit of veterans who wanted to finish high school but no longer fit in at regular schools. As a result, in 1946, Broadway High School was renamed Edison Technical School. Edison started offering college-level courses 21 years later, and it was reconstituted as Seattle Community College in September 1966. [10]

North Seattle Community College and South Seattle Community College opened their doors in 1970, whereupon Seattle Community College was renamed Seattle Central Community College. [11]

Seattle Central Community College was named Time magazine's Community College of the Year in 2001. [12]

In March 2014, the board of trustees voted unanimously to change the name from Seattle Community Colleges District to Seattle Colleges District and to change the names of the colleges to Seattle Central College, North Seattle College and South Seattle College. [13] [14]

In 2018 Seattle Colleges partnered with the city of Seattle and Seattle Public Schools to launch Seattle Promise, a tuition covering program that aims to expand college access, success, and completion. Seattle Promise was part of the Families and Education Levy [15] passed by citizens of Seattle during the local election of November 2018. Seattle Promise offers graduating seniors of Seattle public schools paid tuition for up to two years or 90 credits as well as academic support and advising when they attend Seattle Colleges. [16]

Leadership and Governance

The chief executive officer of Seattle Colleges District is the chancellor. Presidents of each of the three colleges comprising Seattle Colleges—North Seattle College, Seattle Central College, South Seattle College—report to the chancellor. [17] Seattle Colleges is governed by a board of trustees appointed by the governor and approved by the state Senate. [18]

Chancellors Since 2000

  • 2022–present - Dr. Rosie Rimando-Chareunsap [19]
  • 2016–2022 - Dr. Shouan Pan [20]
  • 2009-2016 - Dr. Jill Wakefield [21]
  • 2003-2008 - Dr. Charles Mitchell [22]
  • 1998-2003 - Dr. Peter Ku [23]

Programs of Study

Seattle Colleges offers more than 130 career and technical education programs and academic transfer programs organized by eight areas of study. [24] These programs culminate in certificates and associate degrees, as well as a number of Bachelor of Applied Science [25] degrees and college transfer options. [26] The colleges also offer continuing education programs; concurrent high school enrollment and high school completion programs; and Adult Basic Education/English as a Second Language programs, and corporate and customized training. [27]

See also


  1. ^ a b "2019 - 2021 Catalog".
  2. ^ League for Innovation Board of Directors Accessed online 2020-04-26
  3. ^ Seattle Central College Health Education Center Accessed online 2019-12-19.
  4. ^ Seattle Central College Wood Technology Center Archived 2014-08-17 at the Wayback Machine, Accessed online 2014-08-01.
  5. ^ Seattle Maritime Academy, Accessed online 2014-08-01.
  6. ^ South Seattle College Georgetown Campus Accessed online 2019-12-19.
  7. ^ NewHolly Learning Center Accessed online 2019-12-19.
  8. ^ a b Trustee Named for Seattle Community Colleges: Steven Hill, business and community leader, Seattle Community Colleges, 2013-01-10. Accessed online 2014-08-01.
  9. ^ Seattle Central Library Broadway High School History web page [1] Accessed online 2020-01-03.
  10. ^ Seattle Central History Page, [2], Seattle Central Website. Accessed online 2019-12-19.
  11. ^ Dave Wilma, Essay 3362, History Link (, June 11, 2001. Accessed online 2019-12-19.
  12. ^ Andrew Goldstein, Colleges of the Year: Seattle Central, Time Magazine, September 10, 2001. Accessed online 2019-12-19.
  13. ^ Julie Muhlstein, Two-year colleges trending away from 'community' name, HeraldNet (Everett Herald, Everett, Washington), March 21, 2014. Accessed online 2014-05-14.
  14. ^ Jill Wakefield, [3], Dropping "Community" from the College (The EvoLLLution, Toronto, Ontario), June 6, 2014. Accessed online 2022-07-05.
  15. ^ Families, Education, Preschool and Promise Levy Fact Sheet, 2018, Office of the Mayor, City of Seattle. Accessed online 2019-12-19.
  16. ^ Seattle Promise website, About, Seattle Colleges. Accessed online 2019-12-19.
  17. ^ Leadership and Organization, Seattle Colleges website. Accessed online 2020-04-04.
  18. ^ Board of Trustees, Seattle Colleges website. Accessed online 2020-04-04.
  19. ^ Dr. Rosie Rimando-Chareunsap Named Chancellor, Seattle Colleges website, August 2, 2023.
  20. ^ Jessica Lee, Seattle Colleges names new chancellor, Seattle Times (The Seattle Times, Seattle, Washington), April 14, 2016. Accessed online 2019-12-19.
  21. ^ Katherine Long, Jill Wakefield to retire as Seattle Colleges' first female chancellor, Seattle Times (The Seattle Times, Seattle, Washington), August 19, 2015. Accessed online 2019-12-19.
  22. ^ Dan Raley, Where are they now? Charlie Mitchell, former UW football star, Seattle Pi (Seattle Pi, Seattle, Washington), August 5, 2008. Accessed online 2019-12-19.
  23. ^ Robert Marshall Wells, Ku retires with legacy as steadfast promoter of community colleges, Seattle Times (The Seattle Times, Seattle, Washington), June 13, 2003. Accessed online 2019-12-19.
  24. ^ Programs and Areas of Study, Seattle Colleges website. Accessed online 2020-04-04.
  25. ^ Bachelor of Applied Science Programs, Seattle Colleges website. Accessed online 2020-04-04.
  26. ^ College Transfer, Seattle Colleges website. Accessed online 2020-04-04.
  27. ^ Other Program & Study Options, Seattle Colleges website. Accessed online 2020-04-04.

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