Seattle Central College

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Seattle Central's Broadway Performance Hall dates back to Broadway High School days.

Seattle Central College (formerly Seattle Central Community College) is a community college located in Seattle, Washington, in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. It is one of the three colleges that make up the Seattle Colleges District. Its programs include Information Technologies, Business Administration, Apparel Design, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Graphic Design, Wood Construction, Maritime and health-related occupations.[1] The college has been called one of the nation's most diverse colleges.[2] There is a substantial international student population served by the International Education Programs department,[3] as well as numerous students taking ESL courses through the Basic and Transitional Studies division.[4] Seattle Central College's administration incorporates the Wood Construction Center and Seattle Maritime Academy, which are on separate campuses in order to house the very specific tools and workspaces needed.

Seattle Central's origins can be traced to 1902, with the opening of Broadway High School. 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. As a result, in 1946, its high school students were all transferred to Lincoln High School, and the Edison Technical School (which already shared a campus with Broadway High) was expanded to fill the entire facility.[5]

Edison started offering college-level courses when it was reconstituted as Seattle Community College in September 1966. North Seattle Community College and South Seattle Community College opened their doors in 1970, whereupon Seattle Community College was renamed Seattle Central Community College.[6]

In March 2014, the Seattle Community Colleges District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to change the name of the District to Seattle Colleges and to change the names of the colleges to Seattle Central College, North Seattle College and South Seattle College.[7] The decision came after a year-long exploration of national and statewide trends; opinion surveys of students, employees and community partners; and consultation with business and civic leaders and representatives from Seattle Public Schools.

All three of the District’s colleges, including Seattle Central, now offer bachelor’s degrees. These Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree programs provide the third and fourth year of college work for people who have completed a two-year technical degree. Previously the two-year technical degrees were considered “terminal degrees” with no next educational step.

Seattle Central College was named Time magazine's Community College of the Year in 2001.[8]

The City Collegian was Seattle Central College's award-winning biweekly student newspaper, published continuously from 1966 until 2008. In that year, the college administration shut it down after the paper's faculty adviser Jeb Wyman resigned in protest of the hostile environment that administrators had created for student journalists.[9][10][11] The City Collegian returned to print as New City Collegian on June 5, 2012. Written by Seattle Central students, the publication receives no funding from the institution, but it has been sponsored by a local business, Cupcake Royale.[12][13][14][15][16] A monthly magazine, The Central Circuit, is the only student publication funded by the college.[17]

Seattle Maritime Academy[edit]

The Maritime Academy provides students with STCW training, and is endorsed by the United States Coast Guard.[18] The academy also conducts professional programs such as Marine Deck Technology and marine Engineering Technology for the aspiring maritime students.[19]


  1. ^ Seattle Central Community College,Course Offerings. Accessed 2010-06-28.
  2. ^ Goldstein, Andrew (10 September 2001). "Colleges of the Year: Seattle Central". Time Magazine. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Seattle Central Community College,International Education Programs. Accessed 2011-08-06.
  4. ^ Seattle Central Community College,Basic and Transitional Studies. Accessed 2010-06-28.
  5. ^ Paul Dorpat, Broadway High School, Seattle's first dedicated high school, opens in 1902, HistoryLink, 2001-04-15. Accessed 2009-05-25.
  6. ^ Seattle Central Community College,Our History. Accessed 2010-06-28.
  7. ^ Julie Muhlstein, Two-year colleges trending away from 'community' name, HeraldNet (Everett Herald, Everett, Washington), March 21, 2014. Accessed online 2014-05-14.
  8. ^ Andrew Goldstein, Colleges of the Year Time magazine, 2001-09-10. Accessed 2010-06-28.
  9. ^ Jonah Spangenthal-Lee, Another Student Newspaper Bites the Dust The Stranger, 2008-09-09. Accessed 2009-11-23.
  10. ^ Amy Rolph, College paper up in the air over shutdown The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 2008-11-13. Accessed 2009-11-23.
  11. ^ Nick Perry, Dispute stops presses at Seattle Central The Seattle Times, 2008-11-13. Accessed 2009-11-23.
  12. ^ Long, Katherine. "Seattle Central Community College student newspaper returns | Local News | The Seattle Times". Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  13. ^ Wyman, Jeb. "Seattle Central's New City Collegian: an act of journalistic defiance | Opinion | The Seattle Times". Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  14. ^ "College students revive print newspaper". Real Change News. 2012-06-13. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  15. ^ "Seattle college paper returns to print four years after censorship controversy « Student Press Law Center". Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  16. ^ "‘We’re Back!’: New City Collegian Resumes Printing After 4-Year Absence– Thanks in Part to Cupcake Shop". College Media Matters. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  17. ^ Central Circuit website
  18. ^ Seattle Central Community College,Seattle Maritime Academy. Accessed 2010-06-28.
  19. ^ Seattle Maritime Academy

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Coordinates: 47°37′00″N 122°19′18″W / 47.61667°N 122.32167°W / 47.61667; -122.32167