Seattle Vocational Institute

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Seattle Vocational Institute
Former names
Washington Institute of Applied Technology
Type Vocational-technical school
Established 1987
Dean Maureen Shadair
Location Seattle, Washington, United States

The Seattle Vocational Institute, along with North Seattle College, Seattle Central College, and South Seattle College, makes up the Seattle Colleges District. The vocational school was founded as the Washington Institute of Applied Technology in 1987 and took its present name in 1991.[1] It is located in the Central District.


Seattle Vocational Institute’s instructional programs are structured into five major divisions, each with its own recognized certifications: Basic and Transitional Studies, Allied Health, Business Computers, Cosmetology, and Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Training.

Basic and Transitional Studies[edit]

SVI also offers Adult Basic Education, GED preparation, English for non-native speakers, Adult Basic Education courses to improve reading, writing, grammar and math skills, and programs geared for high school students, including Bright Future which is the running start program at SVI.

Allied Health[edit]

SVI's Allied Health programs include Dental Assistant, Medical Assistant, Medical Administrative Assistant and Phlebotomy

Business Computers[edit]

SVI's Business Computer program currently offers a certificate in Computer Support Technician, and has offered certificated programs in Administrative Office Professional and Foundation: Office Clerk.

Student demographics[edit]

As an open-access institution, SVI admits all persons, provided they are 18 years of age or older. If under 18, prospective students must have graduated from high school, or submit proof of GED completion if they are 16 or 17 years old. High school students without a diploma can take classes at SVI in the Bright Future program.

Among certificate-seeking students in the fall of 2010:[2]

  • 67 percent female; 33 percent male.
  • Median age – 28.5.
  • 75 percent enroll full-time; 25 percent enroll part-time.
  • Race/ethnicity:
    • Asian/Pacific Islander – 19 percent
    • African American – 53 percent
    • Native American – 1.1 percent
    • Multi-racial – 5 percent
    • White – 14 percent
    • Other – 5 percent
    • 3 percent of students self-identified as Latino or Hispanic independent of race
  • 63 percent are seeking employment
  • 23 percent are outside of the labor force
  • 10 percent are employed part-time
  • 3 percent are employed full-time

Among all students, 67 percent are female, 33 percent are male. Median age is 28.5.


The Seattle Colleges District comprises public state-supported institutions, individually accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. This is an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. Seattle Vocational Institute is accredited jointly with Seattle Central College.

Additionally, the following programs are accredited individually (year denotes first accreditation):


  1. ^ "History of Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges". Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "SVI Student Demographics: Fall Quarter 2010" (PDF). Retrieved 15 September 2014.  External link in |website= (help)

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Coordinates: 47°36′00″N 122°18′14″W / 47.60000°N 122.30389°W / 47.60000; -122.30389