Shoreline Community College

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Shoreline Community College
Shoreline Community College.jpg
TypePublic community college
PresidentDr. Cheryl Roberts
Vice-presidentDr. Alison Stevens
Academic staff
150 permanent, 76 associate
Students13,795 (2004-05 academic year)
Location, ,
United States
CampusShoreline: 83 acres
Lake Forest Park
Campus Salon
MascotDolphin (used to be Shoreline Samurai) The mascot was changed by vote in the early 1990s.
Shoreline College Mascot Logo.gif

Shoreline Community College is a community college in Shoreline, Washington, United States, 10 miles north of downtown Seattle. It is located in a residential area east of Shoreview Park. The college contains over 80 acres[1] and continuously serves 12,000 full- and part-time students. Shoreline Community College has been operating for over 50 years, having "opened its classrooms in January of 1964",[1] and offers a wide variety of degree and certificate programs. The campus is made up of 26 buildings including an award-winning automotive training center, a visual arts building, computer centers, laboratories, a student center, a theater, a gymnasium, a child care center, a multimedia center, and the Ray W. Howard Library/Technology Center. Shoreline also offered off-site classes in the early nineties. Shoreline offers basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, fencing, weight lifting and intramural volleyball programs, and scholarships to athletes.. On May 30, 2018, Shoreline Community College will create a dormitory building to house students beginning in the fall of 2019.[2]


Students can choose between several transfer degrees and more than 100 professional, technical, and workforce training degrees and certificates,[3] some short-term, others taking up to two years to complete.[4] Career Education Options (CEO),[5] WorkFirst,[6] Running Start, and Study[7] Abroad programs[8] are a few of the other educational opportunities offered by SCC. One can also earn Academic Certificates in Global Studies,[9] Multicultural Understanding[10] or Masters of Business Administration Preparation.[11] Shoreline Community College has international students enrolled from 45 countries. Over 140 scholarships are awarded annually, as well as over $14.4 million in financial aid.

Value to taxpayers and alumni[edit]

According to a study released in October 2013, Shoreline Community College is the best value for an associate degree in the state of Washington and among the best in the nation. As pointed out in the study, graduates are shown to earn $456,269 more in their lifetime than they would without the associate degree.[12]


Some elements of SCC's architecture and landscaping are reminiscent of Japanese traditions. Note the high roof element and the rocks representing a stream as in a traditional Japanese garden.

Shoreline Community College was the brain-child of Dr. Ray W. Howard, superintendent of the Shoreline School District. He felt that Washington state's increasing host of high school graduates did not have adequate opportunities for higher education and "actively worked with other school districts in the area to convince legislators of the needs of 'non-traditional' students who could not, because of economic circumstances, attend the University of Washington or other four-year institutions."[1] In 1959 he brought forward the idea of a community college in Shoreline.[13]

Shoreline Community College started with evening classes in January 1964, accepting 806 student applications that would be taught at Shoreline High School which is now Shoreline Center.[13] Dr. Howard "retired as superintendent in 1963, and spent his last two years with the district planning and opening the new Shoreline Community College." [14]

"The Boeing family eventually donated approximately 83 acres on a wooded bluff to Shoreline Community College," and the site was cleared for construction in the early 1960s.[1] "In the fall of 1965, the new campus was ready for students."[13]

In 2017, Shoreline Community College's Digital Film Program produced the film called "Last Night of Normal". It was directed by Katanya Warwick. The story was originally written by Kyle Purkhiser. TK Johnson is the Cinematographer. The project was overseen by Kris Boustedt.

Notable alumni[edit]


The library on campus was one of the first three buildings to be constructed when the college was founded.[1] In 1981 the library was named in honor of Ray W. Howard near the time of the founding superintendent's retirement.[16] It was remodeled in late 2016 and early 2017. Recently celebrating its 5 millionth visitor,[17] the Ray W. Howard library serves students of Shoreline Community College, faculty, staff, and has some services available to the general public.[18] Students of participating nearby colleges may use their institution's ID card to check out materials from the library as well.[19]

The Ray Howard Library has a print collection that includes nonfiction, reference, foreign language materials, an ESL collection, journals, magazines, and a small popular books section with some graphic novels.[19] While the print collection is supportive of Shoreline Community College's curriculum, the digital resources include academic and trade journals, magazine and newspaper articles, e-books, reference books, and streaming video.[20] There are three computer labs in the Ray W. Howard Library that provide access to all the digital resources without a login as well as a long list of software.[21] The librarians teach workshops, consultations and individual sessions to students and others who are learning the research process.[22] Students and other users can request a Librarian Prescription, on which Librarians will note keywords, key resources, and ideas for the research process.[23] Ray W. Howard participates in the online chat collaborative service, Ask WA which ensures that students have a way to ask questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.[24]


National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium[edit]

In 2006 Shoreline Community College was recognized as one of 27 colleges nationwide to offer NAFTC's alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) training and outreach center. The school's automotive program has received statewide recognition for its specialized program.[25]



  1. ^ a b c d e "SHORELINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE MASTER DEVELOPMENT PLAN" (PDF). City of Shoreline. October 2013. p. 50. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Shoreline Community College to break ground for student housing on May 30". Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  3. ^ "Programs". Shoreline Community College. Archived from the original on 22 July 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Degrees and Certificates". Shoreline Community College. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Career Education Options (CEO)". Shoreline Community College. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  6. ^ "WorkFirst". Shoreline Community College. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Running Start Program". Shoreline Community College. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Study Abroad Opportunities". Shoreline Community College. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  9. ^ "International/Global Studies" (PDF). Shoreline Community College. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  10. ^ "Multicultural Understanding" (PDF). Shoreline Community College. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  11. ^ "Masters of Business Administration (MBA ) Preparation" (PDF). Shoreline Community College. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  12. ^ Jorge Klor de Alva (October 2013). "What's The Value Of An Associate's Degree? The Return On Investment For Graduates And Taxpayers" (PDF). Nexus Research and Policy Center. p. 39. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  13. ^ a b c "Shoreline celebrates its 50th Anniversary". Shoreline Community College. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  14. ^ Eric Pryne (23 May 1993). "Ray W. Howard, 85; Education Pioneer In The Shoreline Area". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  15. ^ Joe Veyera, "Mariners' 'Peanut Man' Had Shoreline Connection Rick Kaminski was a King's and Shoreline Community College Student," Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Patch, July 28, 2011.
  16. ^ Clowers, Francis M. "Remembering Dr. Ray W. Howard as Founder". Shoreline Community College. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  17. ^ "Shoreline Library Reaches Milestone: Celebrates Five Millionth Customer". News. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  18. ^ "Mission Statement". Ray W. Howard Library. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  19. ^ a b "Find Books". Ray W. Howard Library. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  20. ^ "Databases". Ray W. Howard Library. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  21. ^ "Software". Ray W. Howard Library. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  22. ^ "Calendar". Ray W. Howard. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  23. ^ "Library for Faculty". Ray W. Howard Library. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  24. ^ "Ask a Librarian". Ray W. Howard Library. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  25. ^ "SCC launches alternative fuel vehicle training center". Shoreline Community College. 2006-02-16. Retrieved 2009-02-16.

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Coordinates: 47°44′54″N 122°21′34″W / 47.74833°N 122.35944°W / 47.74833; -122.35944