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Seattle Central College | Field Guide 2022

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Since 1966, Seattle Central College has served students from Seattle and greater King County. As Seattle’s first community college, Seattle Central grew into a thriving center for higher education in the heart of Washington’s largest city. Since its founding, this college has been the epicenter of social activism, when Seattle’s African and Asian American communities fought for a comprehensive college. Seattle Central is an equity-focused college that makes higher education possible for underrepresented and underserved communities and actively works to close achievement gaps. Our perspective is global, with the nation’s sixth-largest community college international program teaching more than 1,000 students from around the world.

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Key Facts

Highest Enrolled Programs

  • Academic transfer
  • Adult basic education
  • Allied health
  • Nursing
  • Information technology
  • Social and human services


  • Headcount (all sources): 11,507
  • FTES (all sources): 5,423
  • Headcount (state-funded): 7,936
  • FTES (state-funded): 3,994

Students in Selected Programs

  • Bachelor's: 245
  • Apprentices: 18
  • I-BEST: 341
  • International: 926
  • Running Start: 814
  • Worker Retraining: 415

Student Profile

Type of Student

  • Academic/transfer: 47%
  • Basic skills: 9%
  • Other: 21%
  • Workforce education: 23%


  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 2%
  • Asian: 30%
  • Black/African American: 21%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 12%
  • Pacific Islander: 1%
  • White: 42%


  • Full-time: 47%
  • Part-time: 53%

Family and Finances

  • Students receiving need-based financial aid: 28%
  • Students with children: 32%


  • Female: 61%
  • Male: 39%

Median age


Points of Interest

Health Education Center

Seattle Central’s Health Education Center (HEC) provides 85,000 square feet of classrooms, medical labs, computer labs, a library and offices. The HEC offers high-tech training and an innovative teaching model to develop the next generation of workers for positions in this vital and growing industry.

AA in Technical Theatre for Social Justice

In fall 2021, we welcomed the first cohort of our new associate degree program emphasis in Technical Theatre for Social Justice (TTSJ), with help from Intiman Theatre. This innovative program aims to train more students of color for careers in set construction, sound, electrical work and other supporting roles in public performance.

Academy for Rising Educators

In spring 2021, we graduated our first class of the Academy for Rising Educators, an Associate of Arts degree with a focus on education and social justice that prepares students to become teachers. We run this program in partnership with Seattle Public Schools to increase the percentage of teachers of color in Washington. Graduates have the option to directly transfer into teaching programs at four-year universities and to work at Seattle Schools as teaching assistants.

Data is from the 2020-21 academic year. Reflects headcount unless otherwise noted.

*May not add up to 100% because students may be counted in more than one race. Percentages calculated on reported value.

Acting Chancellor

Dr. Rosie Rimando-Chareunsap

Interim President

Dr. Bradley Lane


  • Louise Chernin, chair
  • Rosa Peralta, vice chair
  • Teresita Batayola
  • Steve Hill
  • Brian Surratt

Year Founded


Service Area

Central, east and downtown Seattle, King County

Legislative Districts

11, 32, 33, 34, 36, 37, 43, 46

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Last Modified: 2/17/23, 11:55 AM

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