What is a Skills Center Program?
The skills centers are a public school offering technical and professional training. Classes are taught by teachers that are industry professionals in partnership with business and industry advisors.
Skills centers across the state of Washington are managed by one district and attract students from all neighboring districts. Because of the geography and demographics of Seattle, we were able to start our Seattle Skills Center in 2012-13 for Seattle Public School students.
Where are Seattle Skills Center programs held?
Programs are distributed throughout the city, not in a single building or
location. Our programs are located within Seattle Public Schools high schools and community based sites.
How many credits can students earn in a school year?
The Seattle Skills Center programs are 1.5 credits per semester, full year programs (3.0 credits) and meet daily. Visit our programs webpage for details.
Are there pre-requisites to get into the Skills Center Programs?
There are pre-requisites for many of the programs. Some are required and some are recommended, depending on the program. Please speak with your school counselor for more information, and to confirm that the Skills Center class fits in your graduation plan. Visit our programs webpage for details.
How long are classes?
Skills Center classes are typically 2.5 hours daily.
How much does it cost?
Classes are free but there are fees associated with some classes for uniforms, supplies, and additional fees for certification testing. Please check the individual class on our programs webpages for details or ask your counselor. Visit our programs webpage for details.