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    Seattle Skills Center Frequently Asked Questions

    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. However, because of the geography and demographics of Seattle, we were able to start the Seattle Skills Center exclusively 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.

    How many credits can students earn during the Summer?

    Students can earn .5 high school credit during the four week summer program. View Summer classes here.

    Are there prerequisites to get into the Skills Center Programs?

    There are no prerequisites for our courses. Some are recommended but not required. 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.