School Year Courses
School Year Skills Center
The Seattle Skills Center is committed to delivering advanced career and technical education for high school students.
The Seattle Skills Center is a free program in Seattle Public Schools that prepares students for college, careers, and life. We do this by providing advanced Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses that give students options to continue career-focused learning in four-year colleges, or earn post-secondary certification, or join the work force right out of high school.
Seattle Skills Center programs are located within Seattle Public Schools’ high schools and community-based sites throughout the city.
How are Skills Center courses unique?
Most CTE courses in middle and high school are one hour per day, one or two semester offerings, and a majority are exploratory courses. While these continue to be excellent options for students, Skills Center Courses provide much more in-depth and authentic learning experiences and are preparatory courses. Courses offer high school credit, industry recognized certification, advanced learning, and college credit.
These courses are driven by market demand, so Seattle Skills Center students are motivated to enter the workforce AND prepare for college and careers. Many courses result in industry recognized certificates and prepare students to continue in focused, post-secondary training or credential programs, or head directly into the workforce.
Pathways to college, career, and life!
School year Skills Center courses are 2.5 hours per day, every day, for a full school year.
Each course offers one and two year offerings. A student that completes one year with the Skills Center earns three (3) full high school graduation credits. Several programs offer math and lab science graduation requirements as well.
School Year Course Descriptions
Daily Schedule : Monday-Friday, Full School Year
Course Schedule: Morning: 8:45 – 11:15 a.m.; Afternoon: 12:45 – 3:15 p.m. (2.5 hours per day)
High School Credit: Classes work best in 11th and 12th grader’s schedules. The Seattle Skills Center programs are 1.5 credits per semester, full year programs (3.0 credits). Learn about college credit: Seattle Colleges/Seattle Skills Center CTE dual/college credit course offerings.
- Only students of Seattle School District can enroll in Seattle Skills Center courses.
- For school year courses, students must be high school students.
- Apply for only one course, unless special arrangements have been made with your school counselor.
Read more about our school year courses below!