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.

Requirements:

  • 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!

Administrative Medical Office Assistant

Location: Lincoln High School

Year 1: AM session (8:45 – 11:15 a.m.)

Year 1: PM session (12:45 – 3:15 p.m.)

  • Cross credit available: math and lab science available.
  • No prerequisites
  • Free TechPrep college credit
  • Industry certifications

CAREER PATHWAY: Health & Human Services – Administrative Medical Office Assistant (AMOA) is an ever-expanding allied health profession critical to patient care and smooth operations in medical offices, clinics or hospitals. These specialists assist allied health professionals by completing vital clerical information, patient intake, electronic records, using medical office equipment, and as staff supervisors. Upon completion of the allied health training, it may offer employment with long-term employment probabilities.

Aerospace Advanced Manufacturing

Location: Rainier Beach High School

Year 1: AM session (8:45 – 11:15 a.m.)
Year 2: PM session (12:45 – 3:15 p.m.)

  • No prerequisites
  • Cross credit available: math available
  • Free TechPrep college credit; Up to 35 free dual college credits can be earned
  • Industry certifications

CAREER PATHWAY: Science, Engineering, and Industry – Seattle is home to the world’s greatest aircraft company and many of its supporting industries. Launch your career and college acceptance by learning how to build, service, and modify aircraft and aircraft components. Learn safety, tool identification & proper use, fastener installation, aluminum and titanium metal drilling, and gain industry experience and college credit.

Automotive Technology

Location: Washington Middle School, Skills Center Building & West Seattle High School

Washington Middle School, Skills Center Building 

Year 1: AM session (8:45 – 11:15 a.m.)
Year 2: AM session (8:45 – 11:15 a.m.)

West Seattle High School

Year 1: PM session (12:45 – 3:15 p.m.)
Year 2: PM session (12:45 – 3:15 p.m.)

  • No prerequisites
  • No cross credit
  • Industry certifications

CAREER PATHWAY: Science, Engineering, and Industry – Are you interested in a hands-on class that requires critical thinking as well as an interest in the auto industry? Gain a solid foundation in automotive technology and the skills for gainful employment. You will learn about brake systems, maintenance, and other systems that function within a vehicle. Gain certification that meets industry needs. College credit can be earned in this program.

Construction Trades

Locations: Ingraham High School & Rainier Beach High School

Ingraham High School

Year 1: AM session (8:45 – 11:15 a.m.)
Year 2: AM session (8:45 – 11:15 a.m.)

Rainier Beach High School

Year 1: PM session (12:45 – 3:15 p.m.)
Year 2: PM session (12:45 – 3:15 p.m.)

  • No prerequisites
  • Applied math cross credit available
  • Industry certifications

CAREER PATHWAY: Science, Engineering, and Industry – This course covers both residential and commercial construction with an emphasis on job site safety. Students will focus on employability skills, problem-solving, trainability, team building, and will work on a tiny house for the homeless. Through hands-on projects students gain experience with the tools, materials and processes of the following trades: Cement and Masonry, Wood Frame Carpentry, Roofing, Siding, Drywall and Painting, Finish Carpentry, Cabinet installation, flooring and countertops.

Culinary Arts

Location: Rainier Beach High School

Year 1: PM session (12:45 – 3:15 p.m.)
Year 2: PM session (12:45 – 3:15 p.m.)

  • No prerequisites
  • No cross credit
  • Up to 30 free dual college credits can be earned
  • Industry certifications

CAREER PATHWAY: Health & Human Services – Hospitality is one of the fastest growing areas in the Seattle area. Join an exciting, demanding, professional culinary class and prepare for careers in catering operations, restaurants, baking, and other food service industries. Advanced training includes food preparation, culinary arts and food presentation, safety, sanitation, job shadowing, career skills including catering events, and preparation for industry education.

Firefighting and Emergency Medical Services

Location: Washington Middle School, Skills Center Building

Year 1: PM session (12:45 – 3:15 p.m.)
Year 2: PM session (12:45 – 3:15 p.m.)

  • No prerequisites
  • No cross credit
  • Industry certifications

CAREER PATHWAY: Science, Engineering, and Industry – This course prepares students for careers as fire fighters and other emergency services careers. The cadet will be able to manage self, others, activities or events with responsibility for a positive outcome; apply leadership skills in real-world, family, community, and business/industry applications; and be tested on their ability to work with peers in a variety of subject areas by completing training and preparations at the highest levels.

Health Sciences/Medical Assisting

Location: Lincoln High School

Year 1: AM session (8:45 – 11:15 a.m.)
Year 2: AM session (8:45 – 11:15 a.m.)

Year 1: PM session (12:45 – 3:15 p.m.)
Year 2: PM session (12:45 – 3:15 p.m.)

  • No prerequisites
  • Science or Math cross credit
  • Free TechPrep college credit
  • Industry certifications

CAREER PATHWAY: Health & Human Services – Enter Medical Assisting, a fast-growing medical profession that is part of Allied Health and the Health Sciences career cluster. Students practice the language and skills of doctors and other health professionals, using core knowledge that leads to healthcare and medical assisting occupations. The program uses National HOSA student leadership projects, modules, computer programs, industry standards, college curriculum, and problem-based activities in school and industry settings.

Maritime Vessel Operations

Seattle Maritime Academy in Ballard & The Center for Wooden Boats

Year 1: PM session (12:45 – 3:15 p.m.)

  • No prerequisites
  • No cross credit
  • Industry certifications

CAREER PATHWAY: Science, Engineering, and Industry – Learn how to work on ships in Puget Sound! This course blends modern and traditional seamanship and deckhand skills with training in engine maintenance and repair. Learn what it takes to work on fishing vessels, ferryboats, cargo ships and more! Develop fundamental skills in navigation, tides, currents, boat handling, knots, safety, communications, radar, meteorology, tool use, and marine engine maintenance and repair. Prepare for summer jobs and further training after high school that could result in Coast Guard certification.

Media Arts

Location: Nova High School

Year 1: PM session (12:45 – 3:15 p.m.)

  • No prerequisites
  • Fine Arts cross credit

CAREER PATHWAY: Technology –

In this course, students will gain a wide variety of digital media production skills and begin developing their own Media Arts portfolio. Students will learn the principles of graphic design, website design, animation, audio production, and video production with an emphasis on real-world projects.

Nursing Assistant

Location: Franklin High School

Year 1: AM session (8:45 – 11:15 a.m.)
Year 1: PM session (12:45 – 3:15 p.m.)

  • No prerequisites
  • Science cross credit
  • Free TechPrep college credit
  • Industry certifications

CAREER PATHWAY: Health & Human Services – Nursing Assistant training is a fast track to post-secondary Health Sciences, and related Nursing Careers and immediate employment in a rapidly growing field of nursing. Nursing is considered one of the entry points into the medical profession. Students first complete the 11 national health foundation standards, test basic knowledge and skills in their classroom and clinical site, then test for state license. National HOSA leadership, problem based learning, and clinical experiences provide opportunities. If the student earns at least an 80% in the Skills Center Nursing Assistant Program/Med Careers during the full academic school year (completes both semesters), and completes all necessary training for their CPR/BLS they will receive 14 Allied Health Credits with Seattle Colleges

Teaching Academy/Careers in Education

Location: Franklin High School

Year 1: PM session (12:45 – 3:15 p.m.)

  • No prerequisites
  • Cross credit available: ELA
  • College credit; Up to 12 free dual college credits can be earned
  • Industry certifications

CAREER PATHWAY: Health & Human Services – This comprehensive course will take you on a journey of exploration into the world and work of teaching and the field of education.  Through hands-on learning, this course will provide opportunities to gain experience working in various educational settings and preparation for success in post-secondary teaching programs that may lead to a future career within this high demand career pathway. Following successful completion of this course students may take the instructional assistant test which can lead to career opportunities in Seattle Public Schools including childcare, instructional assistant, teacher, principal, and school counselor.

Video Game Animation and Programming

Location: John Marshall Building

Year 1: PM session (12:45 – 3:15 p.m.)
Year 2: PM session (12:45 – 3:15 p.m.)

  • No prerequisites
  • Fine Arts cross credit

CAREER PATHWAY: Technology – Create animation and games! Learn sketching and story-boarding in 2D animation and concepts of 3D, learn skills necessary for a career in the animation and gaming industry. The Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) is a leading educator for Computer Game Development and 3D digital media. This college is a star of 3D animation, game design, and visual FX. This course is a great preparation for college and career.


2021-22 School Year Application