Seattle Skills Center

Summer Courses

Summer Skills Center

Students aboard historic schooner under mast.

2023 Summer Schedule

The summer application is now closed. Still interested in taking a class? Check out our school year classes! View past summer applications below!

2023 Class Schedule

Our standard class schedule for summer will be 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 10, 2023 through August 3, 2023, with 1 hour and 15 minutes of remote work each day from 8:30-9:45.  Exceptions to specific classes will be noted below once our summer schedule is finalized. There will be no fully remote Skills Center options this summer.

Priority registration will be given to students in 11th grade who are in need of CTE credit for graduation through Monday, May 22.

Student Requirements and Summer Course Information 2023

Summer Skills Center Requirements

  • Only students of Seattle Public Schools can enroll in Skills Center courses.
  • Summer courses are open to incoming 9th – 12th graders.
  • Student must have attended a Seattle Public School during the 2022-23 School year to be eligible for the Summer 2023 programs. Students are not eligible for a summer program for 2022-23 school year as new students to SPS for 2023-24 attendance.

Repeating Programs

You may not take a course you have already taken. If you took a course last summer, you may not take the same course this summer.

Canceled/Combined Classes

Classes and locations may be canceled or combined due to enrollment numbers. If your selected class/location is canceled or combined and moved to another location, you will be notified and given the opportunity to select another class if you choose.

Grading & Credit

  • Upon completion with a passing grade, a student will receive 0.5 CTE (Career and Technical Education) credit.
  • Skills Center Summer Program courses may not be taken as Pass/No Credit courses unless a student’s IEP or 504 Plan specifically calls for the student to be taking a course on a Pass/No Credit basis.
  • Skills Center Summer Program courses may not be taken for Teacher Assistant (TA) credit.
  • Students may not be absent for more than three (3) days, regardless of reason. The Seattle Skills Center expectation is that all of our students engage every day of their summer Skills Center class in the in-person portion as well as the asynchronous work. Not participating, not attending, or not engaging in class or in assignments could result in your student earning a low grade on their transcript and/or not getting their CTE credit for the summer and may result in being withdrawn from the course. The Skills Center summer program will follow the district grading policy for the 2022-23 school year.

Course Descriptions

Summer Skills Center classes are introductory versions of what we typically offer during the school year.  Transportation is not provided. Snacks and snack breaks are provided, but not lunch (with the exception of the maritime class aboard the Adventuress). 

Courses offered in Summer 2023

Family Health

Family Health, Seattle World School and Roosevelt HS, July 10 to August 3

Family Health is a .5 credit class that will focus on making choices for a healthy lifestyle. It is designed to help prepare students for life-long problem solving, critical thinking and management skills related to health and wellness issues impacting individuals and families. Topics include wellness, CPR/AED training, fitness and nutrition, mental health, substance abuse, relationships, human sexuality, and other current health and wellness issues. Students will be expected to apply practical health information to their everyday lives. Students will receive their CPR/AED certification upon completion.

Family Health is intended for students in upper grades who are in need of CTE credit and/or need to meet the Health requirement. Students going into 12th, 11th, and 10th grades have priority, in this order.

Construction Trades

Intro to Construction Trades, Chief Sealth HS, July 10 to August 3

This introductory course covers both residential and commercial construction with an emphasis on job site safety and learning to use the tools of carpentry. Students will focus on employability skills, problem-solving, trainability, team building, and will work on a tiny house for the homeless. 

Culinary Arts

Intro to Culinary Arts, Chief Sealth HS, July 10 to August 3

This course covers both residential and commercial construction with an emphasis on job site safety and Learn various cooking techniques during hands-on food production labs.

Dental Assisting

Intro to Dental Assisting, Seattle Central College Health Education Center, 1200 12th Ave S, July 10 to August 3

Explore how the high-wage, high-demand profession of Dental Assisting helps patients maintain healthy teeth. In this introductory course you will learn how to identify teeth, use dental instruments for basic dental procedures, take vital signs, and learn about the world of dentistry. This fast-paced class includes field-trips, on-site tours, and hands-on experiences


Intro to Engineering, Roosevelt High School, July 10 to August 3

This class is a hands-on opportunity for students to explore problem solving skills related to engineering. Students work from sketching simple geometric shapes to applying solid modeling using a computer software package.


Intro to Manufacturing, Wood Technology Center, 2310 S Lane St, July 10 to August 3

Seattle is home to major employers in aerospace and maritime manufacturing. During this summer course, students explore key manufacturing skills used across shipyards and aerospace yards. Students learn how to safely handle and identify tools and get hands-on experiences welding and constructing.


Intro to Maritime Vessel Operations at Seattle Maritime Academy, 4455 Shilshole Ave NW,  July 7 to August 3 (this course is NOT aboard the schooner Adventuress)

This course blends modern and traditional seafaring skills. Students engage in hands-on learning in navigation, engine maintenance, knots, and vessel handling, while exploring a range of in-demand maritime careers. Students will spend time each week on the water in small or large vessels, and some field trips will be done via walking or boating to local maritime industries.

Intro to Maritime Vessel Operations Aboard the Historic Schooner Adventuress, 7001 Seaview Ave NW, July 10 to July 21 (OVERNIGHT COURSE)

This maritime course is similar in content to our class at Seattle Maritime Academy, but it’s aboard a historic two-masted wooden sailing vessel, and includes some overnights.  Students will learn a blend of modern and traditional seafaring skills, like computer-based navigation as well as “marlinspike” skills. The Skills Center is contracting with Sound Experience to run this course, and they have COVID health and safety requirements, including proof of full vaccination for all participants, and may require masking aboard their ship.

Schedule aboard the schooner Adventuress:

Week 1:  Day programs July  10 – July 13, Monday through Thursday, 9:00am to 3:30pm Sound Experience, aboard the schooner Adventuress (located at Shilshole Marina). Lunch and snack are provided.

Week 2: Overnight program July 17-21, Monday starting at 9:00am through Friday ending at 3:30pm. All meals are provided for the overnight portions of the class.

While this course spans only two weeks, student will still have the opportunity to earn the 0.5 CTE credit due to longer learning days, especially during the overnight portions of the course. The ship will be travelling around the Salish Sea, so it will not be possible to join this portion late or leave early. Students will also be able to earn a “Tall Ship Badge” and may be able to earn sea time. All meals are provided for the overnight portion.

Medical Careers

Intro to Medical Careers, Lincoln HS, July 10 to August 3

Participate in a blend of independent, group, and hands-on learning, increasing your knowledge of the various fields of medical careers including nurse assisting, health science, and medical assisting.

Multimedia Broadcasting and Musical Production

Intro to Multimedia Broadcasting (radio), Nathan Hale HS, July 10 to August 3   

Intro to Multimedia Broadcasting centers around media content creation with an emphasis on broadcast radio and podcasting.  Learn how to make audio stories using industry-standard recording and production tools.  Master the lifelong skill of thinking critically about the media you see and hear every day.  Discover how a broadcast radio station operates and explore basic media law and ethics.  By the end of the course, students will have the necessary skills to become a volunteer at C89.5 FM radio station and be capable of creating their own digital media content.

Music Production, Roosevelt HS, July 10 to August 3

Seattle Skills Center is partnering with musician mentors to provide students with the skills required to record and produce original music. Focusing on industry skills utilized by professional musicians and sound engineers, this class is both fun and provides students with important techniques for finding their musical voice and create their own digital media content.

Video Game Design

Intro to Video Game Design, Seattle World School, July 10 to August 3

Learn about digital art, animation, and gaming. Get acquainted with programming and create a simple video game in Unity. Students will learn about 2D animation, C# Programming, and Video Game Design.

Career Choices

Career Choices and Skilled Trades Sampler, Washington MS, Skills Center Building, 2200 Lane St S, July 10 to August 3

Career Choices is a life skills class where students learn about leadership, gain intergenerational knowledge, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship. This course partners with community educators teach the students in their various areas of expertise. Students in this class learn important career and life planning skills from community members and get to sample trades including Automotive, Firefighting, and Maritime Manufacturing and Vessel Operations. Students leave with solid financial planning skills and a survey of family-wage careers around the Puget Sound area.

Work-Based Learning

Various Locations, Various Dates

Do you have a summer job? Did you know that you can earn 0.5 CTE credit for time spent working over the summer? Learn more about about how to earn credit for work on our Learning at Work page!