Seattle Community College Central Campus

Seattle Community College Central Campus

Seattle Central Community College, also referred to as SCCC, is the central campus of Seattle Community College. It was the first campus of the Seattle Community College system. SCCC is a coeducational, community college located in Seattle, Washington, United States. The College was established in 1902 as Broadway High School. It continued operating as a high school until the end of World War II. After the war, it was converted to a vocational and adult education institution for war veterans who wanted to receive a higher education. In 1946, Broadway High School was renamed to Edison Technical School. Twenty years later, in September 1966, the School started offering college-level courses and was re-christened as Seattle Community College.

The academic divisions of the College include the following:

  • Basic and Transitional Studies
  • Business, Information Technologies & Creative Arts
  • Health and Human Services
  • Humanities/Social Sciences Division
  • Science & Math
  • Seattle Culinary Academy
  • Seattle Maritime Academy
  • Seattle Vocational Institute

The College was named Community College of the Year by Time Magazine in 2001.

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Contacting Seattle Central

Seattle Community College-Central Campus
1701 Broadway Avenue
Seattle , WA 98122
General Phone: (206) 587-3800

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Seattle Central Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts580sign language translation, liberal arts and sciences
Medical Support and Technology59dental hygienist, respiratory care tech, surgical tech, opticianry
Science38physical sciences
Cooking and Culinary Arts38pastry, chef training
Nursing and Emergency Medicine31registered nursing
Therapy and Counseling31substance abuse counseling, mental and social health services
Computer Science and Engineering29computer programming, web design, database administration, computer networking, webmastering, computer support
Design27fashion design
Media21audiovisual tech, desktop publishing and imaging
Photography and Commercial Art20commercial art, commercial photography
Construction Trades16carpentry
Production Trades15cabinetmaking
Office and Administration13office management
Transportation9merchant marine officer
Education and Teaching5elementary school teaching, early childhood education
Science and Laboratory Technician1biology tech

Number of programs and degrees for Seattle Central in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree86225
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years589
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years133

Seattle Central Student Body

In 2007-2008, Seattle Central had a total enrollment of 6,810 students (5,228 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 47%
Black 9%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 12%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 17%
(Foreign Students) 9%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 7%
18-19 17%
20-21 15%
22-24 14%
25-29 17%
30-34 10%
35-39 9%
40-49 7%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Seattle Central Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 59 %
Part-Time 38 %

Seattle Central Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Seattle, Washington for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Washington Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Seattle Central Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 2,800
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 8,411
Books and supplies $ 924

Financial Aid:
Seattle Central participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 378700)

Seattle Central Faculty

Seattle Central has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track512
Non-tenured and not on tenure track2027

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
No academic rankcalendar year3$63,0894$58,352
All faculty totalcalendar year3$63,0894$58,352

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructoracademic year4$58,9623$55,524
No academic rankacademic year81$53,02876$49,778
All faculty totalacademic year85$53,30779$49,996

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Seattle Central Degree Programs (2007)

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster

Construction Trades

Cooking And Culinary Arts
Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef
Culinary Arts/Chef Training

Fashion/Apparel Design

Education And Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching

Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation

Audiovisual Communications Technologies/Technicians, Other
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design

Medical Support And Technology
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Opticianry/Ophthalmic Dispensing Optician
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist
Surgical Technology/Technologist

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Office And Administration
Office Management and Supervision

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial Photography
Commercial and Advertising Art

Production Trades
Cabinetmaking and Millwork/Millwright

Physical Sciences

Science And Laboratory Technician
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician

Therapy And Counseling
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

Marine Science/Merchant Marine Officer

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% of degrees in liberal arts
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Number of students
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Top 11%Seattle Central Number of students
% of degrees in cooking and culinary arts
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Top 12%Seattle Central % of degrees in cooking and culinary arts
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Top 15%Seattle Central Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
Number of degree programs
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Top 17%Seattle Central Number of degree programs
% of degrees in media
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Top 17%Seattle Central % of degrees in media
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Top 18%Seattle Central Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
Minority % of student body
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Top 18%Seattle Central Minority % of student body
% of degrees in photography and commercial art
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Top 19%Seattle Central % of degrees in photography and commercial art

checked Open admission
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Tenure system for quality teaching

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