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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend South's Continuing Education classes? 

South Seattle College Continuing Education classes are open to everyone over the age of 18. Students under 18 will be permitted only with the prior consent of a parent/guardian, instructor, and Continuing Education staff.

What are my options for noncredit online courses and programs? 
We offer both courses and worker retraining certificate programs online. 

350+ 6-week online courses. Each course starts monthly (usually the second Wednesday of each month); runs for 6-weeks, with a 2-week grace period in the end. Each course consists of 12 lessons for 24 hours of instruction; most for $125. CEUs for vouchers and clock hours for teachers are awarded upon request and successful completion of the course. If interested in one of these courses but not sure it is the correct one for you, sign-up as "I'll pay South Seattle College directly" and have access to the first 2 lessons through the first Sunday night for FREE. If you want the rest of the lessons, call us at(206) 934-5339 to pay for the course.

Ed2Go (Long-Course) 
3-12 month online worker retraining and certification preparation programs. Available for immediate registration - start whenever you want. All books and materials are included in the price and will be sent to you upon registration. Financing may be available through ed2go career training. Review program outlines and demos. (CEUs & clock hours awarded).

World Education

World Education provides career training and professional enrichment programs in a wide variety of verticals, including business and professional development, IT and software development, healthcare, skilled trades, media and design, education, and sustainability.

Virtual Education Software, inc. (VESi)
Offers online continuing education courses for teaching professionals that are convenient, relevant, and affordable. These interactive courses provide expert instruction at a pace that fits your schedule. They are relevant to the significant educational and social issues in today’s schools, as well as to the requirements you need to meet for re-license or career advancement. Self-paced. Start anytime. Classes are 30 hours or 45 clock hours

LERN’s UgotClass
Online certificate programs are for 21st Century Skills covering: Business, Communication, Career Skills, Health, Leadership, Management, New Media Marketing, Teachers. Courses are one month for 16 clock hours or 1.6 CEUs. Course content and self-quizzes are accessible for the entire course session. You can work ahead or go back and review it at your convenience. 

Not sure which online class is right for you? The Continuing Education staff will be happy to assist you and share the insight learned from students who have taken these classes. Please email us at

How do I register for Continuing Education classes? 

Here Online:
Select course(s) you wish to attend, click on "Add to Shopping Cart" and proceed through the checkout. We accept credit card payments online (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express). Our site is secure and we do not keep credit card numbers once your order is submitted.

By Phone: 206-934-5339 
Anyone on our staff will be happy to take your registration over the phone during office business hours. If you are calling after hours or your call goes to voice mail, please leave a message and phone number and someone will get back to you within 24 business hours. Please leave your name, phone, or email and the class(es) you are interested in taking. 

How will I receive my registration confirmation? 

After you register and pay online, you will receive a confirmation email including a receipt. 

To whom do I pay the material fee?

Your class description indicates if the class has a material fee and how to be paid. Some material fees are paid at the time of registration and most are paid directly to the instructor at the first of class. If you have any questions, please contact the Continuing Education staff at 206-934-5339.

What do I need to bring to class?

If your class has any special requirements (apron, drawing paper, bag lunch, etc.) it will be listed under "Things to Bring" to class. Read this part carefully on your confirmation. The "Important Notes" section will tell you if there is anything irregular about the class schedule (holidays, skipped days, class field trips, etc.).

Can I register on the first day of class?

You may register if there is space available and the instructor has enough materials for you. (For art and food classes, please register at least 72 hours prior to guarantee supplies.) We encourage you to register early as classes may fill up prior to the class date. Classes with low enrollment may be canceled prior to the first day of class so registration at least one week before the class is scheduled to start is encouraged.

Why do classes get canceled?

If a class does not meet minimum enrollment, it will be canceled 48 hours prior to the start date. If you are interested in a class, please call to register at least a week in advance. Register your friends to take the class with you! Unfortunately, people often call at the last minute after a class has been canceled and everyone is disappointed. Instructors need to prepare and often purchase materials for their classes and we need to give them at least 2 days' lead time.

If your class is canceled, Continuing Education staff will contact you by e-mail and phone. Please make sure we have all your current contact information. You will receive a 100% refund or given the option to transfer your registration to another class for any classes we cancel. Depending on the form of payment (check/charge), you can expect to receive your refund within two to four weeks.

What if I can't attend a class for which I am registered?

Please contact the Continuing Education office as soon as possible. If you cancel within 2 business days before the first class meets, we will refund all but a $6.00 processing fee.* If you choose to transfer, the processing fee will be waived. Class and material fees can not be refunded after the first session of a course has started. *(Exceptions:  Electric Vehicles and CFP Live Review) 

What about parking? 

Parking permits are required if you choose to park anytime, everywhere on our main campus. Daily parking passes ($3) are sold at ticket machines in the North, South, and front Visitor parking lots, (debit/credit cards, dollar bills or exact change only). If you wish to pre-purchase passes or need change, please come to the Continuing Education office (CED) in Olympic Hall before 6:00 p.m. For convenience, you may want to buy a quarterly pass (available at the Cashier's office or CED office). Quarterly Parking Passes are $25.00.  A pass provides you with unlimited parking, evenings, and weekends throughout the quarter.  With a pass, you may park in either the North or South parking lots. Please feel free to call CED with questions Monday - Thursday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm; or Friday from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Where do classes meet?  

Classes are held in a variety of classrooms, conference rooms, and kitchens on the South Seattle College campus. We also use offsite locations. Specific directions and parking instructions are sent with your class confirmation.

Can I get grades, clock hours, or CEUs for my class? 

South Seattle College Continuing Education does not give grades for Lifelong Learning classes. These classes are non-credit. Clock hours, CEUs, and letters of completion can be arranged for many of the lifelong learning classes (including online classes). Contact Continuing Education staff prior to the start of the class for details.

Are your classrooms ADA accessible?

South Seattle College complies with all ADA guidelines. If you have specific questions, please email or call the Continuing Ed office. 

What buses come to the campus? 

Bus routes #128 to Admiral District or Southcenter and #125 to Downtown make stops in front of the Robert Smith Building (RSB). (See campus map.) The #125 (southbound) to Southcenter makes a stop on 16th Ave SW, across the street from the campus. You can call METRO (206-553-3000) or check the METRO timetable for bus route schedules.  PLEASE NOTE:  Bus #128 does not come to campus on weekends. 

What happens in case of bad weather/emergencies?

Campus closures will be posted on the regional Flash Alert website: (note: click on your college for information regarding closures.) Local news/network and radio stations will publicize messages we post.

Where is South Seattle College located?

 College Map and driving directions