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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 prior consent of the parent, 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. 
  has over 350 choices of 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 at 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.
 offers 3-12 month online worker 
             retraining and certificate 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)
 has listings for 2 other providers of online courses:

             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 for $145.
             Course content and self quizzes are accessible for the entire course session. You can
             work ahead or go back and review 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. Call 206-934-5339 or e-mail

How do I register for Continuing Education classes? 
There are 5 quick & easy ways to register:
     • 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 Fax: 206-934-6699
       Fax the completed
registration form with your Visa/MC/Discover/Amex card
       information, 24 hours every day.  If you wish, you can fax your form without 

      your credit card information and call us with your card number.
     • By Mail: 
       Send your completed
registration form with your check or money order
       (made out to South) to:
               South Seattle College
               Continuing Education
               6000 16th Ave SW, OLY 130
               Seattle, WA 98106

     • 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. 

     • In Person at the Continuing Education Office:
       Our Continuing Education Office is open [Summer hours: Monday through 
       Thursday, 8:30 am to 6:00 pm; Fridays, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. 
       Our office is located in Olympic Hall (room 130) right next to the South 
       entrance of the building. The Olympic Hall sits at the end of the South Parking lot. 
Campus map (South Seattle College is closed on Memorial Day, 
       July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the Friday after, Christmas Eve, Christmas, 
       New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, and President's Day holidays.)

Will I receive a receipt in the mail?
     After we receive your payment, you will receive your confirmation letter via
     e-mail. If you do not have an email address, your confirmation will be mailed
     to you. We encourage you to register online to receive the most efficient
     response. When not registering online, expect to receive your confirmation
     letter by mail before the first class meeting. It is your responsibility to let
     us know prior to your first class if you did not receive your confirmation.

To whom do I pay the material fee?
     Your class description indicates if the class has a material fee and how it is
     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 - 6:00 pm; or Friday from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Where do classes meet?  
     Classes are held in a variety of classrooms, conference room and kitchens
     on the South Seattle College campus. We also use offsite
     locations at the community centers and artists' studios.  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 class rooms handicapped-accessible?
     South Seattle College is committed to making its classes
     accessible to members of the disabled community. Please call the Continuing
     Education Office at 206-934-5339 to arrange for accessibility.

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 at this website:
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.

Can I purchase gift certificates?
     Yes, share the magic of lifelong learning! Purchase a gift certificate for a
     specific class or for a dollar amount that can be applied to a class of the
     recipient's choice. Gift certificates can be arranged through the Continuing
     Education staff either by phone, 206-934-5339 or by email to You can also purchase a gift certificate
     online by choosing the "Buy an eGift card" option at the top of the page. Upon
     purchase, a paper certificate is available and can be mailed to the buyer
     or the recipient upon request.

Where is South Seattle College?
map and driving directions or see the contact us page.