Since 1966, Seattle Central College has played a vital role in educating generations of Seattle residents, helping them achieve their dreams and secure better futures. Over the course of the 2016-17 academic year, we invite you to join us as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of our community’s enduring symbols of education and opportunity.
Seattle Central College, a fixture of education and career training in the city, is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. You are invited to join students, staff, faculty and the community at one of our upcoming events and activities!
For over 50 years, we have been central to empowerment, activism,
inspiration and transformation. We invite you to share your Seattle Central College story by
emailing PIO.Seattle@seattlecolleges.edu or posting to social media using #SeattleCentral50.
When I first came to campus, I was afraid I couldn’t keep up. But instructors have always been really helpful...Everyone at Seattle Central is really open. I can ask questions of instructors and staff and know that they’re always willing to help.
I love working with students, I enjoy the bonds that form over their time here, and I love watching them grow from being brand new to the program to walking out confidently.
Make Seattle Central your home. Take full advantage of the opportunity that you have to take different classes, get involved and get to know the neighborhood. Figure out what really drives your passion. There are lots of different ways to learn and grow.
I came to the U.S. with absolutely nothing. But with help from Seattle Central, my first formal school, I ended up making a life here. I’m able to make an impact using skills that I learned in my adopted country – technology and telecommunications – to help people in my native country. It’s something I never dreamed was possible as a child.
Seattle Central is the best school I’ve ever attended. They are used to working with students who already have jobs and families, which was so helpful for me...Instructors go above and beyond to make sure we become amazing nurses.
Seattle Central understands non-traditional students...Teachers (like Nada) and staff at all levels understand that things in life can interrupt you, and they go out of their way to help you succeed. From my experience, other universities don’t have that level of support.
Seattle Central is a place where careers start. The program allowed me to translate my art into design. Now, I have my own style and I create new things with the concepts I learned.
This isn’t just my job, it’s my calling. I’m always focused on bridging the gap. Deaf people have so many skills to offer. I want to share that with the community here at Seattle Central.
GOH ANGE MICHEL
Félicitation pour le 50e Anniversaire de SEATTLE CENTRAL COLLÈGE Je suis impatient de vous rejoindre afin d'y fréquenté merci pour tous pour mon acceptation dans votre colle et que nos relation pour bientôt sois comme une connaissance illimitée.
Calvin A. West II
I attended Seattle Central Community College from 1966-1968 and graduated in the first two year Associate of Arts degree program as one of it's only two Black graduates with an AA in 1968. I have fond memories of the college inviting Julian Bond and Hugh Masekelas as guest for our student body to experience.
I also remember being in the choir and studying private voice lessons which I continued pursuing at Seattle University (SU) where I received an undergraduate degree in Philosophy. Ironically I studied dance at the Academy of Classical Ballet and Cornish School of the Allied Arts after graduating from SU, and returned to perform on Seattle Central's and SU's campuses. When employed with Seattle and Kent Public Schools I was privileged to provide an integration of math, reading and dance disciplines with student performances on campuses, TV and locations throughout the greater Seattle area. So much has transpired these past 50 years. I am honored to share part of my history with other alumni and look forward to celebrating with alumni from a half century.
Nolen M Ellison
The late George Corcoran was chair of the Search Committee that recommended that I be hired as the second President of Seattle Central Community College and a new member of the Seattle District Executive Committee that had been installed as the Executive Team to give leadership to the college district. At age 31 and as a new 1971 Ph.D. from Michigan State University and the W.K. Kellogge National Community College Leadership Program, I was appointed to the Seattle Community College leadership position. I served for two years in the Seattle CC dual position, President of SCCC and member/Chair of the Executive Committee for the 1972-74 years.
During my two years, the college successfully negotiated the preservation of the Broadway H.S. Auditorium with the Seattle Historic Preservation Committee, settled the strike with the Faculty Union, was successful in securing the milestone Title III Strengthening Developing Institutions Program and expanded Student Services Programs to meet student needs. During this two year period the college gave community-wide leadership in the establishment of the annual Seattle Dr. Martin Luther King Recognition Program, then housed at the Seattle Central campus. After two exciting and productive years at the helm of Central College and as Chairman of the District Executive Committee, I left Seattle to spend the next 18 years as President of Cuyahoga Community College headquartered in Cleveland/Cuyahoga County, Ohio. My family and I have maintained a close relationship with Ms. Cleo Corcoran (wife of the late George C. Corcoran of the Seattle District), and the Seattle Community College Foundation.
I look forward to visiting the college during the 50th Anniversary year.
Nolen M. Ellison, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus Schutte Endowed Professor of Urban Public Administration - University of Missouri-Kansas City and President, Seattle Central Community College 1972-74.
From Vietnam to Seattle Central: I LOVE Seattle Central College. I am always and forever grateful to my professors, colleagues, and friends for being such a significant part of my journey to success.
I've been a staff member at Seattle Central for 26+ years and I am delighted to participate in the 50th Anniversary celebration. This college has transformed many lives.
Congratulations on the 50th birthday, Seattle Central! Best wishes to all the students!