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Capitol Hill Times | May 6, 2016
New president ready to finish what she started

The Seattle Medium | May 6, 2016
Initiative To Increase Access To Higher Education And Career Opportunities

My Northwest | May 6, 2016
Students get jobs at youth job fair

King County News Release | May 2, 2016
New partnership to help high school dropouts finish school and attend college

Puget Sound Business Journal / April 12, 2016
Dental Education Clinic to begin training students and serving patients in June

King County News / April 8, 2015
Maritime students assist help King County water taxis prepare for emergencies

Northwest Asian Weekly / March 24, 2016
College welcomes new Vice President of Student Services

The Seattle Times / March 23, 2015
Bigger trains to boost transit service to Capitol Hill

The Seattle Times / March 19, 2016
Capitol Hill light rail station opens near campus

The Capitol Hill Times / March 15, 2016
Opening day celebrations planned for Capitol Hill light rail opening

Seattle Weekly / March 12, 2016
Beacon Hill, home to Seattle Central Health Education Center, one of Seattle's hottest neighborhoods

The Seattle Medium / March 10, 2016
Harden named new VP of Student Services

The Seattle Times / March 8, 2016
Seattle Vocational Institute supports Tiny House project

The Capitol Hill Times / February 28, 2016
Science Olympiad held on campus

The Seattle Times / February 23, 2016
Top candidates announced in chancellor search

Seattle PI / February 18, 2016
Interim college president to participate in Seattle Public Schools education summit


Faces of Seattle Central

Two faculty members receive teaching awards

Two faculty members, one from Seattle Central and one from Seattle Vocational Institute, were selected by their peers to receive 2014 Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Service Awards.


Sharon Spence-Wilcox traded the travel perks of the airline industry to settle into “the joy of discovery with students and colleagues at Seattle Central,” she said.

Sharon is the Seattle Central liaison librarian to the Humanities and Basic & Transitional Students program faculty. She also helps promote a positive learning environment for students in the library and online, and participates in curriculum and advisory committees. She has been employed at the college for 18 years.

One of her co-workers said, “As library faculty, Sharon brings warmth and style to everything she does. For many students, Sharon provides not only amazing library resource and instruction, but she also serves as an anchor for academic and personal support. Her contributions to campus through committees and initiatives are too many to list, but she has left an indelible mark on the many projects she undertakes, both inside and outside the library.”


Steve Woods, Lead Instructor of the Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Training (PACT) program at Seattle Vocational Institute, is a walking inspiration according to a co-worker. His personal life story, combined with his talent in the construction industry, makes him a role model to every student who enters the PACT program.

Because of a childhood illness that caused his kidneys to shut down, he spent 10 years on dialysis, but still worked to take care of his family. After reluctantly accepting a kidney from his wife, who was a perfect match, Steve is grateful for each day.

He uses his past personal struggles as a way to connect with and motivate his students, helping them realize they also can rise to face challenges. Graduates regularly thank him for his help and share examples of how his teaching helped them advance in their careers.

Last year’s winners were Camila Siegelmann, School of Apparel Design & Development and Jay McLean-Riggs, Science and Math division.

Students from 92 countries attend Seattle Central

Seattle Central alum named WWU Outstanding Grad

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