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What educational programs can SVI offer that best meet the needs of the community? That was the focus of several forums held last fall to solicit feedback from the community that will guide decisions about future programs.
“We want to demonstrate a renewed commitment to build and sustain SVI as a vital educational institution with relevant programs and services,” Seattle Central Interim President Sheila Edwards Lange, Ph.D., said. “After hearing from the community, we look forward to working cooperatively to strengthen SVI.”
According to forum participants, programs in technology and healthcare are most needed. SVI currently offers programs in both, including Computer Support Technician and Medical Assistant, which can provide a path into these fields. Based on feedback received, additional programs are being considered.
Participants also recommended expansion of pre-apprenticeship programs. Just last month, the Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Training program received renewed recognition by the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council. This is similar to earning accreditation in other programs and is crucial to securing program funding and achieving student success.
“The construction industry is incredibly strong right now, with many great job opportunities,” said Maureen Shadair, interim executive dean of instruction and community partnerships at SVI. “We are excited to explore additional programs that will provide Seattle residents, especially those who are low-income and underrepresented, with access to well-paying careers.”