Career Training

Seattle Central provides over 30 different Career Training programs for international students seeking practical skills in high-demand fields. Depending on the chosen program, students work toward a Certificate (1-2 years), an Associate of Applied Science degree (2 years), or a Bachelor of Applied Science degree (4 years).

For more details about our Career Training programs, visit our dedicated webpages:

Certificates and Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees
Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degrees

Also, please find some important information below:

Admission to Career Training Programs

Students who plan to join a Career Training program must follow the regular admission process for international students. Applicants should then contact the division where the program is offered to discuss the application process for that specific program. In some cases, students may be able to take program classes as soon as they are eligible for college-level study. With most programs though, there is a formal admission process, including a list of pre-requisites that must be met before formal acceptance to the program can be granted.   

After meeting all program pre-requisites, students must make an appointment with the Career Training coordinator to be placed on the program ready list. Students not eligible for the program by the time admissions decisions are made should expect to wait until the next available intake period to be admitted. In cases where programs have an extensive wait list and limited intakes, students may need to wait until the following year before starting the program.

Meeting Program Pre-Requisites

Program pre-requisites can normally be met while attending Seattle Central, although it may depend on the program and the specific requirements.

Students who have completed pre-requisite coursework at another institution prior to applying to Seattle Central, must ensure that an official transcript is submitted to the International Admissions Office for evaluation.

Visit the programs websites for specific information on pre-requisites: https://seattlecentral.edu/programs/career-training.

Transferability of A.A.S. Degrees

In general, Career Training programs that lead to an A.A.S. degree are designed to provide practical skills in a specific professional/technical field, rather than transfer opportunities to 4-year colleges or universities. Students should enroll in a transfer program (High School Completion Plus or College Transfer), rather than a Career Training program, if their long-term goal is to complete a Bachelor’s degree at a 4-year college or university.

In some cases, it may be possible for students to earn an A.A.S.-T degree, which allows transfer of the degree to a very limited number of institutions. The end result may be a Bachelor’s degree in that field of study, or a Bachelor’s degree in general studies. Details on articulation agreements for A.A.S.-T degrees are available on the college's website.