Frequently Asked Questions
The Continuing Education staff will be happy to assist you and share the insight learned from students who have taken these classes. Please contact us if you have specific questions or need personalized assistance.
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. There is no application process and transcripts are not required.
Can I audit a class or get a discount?
Because we do not receive any governmental subsidy, Continuing Education classes at South are not eligible for audits or discounts.
How do I register for Continuing Education classes?
- Select the 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 Phone: 206-934-5339
- 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 voicemail, please leave a message and phone number and we will get back to you within 24 business hours. Please leave your name, phone number, and/or email and the class(es) you are interested in taking.
Will I receive a receipt in the mail for class registration?
After we receive your payment, you will receive a Transaction Receipt and a Confirmation Letter via e-mail. It is then your responsibility to let us know prior to your first class if you did not receive your confirmation.
Can I register on the first day of class?
For most classes, you may register on the first day of class if there is space available and the instructor has enough materials to accommodate you. For this reason, you must register at least 72 hours in advance for all art and food classes. We encourage you to register early as any class may fill up prior to the class date or be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
Why do classes get canceled?
Classes may be canceled for a variety of reasons, including
- Insufficient enrollment; if a class has insufficient enrollments, it will be canceled 48 hours prior to the start date. So if you are interested in a class, please call to register at least a week in advance. Unfortunately, people often call at the last minute after a class has been canceled and everyone is disappointed;
- An emergency; When the college closes due to bad weather or when directed by the South Campus, the district, or the State.
Will I get a refund if my class is canceled?
Yes. 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. Depending on the form of your original 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 session, we will refund your Class Fee less a $6.00 processing fee. If you choose to transfer your registration to another class, the processing fee will be waived. Class and Materials Fees cannot be refunded after the first class session.
What about parking?
Parking permits are required if you choose to park anytime on 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 purchase a quarterly parking pass for evenings and weekends only, please come to the Continuing Education Office, Olympic Hall, Room 130 before 6:00 PM on weekdays. The cost is $25.00; payment must be made by credit card.
Where do in-person classes meet?
Most Continuing Education classes are held on South’s campus in a variety of locations (classrooms, studios, conference rooms, kitchens). Some classes are held at off-site locations (community centers, artists’ studios; specific directions, and parking instructions are sent with your class confirmation.
The class level is too hard/easy. Can I move to a different level?
Yes! We want you to find the best fit. Contact us and we’ll get you in the right class.
This class isn’t going to work out for me, and I’d like to drop it. What can I do?
If you are unsatisfied with your experience or were unable to attend a course due to reasons beyond your control, please contact us. We will do our best to provide a solution that meets your individual needs; your satisfaction is our priority.
Can I get grades, clock hours, or CEUs for my class?
South Seattle College Continuing Education does not give grades for Lifelong Learning classes. CE classes are non-credit. Clock hours, CEUs, and Certificates of Attendance can be provided for many of our lifelong learning classes (including online classes). Please contact Continuing Education staff prior to the start of the class for details.
Are your classrooms ADA 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 the 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 on this website: The regional Flash Alert website: https://www.flashalert.net/regions/seattle-western-washington/ (note: click on your college for information regarding closures.)
Can I purchase gift certificates?
Yes, you can purchase a gift certificate for a specific class or for a dollar amount which can be applied to a class registration of the recipient's choice. Gift certificates can be arranged through the Continuing Education staff by phone, 206-934-5339 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.
What are my options for noncredit online courses and programs?
We have partered with some amazing providers to be able to bring our students a wide and broad range of online courses that include professional development, worker retrain, certificate and clockhour courses.
To view our online course, please click here to Learn More