Jun 23, 2024  
2019-2020 College Catalog 
2019-2020 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About Shoreline

The College

Shoreline Community College offers excellent academic, professional-technical, and workforce training programs to meet the lifelong learning needs of its community. Dedicated faculty and staff are committed to the educational success of all students.

Located 10 miles north of downtown Seattle, Shoreline Community College is one of the most strikingly beautiful college campuses in Washington. The grounds once served as a special place to the Duwamish Tribe for gathering traditional foods in ways that increased the bounty of the land. Nestled among native evergreens, the campus is a brilliant sea of colors during spring, summer, and fall, when many flowering plants are in bloom. The scenic surrounding area is nationally known for its recreational and cultural opportunities, which richly complement academic life.

Twenty-six buildings constitute the 83-acre campus. These include an award-winning automotive training center, a visual arts building, computer centers, laboratories, a student center, a theater, a well-equipped gymnasium that includes an exercise room and racquetball courts, a childcare center, and the Ray W. Howard Library/Technology Center.

Established in 1964, Shoreline Community College operates under the regulations of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and is governed by the Board of Trustees of Shoreline Community College, District Number Seven. The College is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges and the Association of College Trustees.


Shoreline Community College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution. Inquiries regarding an institution’s accredited status by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue N.E., Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052 (425) 558‐4224

Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities refers to the institution as a whole. Therefore, statements like “fully accredited” or “this program is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities” or “this degree is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities” are incorrect and should not be used.

Specific programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, the Commission on Dental Accreditation, Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education, and the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. The Automotive Program is accredited by the National Automobile Technicians Education Foundation.

Academic Calendar

Shoreline Community College operates a year-round academic calendar comprised of three (3) 11-week quarters during fall, winter, and spring, and one (1) 8-week quarter during the summer. Courses are also offered in the evenings and on weekends. Class schedules are published each quarter listing the dates, times, and locations of classes. These schedules are available approximately two weeks prior to the start of registration.

Community Standard

Shoreline Community College is a place for students, employees, and the community to pursue excellence in education in an environment dedicated to equity, inclusiveness, and self-reflection. We value respectful, dynamic interactions and lively discussion. We strive to create an environment where everyone is supported and valued. Shoreline Community College does not tolerate hateful, violent, or discriminatory actions that target any person or group based on their beliefs, customs, identity, or affiliations. When one of us is diminished, all of us are diminished.


Shoreline Community College provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not allow discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal.

The following department has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies:

Shoreline Community College Human Resources
16101 Greenwood Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133
Telephone: 206-546-4769
E-Mail: scchr@shoreline.edu


We are recognized for inclusive excellence in teaching and learning, student success, and community engagement.


We serve the educational, workforce, and cultural needs of our diverse students and communities.

Core Themes

  1. Educational Attainment and Student Success

Shoreline Community College will provide excellence in academics so that all students will complete their program and/or graduate with the academic preparation and skills necessary to continue their education, meet the demands of the workplace, or improve their quality of life through leisure-time activity.

  1. Program Excellence

The College fosters excellence in its educational program.

  1. Community Engagement

The College initiates, cultivates, and nurtures relationships with cities, including Shoreline and Lake Forest Park, local school systems, businesses, the Shoreline Community College Foundation, community-based and international organizations.

  1. Access and Diversity

The College maximizes student access to all its transfer, professional-technical, and developmental programs. The College promotes a diverse student body and employees who reflect the local, state, regional and international communities that the college serves.

  1. College Stewardship

The College serves as a model of effective stewardship to citizens of the state of Washington.


Student Engagement

Strategic Plan

Shoreline Community College’s strategic plan, the result of internal self-assessment and long discussion, reflects the College’s core values for student success and academic excellence. These values are the foundation that sets the College’s direction for the coming years.

Goal 1.

We attract students and community learners and ensure successful attainment of their goals through our programs, services, and teaching and learning environments.


  1. Develop a robust method for ongoing student learning outcomes assessment at the College.
  2. Engage in comprehensive strategic enrollment management, encompassing the entire student experience, from the moment students aspire to attend college to the moment they attain their educational goals.
  3. Create physical spaces and employ technologies that enhance student learning.
  4. Cultivate intellectual and cultural vitality to invigorate and engage our College and communities.
  5. Clearly communicate to internal and external communities the educational experience that they can expect from Shoreline Community College.

Goal 2.

We continually strive for disciplined excellence and focused improvement in all that we do.


  1. Engage in an ongoing, data-informed cycle of academic program review that allows for agile changes in program offerings with a focused, creative mindset.
  2. Streamline processes throughout the College with a focus on standardizing routine processes and innovating around processes that add value to the student experience.
  3. Invest in professional learning for faculty and staff to support continuous improvement and implementation of this strategic plan.
  4. Invest in high-impact teaching practices for student learning.
  5. Implement consistent, effective engagement and communications practices.
  6. Develop and support innovation that serves our students and communities.

Goal 3.

We ensure that a climate of intentional inclusion permeates our decisions and practices, which demonstrate principles of ecological integrity, social equity, and economic viability.


  1. Engage in ongoing, deliberate conversation and mindful discovery about our shared purpose and differences as we conduct our daily work.
  2. Develop and maintain a framework to ensure that ecological integrity guides our practices.
  3. Develop multicultural and global competencies to help us live the principles of social equity in an increasingly interdependent world.
  4. Pursue and obtain sufficient resources to fulfill the College’s mission, and allocate those resources effectively in order to ensure economic viability in the implementation of this strategic plan.

Shoreline Community College is ready to meet the challenges of our changing economy and is deeply committed to satisfying the educational needs of our students.