Major Grants at Seattle Central

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Fund Source: Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium (WSGC)

Project: WSGC Fellowships and Grants

Award:$188,000 (September 2014‐September 2018)

Goal: Recruit and train U.S. citizens, especially women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities, for careers in aerospace science and technology, in a cooperative effort with universities, the aerospace industry and federal, state and local governments. Encourage interdisciplinary training, research and public service programs related to aerospace.


For more information, contact Wendy Rockhill,, Dean of Science and Math, 206.934.6921

National Science Foundation

Fund Source: Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)

Project: Pacific Northwest LSAMP

Award: $29,054 (September 2014‐August 2017)

Goal: Increase the number of underrepresented STEM students who transfer to four‐year institutions and complete degrees.


For More Information: Marilyn Saavedra‐Leyva, Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) Director, 206.934.4320.

Fund Source: NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Project: Ready, Set, Transfer! 2.0

Award: $1,521,081 over 5 years (December 2016‐November 2021)

Goal: Support low income students to completion of associates degree and successful transfer to a four‐year STEM degree program through scholarships, mentoring, enhanced advising, and support of the development of a STEM student identity. The project includes a research component focused on the impact of structural inequality related to social class on the experiences and opportunities of developmental math students.


For more information, contact Wendy Rockhill, Dean of Science and Math, 206.934.6921

Fund Source: NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates

Project: Marine Research in Puget Sound for Community College STEM Students

Award: $288,717 over 4 years (February 2014‐June 2018)

Goal: Engage community college students from the Puget Sound Region in authentic marine research experiences that teach skills for quality research and data and analysis in support of the understanding, preservation and restoration of the ecology of the Puget Sound.


For more information, contact Marina Halverson, Biology Faculty, 206.934.4906

Washington Sea Grant

Fund Source: Washington Sea Grant

Project: Experience Maritime Programs (EMP): A Hands on introduction to Careers and Pathways in the Maritime Industry.

Award: $150,924 over 2 years (February 2017‐September 2018)

Goal: Address the skills gap in the Maritime Industry by providing hands‐on learning experiences for high school students that expand awareness of maritime career pathways, facilitate entry to related training programs, integrate ocean literacy into maritime training and instill a passion for a career at sea.


For More Information: Contact Sarah Scherer, Associate Dean, Seattle Maritime Academy, 206.934.2905

Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

Fund Source: Early Achievers Grant Program

Project: Early Achievers

Award: $83,000 (tentative July 2017‐June 2018)

Goal: Help employed childcare providers and early learning educators complete stackable certificates and associate degrees in early childhood education. Seattle Central offers courses on campus and in the community, including a series taught in the Somali language.

For More Information: Contact Karleen Wolfe, Early Childhood and Family Studies Faculty

Fund Source: Opportunity Grant Program

Project: Opportunity Grant

Award: $395,912 (July 2016‐June 2017)

Goal: Provide access to high wage careers for low‐income students through enhanced financial aid and wrap‐around services to support retention.


For More Information: Contact Adria Harris,, Director of Workforce Education, 206.934.6309

Washington State Department of Corrections

Fund Source: Corrections Education

Project: Prison Education and Re‐Entry Support Services

Award: $75,000 (July 2017‐June 2018)

Goal: Provide outreach, student support, academic success and career transition services for currently and formerly incarcerated students. Corrections Education Funds are allocated to Seattle Central through the State Board for Community and Technical Education.

Partners: University Beyond Bars

For More Information: Contact Molly Mitchell,, Director of Student Support Services, 206.934.6948

Washington State Department of Health and Human Services

Fund Source: Basic Food Employment & Training (BFET)

Project: BFET Program

Award: $360,259 (October 1, 2016-September 30 2017)

Goal: Support access and completion of workforce education programs for individuals receiving federal food assistance. The Department of Health and Human Services administers these funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services through a collaboration with the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges.

Partners: TRAC Associates, YWCA Seattle/King /Snohomish, Neighborhood House, Asian Counseling and Referral Services, King County Public Health, Seattle Education Access

For More Information: Contact Adria Harris,, Director of Workforce Education, 206.934.6309

Fund Source: Washington State WorkFirst Program

Project: WorkFirst Services

Award: $192,648 (July 1, 2016‐June 30, 2017)

Goal: Educational planning and funding support for parents receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).


For More Information: Contact Adria Harris,, Director of Workforce Education, 206.934.6309

U.S. Department of Education

Fund Source: Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act

Project: Various projects to support access to, and quality of, workforce education programs

Award: $227,190 (July 2016‐June 2017)

Goal: Seattle Central uses Perkins funds to support curriculum development, professional development, outreach, and support to special populations and non‐traditional students in professional technical programs. Perkins funds are allocated to Seattle Central through the State Board for Community and Technical Education.

For More Information: Contact Chris Sullivan,, Executive Dean of Workforce Education, 206.934.5566

Fund Source: TRiO Student Support Services Program

Project: TRiO Student Support Services

Award: $2,333,160 over five years (September 2015‐August 2020)

Goal: Help first generation, low-income and students disabilities complete an associate degree and successfully transfer to a four-year college program.

For More Information: Contact Ariana Cantu,, Student Support Services Director, 206.934.2962

U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

Fund Source: H‐1B TechHire Partnership

Project: TechHire Seattle/King County

Award: $3.7 million over four years (July 2016‐June 2020)

Goal: Support underrepresented young adults to enter employment in software development by providing accelerated training opportunities and paid internship experiences to individuals currently underrepresented in technology fields. Seattle Central leads a consortium of partners providing alternative pathways with support designed to address the needs of specific populations.


For More Information: Contact Allison Shields, TechHire Project Director, 206.934.4146

Fund Source: American Apprenticeship Initiative

Project: Maritime Engineering Apprenticeship

Award: $915,062 over five years (October 2015‐September 2020)

Goal: Create a registered apprenticeship program for Maritime Engineers. Seattle Central will work with maritime training partners to develop curriculum, engage employers, obtain Coast Guard approval, and recruit and train apprentices.


For More Information: Contact Sarah Scherer, Associate Dean, Seattle Maritime Academy, 206.934.2905