Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to frequently asked questions regarding the Fiscal Year 2022-2023 (FY 22-23) budget.

No. Seattle Central College is not closing. We will continue to provide high-quality program offerings for students in the region.

No. There are no planned program closures at this time. Seattle Central will continue to enroll students for all programs in Fall 2022.

Community and technical colleges in our state have been underfunded for many years. Nationally, colleges and universities are seeing decreases in enrollment, and the state of Washington has not been immune to those decreases. At community and technical colleges, enrollment is down 24.2% from 2019 to 2021 state-wide.

In addition, Seattle Colleges operates in a city with an increasingly high cost of living and cost of business operations. As costs of doing business in Seattle have increased, revenue for the Colleges has not. The pandemic and other recent challenges have exacerbated our difficult financial situation.

Administration is cutting 15 percent of its overhead budget. This includes a reduction in force - by either eliminating positions or leaving open positions vacant - at the Associate Dean level and above.

Seattle Central is aligning class schedules with enrollment and looking to maximize fill rates for classes.

Seattle Colleges is securing a short-term funding bridge with King County, state legislators, business leaders, and potential private funders, while determining a long-term sustainable path forward for higher-cost workforce programs.

Nationally, colleges and universities are seeing decreases in enrollment, and the state of Washington has not been immune to those decreases. At community and technical colleges, FTES (the number of full-time equivalent students) enrollment is down 14.9 percent from 2019 - 2021 state-wide. Seattle Central's enrollment is down 18.5 percent from Fall 2019 to Fall 2021.

At this time, there are no proposals to cut programs for this year or next.

Seattle Colleges will seek to restructure the funding models of the following workforce programs:

  • The Seattle Culinary Program
  • The Wood Technology Center
  • The Apparel Design Program
  • The Seattle Maritime Academy

These programs require a heavy subsidy to operate. Seattle Colleges is securing a short-term funding bridge with King County, state legislators, business leaders, and potential private funders, while determining a long-term sustainable path forward.

Given the financial status of the college, the chancellor and board of trustees have directed Seattle Central to balance expenditures to come into fiscal alignment by closing programs.

Seattle Central Executive Leadership team has made a recommendation to the chancellor. The chancellor, who makes the final decision, will consider the recommendation and may accept it, ask for changes, or reject it. 

Seattle Central Executive Leadership Team will discuss the proposed budget at a campus budget forum on May 4. The chancellor and the board of trustees will make a final decision at the June board meeting.