For purposes of this policy and pursuant to RCW 13.34.030 – the Juvenile Court Act, RCW 74.13.020 – Child Welfare Services, and RCW 26.28.010 – Age of Majority, a child is any individual under the age of 18.
As an institution of higher education, the Seattle Colleges provide educational and support services primarily to adult learners. Under certain circumstances and under the auspices of special programs, students under the age of 18 also attend classes and/or participate in programs or activities on campus.
As a general rule, employees and students shall not bring children with them to their work sites or to classes. Infrequently, employees and students may bring children to their work sites and/or classrooms only in special circumstances, and then only upon approval by their instructor (for students) or supervisor (for employees), and upon their compliance with college rules.
The Seattle Colleges recognize that children under the age of 18 often appropriately accompany adults during visits to campus. Children, however, need at all times to be under the supervision of their parent(s) or guardian(s). It is inappropriate for a parent or guardian to ask members of the college community — administrators, faculty, staff, or students — to assume these responsibilities, unless he or she is leaving the child in a college program sanctioned for children as defined in these procedures.
Children without supervision or with supervision imposed upon college employees or students may disrupt the educational process or work setting, and possibly create a safety hazard for the children themselves or for others on the college campus. Parent(s) and guardian(s) are responsible for ensuring that children behave appropriately if children accompany a parent or guardian to campus. If, in the view of the faculty or administrator responsible for the class, work setting, or event, a child is disruptive, the parent or guardian must remove the child from the situation when requested to do so.
By this policy the college seeks to create a safer environment on campus, which is conducive to and supports the effective conduct of the educational process.
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Green for the 21st Century in Seattle
Innovations in curriculum and operations have earned the 2009 Green Washington Award for the Seattle Colleges
– Central, North and South. All three colleges are active members of the Seattle Climate Partnership and North was an
early signer of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. A district-wide Chancellor’s
Sustainability Initiative provides energy, focus and a forum for emerging training and initiatives.
Sustainability is infused into programs ranging from urban agriculture at Central to environmental science,
real estate and building management across the district. Students have funded a sustainability coordinator.
Campus activities include reducing the carbon footprint and promoting recycling and energy conservation, which earned
a “Recycler of the Year” award for South. Last year, the college culinary operations diverted 31 tons of
materials to a regional composting facility – which returned the compost to “green” the college landscape.
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‘Start Next Quarter’
During the economic downturn, thousands of displaced workers turned to the Seattle Colleges at the same
time regional employers reported a need for skilled workers to fill jobs in the new economy. To help both potential
workers and employers, the Seattle Colleges developed Start Next Quarter (SNQ), a two-part initiative
designed to improve the success of dislocated workers who enroll in technical education programs. SNQ invites
prospective students to assess their eligibility for workforce funding online and connects them to a comprehensive
two-day college success workshop held at each campus. The workshops are based on a model developed at one of the
district campuses. Students who complete the workshop are more likely to complete their training programs and to
obtain jobs using their new skills. The project was developed in part through a grant from the League for Innovation,
funded by the Walmart Foundation Bright Futures project to serve displaced workers.
A Model for the Region
The Opportunity Center for Employment and Education at North Seattle College is a regional resource and
the first integrated service center of its kind in Washington state. Since the OCE&E opened its doors in spring 2011,
more than 40,000 people have come for one-stop help in finding a new job, career retraining or to sign up for public
assistance benefits. Founding partners were the state Departments of Social and Health Services and Employment
Security, the college, and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. The campus and the new LEED
Gold Certified 45,000-square foot facility are in the heart of Seattle’s north end and close to a major transit hub.
House Speaker Frank Chopp and Rep. Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney (sponsor of the legislation and a former Seattle District trustee)
championed the OCE&E in the state legislature. The center aims to provide streamlined services in a positive environment,
helping clients succeed in the next stage of their lives.