Message from the President

Sheila Edwards Lange, President of Seattle Central College

I want to share important information about the future of Seattle Vocational Institute (SVI), which has trained students from diverse communities for living wage jobs over the last 30 years.

I am happy to report that SVI, which is located in Seattle’s historic Central District, is open and enrolling students for Fall Quarter 2017. As always, we are still a small, welcoming, supportive and diverse community, and we will continue to do everything we can to support our students during their time at SVI.

Over the last year, we have had many difficult problems to solve, including lower than expected student enrollment, which necessitated cuts to SVI’s operating budget. The building is also in need of improvements and repairs. We are addressing these issues using valuable input from community members, business leaders, elected officials and our students.

We now have a vision for the future that we feel will ensure SVI’s sustainability in the years to come, which includes investing in strengthening and growing programs in healthcare, technology, construction and high school completion. We know this has been a difficult and confusing adjustment and we appreciate your patience.

I strongly believe in SVI’s power to help people improve their lives and am dedicated to improving this vital institution so it can continue to serve future generations of students with effective education and training programs.

Sincerely yours,
Sheila Edwards Lange, Ph.D.
President, Seattle Central College