Message from the President

Sheila Edwards Lange, President of Seattle Central College

I strongly believe in Seattle Vocational Institute (SVI) and its power to transform lives.

SVI has provided high-quality, short-term training for high-wage jobs in the Central District for over 30 years.

This mission continues today. Our faculty and staff care deeply about SVI's students, and work hard to ensure they have the support they need to be successful now and in the future.

I want to share a couple of recent developments in SVI's core healthcare and construction programs that benefit our students and highlight community commitment to continue to better lives together.

Recently, we partnered with Kaiser Permanente to offer 20 students a full-ride scholarship to study Medical Assisting at SVI. This exciting opportunity will give students:

  • Full tuition, fees, books and supplies for the four quarter Medical Assistant program 
  • Coaching and academic support from Seattle Colleges
  • Exposure to workshops and mentoring from Kaiser Permanente health care professionals 
  • Real world experience and an internship at a medical clinic

This is a great opportunity to provide first-generation college students, low-income and people of color an entry into the growing health care field. We are excited to extend education opportunities to underserved and underrepresented communities and are grateful to Kaiser Permanente for their partnership.

SVI's Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Training (PACT) has also partnered with Seattle Goodwill to enroll, train and place our students. As part of this partnership, we will help our students earn the industry credentials to find work in the construction field that provides sustainable, living wages for our graduates.

We have faced some challenges with our building, which needs updated facilities equipped to train and prepare students to meet the demands of today’s marketplace. Our fiscal budget realities make it impossible for Seattle Colleges to raise the SVI building to the standards necessary to meet student needs. We have been working with the State of Washington and the consulting firm Maul Foster Alongi, to study and re-imagine how the property can best serve the local community. Our vocational training programs will continue regardless of any decision made by the state about the building.

For more information on the building or to submit comments, please visit our Building and Location page.

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