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Message From The President

Gary Oertli, President

Gary Oertli,

Welcome to South Seattle College where, for over 40 years, we have helped students achieve their educational and career goals. We serve a multicultural population of 15,000 students each year from our beautiful 87-acre, wooded campus in West Seattle, and satellite campuses in the Georgetown and Beacon Hill communities.

We're all about providing options, and make every effort to meet the educational needs of our communities. South is a great place to complete your two-year college transfer degree, pursue a professional technical career, take pre-college classes, or enroll in continuing education and professional development courses. You can even earn your four-year degree in Hospitality Management, Sustainable Building Science Technology, and Teach Tech.

Ours is a campus where learning is encouraged and supported. Our highly-qualified faculty are dedicated and accomplished professionals who are passionate about teaching. They bring that enthusiasm to the classroom, along with innovative teaching methods and approaches designed to fit your learning needs.

As a member of South's diverse student body, the interactions you'll have in and outside the classroom will not only enhance your academic experience, but prepare you for work in a global society.

We offer a comprehensive array of support services and resources designed to help you succeed, ranging from free tutoring to a textbook loan library. There are also many ways to become involved in campus life through student clubs and leadership. We encourage you to explore these services and opportunities.

South is committed to the concepts and practice of sustainability, and we apply those concepts in our programs and operations. Our Georgetown campus is a leader in green jobs training, and offers programs in weatherization, energy auditing, and pre-apprenticeship training in energy utility, green building and electrical green jobs fields. On our main campus, we offer electric vehicle conversion classes and even have a thriving carbon garden biochar test plot that is now sprouting over 1,000 corn plants.

Again, welcome to South Seattle College. We look forward to working with you to make your time at South enjoyable and successful, as you "Start Here, Go Anywhere."


Gary Oertli


Robert Smith Building


Monday - Thursday:

8:00 am to 4:30 pm

8:00 am to 1:00 pm


Wendy Nagasawa, Executive Assistant