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Diesel Industrial Sector Cohort (DISC)

Diesel Industrial Sector Cohort

An Industry Connection to the Workforce

South Seattle College has formed the Diesel Industry Sector Cohort (DISC) program in partnership with some of Seattle’s largest diesel employers to offer industry-focused training through the college’s Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technology department. With DISC, top employers from the private sector sponsor a student of their choosing with an eye towards employment during (and at the completion of) the program. South seeks to find all students an industry sponsor before graduation.

The Nuts & Bolts of DISC

Upon successful completion of the program, students earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technology, and will be well-positioned to enter the industry as a full-time technician.

Learning opportunities are complemented by hands-on instruction provided by sponsoring companies in the industry. As a sponsored student, you may be offered a paid internship which allows you to get ahead of the learning curve, familiarize yourself with company culture and work with relevant technology in the industry.

Help Wanted

The DISC program was created in response to a high industry demand for experienced diesel technicians. Advances in mechanical design and technology have created a need for formally trained technicians in the industry. South’s Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technology program is designed for immediate job entry, teaching a foundation of career-ready skills in the classroom and on-the-job.

Paying for the Program

There are multiple options to pay for the program. For those who qualify, state and federal funds are available. Select students may also be sponsored by participating employers. Some sponsors offer a paid internship (17 hours a week) during the program to help offset costs, while others pay for the entire cost of the program.

DISC Open Houses

Our Diesel Sector Industrial Cohort (DISC) Open Houses allow prospective students to learn more about South’s Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technology and DISC programs. Attendees have the opportunity to tour our campus, and learn about our industry-developed curriculum, admissions processes, and multiple financial aid options!

Dates Available

  Date Time Location
Open House August 22, 2018 6pm - 7pm TEC 106

Getting Here

DISC Open Houses are held in the Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 127 (campus map). The Technology Center is located on the north end of campus and is most easily accessible from the north parking lot. Free parking permits will be provide and free parking is also available on 16th Ave SW. We are also accessible via the 125 and 128 Metro Bus routes.

For more information on the Diesel Industrial Sector Cohort (DISC) program please contact Nick Albritton, Recruitment Specialist, at (206) 934-6746 or email at


Please call 206-934-5394

Advising Appointments?

Please call 206-934-5387


For international student inquiries, please contact the Center for International Education.

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