Small Business Classes to Get You on Track

Small Business Classes to Get You on Track
Are you a small business owner or dreaming about becoming one? Our small business classes are designed to empower and educate you every step of the way. Check out these four classes beginning soon! Don’t miss out, register today! 

Fall Quarter Starts Today!

Welcome Fall Quarter!
Fall has officially begun! The weather is cooling and the leaves are changing color. With the changing of the season comes the beginning of Fall quarter! Check out these great classes starting the first two weeks in October! It's not too late to register!

Fitness Classes You Can Do on Your Lunch Break

Lunch Break Workouts
If lunchtime is your only free time of the day to sneak in a quick workout, we’ve got you covered! In fact, you don’t even need to leave your office to do these classes! So, pack a sack lunch and join us for these great Zoom fitness classes perfect for the lunch hour!

Classes that Promote Purpose, Growth and Creativity

Classes that Promote Purpose, Growth and Creativity
Creativity comes in many forms. It is the land of endless possibility and a completely unique part of who you are. Everyone is creative. Whether you think you are or not, you are. Once recognized and acknowledged you can find ways to use your creativity for personal growth. North has a number of classes that promote purpose, growth and creativity. Fall quarter starts Sept 27th, enroll now!

4 Fall Classes that Inspire Change

Fall Quarter Registration Open!
Fall traditionally signals change. The weather here in the PNW turns cooler and the trees begin to show their autumn glory. For North Seattle Continuing Education, it means bringing you more great classes to help you learn a new skill, move up in your current career, start a new career, or keep up with changes in your profession. Register today for one of our in person or online classes!  

On Campus Class Favorites Returning Fall Quarter

Class Favorites Returning Fall Quarter

The start of fall quarter is almost upon us, and we are excited to announce that some of your favorite classes are back to meeting in person on campus! Registration for fall quarter officially begins Aug 2nd and here is just a preview of some of your favorites being offered.


A Celebration of Creativity: The 7th Annual CE Student Art Show

Art Show Exhibition

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Pablo Picasso

This past year, most of us found ourselves staying home more than we ever have before. Connection with others frequently happened virtually through video-conferencing. We had to establish new routines that mostly happened from inside our own houses. As we navigated this “new normal,” many turned to Continuing Education classes as a way to connect with others and find inspiration. This year’s 7th Annual CE Student Art Show is a testament to our ability to adapt. All of the art works featured in the exhibit were made in classes held online with students working on their pieces at home.


Printmaking at Home: A Student's Perspective

Marianne in class
Eleven of us were arranged in a grid across my laptop screen, peering at Nico, our instructor. We had all signed up for Printmaking at Home, a Zoom block print class that would teach us how to make surprisingly gorgeous art prints, even working on our kitchen countertops, bedroom desks, or dining room tables.

New Classes for Summer!

Bird

We've added some exciting new classes for summer! These virtual classes are designed to bring new experiences, perspectives, and skills to you, wherever you are. Get to know our summer birds, develop your eye for composing photos, build your own website, and more!


Fred Radke, Founding Faculty

Jazz Ensemble 2019 Performance

Let’s step back to the fall of 1970; the very first quarter students ventured onto the newly-constructed North Seattle College. No cell phones, no personal computers, no Zoom… and no music rooms! When Fred Radke came to campus as a founding member of the Music Program, there was no dedicated space for the program yet to speak of.

“We needed places to teach!” Radke remembers. “Well, we commandeered a restroom, draped it off, hung cardboard. We had rooms all over the college! We made a lecture hall into a concert hall.”


Essential Writing Tips: Balancing Complexity with Clarity

Person Writing at Laptop

Remember the last time you were reading about a new subject or unfamiliar concept and felt frustrated? Maybe the author assumed you know more than you do. Or chose to use jargon that made getting through a paragraph feel futile. 


Capture the Moment: Photography Basics with Robert Stahl

Persian Carpet, Photo by Bob Stahl

The best camera is the one you have with you, right? Not always. If you’ve ever tried to capture the beauty of a sunset, that bird you spotted on a hike, or your child’s winning soccer goal with a camera phone, the results may have lacked the magic that inspired you in the first place. But with a little practice, you can capture the moment in all it’s clarity and depth with your digital DLSR or mirrorless camera.


Following a Lead: Getting Started in Audiobook Narration

Home Recording

By Rebecca Lee

I’ve always been fascinated by the magic of voice-over. But while living in Los Angeles, working on a career in comedic acting and writing, I always heard that a few people in Hollywood did the majority of the work. Fast forward seven years and I’m not only recording audiobooks, but publishing them as well. How did I get here?


6 Fundamental Investment Rules

Miles Goodwin

By Miles Goodwin

One of the experts that we study in class teaches us that everything you need to know to be a successful investor, you’ve learned by the 6th grade. Wall Street likes to mystify what it does so that you feel the need to ask them for advice. But the fact of the matter is that the rules are simple, easily understood, and you learn all of them in my class. Let’s start with the basics...


Sculpting a New Perspective

CJ Carter Working on Sculpture

CJ Carter Reflects on International Artist Residency 

Experiencing a change in scenery, even just a short break from regular routines and responsibilities, can inspire new ideas, perspectives, and motivation. Ceramics Instructor CJ Carter made just such a leap, taking a position as the Young Artist-in-Residence at Guldagergaard - International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark. As this summer residency is coming to a close, we checked in with CJ to find out more about this transformative experience and how it will inform their teaching. 


Poetry and Pets: Teaching During COVID

Cat Walking Across Laptop

By Graham Isaac 

There are seven open zoom windows, including my own. A student, in the middle of a poem about returning home after being absent a long time, darts her head and glares at something out of frame. In a second, a grey-black blur whizzes by.


New Classes for Spring!

New Classes for Spring text

We've added twenty-one new classes for spring! That’s a number to rival a pre-pandemic quarter. But our students continue to come back to us for virtual classes and we have responded, offering new experiences, perspectives, and skill-building opportunities. Learn what it takes to get started in audiobook narration, rewrite 2020 with a comedic twist, dive into fiction by and about women, or add new recipes to the rotation. And that's just the beginning! With your continued support and input, we're able to develop new learning opportunities each quarter.


ctcLink and Continuing Education: FAQ

ctcLink logo

Over the last few years, the Washington State Community and Technical College system has been migrating to ctcLink to allow the 34 colleges to better serve students across the state. Although the impact to students taking only Continuing Education classes is minimal, we want to help answer questions you may have about the new system. Starting on February 22, 2021 North Seattle College will convert to the new ctcLink system. Because we are moving into a completely new environment, registration for spring has been delayed until the beginning of March. 


Short Term Commitment, Long Term Benefit

Man Smiling at Laptop

Short term skill building opportunities are one of our specialties. These classes combine the structure, and accountability of a class learning environment with the quality of a trusted community partner.


11 Biggest Remodeling Mistakes and Expert Tips for a Successful Fix

Contractor

By Peter Marx

Some homeowners get so excited about remodeling jobs that they don’t think through the process. Focused on the end result, they jump into the project and make major mistakes like choosing a contractor simply because they’re the cheapest, hiring someone who doesn’t specialize in the work they’re having done, or overseeing the job themselves in an effort to save money.


Awakening the Soul: Rebecca Clio Gould talks about Seated Qigong and Meditation

Seated qigong posture

When Awakening the Soul – Seated Qigong and Meditation instructor Rebecca Clio Gould dropped out of law school in 2005, she couldn’t foresee teaching qigong and meditation becoming her life’s calling. “In 2006 I enrolled in the Asian Healing Arts and Healing with Whole Foods program at the Heartwood Institute in Garberville, California,” Gould recalls. “I didn’t know much about qigong, but tai chi was part of the program I was in. One of the teachers offered a sort of extra credit field trip to a qigong workshop one weekend. I decided to go.” Though unfamiliar with the myriad types of qigong, Gould found herself drawn to the art. “I had an image in my head of qigong being a lot of statically held postures and thought it would be boring and uncomfortable. I couldn’t have been more wrong!”


“First Time I’ve Smiled in Two Weeks”

Woman sitting with hands together

Q & A with Instructor Rebecca Gould

As we move into the deep winter months, it’s a good time to consider how we can best care for ourselves, in both mind and body. Qigong is a mind-body-spirit practice featuring regulation of breath, body movement and posture, and meditation. We checked in with Qigong Instructor Rebecca Gould to find out how her own practice has helped her, and her students, weather these pandemic months.


Music as Meditation

Instructor Michael Wilde on Stage Playing Harmonica

Q & A with Instructor Michael Wilde 

Instructor Michael Wilde has been teaching Harmonica with North’s Continuing Ed program for more than two decades. While those many years of experience may not have prepared him to teach during a pandemic, it gives him a depth of experience that comes through loud and clear, even over Zoom. Teaching his class virtually has allowed him to continue sharing his passion with our community of lifelong learners while also sharing a practice of self-care that has recently become even more important.  


One-Time Wonders

Stage and spotlight

Consider the “One-Hit Wonder.” Can you name one? An artist who never returned to the spotlight although their impact and influence carries on through a single contribution.

It is much the same with our “One-Time Wonder” classes...


Opening the Gifts of Creativity

Acrylic painting by Victoria John titled "Awakening Compassion"

By Victoria John

Teaching a Zoom class is like opening a gift. You never know what to expect. My granddaughters gave me the best gift ever, a handmade glitter globe, with the surprise addition of colorful, miniature pom poms. In stillness the glitter is sediment and barely discernable, with the pom poms floating motionless at the top. Shaking gives the globe momentum, and the glitter comes to life, dazzling, as the soft-edged pom poms morph into star-like forms, spinning and swirling in rhythm with the sparkle of the glitter. Such was my experience with teaching “It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again,” a course designed by Julia Cameron, to reignite creativity in midlife or retirement...