- 2017: SPSCC selected as a Top 150 Community College by Aspen Institute
- 2017: 2017 NCMPR Medallion Awards for SPSCC Website, Video, Newsletter
- 2017: SPSCC ranked #41 best community college in the U.S. by College Choice
- 2016: SPSCC Public Relations awarded the Gold Medallion Award for Outdoor Media and the Bronze Medallion Award for the Foundation Annual Report, from the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR)
- 2016: SPSCC awarded $500,000 grant for Guided Pathways program
- 2016: SPSCC named one of Top 150 community colleges in the country and eligible for the prestigious Aspen Award
- 2015: SPSCC Public Relations awarded the Silver Award for Academic Print Catalog, from the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations
- 2009: SPSCC's Natural Sciences Building named a Top 10 Winner at the What Makes It Green Awards hosted by the AIA Seattle Committee on the Environment
- 2017: Automotive Professor Norm Chapman received the Byrl Shoemaker ASE Industry Education Alliance Instructor of the Year Award
- 2017: Art faculty Liza Brenner included in "A Legacy of Observation," a juried exhibition at Edinboro University.
- 2016: Math professor Neesha Patel received the 2016 Teacher Excellence Award from The Evergreen State College.
- 2016: English professor Matthew Young received a 2016 Artist Trust Grant to support his creative writing. Additionally, Bloomsbury Press will be publishing Young’s book Eat the Apple — a memoir of his role as a combat veteran—in 2017.
- 2016: Sarah Cabbage and Kathleen Ensenat named by the National Academy of Sciences as National Academies Education Fellows in the Life Sciences for 15-16 academic year
- 2016: Music professor Chip Schooler conducted the Washington Junior All-State Orchestra held February in Yakima
- 2016: Philosophy professor Joel Lebel awarded Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from University of Hawaii at Manoa
- 2015: Math professor Seth Braver named the 2015 Beckenbach Book Prize winner by the Mathematics Association of America
- 2013: English professor Jenn Berney won the Hugo House Works in Progress Competition
- 2017: Dean of Humanities/Communication Melissa Meade contributed to the book, LGBTQ Politics: A Critical Reader.
- 2016: Karama Blackhorn named 2016 Pride Activist of the Year at Capital City Pride
- 2014: Vice President for Student Services Rhonda Coats received the Racial Justice Award from the YWCA Women in Achievement program
- 2016: Sophomore basketball player Tyler Watts earned an honorable mention for Scholar Athlete of the Year from National Association of Two Year College Athletic Administrators
- 2016: For the fourth consecutive year, SPSCC students brought home medals at the SkillsUSA Washington Leadership and Skills Conference