Corporate & Continuing Education (CCE) develops noncredit courses that are responsive to the changing interests of the community and in alignment with what business and industry needs to keep employees current and the business competitive. Whether you're training for a new career, adding to your current job skills or just interested in learning something new, we have classes for everyone.
Each year over 7,000 students take classes covering a wide range of topics delivered in a variety of ways, such as short workshops, quarter-long classes, online, here at the college, or at their business.
Our staff is always interested in what new classes you would like to see, or meeting with you to develop a training for your business. We are here to promote your success! Please reach out to us and let us know how we can help you. Contact CCE for locations, directions, and more information.
Noncredit courses are personal or professional interest offerings that cannot be used towards credit degrees, but many noncredit job training courses can be used for continuing education units for industry certifications.
We also have certificate programs that align with national accreditation standards and are great resume builders. Some noncredit certificates are also on the eligible provider list and certain funding sources can help cover the costs. Check with your funding sources to see if you can take these certificate classes.
Noncredit courses are student-supported, no state money is used to cover the costs of the classes, and the fees charged enable the class to either be offered or canceled. So register early to make sure the class you want can be offered.
Our instructors are experts in their fields and recruited from the community. If you are interested in teaching for us please see Jobs at SPSCC.
Arbutus Folk School specializes in music and crafting classes, including metal, wood, fiber and ceramics. A local non-profit based out of downtown Olympia, Arbutus utilizes local artisans and craftspeople as instructors. Some of the more popular classes which SPSCC and Arbutus have offered in partnership include Basic Soapmaking, Beginnnig Blacksmithing, and Beginning Woodturning.
Bayview School of Cooking is located above the Bayview Thriftway on the picturesque Olympia waterfront. They specialize in both high-end and practical cooking classes, many of which are taught by local restaurant owners and culinary stars. Classes range from candy making to outdoor meat smoking classes. Some of the more popular classes which SPSCC and Bayview have offered in partnership include Hands-On Potstickers, Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls, and Mac and Cheese - Everybody's Favorite.
Garden-Raised Bounty (GRuB) is a non-profit organziation located in the west hills of Olympia. Focused on both gardening/horticultural and basic cooking classes, GRuB offers training accessible and affordable classes taught by mostly volunteer instructors. Some of the more popular classes which SPSCC and GRuB have offered in partnership include Edible Weeds and Herbs for Cold and Flu Season.
Paramount Martial Arts is a Lacey-based martial arts center which offers classes for students of most ages. Locally owned and managed, Paramount Martial Arts offers a half dozen instructors who hold almost 100 years of martial arts and personal defense experience between them. SPSCC and Paramount Martial Arts primarily partner in offering classes on Krav Maga and training sessions in Paramount's signature W.A.V.E. - Women Against Violent Encounters.
Radiance Herbs and Massage is located in downtown Olympia on 5th avenue. In addition to being a retail space that offers holistic and natural products, reference books, and an amazing wall of bulk herbs and spices, Radiance also offers a massage clinic and tub room seven days a week. Some of the more popular classes which SPSCC and GRuB have offered in partnership include Magical Natural Perfume, Long Life, Happy Life: Staying Vibrant with Herbs and Celebrate the Goddess.
Senior Services for South Sound is the organization that runs the Lacey and Olympia Senior Center. Offering classes to keep retirees active, vibrant and intellectually challenged, they often bring in working or retired professors from local colleges to teach classes such as Fall is Fabulous in the Garden and Brain Activity: How it Shapes our Mental Life.
Even people who can barely point to Lacey on a map have heard of Shipwreck Beads. One of the premier tourist spots in Thurtson County for crafts enthusiasts, Shipwreck also offers many community training classes for people of all skill levels - beginner to expert. Currently, Shipwreck Beads and SPSCC partner on Beading 101 classes.
The Strong Center is a gym and training facility located right across the street from the Mottman Campus of South Puget Sound Community College. Locally owned and operated, the Strong Center offers a variety of health and fitness classes, including Zumba, Yoga, and BodyFlow: Core, Balance, Flexibility. They also offer the three quarter ACE Personal Trainer Program in partnership with SPSCC.