In 1972, Washington enacted the Public Records act to assure citizens of the state transparency
and access to government. As a state agency, we are subject to the provisions of the Washington state
public disclosure laws (RCW 42.56)
governing access to public records and will respond accordingly. There may be exemptions to disclosure
that may prohibit the college from releasing certain documents. The college will provide a brief
explanation for any exemption to disclosure.
Within 5 business days of receiving a request the college will:
Records not exempt may contain personal or other information which may require us to
notify affected individual(s) of the request. We may provide affected individual(s)
a reasonable opportunity to seek court protection from disclosure.
There generally is little cost for electronic copies. However, not all documents
are available electronically. Current costs for documents include:
Some records are exempt from public disclosure law. Following are some examples:
The Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act of 1974, 20 U.S.C. § 1232g, prohibits the disclosure
of personally identifiable information in student education records without the student's
written consent. Records (or portions of records) marked  are student records protected from
disclosure under RCW 42.56.070(1) and 20 U.S.C. §1232g.
RCW 5.60.060(2)(a) protects communications between an attorney and the attorney's client(s) for
the purpose of obtaining or providing legal advice. The attorney-client privilege also protects
communications within a client agency to gather information for obtaining legal advice or to
convey attorney-client communications. Records (or portions of records) marked  are privileged
attorney-client communications protected from disclosure under RCW 42.56.070(1) and 5.60.062(2)(a).
RCW 42.56.290 protects attorney work product, consisting of drafts, notes, memoranda, research,
attorney-client communications, and other records prepared, collected, or assembled in litigation
or in anticipation of litigation that reveal factual or investigative information or that
reflect the opinions or mental impressions of an attorney or attorney's agent(s). Records
(or portions of records) marked  consist of attorney work product protected from
disclosure under RCW 42.56.290.
RCW 42.56.250(2) protects applications for public employment, including the names of applicants,
resumes, and other related materials submitted with respect to an applicant for public employment.
Records (or portions of records) marked  are public employee application materials
protected from disclosure under RCW 42.56.290.
RCW 42.56.250(3) protects the personal addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, social
security numbers, and emergency contact information of public employees and volunteers, as well
as the names, birthdates, addresses, phone numbers, and social security numbers of dependents.
Records (or portions of records) marked  are exempt from disclosure as personal employee
information protected under RCW 42.56.250(3).
RCW 42.56.250(2) and 42.56.050 protect personal information in files maintained for public
employees to the extent that disclosure would violate their right to privacy. Records (or portions
of records) marked  are exempt from disclosure as containing private information in employee files
protected under RCW 42.56.250(2) and 42.56.050.
RCW 42.56.230(6) protects personal financial information, including credit/debit card numbers,
electronic check numbers, credit expiration dates, or bank or other financial account numbers.
Records (or portions of records) marked  are withheld as containing personal financial information
protected under RCW 42.56.230(6).
Portions of public records marked  are withheld as containing individual Social Security Numbers
protected from disclosure under RCW 42.56.070(1) and 5 U.S.C. § 552(a).
RCW 42.56.420(4) protects information regarding the infrastructure and security of computer and
telecommunications networks, including security passwords, security access codes and programs, and
access codes for secure software applications. Records (or portions of records) marked  are
withheld as containing systems security information protected from disclosure under RCW 42.56.420(4).
All information that you provide Seattle Colleges, even your email communications, are considered public
records. As a public organization, Seattle Colleges is required to respond to public records requests
and disclose information from its purchasing records that may consist of other vendors’ confidential
information. Therefore, please do not include any sensitive information or materials such as trade secrets
or proprietary in your official bids, proposals, quotations, or correspondences. If you do so and do not
want disclosure of such information, you must hire an attorney to file an injunction.
Public Records Office
Green for the 21st Century in Seattle
Innovations in curriculum and operations have earned the 2009 Green Washington Award for the Seattle Colleges
– Central, North and South. All three colleges are active members of the Seattle Climate Partnership and North was an
early signer of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. A district-wide Chancellor’s
Sustainability Initiative provides energy, focus and a forum for emerging training and initiatives.
Sustainability is infused into programs ranging from urban agriculture at Central to environmental science,
real estate and building management across the district. Students have funded a sustainability coordinator.
Campus activities include reducing the carbon footprint and promoting recycling and energy conservation, which earned
a “Recycler of the Year” award for South. Last year, the college culinary operations diverted 31 tons of
materials to a regional composting facility – which returned the compost to “green” the college landscape.
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Helping displaced workers to
‘Start Next Quarter’
During the economic downturn, thousands of displaced workers turned to the Seattle Colleges at the same
time regional employers reported a need for skilled workers to fill jobs in the new economy. To help both potential
workers and employers, the Seattle Colleges developed Start Next Quarter (SNQ), a two-part initiative
designed to improve the success of dislocated workers who enroll in technical education programs. SNQ invites
prospective students to assess their eligibility for workforce funding online and connects them to a comprehensive
two-day college success workshop held at each campus. The workshops are based on a model developed at one of the
district campuses. Students who complete the workshop are more likely to complete their training programs and to
obtain jobs using their new skills. The project was developed in part through a grant from the League for Innovation,
funded by the Walmart Foundation Bright Futures project to serve displaced workers.
A Model for the Region
The Opportunity Center for Employment and Education at North Seattle College is a regional resource and
the first integrated service center of its kind in Washington state. Since the OCE&E opened its doors in spring 2011,
more than 40,000 people have come for one-stop help in finding a new job, career retraining or to sign up for public
assistance benefits. Founding partners were the state Departments of Social and Health Services and Employment
Security, the college, and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. The campus and the new LEED
Gold Certified 45,000-square foot facility are in the heart of Seattle’s north end and close to a major transit hub.
House Speaker Frank Chopp and Rep. Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney (sponsor of the legislation and a former Seattle District trustee)
championed the OCE&E in the state legislature. The center aims to provide streamlined services in a positive environment,
helping clients succeed in the next stage of their lives.