School of New and Continuing Studies

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on Monday, February 2, 2015 at 10:40 PM PST

Seattle University is adding something new to the mix for adult learners. Those who want the benefit of an outstanding Seattle University education, but are not looking for the traditional college experience can now turn to the School of New and Continuing Studies.

The new school caters to the traditionally underrepresented demographic of adult learners. The school accepts those who have completed at least 60 hours of college credits and want to complete their degree or those who are looking to add to their skills set.  The hybrid nature of the school (all classes consist of online and in-person course work) makes education accessible to even the busiest schedules. 

The school plans to launch BA programs in spring of 2016, but has already hit the ground running with their one-year Web Development Certificate, which launched its first cohort in January 2015. The Web Development Certificate consists of eight courses designed to transition students from a typical web user to an entry-level front end web developer. 

Seattle’s reputation as a high tech hub makes this certificate especially relevant. 52,000 web and software technology jobs were posted in Puget Sound in 2013 alone and the median income for web developers in the United States is $62,000. 

"We believe the program has a responsibility to serve everyone in the Puget Sound Region. The web industry is desperate for an infusion of diverse perspectives and fresh talent. Our students reflect this goal: The first cohort is made up of 60% women and represents a range of life experience and backgrounds." Shawn Rider, the Director of Web, Application and Technology Studies for the School of New and Continuing Studies, said.

Not only are the courses led by knowledgeable instructors with real-world industry experience, but the entire Web Development Certificate is designed to build compelling professional portfolios that will impress employers, recruiters and help students land a job upon completion.  The school is enrolling new cohorts quarterly and are now accepting applications  for  the certificate program beginning in April 2015. Those interested in learning more about the program can visit their website.  

The addition of the School of New and Continuing Studies is an exciting opportunity for Seattle University and life-long learners alike. Make sure to stay tuned as more news and information are announced.