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Disclaimer

Information in this catalog is intended to provide an overview of the colleges. Academic requirements and procedures necessary for admission and graduation are included.

During the period the general catalog is in circulation, there may be policy, procedure, calendar, and curriculum revisions and program changes, including changes in the quarters in which courses are offered or discontinuation of programs. Changes may apply not only to prospective students, but also to those who are currently enrolled. Students are encouraged to refer to the online catalog at www.ccs.spokane.edu for the most current information and should consult the appropriate academic unit counselor or adviser.

All announcements in the catalog are subject to change without notice and do not constitute an agreement between the college and the student.

Limitation of Liability

The total liability of Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS) for claims arising from a contractual relationship with the student in any way related to classes or programs shall be limited to the tuition and expenses paid by the student to CCS for those classes or programs. In no event shall CCS be liable for any special, indirect, incidental, or consequential damages, including but not limited to loss of earnings or profits.

For more information on CCS Policies and Procedures, go to Board Policies and Administrative Procedures

Accreditation

Washington Community College District 17 (CCS) includes Spokane Community College (SCC), Spokane Falls Community College (SFCC), and off-campus centers.

Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College are regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding an institution's accredited status by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, 8060 165th Avenue N.E., Suite 100, Redmond, WA 98052, (425) 558-4224, www.nwccu.org.

Many individual programs also are accredited by additional professional accrediting associations as listed below.

Students enrolled in credit programs at the off-campus centers earn their certificates and degrees through SCC or SFCC.

Completion of a certificate or degree program at SCC or SFCC does not guarantee job placement.

Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS) operates under the jurisdiction of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges and the Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges.

Both SCC and SFCC are approved to participate in Federal Title IV, Washington State Financial Aid and Title 38 Veterans Educational Benefit programs. Off-campus centers are approved as additional locations through the two colleges for students enrolled in eligible degree or certificate programs.

Program Accreditations and Certifications
Spokane Community College

Culinary Arts
American Culinary Federation(ACF)
Dental Assisting
American Dental Association (ADA)/Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS)
Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary
Washington State Dental Quality Assurance Commission
Health Information Technology
Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)
Invasive Cardiovascular Technology
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT)
Medical Assisting
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB)
Natural Resources Management (Forestry)
Society of American Foresters (SAF)
Noninvasive Cardiovascular Technology/Echocardiography
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT)
Nursing
Washington Department of Health-Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission (NCQAC)
Accreditation Commission on Education in Nursing (ACEN)
Pharmacy Technician
Washington State Board of Pharmacy
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)/ Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission (PTAC)
Radiology Technology
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
Respiratory Care
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
Surgical Technology
Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA) a branch of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC-STSA)
Vascular Technology
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT)

Program Affiliations
Spokane Community College

Automotive Technology
National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
Automotive: Toyota T-TEN
National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
Aviation Maintenance
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Cosmetology
Washington State Department of Licensing, Cosmetology Section
Landscape Management
National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP)
Legal Nurse
American Bar Association (ABA)
Natural Resources Management (Wildlife/Fisheries)
North American Wildlife Technology Association (NAWTA)
Paralegal
American Bar Association (ABA)

Program Accreditations
Spokane Falls Community College

Addiction Studies
National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC)
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
Orthotic-Prosthetic Technician
National Commission on Orthotics and Prosthetics Education (NCOPE)
Physical Therapist Assistant
American Physical Therapy Association-Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (APTA-CAPTE)

Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources

Community Colleges of Spokane provides information technology resources (IT resources) to support the instructional, support and administrative activities of the district. IT resources are intended for the sole use of college faculty, staff, students and other authorized users. IT resources include but are not limited to host computer systems, web sites, desktop computers and workstations, communications networks, electronic software, electronic hardware, library automation systems, multi-media equipment, electronic data, computer files, video networks, telephones, voice mail, e-mail, and internet resources. IT resources will be used according to state laws and the policies and procedures of the district and its institutions. Use of CCS IT resources, as state resources, does not confer a right to privacy in those resources. Community Colleges of Spokane reserves the right to monitor its IT resources and to take appropriate action to protect the integrity of its IT resources in accordance with existing laws, policies and procedures.

Violation of this policy could result in loss of access to IT resources and students are subject to disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct.

For more information, go to CCS Board Policy 7.30.05

Prohibition Against Alcohol, Marijuana, and Unlawful Drugs

Being observably under the influence of any legend drug, narcotic drug or controlled substance or otherwise using, possessing, delivering, manufacturing, or seeking any such drug or substance, except in accordance with a lawful prescription for that student by a licensed health care professional or as otherwise expressly permitted by federal, state, or local law, is prohibited in all facilities, grounds, events or activities directly or indirectly under the control of CCS.

While state law permits the recreational use of marijuana, federal law prohibits such use on college premises or in connection with college activities. Being observably under the influence of marijuana or the psychoactive compounds found in marijuana, or otherwise using, possessing, selling or delivering any product containing marijuana or the psychoactive compounds found in marijuana and intended for human consumption, regardless of form, is prohibited.

Being under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or otherwise using, possessing, manufacturing, selling, distributing any alcoholic beverages, or public intoxication (except as expressly permitted by law and college rules) are prohibited. Alcoholic beverages may not, in any circumstance, be used by, possessed by, sold, or distributed to any person under twenty-one years of age.

Community Colleges of Spokane will comply with the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989, and U.S. Department of Transportation regulations implementing the Federal Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991. Employees or students engaging in prohibited activities shall be subject to disciplinary action, pursuant to applicable rules, regulations and employment contracts, which may result in suspension or termination. Student disciplinary proceedings shall be conducted in accordance with WAC 132Q-10.

For more information, refer to WAC 132Q-10.

Sex Offender Admission Policy

Individuals convicted of sex or kidnapping offenses are required to self-disclose such status to the chief student services officer or designee prior to admission to SCC, SFCC, or off-campus centers as a condition of enrollment. Failure to comply may be grounds for denial of admission or expulsion from SCC, SFCC, or the off-campus centers. (CCS Administrative Procedure 2.30.05-M)

Equal Opportunity/Nondiscrimination/Title IX

Community Colleges of Spokane complies with all Washington State antidiscrimination laws (RCW-49.60) and the following federal laws relating to equal opportunity: Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Community Colleges of Spokane - comprised of SCC and SFCC - does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, age, or any other unlawful basis in its programs, activities or employment. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and are also known as the Title IX Coordinators. Discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, domestic or dating violence, stalking, and retaliation are in violation of and prohibited by CCS Board Policy. Students who believe they have been harassed, discriminated, or retaliated against should contact the appropriate Title IX Coordinator.

Vice President of Student Services

Title IX Coordinator
Spokane Community College
1810 N Greene Street
Spokane WA 99217-5399
(509) 533-7015

For complaints against students

Vice President of Student Services

Title IX Coordinator
Spokane Falls Community College
3410 W Fort George Wright Dr
Spokane WA 99224-5288
(509) 533-3514

For complaints against students

Chief Administration Officer

Title IX Coordinator
Community Colleges of Spokane
501 N Riverpoint Blvd
PO Box 6000 MS 1004
Spokane WA 99217-6000
(509) 434-5037

For complaints against employees, vendors, contractors and guests

 

Members of the CCS community, guests, and visitors have the right to be free from all forms of sexual and gender-based discrimination, examples of which can include acts of sexual violence, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. All members of the CCS community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. Sexual misconduct matters are handled according to the procedures outlined in the Standards of Conduct for Students, WAC 132Q-10-Sections 101-503. Also see Administrative Procedure 3.30.01-A. Complaints alleging misconduct by employees, contractors, guests or visitors will follow the procedures in CCS Administrative Procedure 2.30.01-A.

Community Colleges of Spokane takes gender-based violence seriously. When an allegation of misconduct is made, and a responding party is found to have violated this policy, appropriate sanctions will be used to remedy and prevent such behavior. For more information regarding sexual assault and relationship violence, including CCS's policies, procedures and resources please see www.ccs.spokane.edu/Sexual-Assault-and-Relationship-Violence-Resources.aspx

To receive this information in an alternative format, contact the appropriate Title IX Coordinator.

Community Colleges of Spokane has an open door policy. However, most courses and programs have prerequisites and some have limited enrollment and/or waiting lists. Additionally, some have special skill and ability requirements for participation. Information about these requirements is available by calling the appropriate admissions office:

  • SCC: (509) 533-8020
  • SFCC: (509) 533-3500

Notice of Non-Discrimination in Vocational Education Programs

Community Colleges of Spokane offers career and technical education programs at Spokane Falls Community College in the following areas of study: addiction studies; administrative assistant; administrative/computer specialist; applied management in manufacturing, entrepreneurship, or healthcare; audio engineering; business and software applications; business management; business technology and software specialist; computer forensics/network security; computer network support; computer science and information systems; cyber security; digital marketing; digital media production; early childhood education; education paraprofessional; graphic design; health/fitness technician; hearing instrument specialist; information technology; interior design; interpreter training; library and information services; occupational therapy assistant; office assistant; orthotics and prosthetics; photography; physical therapist assistant; retail management; social media marketing; and social services.

Community Colleges of Spokane also offers career and technical education programs at Spokane Community College in the following areas of study: accounting; administrative assistant; administrative office management; agriculture; apprenticeships; architecture, automotive collision and refinishing; automotive maintenance and light repair; automotive technology; automotive Toyota T-TEN; aviation maintenance technology; baking; biomedical equipment; business general; business occupations; business software specialist; business writing; CAD design and drafting; clerical assistant; cosmetology; criminal justice; culinary; customer service representative; dental; diagnostic medical sonography; diesel/heavy duty equipment; echocardiography; electrical maintenance and automation; electrical trainee; electronics engineering; emergency medical technician/paramedic; entrepreneurship; esthetician; fire science; front office professional; greenhouse/nursery; health information management; heating ventilation air-conditioning and refrigeration; hotel and restaurant management; hydraulic and pneumatic automation; invasive cardiovascular technology; landscape management; legal administration; legal administrative assistant; legal nurse; legal office software specialist; legal receptionist; line construction-Avista; machinist-CNC technology; management; manicurist; marketing; medical assistant; medical office specialist; natural resource management; network design and administration; nursing; paralegal; pharmacy; project management; radiology technology; respiratory care; software development; surgical technology; truck driver training; vascular technology, water resources management; welding and fabrication; and apprenticeships in bricklayers, AGC carpenters, carpenters, home builders, electrical workers, cement masons, painters/tapers, roofers, laborers, plumbers/steamfitters, elevator construction, machinist, sheetmetal workers, ironworkers, boilermakers, heavy equipment operators, and operating engineers.

Community Colleges of Spokane does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, age or any other unlawful basis in its programs, activities and employment. Students who believe they have been harassed or discriminated against should refer to the Equal Opportunity/Nondiscrimination/Title IX section of the Catalog to learn the appropriate procedure to follow.

Community Colleges of Spokane will take steps to assure that the lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in career and technical education programs.

Public Records Requests

The district's public records shall be in the charge and control of the Public Records Officer designated by the district Chancellor. The person so designated is the CCS Public Records Officer, located in the Riverpoint One Building at 501 N Riverpoint Blvd, Spokane.

Per WAC 132Q-276, requests to examine public records must be made in writing through the CCS Public Records Officer. The public records request form (CCS 2136) is available online at our Public Information Requests page. A detailed e-mail request may be accepted in lieu of the form. Once collected, records are normally available for inspection from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (with the exception of holidays and a modified summer schedule).

For more information, contact:

Community Colleges of Spokane
Public Records Officer, MS 1006
Post Office Box 6000
Spokane, WA 99217-6000
Phone: (509) 434-5275 Fax: (509) 434-5279
Email: publicrecords@ccs.spokane.edu

Students with Disabilities

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, accommodations for otherwise qualified students with a disability(s) will be considered on a case by case basis. Students should identify themselves as having a disability(s) with the Disability Support Services (DSS) Office, request services and/or accommodations during an intake interview and provide appropriate documentation of the disability. Accommodations are determined on an individual basis through an interactive process and are formulated based upon documentation of disability and information obtained during an intake interview with DSS. Support services and accommodations may be reviewed each quarter. Accommodations that would compromise patient care, or fundamentally alter the essential nature or learning outcomes of a program or activity are not considered to be reasonable.

A student who is denied an accommodation or seeks the review or reconsideration of an action, inaction or a decision made by DSS has the right to request a review of the determination through the grievance procedure for students with concerns with DSS. Refer to CCS Administrative Procedure 3.20.01-B.

Students who believe they have been harassed or discriminated against based upon their disability status should refer to the Equal Opportunity/Nondiscrimination/Title IX section of the catalog to learn the appropriate procedure to follow.

More information can be found at each colleges' web site, or call:

  • SCC: (509) 533-7169
  • SFCC: (509) 533-4166
  • SFCC Pullman Campus: (509) 332-2706
  • SCC Northern Counties: (509) 685-2122