Spokane Community Colleges

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Spokane Falls Community College

Spokane Falls Community College serves both as a stop for transfer students and a new start for those who’ve decided to dive back into that whole education thing. But while it may be a community college, the staff still cares deeply, both about learning and the students who have come to learn. (See “Art House,” an article we published in May 2011 about professors and students turning a vacant building here into a temporary art exhibit.)

The Falls may be small, in other words, but that small size creates an ideal environment for students to grow and flourish.

Bonus: Spokane Falls features an expansive weight room and bowling alley. Order now.

Word of Warning

Most students are here for their associate degrees. Ideally, that can be used to transfer to a four-year school’s bachelor’s program, but double-check which classes transfer and which ones won’t. Nothing is quite as frustrating as needing to take the same basic class twice because a university has a different requirement.

Meanwhile, be careful who you try to date. Spokane Falls features a high percentage of Running Start students from local high schools, meaning some of your classmates could be as young as 16.

Escape Route

Less than five minutes away from campus is Flying Goat Pizza. Find a table outside and enjoy a beverage (they have a wide selection of beer) with your Neapolitan-style pizza.

First Date

SFCC just finished construction on a brand-new, state-of-the-art planetarium that holds 50 seats and has an HD digital projection system to reveal the wonders of the night sky. Friday nights, there’s even a show for the general public. Sit under the artificial sky, hold hands and take in some especially romantic black-hole facts.

Spokane Community College

Much like Spokane Falls, SCC often serves as a steppingstone for people looking to transfer to a larger university. But others use SCC to hone in deeply and precisely to a specific career.

Forget the “Inverse Literary Theory Paradoxes” classes of your liberal arts colleges — SCC’s the world of the tangible and the practical: aviation maintenance, machining/computer numerical control, and radiology technology, to name a few. This is a school for students with goals. It boasts a 78 percent employment rate after graduation, so it’s not for students bent on burning through credits as a way to stall until they find out what they want to do with their lives.

Word of Warning

Sorry, Bluto wannabes. Spokane Community College offers no Animal House experience. The industrial part of town and the community college environment mean no frat parties, no toga-ed men, and very few public drunken stupors.

Escape Route

Anyone with a car or a bus pass can get into luscious downtown Spokane within 10 minutes. Here you’ll be able to find a full array of bars and cafes to quench your thirst for booze or coffee. North from campus, Hillyard’s shopping district features great restaurants (e.g., the Outlaw Cafe and the Red Dragon), antique shops, a cheap bookstore (Pilot’s Bookstore), and a tattoo shop (Hot Rod Tattoo).

First Date

Down East Sprague awaits Spokane’s International District, full of Asian and Slavic restaurants. This piece of land is also home to the Third Friday Artwalk, usually featuring artwork imbued with an international tinge. While there, grab something to eat from participating vendors, like the Viet Dong Vietnamese Restaurant and Mariupol Bakery and Russian Market.

Spokane Jewish Cultural Film Festival @ Gonzaga University Jepson Center

Through Feb. 5
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