Puget Sound Skills Center
18010 8th Avenue South Burien, WA 98148

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Puget Sound Skills Center
18010 8th Avenue South Burien, WA 98148

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Student Handbook 2021-22

Letter from the Principal/Director

September 2, 2021
Greetings, PSSC Students!

On behalf of the administration and staff at Puget Sound Skills Center, welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! Choosing to attend PSSC may well be one of the most important decisions you could make to ensure that you are well prepared for further education and a high -demand career. More than 75% of all careers require technical training and skills, which employers require in the people they hire. Be assured that you are at the right place at the right time to prepare for your future!

As you acquire technical, leadership, interpersonal, and applied academic skills at PSSC you will earn high school Occupational Education credit that counts toward graduation requirements. You can also earn equivalency academic credits, which may include English, Fine Arts, Math, or Science. Your instructor and our PSSC counselor will provide specific information about the options that are available in your skills center program. We highly recommend that you take advantage of earning equivalency credits, which will enhance your high school transcript as well as your resume.
PSSC also offers several scholarships that seniors can apply for during the early spring. Awards can be used to offset college tuition and fees or to purchase tools, equipment, and supplies that may be required in an advanced technical training program. You may also be able to participate in an internship and earn industry certifications, putting you even further ahead in progressing toward a rewarding career.

Our school is well known for its partnerships with business and industry. Many programs are nationally recognized, and so are the instructors who lead them. You can be assured that you will meet influential industry leaders who can help shape your future, and you will learn from highly qualified instructors who have honed their knowledge and skills through extensive workplace experiences. Each year, many of our students earn industry certifications and college credits that accelerate their learning and entry into the workforce. We encourage you to pursue these extraordinary opportunities, knowing that doing so will put you one step closer to experiencing a lifestyle that you desire and deserve.

As a student at PSSC, we invite you to be an ambassador for the program in which you are enrolled and for the school. Please share the benefits you are receiving through technical education and career preparation with your friends, staff at your home school, and community members with whom you interact. We welcome pre-arranged visits to see first-hand all that our school has to offer.

Again, our sincere welcome to PSSC! Please know that your school administrators are committed to ensuring that you have a successful experience during your time on our campus. If your schedule permits, feel free to stop by our offices and say “hello”; otherwise, we will see you in the classroom!


Reba Gilman, Principal/Director

Juan Lozano, Assistant Principal/Director


Preparing our students with skills and knowledge for success in college, career and citizenship.


All students - prepared, passionate and pursuing a rewarding career.

Core Values

  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Teamwork
  • Excellence

Focus Areas of PSSC Strategic Plan

  • Collaboration
  • Accountability
  • Relationships
  • Technology
  • Resources

PSSC Schedule


School Hours Monday - Friday

Period 1: 7:55 - 10:25 a.m. (M/W/Tu/Th/Fr)

Period 2: 11:55 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. (M/Tu/W/Th/Fr)

Period 3: Third Session    3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Period 3: Aeronautical Science 
3:45 - 6:00 p.m. (M/Tu/W/Th)