Applied Education

The Applied Education Department provides applied instruction in the areas of mathematics, technical writing, leadership, and employment preparation for various departments throughout Spokane Community College. Students will be required to successfully complete one or more of these classes depending on department requirements, in order to earn a certificate or degree. These courses, listed under the APLED (pronounced "Apple-Ed") prefix, are as follows:

All course offerings are subject to change. The college cannot guarantee class offerings, designated times or specific instructors - as funding levels and student interest may affect whether or not an offering is available.

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Course Title Credits

Below is a table of departments that identifies the APLED classes each student must complete in order to earn a degree or certificate. NOTE: Some departments require their students to take similar classes that are taught by the Speech Communications Department. Check with your department instructor to see if you need to take one or more of these classes.

Department APLED 112 APLED 121 APLED 123 APLED 125
Architectural Technology    Yes Yes Yes
Automotive Collision & Refinishing Yes Yes Yes Yes
Automotive Machinist Yes Yes Yes Yes
Automotive Technology Yes Yes    Yes
Aviation Maintenance Yes Yes     
Carpentry and Cabinetry    Yes    Yes
Civil Engineering Technology          Yes
Computer Assisted Drafting    Yes      
Commercial Baking Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cosmetology Yes Yes Yes Yes
Culinary Arts Yes Yes   Yes
Diesel/Heavy Duty Equipment Yes Yes Yes Yes
Electronics Engineering Technology    Yes    Yes
Electrical Maintenance Technician    Yes Yes Yes
Fluid Power Technology    Yes      
Health Information Technology    Yes      
Health Unit Coordinator     Yes  
Hotel and Restaurant Management Yes Yes    Yes
HVAC & Refrigeration   Yes Yes Yes
Machine Shop/CNC Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mechanical Engineering Technology    Yes Yes Yes
Medical Assistant    Yes     
Pharmacy Technician    Yes     
Sheet Metal Yes Yes Yes Yes
Surgical Technology Yes Yes    
Welding and Fabrication    Yes    Yes

If APLED is not an academic discipline, then why does SCC have a department to teach these classes?

The purpose of the applied education courses is to prepare students for careers rather than only entry-level jobs. This means that students are introduced to courses outside of their core area of study. These courses focus on skills and competencies in the areas of communication, problem-solving, human relations/leadership, responsibility, and global awareness. A panel of representatives from state and local businesses and industries identified these skills and competencies, which they deemed necessary for success on the job. This group met with representatives from the vocational/technical division faculty and developed the APLED curriculum in 1994.

Communication, problem-solving, human relations/leadership, responsibility, and global awareness are an integral part of each of the four main APLED courses, and are especially emphasized in each class where applicable, as shown in the table below. The Applied Education department is the service group whose faculty teach these courses.

Recurring feedback from industry representatives allows us to make periodic and necessary changes to the curriculum in order to meet the ever-changing challenges of, and changes in, today's workplace. Students enrolled in local high schools may earn 3 to 6 credits in APLED classes.

In addition to the competencies developed in 1994, students are introduced to hands-on experience with personal computers in courses that emphasize written communication. Students also become familiar with other forms of electronic communication.

  Skills: Emphasized in:  
  Clarify (argumentation) APLED 121, 123  
  Image (personal/corporate) APLED 112, 121, 123, 125  
  Verbal communications APLED 112, 121, 123, 125  
  Listening skills APLED 112, 121, 123, 125  
  Written communications/Technical reports APLED 121, 123, 125  
  Oral presentation skills APLED 121, 123, 125  
  Convey ideas APLED 112, 121, 123, 125  
  Research methods
APLED 121, 123, 125  
Problem solving
  Skills: Emphasized in:  
  Computations APLED 112  
  Math/Arithmetic APLED 112  
  Logical reasoning APLED 112, 121, 123, 125  
  Conflict resolution APLED 123  
  Electronic communication
APLED 112, 121, 123, 125  
Human relations/Leadership
  Skills: Emphasized in:  
  Personal characteristics APLED 112, 121, 123, 125  
  Professionalism/Work ethics APLED 112, 121, 123, 125  
  Teamwork APLED 112, 121, 123, 125  
  Interpersonal communications APLED 112, 121, 123, 125  
APLED 112, 121, 123, 125  
  Skills: Emphasized in:  
  Come to class prepared and on time APLED 112, 121, 123, 125  
  Develop leadership skills APLED 112, 121, 123  
  Find employment and develop a network
APLED 123, 125  
Global awareness
  Skills: Emphasized in:  
  Recognize how cultural diversity,
    gender, and other differences
    impact the workplace in a positive way
APLED 112, 121, 123, 125  
  Demonstrate understanding and openness
    towards another point of view
APLED 112, 121, 123, 125  
  Understand and apply business and
    industry expectations regarding written
    and oral communication
APLED 112, 121, 123, 125  

If APLED is not an academic discipline, then how many students does the department teach during a typical school year?

APLED faculty typically teaches from 1,000 to 1,200 students each school year. This number is, of course, dependent upon enrollment in the various departments whose students must complete one or more of the APLED courses.

Why am I required to take these APLED classes when they are not directly related to my core area of study?

With a growing emphasis on teamwork and customer service, fueled by increased competition, business owners have realized that written and verbal communications are the cornerstones of their success. That is, employees must be able to communicate among themselves as well as with their supervisors and the public. When you speak to someone or you write a letter to a customer, you are selling yourself first. You cannot sell yourself (and your company or its products or services) without good communication.

What is your attendance policy regarding APLED classes?

In response to concerns by business leaders that we help prepare students for the realities and requirements of long-term employment and meaningful careers, APLED faculty adopted the following department-wide attendance policy: Each student is allowed three days absence for each scheduled class. NOTE: These absences should be used for emergencies only. Beginning on the fourth day of absence, points will be deducted from the student's final grade according to a formula based on the number of days attended divided by the number of scheduled class days. A student's grade will be multiplied by this attendance factor to determine his or her final grade. Absences beyond the three-day limit may be excused but must be based on compelling, verifiable reasons such as a doctor's note or other third-party documentation.

For more information.... For more information:

Dennie Carlson, APLED Department Chair
(509) 533-7339
Sally Grabicki
(509) 533-7199

You can also submit an online information request.