Colleges of the Year: Seattle Central

This community college pushes diverse students to work together in small teams

College recruitment brochures typically look like Benetton ads. Come to our school, they seem to proclaim, and you'll learn as much from your multicolored classmates as you will from your professors. In most cases this is a fiction. Colleges tend to do a poor job of attracting minority students, and it's rare to see genuine interaction among different groups. If you were to visit Seattle Central Community College, however, you might just find a 40-year-old Hispanic mom designing computer software with a lanky, blond, 24-year-old snowboarder. Or maybe you will run into Gil Reynosa, 31, a deaf student from Mexico, building...

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