Student Life

Fitness Center

Students, faculty and staff have access to fitness centers at SCC and SFCC. These state-of-the-art facilities offer cardiovascular conditioning, strength training and flexibility programming. Community members, staff and faculty can join quarterly for a fee. There also is an opportunity for physically challenged individuals to exercise on a variety of specialized machines.

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Intercollegiate Athletics

The athletic program gives full-time students at both colleges an opportunity to participate in competitive intercollegiate sports in the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC). Each year,CCS Bigfoot teams are consistently successful and have earned numerous regional and conference accolades. Women’s teams compete in basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track, and volleyball; men’s teams compete in baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, tennis, and track.

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International Climate on Campus

U.S. students have the opportunity to study and work with international students and faculty from all over the world, which is vital for fostering and expanding global perspectives within the 21st century classroom. Our SCC and SFCC international students and faculty represent a wide range of languages and countries, including Australia, Benin, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, France, Ghana, Honduras, Italy, India, Japan, Korea, Kenya, Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.

Students can pursue an SFCC International Studies Pre-major or International Business Certificate program. Consult a counselor or adviser for additional information.

Students at SCC and SFCC have the opportunity each quarter to participate in the International Peer Mentors through an International Programs and Service Learning partnership program.

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Student Activities

Student tuition includes services and activities fees, which provide funding for athletics, clubs, organizations, student government, and financial aid.

Student activities within CCS are conducted to promote educational, cultural, social and recreational programs. These programs are planned, coordinated, and conducted by students to supplement classroom learning experiences throughout the college year.

There are a wide variety of clubs and organizations that relate to many different special interests (i.e., black student union, interior design, service learning, gamers, anime, etc.) as well as organizations relating to instructional areas (i.e., engineering, art gallery, music, photo, etc.). Membership in student clubs and organizations is open to all students.

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Student Centers

Spokane Community College's Lair Student Center is the center of student activities and campus life. Areas available for student use include a cafeteria and deli, game room, bookstore, lobby lounge, auditorium and several meeting rooms.

The hub of Spokane Falls Community College's student activities is the Student Union Building (SUB) centrally located on campus. The SUB features a main lounge area with a fireplace, dining area with Cyber Cafe, recreation center with billiard tables, arcade games along with computer stations, several conference rooms, college store and student services area. Student services include admissions and the Registrar’s Office (student records); LGBT+ student center, career center; cashier; counseling; disability access services; financial aid; veteran affairs; international student services; multicultural student services; parking permits; Running Start Office; student-funded programs and activities; work-study/placement.

The off-campus location's Colville Center houses a student center that includes an activity room, two study rooms, and student government. The student services area includes the admissions/registration office, counseling center, testing, financial aid information, cashier, and disability access services. At the Pullman Campus, student services include counseling, admissions and registration, financial aid information and a student lounge. The Newport Center houses a student activity room, counseling, admissions/registration, financial aid information, and student government offices.

Student Government

All enrolled students of SCC and SFCC are members of their respective associated students. The SCC Associated Student Government determines student government decisions and brings co-curricular programs to the SCC campus.

Government action for SFCC Associated Students is determined by the Student Senate. The Senate consists of 12 students which include the student body president, two vice presidents, nine appointed student officers, one administrator, one elected faculty representative, and a senate advisor.

The Student Activities Board is made up of representatives from each campus club and organization. This group is governed by the activities vice president, seven appointed officers and the board advisor. The Activities Board is a recommending body to the Student Senate and is responsible for planning student programs and activities for the campus.

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Student Publications

The Wire Harp, SFCC's literary magazine, is published each spring. The magazine's editorial staff is composed of SFCC students. Submissions of poetry, prose, photography and graphic art are accepted in January each year.

The Communicator, SFCC's official student newspaper, gives students a chance to write about news, arts and entertainment, features, sports and opinion articles for the SFCC community while building a professional portfolio. Students produce the full-color, bi-weekly tabloid, giving them the opportunity to gain relevant experience in graphic design, page layout, advertising, photography and management. The Communicator regularly enters and places in national Associated Collegiate Press competitions and attends conferences in cities such as Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis, San Diego and San Francisco. The paper routinely ranks among the nation's best at Associated Collegiate Press conventions.

Journalism students also produce audio documentaries, videos, and podcasts on Communicator Online, located at Two consecutive years (2009 and 2010) the ACP awarded Communicator Online its Online Pacemaker award, considered the Pulitzer Prize of collegiate journalism.