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Middle school students and parents explore non-traditional education and career paths at popular WCC events

Enroll now for “Guys and Guts” and “Girls Go Tech”

Post Date:02/18/2016 8:22 a.m.

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Capt. Wendy Lawrence shares her experiences as a helicopter pilot and NASA astronaut with the 2015 Girls Go Tech workshop at Whatcom Community College. 


Bellingham, Wash. – Upcoming workshops at Whatcom Community College will introduce middle school students to non-traditional education and career paths. The March 5 “Guys and Guts” and April 16 “Girls Go Tech” programs allow 11-14 year-olds to learn about the worlds of healthcare and technology respectively through thought-provoking activities. The workshops also include information sessions for parents wanting to learn more about access to college and WCC’s professional-technical programs. 

Register now for the 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 5 Guys and Guts event held at Whatcom’s state-of-the-art Health Professions Education Center. The workshop highlights medically oriented fields, offering participants an opportunity to take part in a number of hands-on activities related to health professions including drawing ‘blood’ from an artificial arm, measuring lung capacity, ‘resuscitating’ a simulation mannequin, measuring blood pressure and much more. The $10 workshop fee covers one middle school boy and his parent or guardian. Registration includes hands-on labs, lunch for two, T-shirt for the student, campus scavenger hunt, presentations, and career and educational information.

For more information, email or call 360.383.3193. A registration form is available at the event website,

Enrollment is also open for the April 16 Girls Go Tech workshop, which offers an interactive approach to learning more about technology-related programs at WCC. In hands-on labs, students will experiment with Raspberry Pi computers, information security vulnerabilities and safeguards, and various energy sources. The girls will also meet two special guest speakers: retired United States Navy captain and astronaut Wendy Lawrence and Western Washington University professor Melissa Rice, who was a member of the Mars Curiosity rover team.

Similar in format to Guys and Guys, the Girls Go Tech workshop fee covers one middle school girl and her parent or guardian. For more information, email or call 360.383.3193. A registration form and complete information is available on the event website, Registration deadline is April 12. Space is limited.

These workshops are made possible by funds from the Carl D. Perkins Act and generous donations from Bellingham Central Lion’s Club, Bellingham Rotary and other local service organizations.

About Whatcom: Whatcom Community College is a regionally and nationally accredited two-year college with an accomplished faculty and staff who serve 11,000 students annually. On its campus in Bellingham, Wash., and through online courses, Whatcom offers transfer degrees, professional and technical training programs, as well as basic education, job skills, and Community & Continuing Education classes. For more information, visit

About Wendy Lawrence: For more information about Girls Go Tech guest speaker Wendy Lawrence, visit, @AstroWendyL.

Contact: Mary Vermillion, Whatcom Community College PIO, (360) 383-3310,


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