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Whatcom Community College celebrates 50th anniversary with special exhibition at the Whatcom Museum

Focus on 50: Whatcom Community College Saturday, March 18 - Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Post Date:03/14/2017

Allan RichardsonBellingham, Wash. – From the beginning of its 50-year history, Whatcom Community College (WCC) has been recognized as an innovator. To celebrate 50 years of excellence and a future of new opportunities, WCC is partnering with the Whatcom Museum to present a college history exhibition at Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham. The exhibition opens Saturday, March 18 and will remain at the museum through May. It moves to WCC’s campus on West Kellogg Road in June.

Talk to people who worked at the College in the early days – before there was a campus and classes were taught at leased buildings throughout the county – and you'll hear some unbelievable stories. But WCC, and its graduates, thrived. Today, Whatcom is regarded as one of the nation's top two-year colleges. This exhibition will engage visitors with "groovy" WCC memorabilia, recorded memories, and opportunities for guests to share their own Whatcom stories. General admission to the museum is $10.  Old City Hall is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday.

Learn more about WCC’s 50th anniversary events at

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 and professional-technical degrees as well as basic education, job skills training, and community and continuing education classes. The College will offer a BAS degree in IT Networking, beginning fall 2017. Based on student outcomes, the Aspen Institute recognizes Whatcom as one of the top community and technical colleges in Washington and among the nation’s leading two-year colleges. For more information, visit

For more information or historic WCC photos, contact: Mary Vermillion, Whatcom Community College PIO, 360.383.3310,

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