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WCC Awarded over $770,000 in Aerospace and Healthcare Grant Funding
The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) approved grants for healthcare and aerospace training totaling more than $770,000, which will go to expand aerospace and healthcare programs at Whatcom Community College to support workforce needs.
Aerospace - SBCTC’s Aerospace grant
SBCTC awarded WCC $320,000 to fund 40 additional full-time students, expanding capacity for the engineering transfer program. Currently, 86% of WCC’s transferring students attend WWU, located just five miles away. WCC and WWU have a vibrant transfer relationship and the university fully endorses this proposal. Through this expansion project, WCC will serve as the only comprehensive engineering transfer program north of Everett and will offer pathways in aeronautical engineering, industrial engineering, manufacturing, plastics and composites, and more.
Healthcare - HEET 11 grants
WCC will lead a new Hospital Employee Education and Training (HEET) grant project as the lead college with a partnership with Highline College. It will continue ongoing projects with Bellingham Technical College and Spokane Falls Community College. WCC’s awarded grants across the three projects totals $477,311.
In partnership with BTC, WCC will expand nursing pathways for incumbent workers and partner with Lake Washington Institute of Technology and WCC to meet industry demand for registered nurses and nursing assistant certified (NAC) employees with enhanced skills. In its third year, this grant will establish new pathways for practical nurses to gain registered nursing licensure; assist other healthcare workers to enroll in nursing programs, NAC, and nursing program prerequisite courses; and continue development and implementation of courses in acute care, behavioral health, and aging populations.
Spokane Falls CC and Whatcom will continue the fast-track 15-credit Chemical Dependency Professional certificate online program by offering two new cohorts of students, over three quarters – Fall 2018 through Spring 2019. The project provides chemical dependency education to established mental health professionals to meet industry demands.
Gov. Jay Inslee helps Whatcom break ground on new building
The Governor also toured the College’s renowned cybersecurity center
Bellingham, Wash. – Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee (above, far right) was on hand to help celebrate the groundbreaking of Whatcom Community College’s Phyllis & Charles Self Learning Commons. The Selfs are pictured in the above photo, second and third from the right, next to Gov. Inslee. The long-awaited project was part of the approved 2017-19 biennial capital budget and was funded at $34.9 million. It will be Whatcom’s first state-funded building since Kulshan Hall opened in 2004.
The 65,328-square-foot facility, located on the corner of Kellogg Road and Cordata Parkway, will open in 2020. It will house WCC’s library, writing center, math center, tutoring services, testing, media services, and other critical academic support functions. WCC is working with Schreiber Starling Whitehead Architects of Seattle and Colacurcio Brothers Construction of Blaine. The project is one of several major developments for the rapidly expanding Cordata area in north Bellingham. The College also plans to break ground on residence halls in fall 2018.
Learn more about the project at whatcom.edu/learningcommons.
During his visit to campus, Gov. Inslee also toured WCC’s cybersecurity center in Baker Hall. Whatcom is home to CyberWatch West, a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education center that is one of only four in the nation in the field of cybersecurity education. The College’s acclaimed CIS and cybersecurity programs offer multiple degree and certificate options, including a bachelor of applied science degree in IT networking with both face-to-face and online options. Learn more at whatcom.edu/cis.
About Whatcom: Whatcom Community College is a regionally and nationally accredited college with an accomplished faculty and staff who serve 11,000 students annually. The College works closely with the community to prepare graduates to excel in their fields and meet emerging workforce needs. On its campus in Bellingham, Wash., and through online courses, Whatcom offers a four-year bachelor of applied science, transfer and professional-technical degrees, as well as basic education, job skills training, and community education classes. For more information, visit whatcom.edu.
Contact: Marisa Ellis, Whatcom Community College PIO, 360.383.3310, email@example.com