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WCC Awarded over $770,000 in Aerospace and Healthcare Grant Funding

wcc student nursesThe 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.

Alumni News - January 2019

BP Helps Rocketry Society Soar; Scholarship Apps Now Open; NWAC’s First All American Scholar Athlete is from WCC

Post Date:01/18/2019 11:23 am

WCC Friends and Alumni Newsletter - January 2019

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Season’s greetings from Whatcom students:

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WCC Student Working on Engineering Robotics Project

BP’S $5,000 Gift Helps Rocketry and Propulsion Society Soar

New engineering faculty member Patrick Burnett has launched the Rocketry and Propulsion Society. The club received a $5,000 grant from BP in Ferndale, which will allow students to build their own rockets. Next year, the club aims for a competition where they will work as a team to design, build, and launch a rocket. As Pat says, “The really exciting opportunity for our students is the collaboration and mentoring with other schools, industries and organizations in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The sky is not the limit for WCC’s Rocketry and Propulsion Society.” http://whatcom.edu/academics/academic-departments/engineering


Camron Miller of WCC Soccer Kicking Soccer Ball

Soccer Player Cam Miller Named to National 2018 Junior College Men’s Scholar All-American Team


Student Cam Miller was named to the 2018 Junior College Men’s Scholar All-American Team. This is the first time that a player from the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) has been recognized. “Camron has displayed character, leadership, and is constantly putting others, the community, WCC, and the soccer program before himself,” said WCC men’s soccer coach Jason Jorgensen. Cam played a key role in the 2018 team that placed second in NWAC, and was the North Division Champ this fall. A sophomore, he is pursuing an associate in business degree. He transferred this quarter to Western Washington University. http://whatcom.edu/campus-life/orca-athletics


WCC students studying

WCC Foundation Scholarship Application is Now Open; Deadline is February 20

The WCC Foundation scholarship application for students is now open online at http://whatcom.edu/scholarships. By submitting their General Scholarship Application, students will automatically be considered for over $300,000 of opportunities. Applicants must include a letter of recommendation along with their application. A committee of reviewers from the college and community volunteers scores each application. Decisions on awards are announced in the spring. Please share this information with potential WCC students.


Pic of WCC Alum Andra in the Forest

WCC Alumni Spotlight: Andra Nordin from Encinitas, CA

Why did you choose WCC? It felt like a great place to explore my passions while continuing to work toward a degree. It was a much more affordable option than jumping into a four-year university and I had heard great things from past students. I absolutely felt like I made the right decision in attending WCC. It had such a huge role in shaping who I am today.

Your future plans: I am currently finishing my last quarter toward a Bachelors of Science in Geology at Western Washington University (WWU). I’m currently applying to various internships related to geology and natural resource management, as well as to graduate schools. I hope to earn a Master’s of Environmental Science with a focus in energy systems at WWU beginning next fall. My primary career goals are to work in the alternative energy industry or in water resource management.

Favorite memory of WCC: I worked as a Student Ambassador in the Office of Student Life for a year, and it’s hard to pin it down to one favorite memory there. So I’d have to say all the tours I had the opportunity to give as an Ambassador! It was always such a fun experience to share information about what WCC has to offer and the Whatcom County community as a whole.

Favorite spot on campus? The Math Center. There were such helpful tutors and it was a really productive space to step into vulnerability while learning a difficult topic. The Math Center is a huge reason for why I was able to go so far in math and pursue a degree in geology.

And favorite professor? I can’t narrow it down to one! My favorite professors were Bernie Dougan and Dr. Kaatje Kraft in the Geology Department. They have been two of my biggest advocates and mentors throughout my entire undergraduate career. I’m so thankful I discovered my passion for geology at WCC.


WCC Self Learning Commons Drone PicConstruction on Schedule for Self Learning Commons, Student Housing

The Phyllis and Charles Self Learning Commons will transform the campus. Concrete slabs on all levels are now complete, central stairs installed, as well as the roof decking and ongoing framing of exterior walls. Work also progresses on the student residence hall with much of the first floor framing completed, as well as electrical, mechanical, and plumbing. View from a drone courtesy of Colacurcio Brothers.


WCC Student Steve Gynp in His Glasses
Steven Gnyp Named WCC Transforming Lives Award Student

Former WCC trustee Tim Douglas led the state’s Association of College Trustees to create the Transforming Lives Award in 2012. Each community or technical college recognizes a student whose life has been transformed by pursuing higher education. This year, WCC trustees selected Steven Gnyp as our Transforming Lives nominee. He has struggled with impaired vision since birth. He credits Kerri Holferty, director of disability support services, for arranging accommodations for his visual disability when he entered WCC in fall 2015, and providing encouragement when he doubted his ability to reach his goals. He also credits Colleen McGoff, WCC instructor, with inspiring him to pursue a BA in communications. His long-term goal is to earn an MA in orientation and mobility. Steven’s work with the city Public Works Department resulted in eight audible crosswalks being installed in Bellingham, leading to his recognition as the WCC Outstanding Student Service awardee last year. https://www.sbctc.edu/about/college-trustees/transforming-lives.aspx


Briefly...

  • The 2018 graduate class of nursing students had a 100% NCLEX-RN (nurse licensing exam) first time pass rate.
  • Several students and staff visited the Guru Nanak Gursikh temple in Lynden in December to share a wonderful meal and information about WCC. We appreciate the opportunity to get to know our Sikh neighbors better.
  • Congratulations to the women’s soccer team for making the NWAC playoffs.
  • Continuing Ed’s Tour of Scotland, a small group experience for community members this summer, accompanied by English faculty member Rhonda Daniels and a Scottish tour guide, is full, but those interested can get more info or sign up for the waiting list: http://whatcom.edu/academics/community-continuing-education/road-trips
  • Due to the community need for more medical assistants, WCC has added a second cohort of students in a new online/hybrid program that began this month. On-campus labs are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, with online classes that allow students to complete the core requirements in five consecutive quarters. More info: http://whatcom.edu/academics/degrees-certificates/medical-assisting


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WCC Foundation Board of Directors

Dr. Brenda-Lee Karasik, chair; WCC President Dr. Kathi Hiyane-Brown, vice chair; Dr. Ron Kleinknecht, vice chair; John Stewart, secretary/treasurer; Kurt Anderson, immediate past chair; Susan Sandell, at-large;  Troy Wills, Dr. Lynne Masland, Phyllis Self; Kira Bravo; Anne-Marie Faiola; Mike Langey; Andrew Moquin; Satpal Singh Sidhu, Member Emeritus; Robert M. Tull; Bev Jacobs; Sandra Hughes; Carolyn Simpson Scott; Sue Cole; Caite Holman

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Sue Cole, executive director for College advancement; Marisa Ellis, communications and marketing director; Caite Holman, Foundation director; Stephanie Schmitt, Foundation operations manager; James Zyon, senior graphic designer; Jonathan Dymond, development officer; Kate Imus, Foundation program specialist; Brenda Chomiak, assistant graphic designer; Courtney Shannon Strand, communications manager; Sarah Jenkins, program coordinator

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