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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.
Alumni News - March 2019
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WCC Friends and Alumni Newsletter - March 2019
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WCC Alumni Spotlight: Craig Telgenhoff
Why did you choose WCC? As a high school student, I was not on the “college track:” I preferred working with my hands designing and building furniture. After graduating from Meridian High, I came to realize that I would need a business education to achieve my dream of owning my own business, so I began my journey to earn my business degree. WCC offered a pathway to obtain my bachelor’s degree and so much more than I could have imagined. WCC opened my mind to a lifetime of learning and opportunity.
What are you doing now? After earning my associates degree, I transferred directly into the Business Department at Western Washington University (WWU). I attended WWU for one year, then transferred to the University of Washington, where I graduated with a degree in Architecture and Construction Management, with a minor in Economics. I then worked in Seattle as a construction project manager and architect. My most notable project was project engineer on the construction of Safeco Field. In 2002, I started CLT Design/Build Inc. where I design and build commercial and residential projects. I am currently the President of Mt. Baker Rotary, attend North County Christ the King Church and am a frequent judge for the Miss America Scholarship Program. I am happily married to my wife Jessica, father to my nine-year-old daughter Faith and three-year-old son Daniel. We reside in Lynden and live on Wiser Lake, where we enjoy water sports and a high quality community.
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.
Do you have a favorite memory of WCC? The feeling of accomplishment and great pride after earning my associates degree.
Did you have a favorite spot on campus? The lawn outside the cafeteria during spring. Great place to enjoy the weather and study.
Do you have a favorite professor? My biology professor, Sue Webber. She was a gifted instructor who made seemingly complex concepts simple and knowable. She was born to be teach! She made biology fun!
Let us hear about your WCC experience, alums! Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Week Returns to WCC
WCC Men's Sophomore Basketball Players Honored
First Generation Day
- In an article in the Community College Journal (Feb. 2019), titled Hacking the Gap, it noted, “Colleges like Whatcom function as regional resource centers providing best practices in cybersecurity to Centers for Excellence in preparing young participants for sought after technical positions,” Kathy Hutson, National Security Agency’ senior strategist for academic engagement said.
- WCC collected almost half a ton of food for the Orca Food Pantry from the Food Fight with Skagit Valley College. Avenue Bread is now donating excess loaves to the Pantry, as need continues to grow. To donate: http://whatcom.edu/about-the-college/foundation.
- New certificate courses are offered in project management. Info: http://whatcom.edu/academics/community-continuing-education.
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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
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