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Popular WCC events introduce middle schoolers to non-traditional careers

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

Post Date:03/02/2015 12:13 p.m.

Bellingham, Wash. – Upcoming workshops at Whatcom Community College will introduce middle school students to non-traditional education and career paths. The March 14 “Guys and Guts” and April 25 “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 14 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. Special guest speaker Dr. Justin Iwasaki, director of the Lummi Tribal Health Center, will provide guidance and encouragement for participants considering a career in healthcare. 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 25 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. Special guest speaker retired United States Navy Capt. Wendy Lawrence will share her experiences as a helicopter pilot and NASA astronaut.

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 17. 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

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


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