- Departments:Community & Continuing Education Instructor
Martha Raaka worked in the printing and graphics industry for many years before she started teaching graphics software classes at Santa Rosa Community College in Northern California. After moving to Whatcom County, she helped create the “Creative Suite” graphics classes at Whatcom Community College and taught her favorite programs, Adobe Illustrator and InDesign.
Now that travel is her passion, she is teaching Traveling to Italy: An Insider’s Guide and Italian for Travelers. After her first trip to Italy, Ms. Raaka was captivated by the “bel paese” and decided to learn to speak Italian so that she could interact more with the warm and hospitable people. She has visited almost every region, including the islands of Sicily and Sardinia after five extended stays. During her trips she has attended language schools and cooking classes, walked, biked and hiked throughout the country and experienced the Italian life in big cities and small villages.
When she’s not traveling in Italy, Ms. Raaka enjoys hiking and walking the trails in Whatcom County, gardening, sketching, reading and continuing her studies of Italian. She writes travel stories and has her own blog about Italy and other travels at: www.italystories.org.