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WCC is a place of opportunity, outstanding achievement and sometimes second chances, often in the face of enormous odds. With a devoted faculty and staff committed to students’ success, Whatcom offers an experience unparalleled at comparable educational institutions. 

The goal of the Whatcom Community College Foundation is to ensure access to higher education for students from all backgrounds, and to promote academic innovation and excellence on our campus. Thanks to our generous donors, more students are discovering and achieving their dreams at Whatcom.  

2018 Donor Appreciation Breakfast 

WCC President Kathi Hiyane-Brown and the WCC Foundation Board of Directors hosted the 2018 Donor Appreciation Breakfast on Friday, October 19 at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club. The 2018 Excellence in Giving Awards were presented to John and Joyce Pedlow, Alcoa Foundation, and Mike Langey. Guests of this annual event heard from a panel of students about how scholarship gifts have changed their lives for the better. 

2018 Award for Alcoa
Pictured from left: WCC President Kathi Hiyane-Brown, Alcoa Plant Manager Ron Jorgensen, Alcoa Reliability Superintendent Chantee Ziemkowski, Alcoa Gov't and Public Relations Manager Laura McKinney and WCC Foundation board chair Brenda-Lee Karasik.

Whatcom’s academic leadership and success would not be possible without the support of donors like those we honor with the Excellence in Giving awards. The Excellence in Giving awards are presented at the Donor Appreciation Breakfast each year to WCC Foundation donors who epitomize what it means to give, and demonstrate their belief in our shared value of education.


Your gift in any amount is the bridge leading to a life of opportunities. Help Whatcom students stay on track to graduate. Let them know community values their persistence.

Questions?  Email or call us at (360) 383-3320.