Please read this page before completing the Course Proposal Form
Thank you for your interest in teaching for Whatcom Community College's Community & Continuing Education program. Our mission is to provide quality lifelong learning that is responsive, relevant, and accessible to the citizens of Whatcom County. Our classes are generated from the philosophy that learning is a rewarding, lifelong experience that occurs most fully in a relaxed, supportive atmosphere.
Community & Continuing Education is seeking qualified instructors with expertise in the full range of topic areas to be found in our schedule. The best instructor candidates for our program are individuals who combine a sincere interest in community service with a desire to supplement their existing income. Specifically, we look for:
- Teaching experience (preferably in non-credit adult education)
- Expert-level knowledge in topics of interest to the general public
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Topics that involve hands-on or interactive learning
Before completing the course proposal form, we ask that you review the information below. We then invite you to complete all sections of the online course proposal form.
Each quarter, our Course Review Committee meets to consider submitted course proposals. If your course is chosen for further consideration, you will be invited for an interview. If we are unable to integrate your proposal into our present course offerings, it will be kept on file in our office for future consideration.
Currently, we are actively seeking instructors for the course topics listed below. If the course you would like to propose is not listed, we encourage you to submit it (provided it meets criteria outlined above). We give all proposals thoughtful consideration.
|currently Seeking instructors for
|DIY decorating/home projects||Travel (Northwest, U.S. and international)|
|Electricity for the homeowner||Crowd funding best practices|
|Plumbing for the homeowner||Marketing your business|
|Guided local hikes||Hip hop dance|
Purchasing/using fitness wearables (Fitbit, Apple Watch, etc.)
|Interior design for the homeowner
||Mac laptop classes--QuickBooks, Microsoft Office, etc.
|CyberSecurity topics||Creating professional digital video|
|Using a GoPro||3D printing topics|
|Microsoft Project||Real estate photography|
|Interval training and other fitness topics||
|Kids' College--all topics||Drone piloting and safety|
|Needle felting||Woven wall hangings|
|Tiny house topics||Barre fitness|
Course submission deadlines for best consideration
Course proposals submitted after the respective dates will be considered for the following quarter.
Factors to consider before proposing a class
Is the class already being offered?Please review our current class schedule before writing a proposal to avoid proposing classes we already offer.
Are you currently teaching or considering teaching this course elsewhere in Whatcom County?Competing against yourself at another organization in Whatcom County can lead to low enrollments, resulting in canceled classes and disappointed students.
Is your class broad enough in scope or is the topic unique enough to appeal to the general population?
Some topics have limited audience appeal and do not work well in Community & Continuing Education.
How do we price our classes?
Pricing a class is done by Community & Continuing Education and is a complex process. Community & Continuing Education is a self-supporting program and, therefore, does not receive state monies. The price we charge for a class needs to cover college overhead expenses, instructor salary, staff salaries, marketing, printed materials, equipment use, etc.
Are you proposing a class to promote your own business?We do not offer classes that are designed to sell or recommend products from a business or to promote your consulting services.