Whatcom Community College's AIM program provides ongoing dedicated, individualized advising and personalized support to WCC students who are committed to achieving their educational goals. Our program was created specifically to serve students with limited income, students with disabilities, students who would benefit from additional academic support, students of color, and/or students who will be the first in their families to graduate with a college degree. 

AIM is a grant-funded program that is limited to serving 500 active students. If you join, you will partner with an AIM coach in Laidlaw’s Entry and Advising Center to plan for your success at WCC. We will meet often in order to help you navigate WCC’s resources, develop your personalized academic plan, and get the most out of your time at Whatcom.

As an AIM student, you will:

  • Pledge to complete your degree or certificate at WCC under the guidance of your AIM coach.
  • Attend regular meetings with your AIM coach at a time that works for you in order to build on the strengths you bring to college, plan for your success, set goals, debrief, check in, problem-solve, and celebrate your hard work.
  • Participate in group meetings and workshops with fellow AIM students on various topics to help you reach your goals.
  • Discover and pursue opportunities for leadership, peer mentorship, community-building, and networking within and beyond AIM.
  • Have access to dedicated tutoring services.


Eligibility Criteria:

Because our program is funded by a Department of Education grant, AIM has certain criteria students must meet in order to join. AIM is able to serve students at Whatcom Community College who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and who do not already have a dedicated advisor. To participate in the AIM program, you must also meet one of the following eligibility requirements:

  • You have placed into pre-college level courses (Math 92, Math 94, Math 97, English 94, or English 95)
  • You are eligible to receive a Pell grant as part of your financial aid award
  • Neither of your parents have earned a bachelor's degree
  • You have a documented disability and have registered with WCC’s Access and Disability Services Office
  • You identify as a person of color

To join or learn more, you can reach us via email, phone, or stop by in person. You can also use the form at the bottom of the page to request more information and express interest in joining.


  • How often will I meet with my AIM coach?
  • What types of group meetings or workshops will I be required to attend?
  • I work and am busy. Can I still participate in AIM?
  • How many a hours a month can I expect to commit to AIM activities?
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