Whatcom Community College's AIM program provides ongoing personalized advising, coaching, mentoring, tutoring, and more 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 bachelor's degree.
AIM is a grant-funded program that is limited to serving 500 active students annually. If you join, you will work 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. We also have a wonderful team of AIM peer mentors who facilitate study sessions and workshops for AIM students. Our peer mentors are here to work with you as you develop all the skills and habits you need to reach your goals and research your path toward continued school and work.
As an AIM student, you will:
- Attend regular meetings with your AIM coach each quarter 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 events, study groups, 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 AIM peer mentors.
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 or more of the following eligibility requirements:
- You have placed into Math 92, Math 94, Math 87, or Math 97
- You have placed into 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?At the beginning, you'll likely meet with your AIM coach twice a month for the first few months, unless you let us know that this frequency won't work for your schedule. Once you and your AIM coach have been working together for some time and have established some long-term goals you're working toward and a firm degree plan for your time here at WCC and beyond, it is likely that your 1:1 meetings with your AIM coach may become less frequent. Once a month or once a quarter may fit best for you. It depends on what works for you.
What types of group meetings or workshops will I be required to attend?
As part of AIM, you’ll attend AIM group meetings and campus workshops. These will be relevant to your goals and degree plan, so it is in your best interest to attend these types of events on campus regardless of whether or not you participate in AIM.
I work and am busy. Can I still participate in AIM?
Yes! Students who work on or off campus have added time management concerns. They also have the added benefit of gaining work experience and the opportunity to master time management during their time in college. We'll work with your schedule to make sure we meet when it is useful for you and fits in your schedule. We are also available by phone and email.
If you are busy for reasons other than work, that works too. Maybe you have family commitments or other obligations, responsibilities, and interests that take up time. We will find time to meet and work together in a way that fits in your schedule. Just let us know if you'd like to meet less frequently or touch base more frequently by phone or email rather than face-to-face.
How many a hours a month can I expect to commit to AIM activities?
As a student in AIM, you'll be committing about 2-4 hours a month to AIM activities. This includes meeting with your AIM coach, attending group meetings and workshops, and working toward your goals outside of meetings with your AIM coach. As you begin to seek out and pursue leadership and networking opportunities on your own, your meetings with your AIM coach will become less frequent. So, overall, the commitment each month will likely never exceed 4 hours.