Welcome back! We're excited to continue working with you as you work toward your academic goals at Whatcom Community College. Some things may have changed since you last attended, so we encourage you to review some of the highlights below and continue to explore our website.
Academic coaches are here to support you as you develop confidence and mastery of your work-life-college responsibilities and create personal stability to set yourself up well to achieve your long-term goals. To start working with an academic coach soon or learn more, connect with the AIM program or contact WCC's student completion coach.
Online Scheduling, Degree Planning, and Early Alert Progress Surveys through Starfish
Starfish is our comprehensive student success tool. Once your MyWCC is reactivated you will be able to schedule meetings with advisors and support staff online, view to your degree plan anywhere you have access to internet, and review any concerns your instructors may have submitted via WCC's quarterly progress surveys. The intent of these progress surveys is to connect struggling students to appropriate support staff quickly to improve all students' ability to achieve their academic goals each quarter. Check out Starfish now!
New Programs and Certificates
We have new courses and programs related to Care Navigation and Coordination, Chemical Dependency, Paralegal Studies and Family Law, and even offer a Bachelor's of Applied Science: IT Networking - Cybersecurity. Learn more by reviewing the links and scheduling an appointment with an academic advisor via phone at 360.383.3080, stopping by Laidlaw Center 116, or scheduling an appointment through Starfish.
Required New Student Orientation
New Student Orientation is your first of many opportunities to reflect on your strengths, aspirations, and interests and begin to articulate the ways you plan to connect these to your academic and career goals. If you have not yet attended any WCC New Student Orientation, please do so prior to the quarter you are returning. Visit Whatcom.edu/Wave to learn more.
New Math Courses
For the past few years, Whatcom Community College has offered a shorter math pathway for students who placed below college level math and who are not majoring in fields heavy in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. this is called the Math Literacy pathway. We encourage you to review your math placement or sign up for a math placement assessment if your placement scores are over a year old or you've never completed a math course at college or university. For questions about the math placement process, please review our math placement page and call 360.383.3080 or visit the Front Desk of Advising and Career Services in Laidlaw Center 116 with questions.
New English Placement Process
If you have not yet taken English 101, you'll likely need to review our informed self-placement modules in Canvas and determine which English course you are most ready to take next. We changed from a reading comprehension placement assessment to informed self-placement for English because research shows that students who pick the English course they decide they are ready for, based on adequate information about their course options, usually do well. We want to support your academic progress and achievement at WCC and beyond. To learn more, please review our English Placement page.
Academic Suspension and Readmission
In the past, students who were placed on academic suspension due to a history of low grades were required to take at least one quarter off and apply for reinstatement to WCC, and were then readmitted on a conditional basis. Our policy has since changed. Now, students who left us because they were on academic suspension are allowed to take up to 5 credits each quarter until their cumulative GPA is at or above 2.0, which is a C average. If you are on academic suspension and would like to petition to take more than 5 credits, we encourage you to work closely with an academic advisor or coach to explore career pathways, select your area of study and degree goal, and build your plan for success each quarter. You can also work closely with an academic advisor or coach to create a strong petition and learn more about the petition process.
If you have not yet done so, please review next steps to get your students accounts reactivated here.