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A college of
s   As the third largest institution of higher learning
    in Washington state, serves more than 39,000
    students per year.

s   Furthers the field of information technology (IT)
    through the National Workforce Center for Emerging
    Technologies, a National Science Foundation Center
    for Excellence that develops skill standards and
    trains educators in the field of IT.

s   Sends more transfer students to bachelor’s degree-
    granting institutions than any of the state’s 34
    community and technical colleges.

s   Provides more distance education than any other
    community college in the state.

s   Offers the largest Continuing Education program
    in the state community college system.

s   Designs innovative programs to meet community
    needs, including the National Workforce Center
    for Emerging Technologies; the Early Learning, Family,
    and Child Care Center; and Fast-Track career
    training programs.

s   Develops alternative funding for more than 60%
    of its budget, making it one of the most financially
    independent of the state’s 34 community and
    technical colleges.
                                        A wide and
                                        varied curriculum
                                        s   Academic transfer programs offer students two-
                                            year associate degrees that transfer to four-year
                                            baccalaureate schools. Concentrations are available
Maria Villa                                 in 60 subjects.
Transfer degree program
                                        s   Professional and Technical programs are designed
The first daughter in her family of         to help get students into the workforce right away.
10 to attend college, Maria Villa was       Credit and non-credit programs are offered in more
born in Mexico and grew up in               than 75 fields. While BCC is known especially for
Yakima, Washington.                         its strength in information technology, a new Health
                                            Sciences Education and Wellness Institute is
Maria says she felt welcome
                                            developing new specialties in health- and education-
immediately at Bellevue Community
College. “It’s a very diverse               related fields.
community,” she affirms. “I fell
in love with the campus and             s   Basic skills programs, such as English-as-a-Second-
the people.”                                Language, Adult Basic Education and General
                                            Equivalency Degree preparation, help people succeed
Maria says her instructors and              in school and in life.
advisors helped her make a smooth
transition when she transferred to      s   Enrichment programs, provided through the
Seattle University. “They were very
                                            Continuing Education division, offer hundreds of
helpful. My instructors even made
                                            short- and longer-term courses in job-related skills,
time for me outside of class.”
                                            the arts, languages, travel and other areas of interest
Maria plans to become a chief               to the community.
financial officer someday. “I learned
important real-world skills at BCC –
how to work with others, how to
manage my time and how to lead.”
                                         Education anytime,
                                         People with varied schedules can take advantage of many
                                         learning options.

                                            s   Distance Education courses (Internet and video),
                                                which make a BCC education available anywhere,
William Wong                                    draw more than 10,000 enrollments annually. One
Associate degree program                        of the fastest growing areas of the college, the
in Nursing                                      program offers certificates and associate degrees
                                                online, as well as certain bachelor’s degrees in
When Hon Thin William Wong                      cooperation with Washington State University.
decided to change careers from
finance to medicine, he received            s   The college’s alliance with Eastern Washington
plenty of support from BCC staff.               University brings students the opportunity earn an
“The people are my favorite thing               EWU bachelor’s degree on the BCC campus.
about this college,” he says.
                                            s   Weekend and evening classes supplement weekday
BCC is a comfortable place for
                                                schedules, offering education at more convenient
returning students, according to
                                                times for working students and those with families.
William. “There are all kinds of
people here. You feel the energy when
you step onto campus—it’s a lively
                                            s   The college’s North Campus brings Continuing
community.”                                     Education and credit classes to north Bellevue near
                                                I-405 and SR 520. Easy access and adjacent parking
William will graduate with an                   make the site more convenient for many.
associate degree in nursing. His long-
term goal: to become a specialized          s   The college’s Business and Professional Training
registered nurse in cardiac medicine.           Institute seeks out businesses and municipalities
                                                who need specialized training for their workforce.
                                                The Institute tailors educational services for
                                                thousands of employees at more than 100 companies
                                                and municipalities annually.
A vibrant college
s   BCC’s park-like main campus bustles with thousands
    of students and faculty, setting the stage for a vibrant
    college experience.

s   Special-interest events abound. BCC student clubs
    organize numerous campus-wide activities.

s   BCC is committed to diversity. The college’s Diversity
    Caucus works with other campus groups to sponsor
    events celebrating diversity throughout the year.

s   The campus has a distinctly international flavor, with
    approximately 600 international students each year.
    The BCC family also reflects and benefits from the
    growing ethnic diversity of the community it serves.

s   Art performances occur regularly featuring BCC’s Jazz
    Band, the Celebration! Jazz Choir, drama productions
    and The Eastside Moving Company dance troupe, along
    with numerous special guests.

s   Classes average 25 students and assistance is offered
    through programs such as the Advising Center,
    Multicultural Services, Disability Support Services, the
    TRIO program for first-time college students and others
    with special needs, Career and Women’s Centers, and
    Career Education Options (CEO) for young people who
    did not complete high school.

s   BCC’s Center for Liberal Arts is a focal point for
    learning. Its Scholar-in-Residence program, for example,
    brings educators and experts from around the globe to
    enrich campus learning. Other programs include a
    campus-wide reading activity, Hands-On Democracy
    seminars and an upcoming student honors program.

s   BCC is one of the state’s most efficient colleges in
    use of space, its campus busy from 6:30 in the morning
    until 10:30 at night and on weekends, too. There’s
    always something happening at BCC!
                                          BCC gets results
                                          The proof is in the data:

                                          s   BCC’s transfer graduates perform as well
                                              at four-year colleges as those who started at the
                                              four-year schools.

                                          s   BCC professional and technical program graduates earn
Tammera Walker                                a median hourly wage of $18.00, well above the community
Support services
                                              college system average of $12.89.
Tammera Walker is moving ahead            s   57 percent of graduates earn more than $30,000
with her life after suffering an injury
                                              per year.
that led to a career change. Now she
is drawing on her creativity to begin     s   Nearly 90 percent of BCC students express overall
a profession in interior design.              satisfaction with the school.

Tammera emphasizes that at BCC,
“people are willing to help you —         An active
they want to see you succeed.” With       community partner
support from TRIO Student Support
Services and Disability Support           s   BCC reaches every corner of its service district, providing
Services, she was able to secure the          educational services to meet community needs at 89 sites.
resources she needed for school.
                                          s   BCC earned the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce 2002
Studying to become a color specialist         Economic Leadership Award for the impact the college’s
in commercial design, Tammera says            educational and training programs have had on the east
the instructors and students are the          King County economy.
best part of BCC. “I enjoy the
environment they have created             s   Through BCC’s Service Learning Program, students and
for learning.”                                faculty have logged thousands of hours of service at
                                              community organizations.

                                          s   BCC’s Parent Education program serves more than 2,000
                                              parents each year, providing training and assistance in
                                              child rearing.

                                          s   More than 600 dislocated and low-income workers
                                              receive professional and technical training each year through
                                              the college’s Worker Retraining and WorkFirst programs.

                                          s   BCC’s Career and Women’s Centers offer a wide range of
                                              career development and job search services, classes and
                                              workshops to the community at low or no cost.

                                          s   BCC radio station KBCS, at 91.3 FM, broadcasts a mix of
                                              jazz, folk, international and public affairs programming to
                                              more than 30,000 listeners in the greater Seattle area.

                                          s   BCC’s TV station, The College Channel (Ch. 28), produces
                                              educational, arts and civic programming for the college and
                                              the City of Bellevue, reaching 340,000 homes in King County.

                                          s   275 organizations held events at BCC last year, with
                                              more than 93,000 people in attendance.
                              Fast facts about BCC
                              (Fall 2003, except as noted)

                              Founded:                                          1966
                              Total employees:                                  2,518
                              Student/faculty ratio:                             25:1
                              Locations:                                      89 sites
                              Main Campus:           3000 Landerholm Circle, Bellevue
                              North Campus:             10700 Northup Way, Bellevue
                              Campus size (main campus):                     96 acres
                              Degrees and certificates
                              awarded (2002-03):                                2,250

                              Student demographics
                              Number of students
                                Fall Quarter 2003:                             21,694
                                2002-03 total:                                 39,020
                              Average credits taken per quarter:                  11.1
                              Average age
                                Credit students:                                 25.2
                                All students (including
                                Continuing Education):                           30.8
                              Ethnicity (credit students)
                                Asian and Pacific Islander:                     16 %
Credit and
                                Latino/Hispanic:                                 5%
enrollment                      African American:                                4%
                                Native American:                                 1%
Credit programs: 53%
                                Caucasian:                                      71 %
Non-credit, Continuing
Education: 47%                  Other:                                           3%
                              Gender (credit students)
BCC serves more than
                                     Female:                                    55 %
39,000 students per year,
approximately half of
                                     Male:                                      45 %
whom are in Continuing
Education programs.           Leadership
                                  President:                           B. Jean Floten

                                  Board of Trustees:                   Paul Chiles
Credit enrollment                                                      Jim Dagnon
by program
                                                                       Lee Kraft
Academic transfer
programs: 51%                                                          Ruthann Kurose
Professional and                                                       Vijay Vashee
technical programs: 41%
Basic skills and other: 8%

Most BCC credit students
are working on their first
two years of college,
but 41% are acquiring
skills for immediate use in
the workplace.
Bellevue Community College
3000 Landerholm Circle SE
Bellevue, WA 98007-6484
(425) 564-1000

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