Bellingham Technical College
Women can learn about careers in traditionally male-dominated fields during an event at Bellingham Technical College on Friday, May 18.
Called “The Road Less Graveled,” the free event is 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the G Building and other locations at BTC, 3028 Lindbergh Ave.
Sessions will highlight opportunities in welding, construction, electrician, computer networking, engineering, process technology, instrumentation, electronics and automotive technology.
Structured sessions and hands-on activities will allow participants to explore these careers.
Resources and information on training and education, as well as job opportunities will be available.
Registration is required. Do so by contacting Terri Thayer, “Road Less Graveled” program coordinator, at 360-752-8483 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A team of student cooks and a chef-instructor from Bellingham Technical College are headed to Reno and Sparks, Nev., for regional cooking competitions put on by the American Culinary Federation that runs March 12-14.
Also competing, though in a different category, is Megan Carroll, a pastry chef at Ciaò Thyme/In the Kitchen in Bellingham and BTC alum.
BTC’s junior hot food team got to Reno after winning the Washington state competition. Those student team members are Whitney Worrell, Colleen Glaser, Elizabeth Vincent, Oleg Vetkov and Immanuel Dinicola (alternate).
BTC’s Michael Baldwin is the team’s chef-coach.
The students will compete in three areas: cold-food presentation, skills and cooking. They will prepare four portions of a fish starter, salad and dessert of their choice and the pre-assigned classical entree suprême de volaille a l’ecarlate from “Escoffier: The Complete Guide to the Art of Modern Cookery.”
Click here for more about this cook-off. BTC is one of eight teams of culinary students in the competition.
Hilde Korsmo, a chef-instructor at BTC, is facing off with two others to be the Western region pastry chef of the year.
The competitors will prepare four portions of a hot/warm dessert featuring pineapple.
Click here for more.
Meanwhile, Carroll is one of four up-and-coming chefs competing for Western region student chef of the year.
They will prepare two portions of a main dish that incorporates a whole bone-in chicken.
To learn more, click here.
If they win, all of them will go on to the national competition in Orlando, Fla., in July.
Jeff Wright, dean of the College of Sciences and Technology at Western Washington University, writes in a guest commentary for the Everett Herald that WWU wants to launch “an aggressive new Engineering program” to meet future demand in the state for workers with such skills.
Click here to read his piece on why it’s critical for Western to do so.
Wright also will be on a panel that will discuss what’s on the horizon for higher education institutions in Whatcom County and what it means for business here. That panel will be featured at a Friday, March 16, luncheon at Northwood Hall, 3240 Northwest Ave.
Organized by the Technology Alliance Group for Northwest Washington, the luncheon is 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Bellingham.
Other panelists will be Janice Walker, Workforce education coordinator for Whatcom Community College, and Sharon Carpenter, dean of Professional Technical Education for Bellingham Technical College.
Registration deadline for the luncheon is March 13.
The program starts at noon. The cost is $15 for members, and $25 for non-members.
For more information and to register, click here.
Bellingham Technical College recently received a grant for more than $570,000 to help hospital and healthcare workers get the education they need to earn degrees and certificates in more advanced areas of healthcare.
The 2011-12 Hospital Emlpoyee Education and Training grant helps BTC and other colleges fund job re-training classes and programs, advising, childcare, transportation and other things currently employed healthcare workers need to go back to school.
The goal of the program is to help current hospital and clinic employees prepare for admission into nursing and other allied health programs. The program is geared towards people who need additional education to get into college and people who need general education and health prerequisites in order to get into advanced programs.
This is the third year BTC has received this grant; the school is partnering with Skagit Valley College, Whatcom Community College, Northwest Workforce Council, employee unions SEIU Healthcare, UFCW2 and the Washington State Nurses Association, and Northwest Alliance for Health Care Skills at five regional hospitals.
Local college students can receive 30 percent off their entire purchase from the Bellingham Goodwill store on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 28.
Students must show their school identification card to receive the discount.
Between 3 and 6 p.m., students can also enter a raffle for gift cards up to $100. An additional five raffle tickets can be printed from the store’s Facebook page.
The Bellingham Goodwill store is in Sunset Square. The offer is also good for locations in the Seattle area.
August is coming to an end, which means it’s time for kids, teenagers and teachers to head back to the classroom.
Below is a round-up of when school districts, colleges and private elementary, middle and high schools will start the school year.
Monday, Aug. 22: Baker View Christian School
Tuesday, Aug. 30: Lynden School District, Cornerstone Christian School, Lynden Christian Schools, including Evergreen Christian School in Bellingham.
Wednesday, Aug. 31: Blaine and Nooksack Valley school districts, St. Paul’s Academy, Whatcom Day Academy, Ebenezer Christian School,
Thursday, Sept. 1: Mount Baker School District, Assumption Catholic School
Tuesday, Sept. 6: Bellingham and Meridian school districts, Montessori at Samish Woods, Pioneer Meadows Montessori School, Bellingham Christian School, Explorations Academy. Wheels of Life School
Wednesday, Sept. 7: Ferndale School District, Lummi Nation Schools, Bridgeway Christian Academy, Whatcom Hills Waldorf School, Cedar Tree Montessori School (the first day for individual students will vary depending on age)
Monday, Sept. 12: WellSpring Academy of Arts & Sciences (arts and science career pathways classes will start the first week of October.)
Monday, Sept. 19: Northwest Indian College
Tuesday, Sept. 20: Whatcom Community College, Bellingham Technical College
Wednesday, Sept. 21: Western Washington University
Tuition at Washington’s community and technical colleges will rise by 11 to 13 percent for the 2011-12 school year.
The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges adopted the new tuition schedule on Thursday, June 23, in an effort to make-up some of the budget reductions imposed by the state Legislature this past session.
Tuition will increase by 13 percent for full-time students and by 11 percent for part-time students.
In all, the community and technical college system will operate with $77.4 million less in state funding, according to a news release from the board.
The board also adopted the new tuition rules for Running Start students, who are high school students attending college classes. In the past, students have been able to take college classes and have them count for high school credit, with all of it paid for by the state. This year, for the first time, there will be a limit on the number of credits students can take for free. If a student takes a full-load of classes between their high school and college courses, then they will be able to continue attending without tuition. But, if a student wants to overload their schedule, (maybe in an effort to graduate with both a high school diploma and Associated Degree), they will have to pay for the college classes that are over their credit limit.
Bellingham resident Lisa Woo was recently appointed by Gov. Chris Gregoire to the Bellingham Technical College Board of Trustees.
Her term started in May and will continue through September 2015. She replaces Yvonne Cartwright and joins trustees Jim Groves, Jim Cunningham, Mark Asmundson and Debbie Ahl.
Woo is the owner of the Gateway buidling and the frozen yogurt store Red Berry in downtown Bellingham. She has also been involved in Bellingham’s Sister City Association, starting the relationship between Bellingham and Cheongiu, South Korea and serving as the chair of that relationship since 2003.
The press release from BTC is below.
Update: Blaine High School’s graduation is Monday, June 13. It’s corrected in the post below.
It’s June, which means thousands of teens and adults across Whatcom County will be earning high school and college degrees.
Below is a round-up of high school and college graduation ceremonies this month. Ceremonies are open to the public, unless otherwise noted.
There will be a special high school graduation section in the Sunday, June 12 print edition of The Bellingham Herald. Included in the section will be graduate lists, valedictorian bios and ceremony information for keepsake purposes.
Bellingham High School: Friday, June 10, 7 p.m. in the high school gym. Tickets are required.
Blaine High School: Monday, June 13, 6 p.m. in the high school gym.
Clearview High School: Senior Recognition Night, June 17, 6 p.m., North Bellingham campus. Graduates will also participate in the Ferndale High School ceremony.
Community Transitions (Bellingham School District): Wednesday, June 15, 7 p.m., Bellingham School District board room.
Explorations Academy: Thursday, June 9, 6:30 p.m. at the Squalicum Boat House.
Ferndale High School: Saturday, June 18, 11 a.m. at Ferndale High Memorial Field. Graduates from Clearview and Windward high schools will also participate in the ceremony.
Lummi High School: Thursday, June 16, 6 p.m. at the school. A dinner will start at 5 p.m.
Lynden High School: Friday, June 10, 7 p.m. at the school.
Lynden Christian High School: Thursday, June 9, 7 p.m. in the high school football stadium.
Meridian High School: Tuesday, June 14, 7 p.m. the high school gym.
Mount Baker High School: Wednesday, June 8, 6:30 p.m. at Bob Tisdale Field. Tickets are required.
Nooksack Valley High School: Friday, June 10, 7 p.m. at Sid Lambert Field or Kay LeMaster Gym, depending on the weather.
Options High School: Tuesday, June 14, 7 p.m. in Bellingham High School’s theatre.
Sehome High School: Monday, June 13, 6 p.m. at Western Washington University’s Carver Gymnasium. Doors willopen at 5 p.m.
St. Paul’s Academy: Wednesday, June 15, 6:30 p.m. in the new Upper School gym.
Squalicum High School: Saturday, June 11, 11 a.m. in the school gym. Tickets are required.
Windward High School: Senior Recognition Night, June 13, 7 p.m., North Bellingham campus. Graduates will also participate in the Ferndale High School ceremony.
Bellingham Technical College: Tuesday, June 21, 7 p.m. at the Mount Baker Theatre. Tickets are required.
Northwest Indian College: Friday, June 17, 5 p.m. at the Wex’liem Lummi Community Building.
Western Washington University: Saturday, June 11 in Carver Gymasium. 9 a.m. – College of Business and Economics, College of Fine and Performing Arts, Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies and Huxley College of the Environment. 12:30 p.m. – College of Humanities and Social Sciences (Humanities Division) and Woodring College of Education. 4 p.m. – College of Humanities and Social Sciences (Social Sciences Division) and College of Sciences and Technology. Tickets are required for seating in Carver Gymnasium, however there will be overflow seating available in the Science, Mathematics and Technology Education building with the ceremony broadcast on a screen. The ceremony will also be broadcast live on Comcast channel 26.
Whatcom Community College: Friday, June 17, 6:30 p.m. in the Pavillion. Tickets are required to sit in the Pavillion, however there will be overflow seating in Heiner Theatre with the ceremony broadcast on a screen.
Logos Bible Software has created an annual $1,000 scholarship through the Bellingham Technical College Foundation.
The scholarship, which will first be awarded this summer, is merit-based and designated for a student in the Computer Networking or Computer Software Support programs.
The press release from the college is below the jump.