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About BTC

BTC Facts


BTC has been providing skills-focused education to thousands of local and regional students since 1957.

BTC is located in beautiful Bellingham, Washington, about 90 miles north of Seattle, and 60 miles south of Vancouver, BC.

History & Timeline


    The first Industrial School is planned and built by the Bellingham School District. It evolved into a manual-training section of Whatcom High School.


    Courses in automotive mechanics and machine shop were offered at Fairhaven High School.


    With World War II looming, evening classes are established. Over 4,000 people received industry training during the war.


    Realizing that vocational programming was not serving the community’s needs, planners began work on what will become the present BTC.


    Bellingham Vocational Technical Institute is established on the current 35-acre site, a former truck farm. BVTI is operated by the Bellingham School District.


    Bellingham Vocational Technical Institute is renamed Bellingham Technical College. State legislative action designates BTC as a member of the Washington State Community and Technical College system.


    BTC becomes a member institution of Achieving the Dream, a national nonprofit dedicated to helping students—particularly low-income and students of color—stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree.


Student Profile

    35 Average Student Age 2010-2011

    8,669 Annual Unduplicated Headcount 2010-2011

    4,058 Average Number of Students Who Attend BTC Quarterly 2010-2011

    782 Number of Graduates 2010-2011

    77 Running Start Headcount 2010-2011

    20% Students of Color 2010-2011

    13% Students Who Attend BTC and Hold Baccalaureate Degrees 2010-2011

    84% Average Placement Rate of BTC Graduates 2006-2008

    $16.90 Average Hourly Wage of BTC Graduates Nine Months After Graduation 2010-2011

    2,425 Full-time Equivalent Students (FTES) 2012


About Our School

    1957 Year that BTC Officially Opened on Current Site (then known as Bellingham Technical School)

    1991 Year that BTC Formally Became a College 32 Number of Acres BTC’s Campus Currently Encompasses (including the Marine Drive Annex)

Faculty and Staff

    66 Full-time Faculty 2011

    114 Adjunct Part-time Faculty 2011

    119 Staff 2011


    Accredited By: Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities

Program Mix:

    73% Workforce; 15% Academic; 7% Basic Skills; 5% Pre-College

    35 2 Year Degree Programs

    55 Certificate Programs

    354 Business & Industry Representatives Serving on BTC’s Program Advisory Committees



Susan M. Parker
Grant Project Manager
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Grants BTC has received

Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration Grant

The Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration has awarded a $2.75m grant to Bellingham Technical College to expand the nursing workforce. A special grant focus is on assisting military veterans, their eligible spouses and Trade-Act eligible workers to employment in this high-demand, high-wage industry.

Contact: Susan M. Parker, Grant Project Manager,, 360.752.8590

Funded by the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Grant # TC-25142-13-60-A-53


Financial Aid

    $8.1 Million Total Financial Aid Loans 2010-2011

    $7.7 Million Total Financial Aid Grants 2010-2011

    $15.8 Million Total Financial Aid Awards Disbursed 2010-2011

    4,904 Total Individual Financial Aid Awards Granted 2010-2011

    192 Student Scholarships Awarded 2012-2013

    73 Named Annual Scholarships Provided 2012-2013

    25 Endowed Scholarships Provided 2012-2013

    $254,000 Total Scholarship Monies Awarded 2012-2013

Revenues and Expenditures

    $23 Million Total College Budget, Revenue (excluding capital and financial aid dollars) 2010-2011

    41% Revenue Received From the State in 2010-2011 (was 60% in 2007-2008)

    12% Revenue Received From Grants & Contracts in 2010-2011 (was 7% in 2007-2008)

    38% Revenue Received From Tuition & Fees in 2010-2011 (was 33% in 2007-2008)

College is Paying Its Own Way

    An investment in BTC brings dollars back to the treasury

    7.4% Average Return on Tax Payer Investment Over Next 30 Years

    $15.5 Million College’s Annual Net Contribution to Regional Income

    $117.4 Million Dollars that BTC Alumni Bring Annually to Regional Income Through Increased Productivity