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March 30th, Monday

  • Campus Tour3:30 pm - 4:30 pm in College Services, Rm 106
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    Join us for a tour of the campus and check out where the hands-on learning takes place... in BTC labs and classrooms.

    Time: 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

    Location: College Services, Rm 106

    Sign up for a Campus Tour. Walk-ins welcome.

    If you have questions, please contact the Admissions & Student Resource Center at 360-752.8345 or at

April 1st, Wednesday

  • Campus Tour1:30 pm - 2:30 pm in College Services, Rm 106
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    Join us for a tour of the campus and check out where the hands-on learning takes place... in BTC labs and classrooms.

    Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Location: College Services, Rm 106

    Sign up for a Campus Tour. Walk-ins welcome.

    If you have questions, please contact the Admissions & Student Resource Center at 360-752.8483 or at

April 1st, Wednesday

  • Paying for College11:00 am - 12:00 pm in G Building, Rm 102
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    This session will provide an overview of funding sources including Financial Aid, Basic Food Employment & Training (BFET), Opportunity Grant, Worker Retraining, WorkFirst and scholarships.

    Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Location: G Building, Rm 102

    Sign up for a Paying for College Session. Walk-ins welcome.

    If you have questions, please contact the Admissions & Student Resource Center at 360-752.8345 or at

April 2nd, Thursday

  • Future Student Info and Campus Tour3:30 pm - 4:30 pm in College Services, Rm 106
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    Learn about BTC and the steps to becoming a student. The session includes an overview of the programs BTC offers, career opportunities and outlook, admissions steps, and much more! Future student information sessions are coupled with a Campus Tour on Thursday evening.

    Time: 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

    Location: College Services, Rm 106

    Sign up for Future Student Advising. Walk-ins welcome.

    If you have questions, please contact the Admissions & Student Resource Center at 360-752.8345 or at

April 6th, Monday

  • New Student Kickoff Celebration9:00 am-12:30 pm in Settlemyer Hall
    The New Student Kickoff Celebration is a great way for new students to make connections, learn about the resources available to them, hear useful tips for college success, and meet BTC's faculty. Come early to take part in a computer boot camp to beef up your technical skills. The event ends with lunch.
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Interested in college but not sure where to start? BTC has many resources for you to explore your options. Please join us for a campus tour, a Career Exploration workshop or other new student workshops, or meet with a career counselor

Campus Tours

    Sign up for a campus tour! Campus tours are offered twice weekly and by appointment when possible. Sign up for a campus tour or call 360-752-8345.

    We will try to accommodate alternative Campus Tour times. Please call 360-752-8483 to request an alternative time.

Career Exploration

    Attend a 60-minute workshop where you can:

    • Take career/vocational assessments
    • Learn about career and wage outlook
    • Get connected with other related resources
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    See when the next workshop is and sign up for a Career Exploration workshop. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions & Student Resources Center at or 360.752.8345

New Student Workshops

    Bellingham Technical College offers several workshops to help students understand enrollment processes and provide the support you need when you need it. View the Entry Services calendar to find dates, times, and locations for:

    • Future Students Advising Sessions
    • Paying for College
    • Program Info Sessions
    • And More!

    Reserve your spot now for one or more of the New Student Workshops. Drop-ins are also welcome. If you have questions, please contact the Admissions & Student Resources Center at or 360-752-8345

Weekly Drop-In Counseling

    Drop-in counseling located in the Admissions and Student Resource Center is recommended for students who are unsure of their educational goals and/or want to explore career options. Drop-in counseling is also available for current students with program or personal concerns.

    Drop-in counseling hours:

    • Tuesdays, 2:00-4:00pm
    • Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00pm
    • Thursdays, 9:00-10:00am

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March 2015


    March 13th

      BTC Nursing Program, Whatcom Health Dept. partner for free adult vaccine clinic March 19 (PDF)

February 2015


    February 27th

      Health and business career fair at BTC Tuesday morning, March 10 (PDF)

    February 27th

      BTC Nursing Program to host open house for clinical simulation lab March 10 (PDF)

January 2015


    January 12th

      Bellingham Technical College’s Culinary Arts Program Headed To Vegas For Regional Competition. (PDF)

June 2014


    June 18th

      Bellingham Technical College Foundation Elects Six New Board Members. (PDF)

    June 13th

      Bellingham Technical College Receives $25,000 Endowment Scholarship From Bellingham Yacht Club (PDF)

April 2014


    April 14th

      Manufacturing And Industrial Career Fair At Bellingham Technical College Thursday April 17 From 10:30 am To 12:30 pm (PDF)

    April 11th

      Bellingham Technical College Dental Hygiene Students Offer Free Teeth Screenings Tuesday From 3-5 pm. Drop-Ins Welcome! (PDF)

    April 11th

      Bellingham Technical College Hosts Linuxfest Northwest April 26 And 27 On Campus (PDF)

    April 11th

      Bellingham Technical College (BTC) holds its annual Welding Rodeo and Skills Challenge on the BTC campus on May 16 and 17, 2014 (Friday and Saturday) (PDF)

March 2014


    March 14th

      Bellingham Technical College Dental Hygiene Student Offer Free Teeth Screenings As Part Of Final Training. (PDF)

    March 7th

      Free Health And Business Career & Employment Fair At Bellingham Technical College (PDF)

February 2014


    February 28th

      Bellingham Technical College Hosts Manufacturing Summit To Strategize With Industry, Education And Policy Leaders On Skills Gap In Manufacturing Workforce (PDF)

    February 21st

      Bellingham Technical College's Welding Program Designated As An American Welding Society Accredited Test Facility (PDF)

    February 21st

      Bellingham Technical College’s Culinary Arts Program Wins Multiple Awards: The American Culinary Federation State Competition, Chef Of The Year, And Student Of The Year (PDF)

    February 7th

      Bellingham Technical College And Alcoa Foundation To Provide Paid Internships For Unemployed Youth (PDF)

January 2014


    January 13th

      Governor Inslee Appoints New Trustee, Kelly Espinoza, VP Patient Care Services Peacehealth St. Joseph Medical Center To Bellingham Technical College (PDF)

Watch this page for more information and updates or you can send an email to Marni Saling Mayer, Public Information Officer at:

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BTC in the News

April 2014


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February 2014


January 2014


December 2013


    December 13th
    Bellingham Herald

    Open house Tuesday and BTC's new fisheries building

November 2013


October 2013


September 2013


    September 25th
    Bellingham Herald

    Second union votes to strike at Bellingham Technical College

    September 23rd
    Bellingham Herald

    Teachers go on strike; no classes Tuesday at Bellingham Technical College

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2012 Archived Press releases and news articles


    December 12, 2012
    BTC, WCC receive grants to create health tech offerings (PDF)

    December 9, 2012
    Whatcom Creek closes to fishing (PDF)

    December 9, 2012
    BTC gets federal stimulus grant for health IT training (PDF)

    October 24, 2012
    New BTC center home to culinary arts, computer classes (PDF)

    October 17, 2012
    BTC Is A Military Friendly Campus And Hosts Free Veterans-Support Workshops Oct. 24 And Nov. 8 (PDF)

    October 17, 2012
    Bellingham Technical College Receives $40,000 Grant From ALCOA Foundation For Establishing Industry Skills Certifications At BTC (PDF)

    October 15, 2012
    BTC opens new Campus Center building (PDF)

    October 5, 2012
    BTC hosts free tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccine clinic (PDF)

    August 15, 2012
    Professional Woman award finalists named (PDF)

    August 8, 2012
    Bellingham Technical College, Port, receive state grants for energy cost saving projects (PDF)

    August 1, 2012
    Technical college invests in new fisheries facility (PDF)

    July 16, 2012
    BTC replacing ‘sinking’ fisheries building at Maritime Heritage Park (PDF)

    June 4, 2012
    BTC staff helps Bellingham group learn about boat engines (PDF)

    May 13, 2012
    BTC Welding Rodeo ignites for two days of competition (PDF)

    April 30, 2012
    Two Bellingham colleges ranked top 120 in the nation, compete for cash (PDF)

    February 21, 2012
    Bellingham Technical College Receives $119,615 Department Of Labor Grant As Part Of The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act. (PDF)

    February 17, 2012
    Bellingham Technical College Foundation Receives $12,500 Grant From Safeco Insurance Foundation (PDF)

    February 10, 2012
    BTC instructor Hilde Korsmo to compete for Pastry Chef of the Year (PDF)

    February 1, 2012
    Bellingham Technical College (Wash.) President Patricia McKeown announced that the college has been awarded a five-year U.S. Department of Education Title III grant of $1.7 million. (PDF)

    January 11th, 2012
    Bellingham Technical College Hosts The American Culinary Federation Washington State Chefs Association Competition On January 14, 2012 (PDF)

    January 5th, 2012
    Patricia McKeown shines in first year as BTC president (PDF)

2011 Archived Press releases and news articles


    December 29th, 2011
    Bellingham Technical College is one of 13 Washington Technical and Community Colleges Awarded a Portion of $1.58 Million for Aerospace Training (PDF)

    June 21st, 2011
    Bellingham Technical College gets new trustee (PDF)

    June 21st, 2011
    Mannequins improve training for Whatcom nursing students (PDF)

    June 17th, 2011
    Governor Christine Gregoire Appoints New Trustee Lisa Woo, to Bellingham Technical College Board of Trustees. (PDF)

    June 17th, 2011
    Bellingham Technical College Holds Commencement at Mount Baker Theatre on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 (PDF)

    May 13th, 2011
    10th Annual Welding Rodeo at Bellingham Technical College (PDF)

    May 13th, 2011
    Road Less Graveled: Exploring Non-Traditional Trades for Women, Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21 (PDF)

    April 15, 2011
    Governor Christine Gregoire Appoints New Trustee, Debbie Ahl to Bellingham Technical College (PDF)

    April 13, 2011
    Bellingham Technical College Foundation Adds New Board Member Max Legg To Its Ranks (PDF)

    April 12, 2011
    2011 All-Washington Academic Team Welcomes two of Bellingham Technical College’s Most Accomplished Students, Joe DeLuna and Pamela Corbett. (PDF)

    April 8, 2011
    Bellingham Technical College Associated Student Body Sponsors Child-A-Palooza Benefit Concert To Support Brigid Collins (PDF)

    March 14, 2011
    Whatcom County colleges receive grants to increase enrollment and graduation (PDF)

    March 9, 2011
    Bellingham Technical College Commits to Rigorous Student Success and Completion Work (PDF)

    January 28, 2011
    Bellingham Technical College Receives $299,387 For Innovative Renewable Energy Source Training Curriculum (PDF)

    January 28, 2011
    BTC awarded $200,000 grant to create aquatic transfer degree program (PDF)

    January 27, 2011
    Bellingham Technical College Awarded $168,000 Job Skills Program Grant With Heath Tecna For Expertise In Providing Customized Training For Up And Coming Businesses In Multiple Industries (PDF)

    January 4, 2011
    Martin Luther King Day (PDF)

2010 Archived Press releases and news articles


    December 16, 2010
    Bellingham Technical College Board Of Trustees Appoints Dr. Patricia Mckeown To Permanent President Post (PDF)

    December 16, 2010
    BTC appoints new President (PDF)

    December 8, 2010
    Brooks Manufacturing endows $100,000 BTC scholarship (PDF)

    October 15, 2010
    BTC Awarded $980,382 To Train Workers In The High Demand, High-Growth Nursing Field (PDF)

    October 15, 2010
    Bellingham Technical College Receives A $50,000 Grant From Alcoa Foundation For Building A Sustainable Energy Workforce: Renewable Energy Lab (PDF)

    October 14, 2010
    BTC’s Board of Trustees has granted tenure to six of BTC’s faculty members. (PDF)

    August 12, 2010
    BTC Provides County Courses To Help Residents Jump-Start Careers And Work Towards College Degrees (PDF)

    August 5, 2010
    Reaching Out to East 542 has launched!  Bellingham Technical College brings college courses to Deming and Kendall (PDF)

    July 21, 2010
    BTC Instructor Mike Massey Helps Save Oiled Birds along the Gulf Coast (PDF)

    July 20, 2010
    Dr. Patricia Mckeown Named Interim President Of Bellingham Technical College (PDF)

    July 2, 2010
    BTC names new Vice President of Student Services (PDF)

    July 1, 2010
    BTC Moves Forward On Filling Interim President Position (PDF)

    June 22, 2010
    Bellingham Technical College Holds Graduation At Mount Baker Theatre On Tuesday, June 22, 2010 (PDF)

    May 21, 2010
    Bellingham Technical College
    all-women welding team takes
    on competition (PDF)

    May 6, 2010
    BTC's Café seems too good to be true (PDF)

    May 5, 2010
    Cuisine with Class (PDF)

    April 27, 2010
    BTC to build new campus center, demolish four old buildings (PDF)

    April 26, 2010
    Brooks Manufacturing donates $5,000 to Bellingham Technical College Foundation (PDF)

    April 26, 2010
    BTC, Whatcom brace for another round of budget cuts (PDF)

    April 15, 2010
    NW Farms & Food - Inside the Kitchen at Chef School (PDF)

    April 15, 2010
    NW Farms & Food - How Do You Become A Chef? (PDF)

    April 13, 2010
    Café Culinaire: The Restaurant Of Bellingham Technical College’s Culinary Arts Program Presents A New Spring Menu At Reasonable Price! (PDF)

    April 8, 2010
    Lighthouse Mission Program Graduate Receives Full-ride to Bellingham Technical College (PDF)

    March 24, 2010
    All-Washington Academic Team Welcomes Two Of Bellingham Technical Colleges Most Accomplished Students. (PDF)

    March 23, 2010
    Bellingham Technical College's Vice President Of Instruction, Patricia Mckeown Inducted Into Ywca Hall Of Fame (PDF)

    March 16, 2010
    YWCA Honors Four Whatcom Women for Hall of Fame (PDF)

    March 9, 2010
    MT. Baker Imaging Awards $30,000 Endowed Scholarship to BTC's  BTC’s Radiologic Technology Program (PDF)

    March 3, 2010
    Birch Equipment Reps speak at Road Less Graveled class (PDF)

    March 3, 2010
    Bellingham Council Approves $1.16 million bid for W. Illinois St. Extension (PDF)

    February 25, 2010
    Bellingham Technical College to Host Free Career Fair (PDF)

2009 Archived Press releases and news articles


    December 2, 2009
    Governor Christine Gregoire Appoints New Trustee, Jim Groves To Bellingham Technical College (PDF)

    November 5, 2009
    BTC receives a FIPSE grant of $350,000 To Redesign Adult Basic Education Program. (PDF)

    October 13, 2009
    Bellingham Technical College Receives Heet Grant To Develop Innovative Education And Employment Programs In Hospital And High Demand Health Care Fields. (PDF)

    October 13, 2009
    BTC Receives HEET Grant to develop innovative education and employment programs in hospital and high demand health care fields. (PDF)

    July 2, 2009
    The Norcliffe Foundation Awards Generous Grant to BTC's Northwest Center For Environmental Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences. (PDF)

    June 19, 2009
    BTC Graduation at Mount Baker Theatre Held on Tuesday, June 23,2009 (PDF)

    April 24, 2009
    BTC Welding Rodeo 2009- From Scrap Pile to Sculpture in 8 hours! (PDF)

    April 23, 2009
    Café Culinaire: The Restaurant of Bellingham Technical College’s Culinary Arts program Serves a New Spring Menu (PDF)

    BTC to Build New Student Center
    Bellingham Technical College (BTC) is preparing for the construction of a new three-story, 70,000-square-foot campus student center, which will replace four outdated college buildings located at the heart of the college’s 32-acre campus (PDF)

    February 5, 2009
    New Trustee, Mark Asmundson Appointed to Bellingham Technical College (PDF)

    BTC Unveils Campus Center Plans
    Designs have been unveiled for a new building at Bellingham Technical College: a 70,000-square-foot campus center that will feature academic and socializing space. (PDF)

    BTC Fish Hatchery Not Closing
    The fish hatchery at Maritime Heritage Park, which is run by Bellingham Technical College, is not being shut down. (PDF)

    Bad Economy has been a Boon for 2-year Colleges
    Businesses and schools across the state are shutting their doors, and people are living in fear that their jobs and savings will disappear. But community and technical colleges across the country are thriving, with record enrollment. (PDF)

    Local Colleges dig deeper to meet Budget Cut Demands
    The newest round of budget cuts for state agencies is leaving Whatcom County’s higher education institutions looking for ways to cut about $4.3 million. (PDF)

    BTC moves Forward with Pilot Project for Mini-Refinery
    After years of discussion, Bellingham Technical College is moving forward with a project that could cement the school as a major training center for advanced manufacturing. (PDF)

2008 Archived Press releases and news articles


    December 8, 2008
    BTC Receives Scholarship Gift from ConocoPhillips Ferndale Refinery Supporting its Advanced Manufacturing Programs (PDF)

    Bellingham Technical College turns 50
    Over the last 50 years, Bellingham Technical College has grown up  … (PDF)

    Gov. Gregoire Announces Job Training Grant
    $60,000 grant awarded to Bellingham Technical College and Alcoa … (PDF)

    Grants Awarded to Bellingham Technical College for 2007-08
    BTC has been awarded $2,414,810 in grants … (PDF)

    BTC seeks funds for new hatchery facility
    The college is starting a $2 million fundraising campaign for a new facility at the hatchery to replace the Fisheries technology building. (PDF)

    Qualified-worker shortages become a concern
    As baby boomers retire, county could see a dearth of skilled workers (PDF)

    BTC is lead school in sharing $1.85M grant
    Bellingham Technical College and three other northwest Washington colleges will share a $1.85 million federal grant to expand programs in the advanced manufacturing industry (PDF)

    ‘Tomboy’ has drive to fix auto bodies
    BTC grad would like to own her own shop someday (PDF)

2007 Archived Press releases and news articles


    November 1, 2007
    As the new college school year gets under way, Bellingham Technical College and Whatcom Community College are spending … (PDF)

    BTC’s Welding Center ‘Top-notch’
    College hosts conference to show off facility … (PDF)

    I-BEST Program joins basic, Career Courses
    Students can see practical reasons for going to class ... (PDF)

    November 1, 2007
    Aluminum smelter working with BTC to train potential employees … (PDF)

    September 1, 2007
    Technical college president pleased with 'strategic goals' ... (PDF)

    August 1, 2007
    BTC offers programs that prepare students to do wonderful jobs that pay a lot … (PDF)

    August 1, 2007
    BTC Programs Lead to Higher Paying Jobs … (PDF)