Welcome to my web page at Bellingham Technical College. I hope you will find this an additional source of information—and please note the links to the right.
As Bellingham Technical College’s new president, it is motivating to see how Bellingham Technical College so effectively serves our students and community through innovative professional technical education programs, varied general education courses and excellent student support services.
We are proud to be this community’s technical college and to have served 5,401 students last year. Our Board of Trustees, administration, faculty and staff are committed to ensuring that students receive an exceptional educational experience, thus fulfilling our mission to “provide student-centered, high quality professional technical education for today’s needs and tomorrow’s opportunities.”
BTC has many positive attributes to recognize. Most notable is that—in a time of declining state-funded enrollments—BTC’s enrollment increased during the 2015-16 academic year. Out of the state’s 30 districts, Bellingham was one of only seven to increase state-funded enrollment. This positive shift can be attributed to our dedicated faculty and staff, our Strategic Enrollment Plan and the tandem efforts of multiple departments working at every level to expand access to our programs and be responsive to our students’ needs with the goal of improving enrollments and, ultimately, student success.
Our relationships with community, business, and industry partners continue to grow in strength, and BTC’s reputation reflects our pursuit of excellence. We are proud to announce several new partnerships with local school districts. The new IMPACT! Program is geared toward re-engaging at-risk youth and getting them back to school to earn their diploma, GED, or professional technical credits. BTC has also established new Dual Credit pathways (including College in the High School, Running Start, Tech Prep, and Advanced Placement) into BTC programs in partnership with high schools across Whatcom County, as well as a new Dual Enrollment website.
BTC continues to augment our offerings to students and enhance post-graduate opportunities by developing new degrees that transfer directly into bachelor’s degrees. While maintaining our focus on workforce education, BTC has added transfer degrees that include multiple engineering degree pathways and composites engineering technology. We are also very proud of the strides we have made in developing proposals to offer new Bachelor of Applied Science degrees in Engineering Technology and Operations Management. In addition to these expanding degree opportunities, BTC has added new general education and academic transfer courses to our roster in the effort to make BTC a destination for transfer courses in our community.
BTC has great things happening. Come and visit our campus anytime—we welcome you!
Kimberly Perry, Ed.D.