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FIRST TIME STUDENTS

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Ready to move forward in your life?
BTC can give you career-ready skills in two years or less!

Whether you are a high school graduate, recently laid off and in need of retraining, pursuing a new career, ready to become a skilled worker, etc… whatever your circumstances may be, we have a place for you.

Follow the sequence below for an overview of the enrollment process. Click on the tabs above or review the BTC Steps for Success Checklist for more detailed steps.

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    Apply to BTC & Financial Aid

    It’s easy and free to apply for admission!

Explore your Options

BTC offers a variety of exciting educational opportunities. Whether you have decided on a program of study, or not, there is lots of information available to help you understand your options. BTC offer’s Campus Tours, Career Exploration Workshops, New Student Workshops, and Weekly Drop In Counseling for new and prospective students.

Apply to BTC

Once you have decided on a program of study, submit an online application through the WA State Web Admissions Center. Applying online takes approximately 5-10 minutes.

Apply Now! Follow the Quick Start instructions provided by the WA State Web Admissions Center.

Within 72 business hours after applying, you will be assigned a Student Identification Number (SID).

Plan ahead! Several BTC programs have additional admissions prerequisites/requirements which must be completed before you can be considered program ready. Visit the Program & Degrees page for details.

For further information regarding admissions to special programs or applying online, contact the Admissions & Student Resource Center at: 360-752-8345 or email: admissions@btc.ctc.edu with questions.

Apply for Financial Aid

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. It’s easy, and should take only about 30 minutes to complete.

You’ll need:

  • A PIN from the Department of Education. This helps them identify you when accessing your information, and acts as your electronic signature. If you are a dependent of your parent or guardian, they will need their own PIN.
  • Income records, such as W2s, copies of federal tax returns, and SSI benefits for the previous year. Dependent students will need their parents’ or guardians’ income records.
  • BTC College Code 016227

You’ll receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Department of Education. This is a summary of the information you provided. Review the SAR carefully. Make any necessary corrections online or contact Financial Aid at finaid@btc.ctc.edu for help.

Other financial aid may be available to you outside of the FAFSA application, for more information visit Student Financial Resources.

Continue the admission steps on the Placement tab

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    Tue-Fri 9am-5pm (arrive by 3pm)
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    Take the Placement Test

    Assess Your Skills

Degree or certificate-seeking students must take the Accuplacer assessment to evaluate reading, math, and grammar skills.

Accuplacer is not a pass/fail test. It simply measures your current skill level. Your scores will help you choose the right classes, make a plan, and obtain any needed support services. Starting off with Accuplacer means a more successful college experience.

No appointment is needed to take the Accuplacer. Just pay the $21 fee to the BTC Cashier, Campus Store or Campus Store Online and bring your receipt to your test, alone with government issued photo identification such as a driver's license, Tribal ID, TWIC card or passport. Plan to spend about two hours taking the exam. Your Placement Test will be in H Building, Room H-4 during the times scheduled below.

Weekly Accuplacer Assessment Schedule:

  • Mondays 9:00 am to 8:00 pm (arrive by 6:00 pm)
  • Tuesdays through Fridays 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (arrive by 3:00 pm)

We recommend you refresh and review your skills before you take the test.

EdReady can help you prepare for the Accuplacer or GED Exam, or your next math class. It shows what you need to study for the goals you choose, and gives you a customized plan to gain mastery. Go to https://btc.edready.org/home to sign up!

Accuplacer study guides:

Khan Academy produces micro lectures in the form of YouTube videos. In addition to micro lectures, the organization's website features practice exercises and tools for educators. All resources are available for free at https://www.khanacademy.org/.

Score Interpretation Tool

Once you have test scores, use the Score Interpretation Tool to determine where to begin your Math and English sequence.

Please visit the Assessment Center webpage to find out more information about the Accuplacer Test.

Continue the admission steps on the Advising & Registration tab

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    Advising & Registration

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Advising & Registration Session

Students must attend a mandatory Advising and Registration session. This session is facilitated by Academic and Career Advisors who will guide you in learning how to navigate the BTC website, find computer and campus resources that have been designed to assist you with your transition to BTC, and register for classes.

Important Notes:

  • The Accuplacer Test must be completed prior to attending the session.
  • Bring your Student ID number, and a copy of your Accuplacer test scores to the session.
  • If you have prior college credit, please review our Transcript Evaluation Process and bring an unofficial copy of your transcripts to the session.
  • If you are receiving L & I benefits, need an accommodation or you cannot attend an Advising & Registration session before the quarter begins please contact the Admissions and Student Resource Center at 360-752-8345.
  • You are strongly encouraged to complete the College Student Inventory before your Advising Session.

You can register online for a session by visiting our Entry Services Calendar. It is recommended to attend a session within your program cluster group:


Engineering & Advanced Manufacturing:
Composites Engineering
Electro Mechanical Technology
Mechanical Engineering
Civil Engineering (Geomatic Technology)
Electronics
Instrumentation & Control
Machining
Welding

Industrial Technology, Fisheries & Culinary:
Electrician
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
Fisheries & Aquacultures Science
Culinary Arts
Pastry Arts

Business & Computer Technology:
Accounting
Administrative Assistant
Business DTA/MRP
Computer Networking
Computer Software Support
Health Information Technology
Legal Administrative Assistant
Medical Coding & Billing
Medical Receptionist
Office Assistant
Receptionist

Transportation & Mechanical Technology
Automotive Collision Repair
Automotive Technology
Diesel Technology

Health:
Dental Assisting
Dental Hygiene
Radiology Technology
Surgery Technology
Veterinary Technology
Nursing
Nursing Assistant
Pre-Nursing

Continue the admission steps on the Attend tab

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New Student Kick-Off Celebration

The New Student Kickoff Celebration is for new students to make connections, learn about resources available to them, hear useful tips for college success, and meet faculty members. This is a great opportunity to explore BTC’s campus, and mingle with other new students.

Fall 2015 Quarter Kick-Off Celebration is on Monday September 21st, from 10 am to 12:30 pm. You can RSVP for the celebration at our Entry Services Calendar.

 

Pay Tuition and Fees

Payment is due by the date specified on the College Calendar. Pay online with a VISA or MasterCard credit (not debit) card, or at the Cashier window, College Services (CS) building, where you may use cash, check, VISA, MasterCard, or financial aid award.

 

Student ID Card

A photo ID or Student ID card (available for $8.00 at the Campus Store) is required for some registration transactions. Your Student ID qualifies you for discounts on Whatcom Transit Authority (WTA) bus passes and at many local vendors, plus access to the Western Washington University and Whatcom Community College libraries.

Textbooks

Find textbook lists. Or, take your printed class schedule to the Campus Store, in the Campus Center (CC) building. Tip: We do NOT recommend purchasing texts for any other quarter than the current one in which you are registered.

elearning

If you are taking any online or hybrid classes, be sure to setup and check your BTC email for instructions on how to access your classes. To setup your email and to explore your online classes, please visit the Student login page