What is needed to qualify for the IMPACT! Program
What is IMPACT?
In collaboration with Whatcom County School Districts, the Bellingham Technical College's IMPACT! Program offers flexible school programming and a pathways to academic and career success for students who are likely to drop out, or have already dropped out of high school.
Most IMPACT! students are significantly behind in high school credits and the IMPACT! Program offers them the opportunity for a fresh start—another chance to succeed, and a new environment to engage with.
The IMPACT! Program’s most common route to student success begins in an IMPACT! peer cohort with the GED (General Education Development) and other foundational coursework and skill building in core academic subject areas, as well as in college and career readiness skills: time management, stress reduction, study skills, and campus and community resources.
Each student works closely with their advisor/case manager to develop realistic learning and career goals. As students enter college-level course work and career and technical programs, the IMPACT! Program can cover the cost of tuition, fees, and books for eligible students, allowing students to progress on a college trajectory towards their two-year degree or technical certificate at very little or no cost to them.
If or when a student completes their Associate’s Degree they will automatically be issued a High School Diploma from the state of Washington. While most IMPACT! students elect to pursue their GED certificate as high school completion, the IMPACT! Program is highly flexible and may be able to help facilitate other avenues to a high school diploma.