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.