Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plan was developed by the employees and students of BTC and guides our institutional work. We prioritize our activities, allocate our resources, and collaborate with others based on our strategic themes and goals, and are committed to creating, evaluating, and improving college practices and policies to support the Strategic Plan.
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Vision, Mission & Values


Bellingham Technical College will be a recognized leader in providing innovative and effective technical education, maximizing student potential and supporting the regional economy through development of a competitive workforce.


Bellingham Technical College provides student-centered, high-quality professional technical education for today’s needs and tomorrow’s opportunities.


As a learning community, Bellingham Technical College is committed to educational excellence and equity realized through a positive, values-based environment. To fulfill Bellingham Technical College’s mission and vision, the College will adhere to the following values:


Creating a supportive and inclusive community that results in a high level of student competence, professionalism, and success.


Embracing positive, effective change that creates opportunity and meets current and emerging needs.


Creating and leveraging partnerships and resources to achieve shared values and goals for students, the College, and the community.


Promoting a culture of respect and accountability, reflecting integrity in decision-making, and ensuring responsible stewardship of all resources.

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2018-23 Strategic Goals

Teaching & Learning

  • Support student learning through quality instruction
  • Build clear and effective pathways for students
  • Identify and address barriers to student learning
  • Establish systems and support for employee success and professional development

Student Career Preparation & Achievement

  • Support students in identifying and achieving their educational and career goals
  • Maintain and develop partnerships designed to help students succeed
  • Strengthen student workplace readiness and job placement services

Innovation & Responsiveness

  • Prioritize continuous improvement through evaluation of current practices and alignment of resources
  • Keep pace with industry and workforce needs and emerging trends

Campus Community & Culture

  • Cultivate an environment that contributes to employee engagement and satisfaction
  • Strengthen college commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness
  • Unify the campus community through collaboration and open communication
  • Maintain a welcoming, safe, and accessible environment

Strategic Plan Poster printable PDF

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Key Performance Indicators

2018-23 Key Performance Indicators (KPI)

  1. Student Access
  2. Student Educational/Career Plans
  3. Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
    • Course-Level
    • Program-Level
    • Campus-Level
  4. Student Transition*
    • Transitional Studies to College-Level
    • Developmental Education to College-Level
    • Early-Program to Core-Program
  5. Student Retention*
  6. Student Completion*
  7. Student Employment
    • Career Services
    • Job Placement*
    • Workplace Performance
  8. External Partnerships
  9. BTC Employee Professional Development
  10. Participatory Governance
  11. Strategic Planning and Resource Allocation
  12. Campus Environment
    • Satisfaction*
    • Inclusivity
    • Safety

*Continuation of 2013-18 KPI

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