Student Life

Student Life at Bellingham Technical College strives to cultivate a campus community where students can maximize their college experience through engaging in activities outside of the classroom and contribute to a student-centered learning approach.

Student Life advises the Associated Students of Bellingham Technical College (ASBTC). Composed of seven student leaders, the ASBTC supports programs that enhance the growth and development of all students by providing social, cultural, recreational, and educational opportunities. In addition, Student Life strives to increase awareness about institutional policies and procedures and is responsible for helping identify students for College committees.

Student Life is dedicated to maximizing student opportunities beyond the classroom by encouraging social activities, critical thinking, civic engagement, and the development of leadership skills. Want to be informed? Sign up for our Canvas page.

Have a question, suggestion, event or activity idea? Contact Student Life at

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Associated Students (ASBTC)

The Associated Students of Bellingham Technical College (ASBTC) is comprised of all enrolled BTC students. Through the ASBTC, students have a voice to assure that student issues and concerns are heard.

Students who participate in student government help establish campus policies and procedures, allocate the services and activities fees, serve on college and student committees and evaluate student programs and services to meet the changing needs and interests of the students.

There are many ways to get involved at BTC, two specifically are the Executive Team and the Student Senate. The Student Senate is open to all students and the Executive Team is hired annually. Applications for the Executive Team are accepted during the beginning of spring quarter for the next academic year.

ASBTC Goals:
  • Provide a means of self-governance for BTC students.
  • Promote the educational, cultural and social welfare of BTC students.
  • Guarantee an equal opportunity for student participation and representation.
  • Foster cooperation among students, faculty, administration, and the community.

ASBTC is fully supported by BTC faculty, staff, administration, and trustees. Joining is a great way to get involved with issues that affect all students, and to develop skills in leadership, cooperative governance, and community building.

Interested in participating in the Student Senate? Contact ASBTC by email or call 360.752.8357.

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ASBTC Officers

 Josie Acevedo Lara portrait

Josie Acevedo



Tori Ulm portrait
Tori Ulm

Director of Legislation 


 Michael Carnahan portrait

Michael Carnahan

Director of Finance


 Bryson Sidebottom portrait

Bryson Sidebottom

Director of Administrative Affairs



Director of Communications

 Jacob McMillan portrait

Jacob McMillan

Director of Clubs & Organizations


Ale Garcia Casillas

Myriam (Ale) Casillas

Director of Diversity and Inclusion


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Forms & Documents

ASBTC Constitution

Constitution Ratified 2021 (PDF)


2022-2023 Budget (PDF)
2021-2022 Budget (PDF)
2020-2021 Budget (PDF)
2019-2020 Budget (PDF)
2018-2019 Budget (PDF)
2017-2018 Budget (PDF)

Club Forms

Student Club Recognition Form
Student Club Constitution 
Club Fund Raising Approval Application 


Class Trip Checklist (PDF | DOC)
ASBTC Funding Request Form (PDF)
Guidelines for Submitting Minutes (PDF | DOC)
Student Travel Procedures (PDF | DOC)

Services and Activities Forms

Services & Activities (S & A) Committee - Application Form
ASBTC Financial Code (PDF)

Travel Forms

Student Travel Auth In State (Excel)
Student Travel Auth Out of State (Excel)
Travel Expense Example (Excel)

Robert's Rules

Robert Rules of Order (PDF)

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Clubs & Organizations

Clubs and Organizations are a great way to enhance your college experience and we make it easy for you to get involved. Bellingham Technical College offers various opportunities for students to socially engage in campus clubs & organizations based on interests, identities, academic program, etc. All clubs and organizations are led by students, for students.

You can find a list of clubs and organizations in the Student Center, Campus Center 300, or email If you don’t find a club or organization you’re interested in, we will help you start a new group!

Clubs and Organizations have access to campus spaces for meetings, activities, and events as well as a shared pot of money to support club & organization functions.

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Commencement 2024 will be on Thursday, June 20. To learn more visit the Commencement Ceremony page.

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Student Center

TEMPORARY LOCATION: Morse Center 2nd floor Atrium

The Student Center is a comfortable area open to all currently enrolled students for gathering, studying, and relaxing between classes. The Student Center is currently equipped with furniture, microwaves, game equipment and more. The Student Center may also be used to host student events such as club gatherings, live entertainment, gaming competitions, and other program events. Please be considerate when events are in the Student Center.

General Rules:

  • Be respectful of others and Student Center area and items.
  • Comply with Student Center instructions and requests.
  • Be courteous during events and refrain from any activity that is disruptive to the event (e.g. video games, loud music, loud conversations, etc.).
  • Clean up after yourself, including the appliances that are used in the Student Center.
  • Students are responsible for their own personal items.
  • Standing, jumping, or parkour on furniture is prohibited.
  • Furniture MUST be returned to their original location after use.
  • Report any problems with equipment or the room to the Student Life Director or ASBTC Executives as soon as possible.
  • Do not place your feet, shoes, or slippers on any furniture, tables, or chairs.
  • Tobacco, vapor cigarettes, any smoking devices, alcohol, drugs, and gambling of any kind is prohibited.
  • Student Center patrons must comply with the Bellingham Technical College Student Conduct Code.
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Food Pantry

TEMPORARY LOCATION: G Building Cafeteria

Bellingham Technical College understands that hunger is a real issue on campus for many students. In an effort to help, the BTC Food Pantry was created so that college students may remain in school and ultimately earn their degree or certificate. The BTC Food Pantry is managed by the Student Benefits Navigator.

For more information, please contact the Student Benefits Navigator at 360.752.8572 or email

The hope is that we can help ensure students are not missing meals and can focus on studies. Monetary donations, as well as non-perishable food items and personal hygiene items, are greatly appreciated.

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Hours & Contacts

Student Center

Mon: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tue: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wed: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thu: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fri: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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