Getting to Know BTC

"When I heard about BTC, I couldn't shake my attraction to the idea that I could graduate in two years with an associate degree and start work in a high-paying job with no debt and years of my life opened up that I would have otherwise spent at a four-year university racking up debt."   –BTC Process Technology Graduate

Bellingham Technical College is perfectly located between Seattle, WA, and Vancouver, BC, in a beautiful college-friendly town with plenty of outdoor activities.

With over 39 degrees and 55 certificates, BTC programs give you hands-on training that will set you up for career success in fields that range from healthcare and information technology to advanced manufacturing and engineering technology. 

Starting college is a big decision, and we're excited to work alongside you to help you decide what path you want to take to reach your goals.

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Why Choose a Technical College

Are you looking for an education that gives you the tools to start a meaningful career as soon as you graduate? Whether you're getting ready to enter the job market or are an experienced worker returning to college to train for the next level in your career, Bellingham Technical College offers a variety of two-year degrees and shorter certificates.

Our programs are informed by industry to give you the preparation and skills that employers are looking for, with hands-on training, high-tech equipment and opportunities for internships. BTC program graduates have high job-placement rates and earn high wages, so you can be confident that the time you spend on your education is going to pay off.

BTC student resources include programs that support first-generation and low-income students, our SHIFT program supporting an inclusive future for the trades, tutoring and counseling, and we offer a variety of financial assistance programs and scholarships to help you afford college and cut down on college debt.

The future is technical, and BTC is here to get you ready for today’s needs and tomorrow’s opportunities.

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Explore Career Paths

Not sure which of BTC's programs might be the best fit for you? Career Coach is a free online tool that can help you identify your interests and aptitudes, while helping you discover BTC degree and certificate programs that match your unique skills, interests, and strengths. It also provides extensive information about occupations, wages, and training using comprehensive labor market data.

As a future student, this tool will help you identify a program of interest before you apply to BTC. There are three assessments you can complete: a 6-question assessment, a 30-question assessment, and a 60-question assessment. All three will give you a thorough understanding of your unique interests and the career fields that match. As a current student at BTC, you can use Career Coach to build and share your résumé. You can also apply to open positions in your field of interest, posted by employers on Career Coach’s job board.

Sign up today to create a free Career Coach profile or simply take a Career Coach assessment to discover the career field and BTC program best for you!

Once you have an idea of what direction you'll take, you can go to BTC's Degrees and Certificates page to learn more about the requirements for your program.

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Info Sessions

To learn more about Bellingham Technical College's degree and certificate programs, join us for a FREE Program Info Session. Sign up is required for some info sessions; check the links below. If you do not see an Info Session for the program you're interested in, please email for more information.

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Campus Tours

Join us for a BTC Campus Tour to see where hands-on learning takes place at BTC! This guided walking tour will include general college services, campus resources, and up to two program labs. To schedule a BTC Campus Tour, please visit Campus Tours Bookings.

  • Please note: Campus tours take place on our main campus; therefore, Composites Engineering Technology and Fisheries & Aquaculture Sciences will not be included. For a tour of these programs and facilities, please contact

  • Group tours and campus visits for up to 10 people people require a reservation. Please contact us at least two weeks in advance in order to ensure appropriate staffing for your group. We may also be able to provide other prospective student related services, upon request.

    Contact the Outreach team and we will work with your schedule!

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Next Steps

Now that you have decided on your program, you are ready to start the BTC Admissions Steps

It is recommended that you complete admissions steps one, two and three before new student registration opens for your intended quarter start date. You can find the new student registration and quarter start dates on the academic calendar. You can still complete the admission steps and register for classes after new student registration opens, but many classes are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To make sure you're ready to pay for college, we recommend you complete BTC's funding steps as you go through the admissions process. You can learn more about tuition & fees, program cost estimates, funding resources and more on the Paying for College page.

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