Vocational Retraining

At BTC, we recognize the unique needs of students embarking upon a retraining program or attending college for the first time - either right out of high school, as an adult learner, or shifting career focus after an injury. We understand that the needs of Labor & Industries (L&I), the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), and CT students - and their vocational counselors - are unique and require additional support and facilitation. We strive to work intentionally with vocational counselors and CT professionals as they navigate the complexities and rigors of higher education. 

Students receiving vocational counselor support are most often challenged by one or more disabilities. When going through the BTC Admissions Steps, we want to ensure students make a connection with Accessibility Resources at the beginning of their education. This way, we provide an early opportunity for students to learn about - and request - the academic accommodations that may help them fully access their courses and programs.

This page is dedicated to the specific needs of these three student populations. Please select the population that best reflects you or your student and follow the directions to start off your training at BTC on the right foot!

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Labor & Industries

Welcome to the BTC L&I Information Page!

At BTC, we appreciate vocational counselors choosing our college for their clients' retraining. We also understand the needs of L&I students and their vocational counselors are unique and require additional support, information, and facilitation.

Students attending BTC and receiving retraining benefits through L&I quite often benefit from setting up their accommodations early in their admissions process. To better support the success of our L&I students, the following Admissions Process is specific for L&I students:

  1. Apply for Admission to BTC

  2. Assess Your Starting Point

  3. Completely fill out an Accessibility Resources Application 

  4. Attend your scheduled Access Planning Meeting (APM) with Accessibility Resources - your L&I vocational counselor is encouraged to attend with you. At your APM, you will discuss:

    • Your educational and vocational history
    • Your disability challenges
    • Your program of choice and possible accommodations
  5. Once you have completed your APM, sign up for a GET Started Session to establish an educational plan tailored to your program and your needs.

 

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Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) is a statewide resource assisting people with disabilities to prepare for, secure, maintain, advance in, or regain employment. DVR partners with organizations and businesses to develop employment opportunities. DVR serves people who seek meaningful, secure employment but whose disabilities may result in one or more barriers to achieving an employment goal. ~ About DVR sourced from the DVR website

BTC partners with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and has helped students with disabilities acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to obtain and maintain employment opportunities.

Students working with DVR counselors may require accommodations in order to participate in the courses and programs offered at BTC.   

To support the success of our DVR students, please follow this Admissions Process:

  1. Apply for Admission to BTC

  2. Assess Your Starting Point

  3. Completely fill out an Accessibility Resources Application 

  4. Attend your scheduled Access Planning Meeting (APM) with Accessibility Resources - your DVR counselor is encouraged to attend with you. At your APM, you will discuss:

    • Your educational and vocational history
    • Your disability challenges and history of accommodation
    • The differences between high school and college for students with disabilities
    • Your program of choice and possible accommodations
  5. Once you have completed your Access Planning Meeting, sign up for a GET Started Session to establish an educational plan tailored to your program and your needs.

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Community Transitions

Community Transitions (CT) is a Special Education program within Bellingham Public Schools that serves students through the age of 21. Students often encounter a new set of adult challenges which require different responses as they leave the high school setting. CT provides a full continuum of services intended to prepare students with mild to severe disabilities for a successful transition to independent living, employment and/or post secondary training. ~ Sourced from the Bellingham Public Schools CT website

Accessibility Resources staff work directly with CT counselors and their students to navigate and acclimate to the expectations and rigor of college learning. If you are a CT student, counselor, or parent, please have your student follow these Admissions Steps:

  1. Apply for Admission to BTC

  2. Assess Your Starting Point

  3. Completely fill out an Accessibility Resources Application 

  4. Attend your scheduled Access Planning Meeting (APM) with Accessibility Resources - your CT counselor is encouraged to attend with you. If it is okay with the student, a parent or guardian may attend. Please keep in mind the parent or guardian is there to support the student through the process. You, as the prospective student, will be asked to discuss:

    • Your educational history
    • Your disability challenges and history of accommodation
    • The differences between high school and college for students with disabilities
    • Your program of choice and possible accommodations
  5. Once you have completed your Access Planning Meeting, sign up for a GET Started Session to establish an educational plan tailored to your program and your needs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Hours & Contacts

Regular Hours

M to Th: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
F: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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