The visitor to Western Washington University is likely to be struck by the university’s location – 250 beautifully manicured acres overlooking Bellingham Bay and the Puget Sound. The grounds are spectacular; an arboretum overlooks the campus, and the university is celebrated for its outstanding sculpture garden, one of the finest in the country. Western, as it is known to students and Bellingham residents, is a relatively small university, enrolling about 15,000 undergraduates. As a result, students get a superior education and college experience at a public-school price.
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Whatcom Community College (aka Whatcom) is a regionally & nationally accredited, state-funded, two-year college serving 11,000 students annually. Confirming its stature as a national leader in cybersecurity education, Whatcom Community College has been designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense.
Whatcom offers transfer degrees, professional and technical training programs, as well as basic education, job skills, and community & continuing education classes. The goal of the Whatcom Community College Foundation is to ensure access to higher education for students from all backgrounds and to promote academic innovation and excellence on their campus.
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Bellingham Technical College (aka BTC) is a leading educational institution and the only technical college in northwest Washington State. BTC offers high-quality education in a supportive, student-first environment and has been providing skills-focused education to thousands of local and regional students. BTC is highly regarded in the business community for its forward-thinking and ability to anticipate employment needs by preparing students for tomorrow’s jobs.
Charter College is a private, independent institution that emphasizes a new direction for continuing learning. Charter College is not a liberal arts college, university, or a vocational school. Instead, Charter College takes the best elements from each of these respected educational institutions to create a unique and innovative experience that meets students’ needs. Charter College offers programs in the growing fields of healthcare, business, legal, criminal justice, information technology and select trade careers.
Trinity Western University (aka TWU) in Bellingham is an extension site of Trinity Western University located in Langley BC. Trinity is a Christian University of the arts, sciences, and professions. TWU focuses on allowing working adults to schedule around their jobs in order to graduate with a bachelor’s degree while continuing their careers. TWU offers a BA in Leadership, Psychology, and Project Management and MA in Leadership, TESOL, MBA and more.
The Northwest Indian College (aka NWIC) headquartered on the Lummi Indian Reservation in is the only accredited tribal college in the states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho. NWIC grew from the Lummi Indian School of Aquaculture, a single-purpose institution developed to provide a supply of technicians for employment in Indian-owned and operated fish and shellfish hatcheries throughout the United States and Canada. NWIC offers bachelor’s degrees in Native Studies Leadership, Native Environmental Science, Tribal Governance and Business Management as well as Associate degrees in Arts and Sciences, Applied Science, technical Arts, Science Transfer and certificate programs.