It’s been a whirlwind year for me as the dean for continuing education at Bellevue College. Every day I get to come to work at a place that feeds my soul and allows me to work with dedicated and passionate staff in serving you, our community and professional customers (aka “students” in education speak). Everyone in our organization feels privileged to support your lifelong learning, and we want to hear your ideas and feedback to help us evolve and grow. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to hear the good, the not so good, and any and all ideas for serving you and our community better.
I am amazed by how many lives are touched by Bellevue College, whether it’s a friend’s child or grandchild who was in Running Start, a college transfer program, or a colleague in a professional or technical program. I found out a friend is heading to Brazil and taking Portuguese and learned a coworker is visiting Italy and taking Italian for Travelers. Our new head of operations and finance has been taking French here for years (he’s now in French 7)!
I run into many of you in our building, and every story is different: improving skills to compete for new work opportunities, retraining for a new career, trying a new hobby, socializing and discoursing in our TELOS program for retirees, and so much more. We envision Bellevue College Continuing Education (BC CE) as a community of lifelong learners, so if you’ve only taken a business course, try some personal enrichment classes. In each class, you will meet interesting people, make new friends, and broaden your base of knowledge and experience.
Speaking of family, our 2013 Summer Teen Program offers 45 different teen classes. In addition to music classes, some of our new Summer Teen courses include Movement for Athletes, Ceramic Arts, Digital Painting, and Real-World Math. And many of our traditionally most popular classes such as SAT Prep, Digital Photography, Fashion Illustration, and Interior Design are also available. Providing the teen in your life classes to explore their personal development options will better prepare them for college and help them grow into lifelong learners. And, if your teen is taking a course at BC CE, why not grab a friend and try something new for yourself?
In the meantime, we’ve got a lot in store for the Fall quarter. You will soon see new program offerings such as Business Management and Mobile Applications. Our research has indicated that many positions require some level of business expertise, even though an MBA would be overkill and the wrong investment for your career. If you’re a program manager who wants to become a business manager or an entrepreneur who wants to learn more about marketing and sales, the business management certificate may be just what you need. You’ll see more online integrated courses and online-only offerings for those who travel or need more flexibility. Stay tuned!
Remember, we are your college and your learning partner. We want to hear your needs and concerns as well as your ideas for classes you want to take or even teach! I am excited to head into my second year with a great operating plan, committed college-wide executives who value engagement with businesses and the community, and staff who are here for you and love supporting you every day.