Student Stories

Learning work and life skills with a new sense of confidence. Building social skills and satisfying relationships with peers. We could talk about our incredible program and students endlessly, but we’d like you to hear from them directly. These are the faces and voices of OLS at Bellevue College.

Student Testimonials


Evan’s Story
OLS_Alumni_Evan“My name is Evan. I graduated from OLS in June of 2012 and I’m now working for a catering group on the Microsoft campus called “Compass Group”. Currently, I’m a food prep worker. My job tasks includes preparing variety of food items such as bacon, breakfast potatoes, fajita mix (green and red peppers and yellow onions), making pizzas, garlic bread, etc., I have a nephew who is one year and two months old. I traveled to Manitou Springs, CO all by myself for the first time this last September to visit my aunt and uncle. I have also traveled to other places such as Northern and Southern California, Texas, Florida, Oregon, Hawaii, North Carolina, Washington DC, New York, Boston, Rhode Island, and Las Vegas. My hobbies include bicycle riding, playing video games, and hanging with friends.”

– Evan, OLS Graduate 2012


Personal Stories


Kate’s Story
“Ten Years ago, October 17 2003, I was hit by a car. After that, I thought my life was over, and I wouldn’t go anywhere in life. I finally decided to attend OLS at Bellevue College in 2009. With this program, I learned about The Brain Injury Association of Washington while researching for my internship. I started volunteering there during the summer, where they asked me to be part of the video they were making for their Gala. I don’t think I would have gotten this amazing opportunity if I did not come to OLS. Since attending OLS, I have gained the strength to be me and spread the word about brain injuries.”

– Kate, OLS Graduate 2014

Find out more about Kate in this powerful video from Brain Injury Alliance of Washington (BIAWA).


Check our student-made OLS commercial created by our Critical Thinking Through Media class.

Last Updated March 22, 2017