City of Redmond Proclamation

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Whereas, Bellevue College started in 1966 as a small community college with fewer than 500 students; and

Whereas, as the third largest institution of higher learning in Washington, Bellevue College features two campuses with a combined enrollment of nearly 33,000 students; and

Whereas, since its founding, more than 450,000 students have taken classes at Bellevue College and more than 55,800 degrees, certificates, and other awards, such as high school diplomas and pre-employment certifications, have been earned by Bellevue College students; and

Whereas, the majority of Bellevue College students enroll in one of the school’s transfer programs, and the University of Washington and Washington State University are the top two schools to where Bellevue College students transfer; and

Whereas, Bellevue College is a baccalaureate degree-granting institution and now offers ten bachelor’s degrees, as well as nearly 100 professional and technical programs; and

Whereas, the institution values collaboration, shared decision-making, creativity, and innovation, and it provides opportunities for continuing education and career advancement for all;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOHN MARCHIONE, Mayor of the City of Redmond, do hereby celebrate

THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF BELLEVUE COLLEGE

and encourage the community to join me in recognizing and supporting the mission of Bellevue College to advance the life-long educational developmentĀ  of its students while strengthening the economic, social and cultural life of its diverse community.

John Marchione, Mayor
September 1, 2016

Last Updated October 19, 2016