BC Through the Years

1957A college planning committee forms, made up of school district officials and citizens.
Voters pass a $575,000 levy to establish a college.1962
1963Bellevue School District purchases property for the campus.
In September, the college begins accepting applications for Winter Quarter,1966. Fifty people camp out overnight to be first in line, and 464 students register.1965
Merle Landerholm was named president of BC in 19661966In January, Bellevue Community College opens at its temporary home at Newport High School. Dr. Merle E. Landerholm is appointed president.
Ground is broken for the first phase of construction1967Ground-Breaking-1967_150x94
Image of the 1967-68 men's basketball team1967-68Men’s basketball team wins the state community college championship
In June, the first graduation has 10 students earning degrees and certificates and 15 earning high school diplomas.1967
1968The Black Student Union is formed.
Fall Quarter begins on the new campus, with 2,200 full-time students.1969
1970The college receives accreditation by the Northwest Association of Secondary and Higher Schools.
Phase II of construction begins, an $8.5 million addition.1971
1972Women’s sports programs begin with volleyball and basketball.
Carlson Theatre opens, KBCS goes on the air, Geer Planetarium opens, The College Channel goes on the air.1972-75
Thomas O'Connell, a community college president from Massachusetts, is selected as president in the spring of 19771977Thomas O'Connell, a community college president from Massachusetts, is selected as president in the spring of 1977, succeeding Merle Landerholm, who died suddenly the previous August.
1978The Bellevue Community College Foundation is formed to raise funds.
B. Jean Floten assumes the Presidency and will serve until 2011.1989B. Jean Floten was selected as BC President in 1989
Groundbreaking on the R Building1993The college begins a period of construction that will double the square footage in a decade.
The National Science Foundation awards the college $3 million to establish the Northwest Center for Emerging Technologies.1995
1995The college launches a website
The college offers its first course via the Internet.1997
1998The $15 million N Building opens.
The college is named one of the top community colleges in the nation by Rolling Stone magazine.1998
The Student Union was renovated in 2000 with a curved two-story glass exterior2000The Student Union is renovated with a curved two-story glass exterior
Annual enrollment reaches a high of 39,300 students.2001
2002The Center for Liberal Arts is created. The college opens the Early Learning, Family, and Childcare Center.
Health Sciences, Education and Wellness Institute established.2003
2009The college opens the Science and Technology Building.
Bellevue Community College becomes Bellevue College and begins offering Applied Bachelor’s degrees.2009
2011BC’s Continuing Education moves to a new North Campus location.
Construction begins on Health Sciences Building2013Image of construction beginning on the Health Sciences Building in 2013
2013David L. Rule selected as BC president.
The new state-of-the-art Health Sciences, Education & Wellness T-Building opens in the fall of 2015. 2015The new state-of-the-art Health Sciences, Education & Wellness T-Building
2016Dr. Jill Wakefield named interim president.

Last Updated January 3, 2017