Awards & Recognition

Learn about our local and national awards for excellence in teaching, learning and leadership.


  • State approves third bachelor’s degree at Bellevue College in Healthcare Technology and Management.
  • BC Interior Design program faculty member, Peter Bearcik, receives national recognition with a merit award for innovative teaching from the Council for Interior Design. The Bellevue College vocal jazz ensemble “Celebration” took first place in the college division at the Reno Jazz Festival.
  • Barbara Brodsky, director of TRiO Student Support Services at Bellevue College, receives the inaugural Distinguished Service Award from the Washington State TRiO Association.
  • Bellevue College awarded $145,000 SkillUp grant to help low-income working adults and disadvantaged youth succeed in the college’s Operating System Support Specialist training program.
  • Bellevue College earns national recognition as a finalist for a national Bellwether Award in the Workforce Development category for its “It Takes a Village: Strategic Partnerships for Student Success” program.
  • The Seattle Foundation awards Bellevue College a grant of $80,000 to support the “It Takes a Village” program.


  • Science magazine features BC’s ComGen project in an article about two-year colleges that involve students in high-level research
  • Bellevue College’s marketing group wins two Medallion Awards from the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations
  • Bellevue College instructor Mark Mappala is named the nation’s most innovative design educator by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation
  • BC Math instructor Dale Hoffman receives the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Pacific Northwest Section of the Mathematical Association of America
  • College station KBCS News and Public Affairs Director, Sonia Green, named the 2011 Woman of the Year by the Bellevue chapter of the Business and Professional Women



  • State approves another bachelor’s degree at Bellevue College
  • U.S. Commercial Service honors Bellevue College for $19.9 million economic impact of international students
  • Bellevue College named Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine, placing BC in top 15% nationally in this regard.
  • BC math team places 7th in nation, 1st in region
  • Bellevue College Pres. Jean Floten named Woman of the Year by Business and Professional Women/USA and BPW Bellevue


  • U.S. Labor Dept. awards BCC $1.8 million to expand health-care training, attract new students to the field
  • BCC math team places 9th in nation, 1st in region


  • BCC receives final OK to offer bachelor’s degree in radiation and imaging sciences
  • BCC math team places in national top ten
  • $1 million in new National Science Foundation grants push BCC’s total 12-year NSF support over $10 million
  • National Science Foundation awards $478,000 to fund original genomics research by BCC students
  • BCC students sweep all 5 categories they enter at world’s largest jazz festival


  • Microsoft Corporation names Bellevue Community College an IT Showcase School
  • Diversity advocate Minority Access, Inc., names BCC one of “Nation’s Leading Colleges and Universities Committed to Diversity”
  • BCC Pres. Floten receives national leadership award based on college’s achievements and innovation
  • BCC Math Team places 7th in national American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges’ math competition
  • Export Achievement Certificate from the United States Department of Commerce, awarded to BCC’s International Student Programs.
  • BCC student stage production selected for Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival
  • BCC jazz choir wins first place at Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival
  • Two BCC groups selected to perform at world’s largest jazz gathering
  • Distinguished Chapter Award from the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society
  • “Service Award to Founding Partners” from the Bellevue Entrepreneur Center, in recognition of BCC’s support and dedication to the Center and the support it provides to Eastside entrepreneurs, especially to women- and minority-owned businesses.


  • BCC Math Team places 2nd in national American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges’ math competition
  • Charles Kennedy Equity Award from the Association of Community College Trustees, recognizing exemplary commitment to equitable treatment for minorities and women.


  • BCC selected to create national Bioinformatics Center of Excellence
  • BCC selected to create state Center for Information Technology Excellence
  • BCC Math Team places 2nd in national American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges’ math competition
  • BCC jazz ensemble wins first at Reno Jazz Festival
  • BCC jazz ensemble wins first at Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival
  • National Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Collaboration Award from the Community College National Center of Community Engagement.
  • Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization


  • BCC Math Team places 7th in national American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges’ math competition



  • BCC Math Department selected as one of just 10 departments nationwide to take part in a National Science Foundation-funded conference on exemplary mathematics programs.




1996 and Earlier

Last Updated September 11, 2014