Partial list of Bellevue College’s local and national awards for excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership in the past 10 years.





  • The National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR) Medallion Awards recognize outstanding achievement in design and communication at community and technical college in each of NCMPR’s seven districts. This year Institutional Advancement at BC received a Gold Award, two Silver Awards as well as two Bronze Awards. The team also picked up a national NCMPR Paragon Award.
  • 25 Best Colleges for Students with Autism 2019 – Best Value Schools.
  • BC’s Healthcare Management and Leadership BAS was ranked the #1 choice for an affordable online healthcare management degree by Affordable Schools.net.
  • #10 Nursing program in Washington by Registered Nursing.org.
  • #9 in the 2020 Best Online Colleges in Washington by GuidetoOnlineSchools.com.
  • #29 of the Top 50 Colleges for Students with Disabilities by GreatValueColleges.net.


  • Schools.com has ranked Bellevue College as a Best School for Information Technology and as a Best School for Interior Design.
  • Two Bellevue College students, Daniel Cruz and Kristen Hensley, are student portfolio winners in the 2018 INawards competition. Presented by the International Interior Design Association Northern Pacific chapter, the INawards showcase the multifaceted profession of interior design through a juried design competition held in inspiring venues throughout Seattle.
  • In November, BC’s Office of Equity and Pluralism received In January, the College Diversity Award at the 23rd Annual Washington State Faculty and Staff of Color Conference. The annual award recognizes a Washington college that “exemplifies diversity and inclusion initiatives and ability to embrace a broad definition of diversity on campus, including gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBT community.
  • Institutional Advancement at BC received a Gold Award in Digital Communications and a Silver Award in Logo & Brand Identity Graphics at the CASE District VIII Conference.
  • In March, Institutional Advancement at BC received an NCMPR Paragon Award in the category of Electronic Catalog, Schedule, Viewbook or Annual Report.
  • KBCS received the 2017 Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability in November from the Walter Cronkite School of journalism for a story featuring the experiences of a wheelchair user navigating King County Metro’s bus system.
  • The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) honored Diane Mauldin, senior associate professor in Life Sciences, with an AACC Dale P. Parnell Faculty Distinction Recognized Recognition designation. Mauldin has been teaching at Bellevue College for 49 years.
  • Bellevue College was named a “Champion of Sustainability” by McKinstry, a design-build-operate-maintain firm focused on efficiency in the built environment. Additionally, three BC employees honored for their personal contribution to sustainability included Abby Lynn, student programs coordinator; Dr. Sonya Doucette, associate professor of chemistry and environmental science; and William Tribble, construction project manager.


  • Approval to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Digital Marketing was received in January. It becomes BC’s 12th bachelor’s degree.
  • In November, Jono Vaughan, Assistant Professor of Drawing and Painting at Bellevue College, won the prestigious Betty Bowen Award for 2017. The juried award honors a Northwest artist for original, exceptional, and compelling work.


  • Founded in 1966, Bellevue College celebrates 50 years of serving the community. More than 450,000 people have taken classes at BC since its founding.
  • The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Bellevue College became the first community college in the state to offer a bachelor of science in a subject that’s also available at a four-year university.
  • A partnership between Bellevue College and Year Up Puget Sound won the Seattle Business Magazine’s Community Impact Award in the category of Job Creation and Workforce Development. Presented in October, the award honors state businesses and organizations that are making a tangible, measurable impact on their communities.
  • The Washington State Supreme Court gathered at Bellevue College in November. More than 900 people came to hear oral arguments and exercise their first amendment rights in the courtyard outside the Carlson Theater which was turned into a courtroom for the day.
  • Bellevue is the first college in Washington state to join Coding Dojo’s Coding for Higher Education program to offer part-time classes in some of the fastest-changing job skills. The first classes began in September.
  • Autistics Present: A Symposium on Autistic Culture, Identity, and Transition at Bellevue College (BC) was held at Bellevue College in October. More than over 175 students, job seekers, family members, educators, and other professionals attended the unique conference where ever presenter was autistic.
  • Bellevue College partnered with the Bellevue School District in December to host The BOOM (Break Out Of the Margin) Experience, an all-day conference designed to support Black, Latino and Native American male students.
  • The Bellevue College DECA team produced 19 state champions and had 37 top three finalists at the Collegiate DECA Pacific Northwest Career Development Conference held in February in Spokane and moved on to national completion in Washington, D.C. in April where 10 BC students won awards.
  • Bellevue College ranked in the top 25 on PayScale.com’s 2016-2017 College Salary Report in terms of community colleges whose alumni earn the highest salary when it comes to mid-career median earnings, with a salary of $63,400. Data for the report is gathered from 1,388 schools nationwide.
  • BC’s four-year degree program for radiology technician was recognized as one of the best in the nation by The Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org), a leading resource for higher education and college accreditation information. The AOS annual ranking for the 2016-17 school year, honored Bellevue College for having the No. 4 Best Four-Year Ultrasound Technician Program in the nation, and the No. 47 Best Four-Year Radiology Technician Program in the nation.
  • The Institutional Advancement division of Bellevue College won 12 awards – the most for any individual college — at the 2016 National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR) District 7 conference for its work in graphic design, advertising, communication and publications. NPR’s District 7 includes Alaska, Washington, Montana, Idaho, Oregon and six provinces and territories of Western Canada. The Medallion Awards recognize outstanding achievement at community and technical colleges in marketing and PR.

Among grants received in 2016:

  • In fiscal year 2016, Bellevue College was awarded 19 grants totaling $6,095,992.
    • $1,237,920 Department of Education TRiO Student Support Services grant
    • $250,000 Hospital Employees Education and Training Grant
    • $25,000 Walmart Foundation Veterans Connect Initiative grant


  • Two new health related bachelor’s degrees have been approved: Healthcare Management and Leadership and Health Promotion Management, bringing to 10 the total number of bachelor’s degrees offered at BC.

Among grants received in 2015:

  • In fiscal year 2015, Bellevue College was awarded 23 grants totaling $5,396,791.
    • $966,136 U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT – eLearning Partnership
    • $244,109 SBCTC Hospital Employees Education and Training grant
    • $201,866 City of Bellevue Human Services grants
    • $200,000 University of WA/Helmsley Foundation Consortium to Promote Reflection in Engineering Education


  • New Center for Undergraduate Research, Innovation, and Experiential Learning created.
  • Dr. Gita Bangera named Dean of Undergraduate Research, a newly created position to support campus undergraduate research.
  • State approves sixth bachelor’s degree at BC, the BAS in Data Analytics.

Among grants received in 2014:

  • $605,000 WA Dept. of Commerce Energy Efficiency/Solar Power for Higher Ed grant
  • $585,829 National Science Foundation S-STEM grant – STEM Scholars Network provides scholarships for STEM majors with financial need
  • $250,000 SBCTC Health Employees Education and Training grant – Pathways to RN continuation allows completion of nursing prerequisites for a cohort of incumbent hospital workers
  • $124,500 SBCTC Early Achievers Opportunity grant – Increases the number of low income childcare workers with Early Childhood Education credentials


  • Selected one of 10 colleges or universities nationwide to receive a prestigious Climate Leadership Award in recognition of its efforts to improve campus sustainability.
  • Received a Governor’s Commute Smart Award and a Diamond Award from Commuter Challenge for sustainability efforts.
  • Began classes for two new bachelor’s programs in September: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) and in Information Systems and Technology (IST), bringing to five the total number of four-year degrees offered at BC.
  • To honor American service men and women, a 600+ pound cast bronze monument, designed and forged by artist and BC faculty member Ross Brown was unveiled in December.

Among grants received in 2013:

  • $11,775,297 Dept. of Labor Trade Adjustment Act Community College Career Training grant – Health eWorkforce builds training programs for health information technology at BC and 10 college partners in WA
  • $1,185,000 WA Dept. of Commerce Energy Efficiency grant
  • $548,724 National Science Foundation Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science – ComGen Authentic Research Experiences enriches and expands undergraduate research experiences
  • $249,482 SBCTC Health Employees Education and Training grant – Pathways to RN partners with SEIU and EvergreenHealth for incumbent hospital workers to complete prerequisites for registered nursing

Faculty and Staff Honors

  • Samantha Girard, BC nursing faculty member, earned a spot in the prestigious Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program.
  • Susan Gjolmesli, Disability Resource Center director, presented the Governor’s Trophy by the Washington State Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment (GCDE).
  • Yoshiko Harden, BC’s vice president of diversity, honored by the non-profit Women of Color Empowered organization.
  • The 91.3 KBCS public radio station – a service of BC – celebrated its 40th anniversary.
  • Yalda Daneshfarnia, BC interior design student, won first place in the student category of the 14th annual Northwest Design Awards.
  • Summer Sterling, BC interior design student, won the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) student essay competition.
  • Nic Oliver and Natalia Bryant, students in BC’s Nuclear Medicine Technology (NMT) program, earned Paul Cole Technologist Scholarships from the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI).
  • BC’s 46th Annual Commencement Ceremony held off campus for the first time; Seattle’s Key Arena held the largest BC Commencement audience ever, estimated at 4,500; more than 2,600 awards conferred to the Class of 2013.
  • Stella Orechia, BC P.E. faculty member, cycled 1,000 miles throughout the Pacific Northwest to fundraise for the Northwest Communities of Burma; then cycled a 1000-mile loop in Burma to fundraise for the Mae Tao Clinic, a refugee medical clinic.
  • Work began on the new $39 million, 70,000 sq. ft. health science building—completion set for 2016–which will house the nursing bachelor’s degree program, radiology and other programs in the health field.
  • Marci Muhlestein, Director of the Occupational & Life Skills Program, named winner of Leadership Eastside’s LENI Insight Award, which celebrates “people of vision and passion, who shape the Eastside.”
  • Scottish Gaelic Instructor Geoffrey Sammons received the Alexander MacRae Memorial Award for Support of Gaelic Culture from the Board of Directors of Slighe nan Gaidheal, Washington’s Scottish Gaelic society.


  • State approvds third BC bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Technology and Management.
  • Dr. Gita Bangera named Partnership for Undergraduate Life Science Education (PULSE) leadership fellow by the National Science Foundation
  • BC instructor Peter Bearcik received national recognition with a merit award for innovative teaching from the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.
  • The BC 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 BC, receives the inaugural Distinguished Service Award from the Washington State TRiO Association.
  • BC 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.
  • BC earned 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 awarded BC a grant of $80,000 to support the “It Takes a Village” program.


  • Science magazine featured BC’s ComGen project in an article about two-year colleges that involve students in high-level research.
  • BC instructor Mark Mappala named the nation’s most innovative design educator by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.
  • BC instructor Dale Hoffman received 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