Join a Career Preparation Cohort!

The Center for Career Connections has three cohort programs to support Bellevue College students through their college experience! You may choose to be part of one or more of these cohorts. 

A two-year cohort for disabled BC students pursuing a career in STEM. The cohort focus is similar to STEM to Stern with the addition of disabled identity exploration, providing a community, disabled industry mentors, and more. Students meet with peer mentors either one-on-one or in small groups depending on need. During the second year, the cohort merges with STEM to Stern cohorts for STEM-Squared to work in teams with disabled and non-disabled peers. Learn more and apply.

A cohort for neurodivergent BC students pursuing any career or program of study. The cohort focus is academic and career preparation which students achieve through identity exploration, and finding strengths in Executive Functioning, Self-Advocacy, Self-Regulation and Social Interaction. Students meet with peer mentors one-on-one in their first year, and in groups in their second year and beyond. Students stay in the cohort for any length of time, depending on their need and desire. Learn more and apply. 

A two-year cohort program for any BC student pursuing a career in STEM. The cohort focus is on learning more about STEM careers and helps students identify and apply for experiential learning opportunities like internships and research experiences. Learn more and apply.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q) Can I be in more than one cohort?

A) Yes! If you are a neurodivergent student who would like support in managing your classes, communicating with faculty and others, and learning about yourself from a strengths-based perspective, AND you are pursuing a career in STEM, you may wish to join both the Neurodiversity Navigators cohort along with the Disabled Students Navigating STEM cohort. 

Q) Why would I choose Disabled Students Navigating STEM instead of STEM to Stern? Do I have to join the disabled cohort if I’m disabled? 

A) You can join whichever cohort you’d like to! In fact, the two cohorts work closely together – they are “sibling” cohorts and have very similar curriculum. They often share panels and presentations, and sometimes even classes. The difference is that the disabled cohort adds peer mentors, provides a disabled community, brainstorming, problem-solving, and more from a disability perspective. You’ll have access to disabled industry mentors as well. In addition, some of the curriculum will include navigating the workplace and interviews while disabled.

Q) How can I get more information? 

A) Each cohort program has different ways to get more information, however, they all have ways to get it! 

More questions? Email us!

Last Updated February 2, 2023