VOL. 3 – SEPTEMBER 2, 2021

photograph of Bellevue College campus, students walking to and from class


  • Labor Day
  • ctcLink Employment Opportunities
  • Friday Closures
  • Important Dates Coming Up


Labor Day is an annual celebration of the social and economic achievements of American workers.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the holiday is rooted in the late 19th century, when labor activists pushed for a federal holiday to recognize the many contributions workers have made to our country.

B&W photo of Local 62 marchers at a Labor Day parade
Local 62 marchers at a Labor Day parade 


Before it was a federal holiday, Labor Day was recognized by labor activists and individual states. After municipal ordinances were passed in 1885 and 1886, a movement developed to secure state legislation. New York was the first state to introduce a bill, but Oregon was the first to pass a law.

By 1894, 23 more states had adopted the holiday, and on June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday.

Black & White image of Labor Day float - 1916
Labor Day float – 1916


The first Labor Day was celebrated on September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union.

Black and White photo of the first Labor Day parade - September 5, 1882 - New York City
The first Labor Day parade – September 5, 1882 – New York City


Many Americans celebrate Labor Day with parades, picnics and parties – festivities very similar to those outlined by the first proposal for a holiday, which suggested that the day should be observed with – a street parade to exhibit “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day.

Speeches by prominent citizens were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.

Photo of Labor Day float sponsored by the Women’s Auxiliary Typographical Union
Labor Day float sponsored by the Women’s Auxiliary Typographical Union


This Labor Day, we salute the Bellevue College community, recognizing the dedication and commitment to excellence that is a hallmark of this institution. We appreciate your contributions.

Enjoy the long weekend – you deserve it!


BC is hiring to support staff and students throughout the ctcLink transition. Current part-time employees are encouraged to apply to supplement their current hours. Students and faculty, too!

Training will be provided. Click here for details.


Keep in mind that many campus offices will be closed to the public on Fridays through Dec. 31. This will allow staff one full day a week with fewer interruptions to complete the necessary work for ctcLink.

The following offices will be closed on Fridays for the remainder of the year:

High School Programs


Student Central

  • Enrollment Services
  • Financial Aid
  • Testing
  • Graduation/Evaluations

Have a Friday or other closure you’d like the campus to know about? Please send a note to closures.


Sept. 1 – Final day to apply for P-Card

Sept. 15 – Suggested final day for admissions to ensure all entry procedures are completed by the start of the Fall quarter

Sept. 22 – Financial aid will be disbursed

Sept. 23 – Final day for P-Card transactions

Need more information on ctcLink? It can be found on our website.

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Last Updated September 7, 2021