Our Students Are Saying...
Distance Learning At Bellevue College
If you think you’re too old or that you simply cannot endure the rigors of going to school to complete that degree; think again! At the young age of 44, I just earned my Associates in Arts & Sciences (with honors) from Bellevue College after a 20+ year journey through college.
I started many moons ago at Austin Community College in Texas and took a brief (OK, long) detour and raised two wonderful sons. Working full time all these years, I encountered numerous roadblocks in the corporate world simply because I did not have a degree. I came to the realization I had to “git ‘er done”. With the wonderful help from the Distance Education Department staff at Bellevue College, I was able to wind my way through to the mid-way finish line. I have been accepted at WSU in the Online program and will now start the second half of my journey towards a Bachelor’s Degree.
Don’t hesitate! Start with one class and after you get the hang of it, you will reward yourself with a sense of accomplishment and personal growth. Best wishes to y’all on your journeys! ~ Stephani M.
I'm about 2 weeks away from graduation at WSU and have been accepted into the WSU MBA program for the fall. The flexibility of the Bellevue distance program, combined with the quality of education and the transfer agreement with WSU, gave me the opportunity to finish my BA in almost exactly two years.
For a working parent, online classes provided the same caliber of education as on-campus classes with the flexibility I needed to accomplish my goal for further education. The Bellevue distance staff was critical in my success—always available to assist or answer questions. Without my AAB through the Bellevue distance program, I would not have been able to start MBA classes in the fall. I recommend the Bellevue program to anyone working toward an Associate degree, a BA, or even an MBA.
~ Kathryn Van W.
me holding the sign! The accomplishment is the culmination of 5 years worth of hard work. It
is also due, in large part, to the Distance Education
programs of Bellevue College and Washington
State University. With the help of these
two fine institutions, I was able to complete my
degree while being a full-time worker, a full-time
father and husband, performing duties in my community,
and attending 9 credit hours per semester. Being
a Distant Degree student, I was able to “attend” classes
when it is was convenient to me; I was not
required to sit through lectures that repeated
things I had already mastered; and I was allowed
be the master of my own time schedule. The
Associates degree I received from Bellevue College transferred
directly to WSU thanks to an agreement reached
between them. It wasn't easy; it
took serious dedication and commitment. If you
have those, but your schedule doesn’t match
traditional education, I strongly recommend the
Distance Degree Programs offered by Bellevue College and their
partners. Best of all, I paid in-state tuition!
G. Spokane, WA.
up my AAS with English Emphasis Winter Quarter. I have taken all but two
classes online, and this has enabled me to complete
my degree over the past ~2 years, hold down a full-time
job, and still have time to mountain bike, ski,
and camp with my son, husband, and dog on weekends. If
it were not for online courses, I would not have
been able to complete the AAS as quickly as I did
with the schedule that I have. This ability
far outweighs any disadvantages online might present.
head to U.W. Spring Quarter for a B.A. in English,
provided my job allows enough flexibility. If
U.W. does not work out, I will complete the WSU
online B.A. program in Humanities and perhaps return
to U.W. for a Masters in Creative Writing. Either
way, I plan to use my learning to further a career
in creative writing—one that echoes the harmony
and quarrel of humanity with words and captures
the intangible within us all.
I love writing, I understand the nature of that 'industry.' Writing
professionally requires hard work and an unshakable determination
to succeed, and quite a bit of luck. A
degree in any area, however, has broad application
possibilities and will only further any 'day job'
career while I continue writing on the side and
attempt to succeed in the professional writing
world. Without online, this degree would
not have been possible for me at this point in
may never meet me or see my name again unless it
is on the spine of a book, but I will complete
my education and complete it in a way that would
make you proud if you knew about it. ~Natalie
my first year of Distance Ed. Classes, I was
touring the country with my band....
Education program at Bellevue College has changed my
life. Because of it I’ve been able to earn a college degree
basically on my own time, rather than having a certain time I
have to be to class every day.
In my first
year of Distance Ed. Classes, I was touring the country with
my band. This would not have been possible if it weren’t
for this program. Now I work full-time and take on-line classes.
If it were not for the flexibility of the distance program, I
would not be on my way to an Associate in Business degree. I
have been able to work for these two years and save up money
for when I transfer to a 4-year university next year.
are just as challenging as taking them on campus and the teachers
are very involved in each class. Taking on-line classes is definitely
a test of self-motivation. I never really liked school before
and now I’m excited about it. I love the distance program
and I don’t know where I’d be right now without it. ~Ryan
I first heard about Bellevue
College's Baccalaureate Degree Program
[in partnership with Edmonds Community College and
Washington State University] through a friend. My
husband had just received orders to move to Washington, and I wanted to continue my education,
but knew another move was imminent.
researching Bellevue College and the online transfer degree
program, I knew that it was totally right for me. As a military
spouse, it's hard enough to change jobs with each move, but to
transfer school credits can be a nightmare, and very expensive.
Bellevue College's seamless 2+2 AAS Transfer Degree to Washington State University's
Baccalaureate Distance Degree Program (DDP) allowed me to continue
working full time, and now I'm all set to graduate with my Associates,
even though I just moved to Virginia.
was two years of hard work, but well worth it,
because now I can continue my education by attending Washington
State University's Distance Degree Program this
fall. ~ Sandra B.
distance program is a whole new perspective
on learning. Although class discussions and group
interaction are accomplished in a non-traditional
way, the convenience and flexibility of the program
allows the student to accomplish much more than
in an in-class setting.
the past year, I was able to work towards the completion
of my Associate in Arts and Sciences transfer degree
while at the same time being a full-time mom to
my 11-month old son. At first, the distance program
appeared daunting because of the unfamiliar setting
but after awhile, I realized that I was learning
more than just History or English. Not only did
I have to learn how to budget my time wisely, but
I became more self-reliant because I was basically
completing all of my work alone.
in my fifth quarter of online classes, I have
no regrets and only praise for the program because
it has made education a part of every area of
my life. The fact that I have been able to continue
with my education while attending to the needs
of my son is something that I could never have
done anywhere else. ~
Erica C [Erica
just confirmed that she has now received her B.A.
in Business Management/Operations from WSU. Congratulations,
Erica. Way to go.]
am a 41-year-old professional who works
from home and performs volunteer work. My
wife and I have a large family and busy schedules.
We determined that the only way I was going to complete
my Bachelor degree was to find a distance education
source. I tried other schools, but the prices were
astronomical, financial aid would not cover enough,
and I was not impressed with the accreditations.
then learned of the transfer agreement between Bellevue College
and WSU. Now I can attend classes from my home,
receive a Bachelor degree from a "real"
college, AND pay in-state tuition! The support staff
at Bellevue College has been extremely helpful and considerate
of the impossibility of "coming down to the
office." The classes have maintained the same
level of excellence as classes taken on-campus,
and I can "attend" them when it fits into
MY time of the day. I would recommend Bellevue College Distance
Education to anyone who is dedicated to learning,
but has an uncertain schedule.
~ Edward G.
once sat me down and told me that I would never
be able to advance in my career if I didn’t have
a 34 year-old working professional and mother, a
college degree seemed but a distant dream. There
was no way I could fit going to college into my
schedule. I had two children, ages 4 and 1, and
used every spare moment I had being with them.
Right about that same time, my husband noticed an
ad for the Distance Degree Program being offered
by Bellevue College and WSU. We checked it out, and were told
that the only time I’d have to go to campus would
be to graduate! This would allow me to continue
working, and continue being there for my husband
and babies, yet earn my college degree so I could
further my career. I pursued this option, and now,
3 1/2 years later, I have completed my degree, with
honors, in Business Administration.
future is wide open now. My DDP degree has opened
doors that my boss once told me were closed. I
have advanced from the position of Inventory Control
Clerk to that of Accountant and currently I am the
Plant Controller with one of Washington’s largest
the DDP program, offered through Bellevue College and WSU, I
never would’ve been able to attend college, which
would’ve stifled any upward movement of my career.
I would like to say thank you to all those involved
in the program, and a special thanks to my Bellevue College Advisor,
Bonnie Ellis, for being there for me throughout
my time at both schools.
~ Bonnie B.
In June 2006
I finished my last classes and graduated from Bellevue College
with an AAS degree. Before
attending Bellevue College, I
had struggled in the turmoil of supporting my wife
and myself with a fulltime job and also going to
about 3 years of being out of school, I started
investigating the option of going online. I
researched several schools until I finally stumbled
upon Bellevue College.
Upon attending Bellevue College I found that the classes
were more challenging than the courses that I had
taken on campus at other schools, which allowed
me to learn a lot. Also, because of
the flexibility to work on things when I wanted
to work on them, I was able to keep my fulltime
job and still apply the amount of time needed to
do well in my classes.
Bellevue College's online
distance education program has
been a wonderful way for me to continue my
education without sacrificing time with my
family. Because I was not willing to make
the financial or emotional sacrifice of sending
my 2 boys to day care, online learning became
my only option. In the two years I have been
taking classes online I have learned time
management, self discipline, and improved
my computer skills in addition to the course
materials provided by Bellevue College's exceptional teachers.
Without a doubt, Bellevue College's online program provides
an excellent way for adults to further their
education in a convenient and flexible format
that will fit into any busy schedule.
~ Staci H.
the distance education program. I have
two young boys, 2 and 5 years and am finding that
with one in preschool and the other more independent
that I have some extra time on my hands to finally
finish my degree. This semester I am taking Astronomy
and lab with Dan Knight and Propaganda and Persuasion
with Mike Korolenko. They are two excellent teachers.
I communicate more with the teachers and classmates
through the bulletin boards than I ever have in
any classroom setting in college in the past.
I appreciate all of the work these teachers and
all of your associates in the distance ed office
have put into other students like me. ~Thank you!
~ Kelly M.