Ideas shared on future BC East Campus at town hall forum
What would you like to see in the future east campus of Bellevue College? That’s the question asked of the public attending a town hall forum in Issaquah Highlands on May 1.
Bellevue College has purchased a 20-acre parcel of land in the Issaquah Highlands as the future home of the BC East Campus. The site is located up the hill from the new Swedish Hospital Medical Center Issaquah Highlands location, on the east side of Highlands Drive near the Shops at Issaquah Highlands, the City of Issaquah soccer field at Central Park, and Grand Ridge Elementary.
The meeting was hosted by the college to gather input from residents of Issaquah, Sammamish, Snoqualmie, North Bend and nearby communities. Topics included potential course offerings, campus planning, building design and more. Event photos are available at www.flickr.com/photos/bellevuecollege/.
Community is our mission
Bellevue College is already working with City of Issaquah officials on the planning process and intends to start with a single-building learning center. A road to the property, called College Avenue, has been completed.
Programs to be offered
The college is considering a number of exciting options for what programs, classes and activities will be offered and will work with regional businesses, civic and government leaders, neighbors and residents to gather input about the present and future needs of the community. Make your opinions known by taking our survey.
Bellevue College now has four campuses:
- Main Campus — a 98-acre tract in southeast Bellevue near I-90 and 148th SE
- North Campus — a single building in north Bellevue, near Microsoft’s campus, for BC’s Continuing Education Programs
- East Campus — the 20-acre site in the Issaquah Highlands
- Online Campus — our virtual campus serving 12,000 students a year
A long tradition of excellence
For 45 years, innovative, forward thinking and planning have prepared Bellevue College students to consider the next thing–not just do the current thing. We demand rigor and excellence from instructors and students alike, and we focus on making our students successful. Our graduates are critical thinkers, ready to work in changing environments and adapt to emerging technologies.
BC is accredited as a baccalaureate institution while remaining an open-access college and staying true to the historical mission. The college offers transfer study (the first two years of college) in more than 50 disciplines; work-related training through more than 90 programs; and the most extensive Continuing Education curriculum in the state.
While Bellevue College is on the leading edge of a movement to hybrid colleges by offering four-year degrees, we remain a member of Washington’s open-access community college system. Community colleges differ in purpose from their four-year counterparts. The state legislature established us specifically to provide open access to education for all:
- Transfer study — the first two years of a bachelor’s degree.
- Work-related training — for people who wish to enter the job market immediately.
- Continuing education — to support lifelong learning.
- Adult basic education — pre-college courses.
We also develop our curricula in a different way.
- “Community” colleges are called that because we fit our programs to the specific needs of the communities we serve.
- We share the community’s values.
Providing greater service in the Issaquah-Sammamish area
We have been watching the population growth in the Issaquah-Sammamish area and looking for an opportunity to extend our services to the east for at least a decade. We already enroll many students from the area at our main campus and in our Continuing Education programs.
Issaquah Highlands offers unique opportunities
We are enthusiastic about our Issaquah Highlands location for several reasons:
- Issaquah Highlands’ multi-generational, multicultural and civic-minded character reflects the profile of the educational services we provide, leading to several potential program opportunities for the community.
- The location is well-served by public transportation.
We plan to conform to the design requirements of the Urban Village and the city’s building requirements. We are committed to fitting in with the unique look and feel of Issaquah Highlands.
We will provide sufficient parking on our property for all of our students.
For further information, please contact Bart Becker at (425) 564-2810 or firstname.lastname@example.org.