An Exceptional Past…and Promising Future

Bellevue College is synonymous with innovation and excellence. From humble beginnings in 1966 when the college originally opened in portable classrooms on the campus of Newport High School to the present, we remain focused and committed to providing educational opportunities that change lives and strengthen every aspect of our greater community. This issue of Exceptional magazine officially kicks off our 50th Anniversary celebration and in true BC style, the stories are poignant and informative.

Experiential learning abounds at BC. Our cover story is both historic and relevant; Whitney King is a role model for women in STEM as one of two students honored nationally as a recipient of the prestigious Terry O’Banion Award, given annually by the Microsoft Corporation. At the forefront of Bellevue’s commitment to service is our wellness center’s partnership with the Pacific Crest Trails Association that connects students with outdoor recreation via innovative curricula and interactive ecological engagement. A half-century of service and excellence are embodied by the Autism Spectrum Navigator program that is expanding to Central Washington University where BC’s unique educational service delivery model will be replicated and enhanced.

Take 5 with Jenn Pang reminds us why STEM outreach to youth is so important from local and regional perspectives and new pathways to success are unveiled as our Bachelor degrees in Applied Accounting and Molecular Biosciences debut.

This historic issue of Exceptional magazine is indeed a chronicle of our diverse approach to making a difference while empowering Bellevue College students to soar to new heights of greatness. As you savor moments with cherished ones during the upcoming holiday season, please consider sharing the spirit of giving with others who may be less fortunate.

At Bellevue College we are dedicated to being the community’s college with a joie de vivre that celebrates from whence we’ve come and where we are going!
From all of us at Bellevue College, happy holidays and thanks for your support of our exceptional students.

Warmest Regards,

Gayle Colston Barge, Ed.D.
Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Last Updated October 3, 2016