Fall 2016 Contents


A High Flying Partnership With Alaska Airlines

In July, Bellevue College’s Business Training Institute (BTI) announced a new partnership with Alaska Airlines’ Technical University to train and certify over 1,000 of the airline’s technical employees per calendar year in skillsets including project management, cloud computing, database and web programming, and graphic design. Through this partnership, which began in December 2015, Bellevue College ...more about A High Flying Partnership With Alaska Airlines


Alum Hits Right Note With Army Jazz Band

Army Jazz Band performs at BC

At a critical juncture of both his life and his musical career, what turned out to be the correct path for Army Sgt. Maj. Andrew Layton went squarely through Bellevue College. The BC alum returned to campus earlier this year as the lead alto saxophone and frontman for the acclaimed Jazz Ambassadors of the U.S. ...more about Alum Hits Right Note With Army Jazz Band


KBCS’s Sonja Green Named Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow

Sonja Green chats with Congressman Dave Reichert in the KBCS studios located on the BC main campus. The Knight-Wallace Journalism program at the University of Michigan named Sonya Green, 91.3 KBCS News and Public Affairs Director, to serve an eight-month term in the prestigious fellowship program for the 2016-17 academic year. The Knight-Wallace Fellowship recognizes ...more about KBCS’s Sonja Green Named Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow



Celebrating 50 Years of Making a Difference

Dear Bellevue College Family and Friends. Bellevue College is poised to be an even greater innovator in higher education both globally and nationally. We are indeed celebrating 50 years of making a difference. This issue of Exceptional includes a myriad of vignettes and stories that affirm our presence and leadership within student achievement, academia, workforce ...more about Celebrating 50 Years of Making a Difference



Grad Turns Heads as Pro Wakeboarder

Eddie Roberts makes waves at the 2013 Collegiate Wakeboard Nationals in Shreveport, Louisiana. Photo courtesy of USA Water Ski. Eddie Roberts used to spend his days on the Bellevue campus, studying marketing, taking astronomy classes in the planetarium, or skating to and from classes while soaking up the view. These days, the ’05 BCC graduate ...more about Grad Turns Heads as Pro Wakeboarder


Q & A with Nicole M. Kahasha

International student expounds on why BC was the right choice for her Q: Do you plan to transfer? I plan to transfer to Seattle University and get my bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, focusing in renewable energy. Q: When will you be finished at BC? I will likely be done with my associate degree in ...more about Q & A with Nicole M. Kahasha


Wakefield Named Interim President

Dr. Jill Wakefield has been named Interim President of Bellevue College. The Bellevue College Board of Trustees announced the appointment on August 25. Her start date will be determined in September. She will serve the college until a permanent president is in place, which is expected to take about a year. A recruitment firm will ...more about Wakefield Named Interim President