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Jenny Slagle raises right hand in oath at Spokane Public Schools school board meeting.

Jenny Slagle: Indigenous Leader, Business Owner, Alumna, Mom 

When Jenny Slagle was searching for an online business degree program, Bellevue College stood out. She was attracted to the college’s offerings and the security of knowing the college was in her state.  

Aatqa Muqeet

Aatqa Muqeet: Embracing a Career with Purpose 

Working with immigrants at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security wasn’t on Aatqa Muqeet’s radar when she was first thinking about a college major and career. She readily admits she wasn’t at all sure what she wanted to do. Maybe aviation? Or maybe a degree and a career in medicine or technology like many of her peers. But none of those fields felt like a fit. 

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5 years after crash, Seattle skateboarder’s message is the same: ‘Make sure you put a helmet on’ | King 5

After a skateboarding accident in 2019, doctors told Rebecca Schellings that her 19-year-old son would not likely make it. They told her to think about donating her 19-year-old son Aidan’s organs. Five years later, Aidan Schellings, who now goes by the name Ryker, continues to prove those doctors wrong.

Mykhailo Kuzomka poses at PwC

Ukrainian War Refugee Finds Success as Applied Accounting Alum 

More digits, less words. 
That’s what Bellevue College alum Mykhailo (Myke) Kuzomka initially thought when he decided to switch his academics to accounting. Instead of his initial program of choice that heavily relied on English—a language Kuzomka was and still is learning today—accounting provided him the opportunity to work with numerals and math.

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Bellevue College Alum Candidate for Miss Universe Philippines 2024 | Conan Daily

Kiara Landon, 23, of Olympia, Washington, is competing for the right to represent the Philippines at Miss Universe 2024 in Mexico. She is a registered nurse who earned her associate degree in nursing from Bellevue College.

Exploring Pathways Career Panels Explore the Possibilities. Find Your Path.

Bellevue College Students Invited to Exploring Pathways Career Panels 

Held Jan. 30-Feb. 1, this event will include a career-focused series of speaker panels featuring working professionals, including Bellevue College alumni, in a variety of different careers. The event will kick off with a keynote address by a former college faculty member turned data scientist . Throughout the week, students will have the opportunity to learn more about what is involved in various career paths and how to better prepare themselves for entry into these careers.

Four people pose for a photo in front of the Bellevue College fountain on campus.

Bellevue College and Complexe Scolaire Renew Partnership 

Presidents of Bellevue College and Complexe Scolaire Bellevue recently renewed their strategic partnership to expand opportunities for international students in Africa. Complexe Scolaire Bellevue is a primary and secondary school named after Bellevue College and is based in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Bellevue College alum Michael Muir sits at a table with a microscope.

Bellevue College Molecular Biosciences Alum Fights Aging with WormBot-AI

Bellevue College alum Michael Muir didn’t always know he wanted to help people through science. But now, the 2019 Molecular Biosciences program graduate uses worms, robots, and artificial intelligence on a regular basis to study and find new ways to offset the diseases of aging. 

BC alumni talking with people at the IIDA awards ceremony

2023 Student of the Year Espe Zivkovic | IIDA

A recent graduate of Bellevue College's Interior Design program, IIDA Northern Pacific Chapter's student council president, and a student board leader on campus, Zivkovic wins the IIDA Student of the Year award.

Karissa Bodnar

BC Alumna Launches Thrive Causemetics to Empower Women | King 5

BC alumna, Karissa Bodnar launched Thrive Causemetics, a vegan direct-to-consumer cosmetics brand, in 2015. Thrive Causemetics offers cosmetics that are cruelty-free, vegan, and formulated with safe ingredients. Bodnar’s goal is to empower women through beauty. Bodnar’s success speaks for itself – global net sales topped $136.5 a mere 8 years after its founding.