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Amin Shaykho

From Running Start to Start-Up

Entrepreneurs Amin Shaykho, Dani Shaykho, and Marwan El-Rukby embark on the path to success at Bellevue College.

Bellevue College’s Michael Reese, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, with representatives of the Bilimkana Foundation.

BC Partners with Bilimkana Foundation

Bellevue College is proud to announce a groundbreaking agreement with the Bilimkana Foundation, a network of eighteen K-12 schools primarily based in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia.  

Reagan Ilunga

BC Student Reagan Ilunga Participates in Prestigious Howard University Program

Ilunga, a BC accounting student, had the privilege of joining Howard University's one-week-long residential program, the Accounting Scholars Development Program (ASDP) in Washington DC.  

Best College Towns in Washington | WorldAtlas

Seattle Metropolitan Area’s third-largest city, Bellevue, is located in King County’s Eastside region between Lake Washington to the west and Lake Sammamish to the east. The city is home to Bellevue College, the state’s third-largest higher education institution and the largest among the 34 institutions that form the Washington Community and Technical Colleges System. This public college offers various academic programs besides specialized education degrees and support programs for students with disabilities.  With 10,200 residents, 1,300 businesses, and 45,000 employees, Downtown Bellevue is currently Washington’s second-largest city center. The city houses many sites of interest, including the Bellevue Arts Museum, KidsQuest Children’s Museum, Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue Botanical Garden, and a small baseball stadium named Bannerwood Park.

Data Breach Alert

Third-Party Data Breach Impacts BC Community Members

According to national news media reports, many businesses and organizations worldwide have been impacted by a cybersecurity incident related to a widely used filesharing application known as MOVEit Transfer.

How the Supreme Court’s Affirmative Action Ruling Could Affect Washington Universities and BIPOC Students | South Seattle Emerald

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court in Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College ruled that Harvard College and the University of North Carolina’s usage of affirmative action violated the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. With the ruling, The Supreme Court has mandated that race can no longer be a factor in college admissions. 

My Journey Living With Schizophrenia | Planet Circulate

Joey Wilson is a third-generation Queen Anne resident. He spends time in his neighborhood, helping members of his community.

Instructor helping students

Colleges Expand Support for People with Autism, Other Developmental Disorders

Universities across the country are expanding new support services for students with autism and related disorders.

“Today there are approximately 75 support programs offered for neurodiverse students in 29 states, mostly at four-year colleges,” according to an article this month in the publication Insight Into Diversity.

The term “neurodiversity” is “often used in the context of autism spectrum disorder and other neurological or developmental disorders such as ADHD or dyslexia,” according to the National Institutes of Health.

Degree in Cybersecurity Leads to a New Career and a Better Life

For Octaviana Bostina, life had always been a balancing act. She maintained a professional career while also caring for her young son. Trained in her native Romania as an accountant, she spent workdays ensuring that numbers added up. She yearned for a life that would provide ample comfort in return for her hard work and expertise.

Notes from the President

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Interim President these past three years. As I said at the Year-End Celebration, I never saw my interim position as a placeholder—to hold down the fort—but rather to help bring some stability to the campus, accelerate change, and to help reset the table for the next president. Working with so many dedicated and passionate staff and faculty, we have accomplished a lot. From the Online Excellence Teaching Academy; two pride crosswalks; an outdoor art corridor highlighting diversity and social justice; stabilized and now growing enrollments; strong college finances; funding for a new W building; increased diversity of students, faculty and staff; to finally integrating and operationalizing Guided Pathways and Achieving the Dream.

It has indeed been a great honor and a privilege.