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UW Bothell and Bellevue College Partner for Business Student Success

College students pursuing business careers will have more access to a four-year degree through a new collaboration between the University of Washington Bothell and Bellevue College. The initiative integrates UW Bothell School of Business’ Eastside Leadership Center (ELC), currently in Bellevue’s Park 140, into the Bellevue College campus. The move will offer students in Supply Chain Management and in Entrepreneurship academic programs the simultaneous services and support of both institutions. 

Mimi Jung – Keynote Speaker at BC Commencement | Northwest Asian Weekly

Mimi Jung, Emmy award-winning morning anchor at KING 5, addressed graduates as the keynote speaker for Bellevue College (BC)’s commencement ceremonies at T-Mobile Park on June 24.

Jung was born and raised in Puyallup and attended Syracuse University, where she graduated with a broadcast journalism degree.

She shared at the in-person ceremony that “this little girl from Puyallup never imagined she’d be standing in a stadium in front of thousands, giving advice to college graduates.”

BC interim president Gary Locke said Jung is “renowned for her exceptional journalism and ability to convey insightful and powerful news stories.”


Notes from the President

Dear Colleagues,

Congratulations to the thousands of students who earned a degree or credential from Bellevue College this year!

Mimi Jung

Mimi Jung to Speak at BC Commencement

Mimi Jung, Emmy award-winning morning anchor on KING 5 News, will address graduates as the keynote speaker for Bellevue College’s commencement ceremonies at T-Mobile Park on June 24. 

You Didn’t Get Into the University of Washington’s Acclaimed Computer Science Program. Now What? | Geekwire

In 2016, Bellevue College received permission to become the first community college in the state to offer a bachelor’s degree in computer science. Five students signed up for the initial cohort. The college is now admitting 84 students a year spread over three quarters. Some of the state's other colleges are looking to follow Bellevue's lead and create similar programs. North Seattle College is launching its program in the fall of 2022.

While it has grown quickly, Bellevue College still has a relatively small program — which means it can be nimble like a tech startup.

“We can adjust very quickly,” said Fatma Cemile Serçe, Computer Science program chair at Bellevue College. “We want our students to be ready for the current industrial needs.”

The program, for example, is collaborating with Amazon to bolster its cloud computing instruction and also offers instruction in machine learning.

With its proximity to Amazon and Microsoft, Bellevue draws on talent from the tech giants for its educators. Faculty, who are still required to have either a master's degree or Ph.D., often include current or former tech professionals. Once students are admitted to the program, they're assigned a faculty advisor who can help with career planning, resume building, and collaborating with other faculty.

Since Bellevue College doesn't have advanced computer science degrees, there are no graduate student teaching assistants providing instruction. "There is not a layer between students and faculty,” Serçe said.

Seattle’s History of Black language: African American English, Code-Switching and Why It Matters Today | Seattle Times

In the years following the abolishment of chattel slavery in the U.S., African American English presented itself proudly in Black expression, says Ron Holland, associate professor of English at Bellevue College. He pointed to movements like the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s and the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s as examples of the impact of Black language.

“The vernacular presented itself in music, in poetry, in literature, in speeches, in sermons,” Holland said. “Even to this day, we are descendants of that vernacular.”

Notes from the President

Dear Colleagues,

It’s that wonderful time of the year when we get to celebrate the success and achievements of our students! I’ve enjoyed attending many of the smaller graduation ceremonies and events over the last couple of weeks and look forward to attending several more in the next week, as well as our first Commencement Ceremony at T-Mobile Park on June 24.

Fabiola Moshi

Fulbright Scholar Brings Global Experience and Perspective to BC

When Fabiola Moshi was young, her mother’s youngest sister died in childbirth. Moshi’s aunt had not been healthy, and this sparked a desire in Moshi to “help people access health care early.” “My passion was to be in medical personnel,” she said about her younger self. That passion led to a career in nursing, which…

Notes from the President

Dear Colleagues,

This coming weekend, we will observe Memorial Day. Memorial Day often marks the start of summer and a 3-day weekend marked by BBQs and celebratory gatherings. Yet, as you go about your Memorial Day plans, please take time to pause and reflect on the sacrifices that make this day possible. Memorial Day is a day to honor the military personnel who have died while serving in the U.S. armed forces. It is because of the sacrifice of these courageous service members that we enjoy the freedoms and security of this great nation.

Response to Texas School Shooting

Dear BC Community,

Once again, we find ourselves mourning with the news of another mass shooting, this time at an elementary school in Texas that took the lives of 19 children and 2 teachers yesterday. Fourth graders. Nine and ten year olds. Our hearts go out to the victim’s families, and the tight-knit community of Uvalde, that will never be the same again.