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Making a Home for Students With Autism | News AKMI

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“Autistic people, in order to fit into society, have to pretend to be something that they are not,” says Sara Sanders Gardner, director of Bellevue College’s Neurodiversity Navigators program. “That takes a huge toll on them.”

Gardner, who uses “they/them” pronouns, speaks from personal experience. Years of masking their autism
have left Gardner with chronic pain and two autoimmune disorders. “It is soul-crushing to have to pretend to be someone you are not, all the time.”

Instead of offering social-skills classes, Bellevue’s program pairs students with peer mentors who help them develop a script for what they might say in a given interaction. Mentors don’t tell students what to say but walk them through a process of figuring it out for themselves, Gardner says.

Amazon Giving $1.5M to Support Bellevue College Computer Science Students | 425 Magazine

Pictured at the "State of BC" hosted by the Bellevue College Foundation are, from left, Rebecca Chawgo, vice president of institutional advancement, Bellevue College; Miranda Lewis, Amazon; Glenn Kuiper, Amazon; Victor Reinoso, director of education, Amazon in the Community; Gary Locke, interim president, Bellevue College; Pearl Leung, Amazon; and Jacq Olliges, Amazon.

Amazon will donate $1.5 million to the Bellevue College Foundation over the next three years to support students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in computer science and help build a pipeline of graduates to meet industry demand, the college announced Tuesday.

The funds will help expand the capacity of the computer science program to serve more students and support students with financial or technical assistance, particularly those from underrepresented populations

Bellevue College Announces Expansion of Nursing Program | Benzinga

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To help bolster the Pacific Northwest healthcare system and provide more opportunities to students eager to join the field, Bellevue College (BC) announced today an expansion of its Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program.

Before, all ADN students had to enroll in Fall Quarter or Winter Quarter and take a full-time class load. Starting in Spring 2023, students can enroll in Fall, Winter or Spring Quarters, and have ten quarters, instead of 6, to complete their degree. It’s a huge bonus for students who need to work while going to college part-time. And it allows for more reentry points for students who may have started the ADN program in the past but were unable to finish it.

Pulitzer Prize Comes as a Surprise to Podcast Editor Audrey Quinn, ’07 | University of Washington Magazine

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In May, Audrey Quinn was visiting a friend’s apartment when her pocket started vibrating. And vibrating. She tried to ignore it, but then, with apologies, she pulled her cellphone from her jeans. “Did you just win a Pulitzer?” someone texted. As far as Quinn knew, no. She wasn’t even aware that a podcast she had ...more about Pulitzer Prize Comes as a Surprise to Podcast Editor Audrey Quinn, ’07 | University of Washington Magazine

Bellevue College’s HCML Bachelor’s Degree Named a Top Online Program | 425 Business

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Bellevue College’s healthcare management and leadership (HCML) bachelor’s degree program prepares students to enter the growing field of healthcare management. Recently, it was named by the Healthcare Administration a top online bachelor’s degree program in healthcare administration for 2022.  HCML students can pick from two paths to earn their Bachelor of Applied Science degree: general healthcare management ...more about Bellevue College’s HCML Bachelor’s Degree Named a Top Online Program | 425 Business

Amazon Expands Collaboration with Bellevue College for Job Training, Student Assistance | 425 Business

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Bellevue College (BC) students will get more opportunities to earn Amazon Web Services (AWS) certifications and pursue internships and employment with AWS customers and partners under a new collaboration announced this week between the Bellevue College Foundation and Amazon.

Amazon also is providing $100,000 for student scholarships and emergency aid when unforeseen circumstances arise requiring nontuition support, the college said in a news release. The foundation’s safety net program allows students to continue their studies without disruption.

As an AWS Academy member institution, BC receives a free, ready-to-teach cloud computing curriculum that prepares students to pursue industry-recognized certifications and in-demand cloud jobs, the release said. It added that cloud computing skills training offers an opportunity for workers to reskill and reenter the workforce.

Bellevue College Looking to Fill Space for Healthcare Management and Leadership Program | Bellevue Reporter

Shana Chung

At the start of the pandemic, many educational institutions had to shift from in person learning to online learning, but Bellevue College’s healthcare management and leadership (HCML) bachelor’s degree program has exclusively offered remote learning since its inception in 2016.

“Our faculty didn’t miss a beat. We’ve been doing it for six years,” said Shana Chung, associate professor and program chair. “We know how to teach online.”

HCML students can choose from two paths to earn their bachelor of applied science degree: general healthcare management, and radiation and imaging management. Students are admitted twice per year–in the fall and spring–and space remains available for this fall. The deadline to apply is August 31.

Cloud Computing Degree Programs Help Fill Workforce Gaps | EdTech

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Bellevue College named its continuing and career education arm the Tombolo Institute, after the word for a sandbar that joins an island to the mainland. The institute aims to similarly serve as a bridge, helping working professionals build their careers. When it comes to the cloud, officials are leaning on an ongoing partnership with Microsoft to help midcareer students grow their skills.

“We get input from the job marketplace — from the students and also from our advisory council made up of employers — and there’s definitely a gap in terms of the talent that employers are looking for and the people that want to get into the field,” says Ray Chew, director of technology at the Tombolo Institute. “There are all of these job openings, but you can’t just take a course and then expect someone to hire you tomorrow, so we’ve helped students to bridge that gap.”

Bellevue College’s partnership with Microsoft gives the school access to the vendor’s content and resources. It also provides training for Bellevue College instructors, ensuring that courses are led by professionals with thorough knowledge about the latest tools and practices in cloud computing. Students in the program pursue Microsoft cloud certifications, making them more competitive job candidates, Chew says.

“Cloud computing touches everything today,” says Chew. “Now all of the application services are pretty much cloud-based. If you want to know the world of IT, you need to know how cloud computing works.”

Still Hiring | Northwest Asian Weekly

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If you’ve walked through your neighborhood recently, you’ve probably noticed “Now Hiring” signs in shop windows. And while they may not have signs in their windows, large and mid-sized companies seem to be on the lookout for talent, too.

Like many institutions and businesses, Bellevue College has seen a higher employee turnover since the beginning of this year.

“The low unemployment rate has created a much more competitive environment for the recruitment and retention of employees,” said Nicole Beattie, the associate director of Communications at Bellevue College.

For some positions, it has become more difficult for the institute to hire.
“We don’t see the same kind of turnover for example with tenured faculty. However, it’s harder to retain some of our frontline service employees due to there being so much opportunity at the moment,” Beattie said.

“In terms of services, the quality hasn’t been impacted but during peak enrollment periods, students might find it takes a bit longer to get a response. We recognize that we need to find more efficiencies to keep workloads manageable,” she added.

As a state employer, Bellevue College is limited in terms of the perks it can offer.

“However, we do have hybrid/work-from-home positions and have adjusted our salary scale for our exempt positions,” Beattie said.

“We also offer great benefits with more vacation and sick days than most businesses, paid holidays, excellent medical coverage, and reduced tuition,” she added.

The organization is evaluating its approach to hiring by developing a variety of recruiting and outreach practices, including community partner engagement, in its effort to adapt their approach to building its talent pipelines based on changing market pressures.

Bellevue College has a Center for Career Connections that not only connects employers with current students and alumni, but also Bellevue residents who are actively seeking work.

“So, if you’re a local business looking to hire, make sure you reach out to colleges,” Beattie said.

More employers are reaching out to Bellevue College’s Center for Career Connections to recruit its students, and Beattie is also seeing an increase in flexible/hybrid opportunities.

“With regards to internships, small to mid-sized companies are proactively reaching out to us to recruit interns, particularly accounting firms,” Beattie said. “Employers who are out of state are even making their internships fully remote to attract more applicants. This is good news for our students as it creates more options for them.”

Another trend the Center for Career Connections has noticed is that players in the life sciences industry, such as Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, and Nanostring, are intentional about attracting diverse talent to the industry.

“They have internship programs with a focus to recruit minority, underserved, and students of color,” Beattie said.

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.”