Justin and Stan Lee

Justin Azevedo lives, what some might consider, an exciting double life outside the halls of OLS. When he’s not attending class, and participating in community activities, he’s known as blogger, "DarkShadow" - a character he based on himself. So, when job shadow time came around here at OLS, Justin chose to volunteer at Emerald City Comic-Con, where, ...more about DarkShadow

OLS Finalist for Student Success Award

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OLS at Bellevue College is honored to be recognized as a finalist for the 2016 American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Awards of Excellence for the Student Success Award.

Socially Infused Instruction

Students at OLS all have varying, and sometimes multiple learning disabilities. At times, these disabilities can cause difficulty with social interaction. When our Associate Dean started at OLS, she wanted to find a way to teach our students how to interact socially in different environments. Our experience as a teaching staff allowed us to quickly ...more about Socially Infused Instruction

Sebastian’s Story

OLS Student smiles for the camera

Meet Sebastian, also known as “Bash”. Bash is an OLS at Bellevue College alumnus who graduated in 2015. His story is one of success, although somewhat atypical, as it came by way of overcoming career setbacks in order to find new opportunities when challenges were presented. When Bash first graduated from OLS, he began working as ...more about Sebastian’s Story

OLS Student Receives Kennedy Center Meritorious Achievement Award

Tim Bartz smiles for the camera

Tim Bartz is a very busy guy. In addition to being a third-year student at OLS®, Tim is also simultaneously earning his theater-concentrated AA at Bellevue College. When he’s not busy earning two college degrees at once, he’s doing what he loves – working as an Assistant Stage Manager for theatrical productions at Bellevue College. ...more about OLS Student Receives Kennedy Center Meritorious Achievement Award

OLS Students Pay it Forward

OLS Students Preparing Blankets

On a rainy day in January, OLS students, faculty and staff came together to pay it forward at our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Service Project. Each year, in an effort to provide comfort and warmth to those in need, our students make No Sew Blankets by cutting and tying sheets of fleece together ...more about OLS Students Pay it Forward

OLS Fall Service Project

OLS Social Change Course

One of my favorite things about being a part of OLS is hearing all of the wonderful student stories from our instructors. Our students are the driving force behind this blog, and it is my pleasure to introduce you to them through the many stories, lessons and experiences that they share over the course of ...more about OLS Fall Service Project

Al Lewis Featured in 425 Magazine

Al Lewis VP Bellevue College

Our own Al Lewis, VP of Economic & Workforce Development at Bellevue College, was featured in an in-depth interview with 425 Magazine. Find out more about Al and what he has to say about OLS at Bellevue College here.

Alumni Stories: Kate

“Ten Years ago, October 17 2003, I was hit by a car. After that, I thought my life was over, and I wouldn’t go anywhere in life. I finally decided to attend OLS at Bellevue College in 2009. With this program, I learned about The Brain Injury Association of Washington while researching for my internship. ...more about Alumni Stories: Kate

Alumni Stories: Evan

OLS Alumni Evan at work

“My name is Evan. I graduated from OLS in June of 2012, and I’m now working for a catering group on the Microsoft campus called “Compass Group”. Currently I’m a food prep worker. My job tasks includes preparing variety of food items such as bacon, breakfast potatoes, fajita mix (green and red peppers and yellow ...more about Alumni Stories: Evan