RISE for the Community

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Community engagement and enrichment is a core theme of Bellevue College. The college strives to be a leader and a partner in building a vibrant region. It collaborates with social service organizations, business and trade groups, government agencies, and other schools and colleges to develop and refine educational programs that prepare individuals for academic success, employment, and lifelong learning.
The RISE Learning Institute is at the center of this work. RISE builds and nurtures partnerships between the college and the greater community.

BC aims to be the region’s college of choice, and it seeks to support the community that supports it. The RISE Learning Institute knows that BC students have profound learning experience when they are engaged first-hand in internships, project-based learning, and service opportunities that address issues in our communities. BC students acquire a sense of civic responsibility, apply and deepen their learning, and make a real impact. In return, our partners benefit from the research and service contributions of our students and faculty. Furthermore, BC fuels the region’s economic vitality: our student interns make important contributions at dozens of organizations, our alumni start new businesses and contribute valuable ideas to existing ones, and our programs produce graduates with the skills needed in our communities.

RISE is for the community.

RISE is Research

RISE works with research organizations and community partners in many ways.  We:

  • Help you strategize and, when needed, connect you to the right parties on campus.
  • Build formal collaborations and partnerships, such as our faculty’s affiliation with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute.
  • Provide logistical support and letters of commitment to organizations looking to recruit diverse community college students for research opportunities.
  • Rent out laboratory space for partners conducting research in the life sciences.
  • Engage in community-based research by working with partners on research issues facing their organizations or their communities.

If you would like to partner with RISE on a research initiative, please speak with Michael Reese at michael.reese@bellevuecollege.edu or 425.564.4066.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Develop research internships for students. Learn more about the Collaboration between Bellevue College and Fred Hutch.

RISE is Innovation

RISE is a passionate supporter of organizations that promote social and economic innovation.  We partner with incubators, accelerators, and similar networks that are interested in working with innovative BC students and faculty.  For example, RISE co-sponsored the first annual Bellevue Tech Expo at ExtraSlice to build connections between BC students and startup firms and social ventures, and we are supporting the efforts of students who are bringing a CodeDay event to the Eastside. We are also especially interested in social innovation and social entrepreneurship.

In addition, we seek to create spaces that facilitate innovation on our own campus.

If you would like to discuss collaborating on an initiative related to innovation, please contact Michael Reese at 425.564.4066 or michael.reese@bellevuecollege.edu


Experiential learning opportunities and other forms of collaboration.

RISE is Service

By bringing students into the community, RISE enhances student learning while supporting non-profit and government organizations doing incredible work.  Whether they are fighting injustice or providing social services, educating the region’s future leaders or protecting the region’s ecosystems, feeding the needy or housing the homeless, the organizations on the Eastside do amazing things, and BC and RISE work to support them.

Through the multitude of courses offered at Bellevue College, there are many ways for students to connect with the community through organized service-learning.  Project and volunteering opportunities can range from writing to interior design, from environmental sustainability to IT support, from immigrant storytelling to math tutoring, and everywhere in between.

For more information about how you can partner with BC and RISE on classroom-based service-learning projects, please speak with Sapan Parekh at sapan.parekh@bellevuecollege.edu or 425.564.4031.

Imagine Housing

Imagine Housing
Develop service learning opportunities for students in sustainability and healthcare areas.

RISE is Experiential Learning

The RISE Learning Institute connects BC to companies and community organizations throughout the region via experiential learning opportunities.  The most common of these is internships, which provide students with professional development in a field of interest while building their skills and professional connections.  Internship providers gain someone who is willing to learn and contribute to the organization for a short period of time, while they help to nurture potential leaders in their field.

Internships are managed through Bellevue College’s Center for Career Connections, which is a part of RISE.  Visit the Academic Internship Program site for more information about how to become an internship partner.

If you have any questions about internships at Bellevue College, please contact Chiew Jones at 425.564.2476 or chiew.jones@bellevuecollege.edu.

Washington Technology Industry Association

Washington Technology Industry Association
Experiential learning opportunities, internships and other forms of collaboration.

Last Updated March 21, 2019