The Whatcom Community College Foundation is community-centric organization with numerous activities to participate in, and we always have exciting news we'd like to share. See below for our most recent headlines, press releases and news items. If you want to stay connected to the College, be sure to sign up for our Friends & Alumni newsletter.


Honoring Joyce Morse

Posted 2013-10-21 The Whatcom Community College Foundation would like to take this opportunity to honor Joyce Morse, who has left an incredible legacy for our community.

Joyce was born on January 9, 1915 in Waterville, WA. Later she moved to Bellingham, where she met and married her husband David and started a family. Raising her family during the Depression and wartime years, she instilled in her four children the values of education, service to others, and hard work. And as her children grew, Joyce deepened her involvement in her community. Both David and Joyce consistently contributed to a wide range of programs and projects Whatcom County. In 2007, the Morse family received the Outstanding Philanthropic Family Award in Washington State, honoring Joyce and David for their many years of service to the community and their legacy of instilling in their children and grandchildren the importance of giving to their community and world.

This strong passion for philanthropy inspired the entire Morse family.  In 2005, Joyce and David’s grandchildren established the Joyce & David Morse Scholarship endowment at Whatcom Community College as a way to honor them for their strong emphasis on the importance of education and for the remarkable philanthropic example they set. This endowment fund has now grown to over $58,000 through the contributions of family and friends, which allows the Foundation to grant a substantial scholarship each year to a deserving student.

Joyce and her Family created a legacy that transforms people’s lives by helping them to attain the education they need. Tax-deductible contributions in Joyce's memory can be made to the WCC Foundation via check, online, or by calling (360) 383-3320.

Anna Rosemary Harris Memorial Fund Honors WCC Student

Posted 2013-06-13 The Anna Rosemary Harris Memorial Fund has been established through the WCC Foundation in memory of Anna, who died on April 2, 2013 at the age of 19 in an accident while vacationing in Taiwan, to honor her life, and recognize her two passions for writing and travel. As a Running Start student at WCC, Anna graduated with honors with her Associate of Arts degree as well as her high school diploma in 2012. Last fall she transferred to WWU with plans to major in kinesiology. Although she was headed for a career in Physical Therapy, Anna had passions for creative writing, and for seeking to understand other cultures through travel. This fund will support two scholarship opportunities for WCC students: Chuckanut Writers Conference Scholarship so a student writer can attend the conference for free; and a scholarship to help a Whatcom student participate in the travel abroad program. Anna’s legacy will be an inspiration to the students whose dreams are supported with these scholarships. Tax-deductible contributions in Anna’s memory can be made to the WCC Foundation via check, online or calling (360)383-3320.


Event Raises $68k for Scholarships & Programs

Posted 2013-05-17 On Friday, May 3, 2013 Whatcom Community College celebrated it's 45th anniversary with a special event in Heiner Center. The evening featured a special edition of Village Books' popular Chuckanut Radio Hour, which blended its unabashedly corny jokes, toe-tapping music, and entertaining skits with stories of WCC's past, present and future. Guests enjoyed seeing friends on stage and in the crowd. Thanks to guests' generous financial support and proud "I AM WHATCOM" proclamations, we’re happy to report the event raised more than $68,000 in support of student scholarships and College programs. On behalf of the WCC Foundation’s Board of Directors and Whatcom’s faculty, staff and students, thank you for the role you have played in our 45 years of academic excellence and innovation! Learn more here.

WCC Students Named to All-WA Academic Team

Posted 2013-03-15 Whatcom Community College is proud to announce that students Faline Jett and Troi (Kashia) Gale have been named to the 2013 All-Washington Academic Team. Gov. Jay Inslee recognized their academic achievement and community involvement at a recent ceremony at South Puget Sound Community College. The students who make up the All-Washington Team reflect the diversity of the state, maintain high standards of excellence, and contribute positively to the community. Their stories are often inspiring, sometimes surprising, and always reflective of the larger story of the state's community and technical college students. Read the full press release here.

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WCC Foundation Supports Key College Initiatives

Posted 2013-02-06 Among Washington’s community and technical colleges, Whatcom Community College is one of the most entrepreneurial and least reliant on state funds. “We can no longer rely on substantial state support,” says WCC President Kathi Hiyane-Brown. “We acknowledge our challenges but remain committed to innovation and growth. Community members who donate to the Foundation enable us to advance our mission of helping students achieve their potential.” This academic year, the Foundation’s fundraising efforts have supported programs that target student access and success, and innovation and excellence, including student scholarships, health professions expansion, veterans support, Turning Point and the Work for Study program.

Orca Athletics Excel On and Off the Field

Posted 2013-01-09 The last few seasons have seen a relatively large amount of athletic success at Whatcom Community College. Both men’s and women’s soccer took second in the Northern Region and advanced to the post season. Last year’s men’s basketball team was ranked No. 1 in the league going into the championship tournament, and this time around both the men and women are above .500 as region play begins. As impressive a run as Whatcom has had as of late, their run off the court and in the classroom has been even better. Whatcom released some of their top GPA athletes earlier this month, and the numbers are off the charts. 31 of around 80 student-athletes averaged 3.5 or higher, with six athletes achieving a 4.0, and all five of Whatcom’s programs finished fall term with a better than 3.07 average,  with a 3.42 average overall. Read the full article on


WCC Partnerships Lead to Health Professions Center

Posted 2012-09-17 An innovative public-private partnership between local developers and the WCC Foundation will fuel the College’s commitment to growth and educational excellence by creating a quality instructional space for in-demand programs. According to a recently signed agreement, the Foundation will leasesand, subsequently, sub-lease to the Collegesa Health Professions Education Center under construction in the Cordata Business Park near WCC’s campus. Once construction is complete in fall 2013, Whatcom’s Nursing and Allied Health programs will relocate to the state-of-the-art facility, freeing up existing classrooms and labs for renovation and use by other critical disciplines such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Read the full press release here


2013-02-14: College Campuses Join Together for MLK Day of Service

2012-05-29: WCC Celebrates 45th Anniversary

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