Contributions to the Whatcom Community College Foundation ensure that Whatcom County students have access to high-quality higher education and help to create the well-educated community in which we all want to live. Here are a few examples of how – thanks to our generous donors – Whatcom is helping students access and achieve their dreams.

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Student Scholarships

The WCC Foundation contributed more than $310,000 in scholarships to 219 WCC students during the 2014-15 academic year. That’s a 26% increase over the prior year, and a 69% increase in the past three years.

"It really is inspiring to know that there is help out there for students like myself who wish to continue onto higher education but couldn't handle the price of college." – Madelyn, pursuing transfer degree in biology for premed




Learning Center

Thanks to a Foundation Fund for Excellence grant, the Learning Center was able to hire more tutors for students needing customized academic support. Tutors meet one-on-one with individuals improving their math, writing composition, and other academic skills. Additionally, specialized support is provided for students in Adult Basic Education and GED classes, and a math coach works with student veterans in a lab dedicated for their use.

Intercultural Academic Support Center

The Intercultural Academic Support Center (IASC) is an important facet of Whatcom’s commitment to diversity. The IASC helps first-generation students and students of color stay in school and succeed through advising and referral services. A Fund for Excellence grant supported increased staff hours and backed student and faculty attendance at the Students of Color Conference in Yakima.

“At the Students of Color conference, I meet people of color who are professionals. That motivates me to pursue my goals and to encourage my peers to do the same. Thank you for supporting this transformative experience and the Intercultural Academic Support Center.” – Marco Morales, pursuing sociology degree, executive vice president, Associated Students of WCC

  Students of Color Conference   


Financial Aid Emergency & Book Fund

Whatcom students spend an average of $360 a quarter on books and supplies. With many students already struggling to pay tuition, this expense can be a factor in their decision to stay in school or to wait another year.

 “Thank you so much for funding my American Sign Language book this year. I couldn’t have taken the class without receiving book funding. Your encouragement through this grant means so much!" – Serena, Running Start student, pursuing associates degree and high school diploma

Turning Point

This career and life-planning course is an empowering experience for individuals who have lost their primary income source and who need help determining their next steps. A Fund for Excellence grant supports materials, staffing and student scholarships. Due to state funding cuts, this program would have been eliminated without this crucial financial help.

 “Although I’ve experienced drastic changes in my life that could be debilitating if I let them, I see this as a time of joy. I get to change my life! With hard work and a positive attitude, I believe anything is possible. Thank you for supporting student scholarships and the Turning Point program.”  – Synthia, pursuing nursing degree

 Sen.Patty Murray WCC veterans visit  

Support for Veterans

Sen. Patty Murray visited Whatcom in April to meet with student veterans. From left, WCC President Kathi Hiyane-Brown, student veteran David Aguilar (transfer degree, accounting), veterans academic advisor Jarid Corbitt, Sen. Murray and student veteran Robert Rayford (CIS degree). Your contributions support academic programs tailored specifically for student veterans.

 “Veterans tell us having a dedicated space on campus with people who can empathize with their experiences and connect them with the resources they need is critical for their success. Thank you for supporting the WCC Foundation so that we can continue to provide these valuable services.” – Jarid Corbitt, certifying official and veterans academic advisor

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