Bellevue College Students Akoto, Gonzalez and Tuttle Make All-Washington Academic Team

All-Washington Academic Team Features Three Earning Degrees at Bellevue College

Brenda Akoto All-Washington Academic Team
Brenda Akoto All-Washington Academic Team

Three BC students, Brenda Akoto, Alberto Gonzalez and Casey Tuttle have made the 2018 All-Washington Academic Team, and will be honored at a ceremony Thursday, March 22, at South Puget Sound Community College, in Olympia. Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman will be the keynote speaker.
The All-Washington Academic Team program recognizes Washington state’s finest higher education students. 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. Continue reading “Bellevue College Students Akoto, Gonzalez and Tuttle Make All-Washington Academic Team”

Former Seahawk Attorney Richard Leigh Named to Bellevue College Board of Trustees

Richard Leigh Bellevue College Board of TrusteesRichard Leigh Newest Trustee for Bellevue College

Bellevue College (BC) recently announced that Governor Jay Inslee has appointed Richard Leigh to its board of trustees. The six-member board’s duties include setting the college’s strategic direction, establishing policy for the college, and approving budgets.

Leigh currently acts as general counsel for SEIU 775 Benefits Group, a non-profit healthcare entity, serving on their senior leadership team where he oversees all legal matters, including board governance, compliance, litigation and risk management.


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Tasmanian Fulbright Scholar James Roggall Teaches Virtual Reality at BC, and the Other Side of the Earth, Simultaneously

Bruce Wolcott (left) and James Riggall.
Bruce Wolcott (left) and James Riggall.

James Riggall, a Fulbright Scholar and founder of the Tasmanian startup Bitlink, is introducing students to the virtual world, live in the collaboratory at Bellevue College and live-streamed to innovation hubs on the other side of the earth in Tasmania. One class offered for Winter Quarter, Virtual Reality Design and Communications, is geared for anyone who wants to understand this emerging technology, while another, Virtual Reality Lab Project, gives students the chance to get hands-on by designing and prototyping a virtual reality (VR) project. Continue reading “Tasmanian Fulbright Scholar James Roggall Teaches Virtual Reality at BC, and the Other Side of the Earth, Simultaneously”

Joey Wilson is a BC College Student Advocates for Disability Community

Joey Wilson at BC's North CampusA life-long resident of the Queen Anne neighborhood in Seattle, Joey Wilson, 26, is a member of the developmental disability community and currently earning his associate degree through the Occupational & Life Skills (OLS) program at Bellevue College. He works part-time as a grocery clerk, and has moved from living in a group home to his own apartment.

Once he gets his associate degree he’d like to work in building maintenance, the sports industry, or potentially go on to earn a bachelor’s degree, but he thinks that the current annual income cap under the Apple Healthcare for Workers with Disabilities (AHWD) program is a barrier.

“It holds you back from reaching your full potential,” said Wilson. Continue reading “Joey Wilson is a BC College Student Advocates for Disability Community”

Katherine Hall Named Director of Marketing and Community Development at Bellevue College

Katherine Hall Bellevue College  Bellevue College (BC) has named Katherine Hall as the new director of marketing and community development. In this role, she’ll provide leadership and supervision for all marketing and communications outreach, and develop initiatives to engage the community in campus life.

“Katherine is an experienced marketing and communications strategist with a substantive background in leading within large, mission-driven organizations,” said Dr. Gayle Barge, vice president of institutional advancement at BC. “She also brings an agency approach to branding for higher education institutions that’s been tremendously successful, and will help take our marketing and communications initiatives to the next level.”  Continue reading “Katherine Hall Named Director of Marketing and Community Development at Bellevue College”

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Bellevue College RISE electric car project

Bellevue College Students Help Build a Car of the Future That Gets 100 MPG
 
Today Bellevue College students helped build an ultralight carbon fiber car that gets 100 MPG—right in the middle of campus. The students worked with Wikispeed, an organization dedicated not only to making cars greener, but also to revolutionizing how we make things.
The car build is part of the college’s RISE Learning Institute’s new Makers & Scholars Summer Experience, which features hands-on workshops in fields like genomics, fire engineering, 3D design and robotics. It also includes makerspace events that allow students to create their own projects using new technologies and techniques.
“We want to inspire students to reach their highest potential,” said Dr. Gita Bangera, founder of the RISE Learning Institute. “By giving them hands-on experience with emerging technologies, we hope they will see themselves as future scientists, inventors and innovators.” Continue reading “Learning. Powered by Vroom. @BellevueCollege”

KBCS, Northwest Folklife Partner for Acoustic Showcase

Lindi OrtegaBellevue College’s public radio station 91.3 KBCS is partnering with Northwest Folklife to provide live musical performances for Folklife’s acoustic showcase. The station will bring three artists to the Fisher Green stage on Sunday, May 28 at 1 p.m.
“The 91.3 KBCS acoustic showcase is one of the must-see features of Northwest Folklife,” said Patrick Whalen, KBCS Program Director. “This year we are lucky to be able to bring Toronto singer-songwriter Lindi Ortega, along with Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, and local legend LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends.”

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Dr. Jerry Weber Hired as New President of Bellevue College

Dr. Jerry Weber New President of Bellevue CollegeThe Bellevue College Board of Trustees recently announced that they have voted to select Dr. Jerry Weber as the next president of Bellevue College, making him the sixth president in the institution’s 50-year history.
“Dr. Weber brings a track record of exceptional leadership, a deep commitment to the values we cherish, and a passion for creating pathways to success for traditional and non-traditional learners,” said Dr. Lisa Chin, chair of the board. “We are thrilled that he’ll be leading our community, and after a thorough search with an exceptional pool of candidates, we know he’s the best choice to inspire the college to reach new heights.”
Bellevue College is the third-largest institution of higher education and largest community college in the state with over 30,000 students enrolled annually. It offers a comprehensive array of programs including 12 bachelor’s degrees, four transfer associate degrees, 23 professional-technical degrees, 67 certificates, and 20 non-credit programs. New additions to the baccalaureate programs include a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Bachelor of Applied Science in Digital Marketing. The college is also the source of more transfer students to Washington’s public four-year colleges and universities than any other community or technical college in the state.

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Bellevue College Breaks Ground on Student Housing Facility

Bellevue College community and local leaders celebrated the groundbreaking of the new student housing facility. Slated for occupancy in the fall of 2018, the project—designed to be highly sustainable—accommodates 350 beds in a mixture of units.
“Today we follow in the footsteps of the College’s first groundbreaking in 1966, by breaking ground on our first student housing facility,” said Dr. Jill Wakefield, interim president of Bellevue College. “We recognize how far this campus has come, and look to a future where students will have new opportunities, and spaces, to live, learn, and thrive.”
“We’ve long recognized Bellevue College’s value to our community,” said Mayor John Stokes. “Through our vision priorities, the City Council made a firm commitment to support the College’s efforts to develop student housing. This latest enhancement to Bellevue College will only improve the academic experience for those seeking higher education in our city.”
Currently under construction, the first phase of Bellevue College’s new student housing development will deliver a 147 unit residential community, transforming the campus into a living, breathing 24/7 neighborhood that offers a sense of security, and promotes the well-being and academic achievement of students.
The building will house apartment style units with studios, 2-bedroom studios and 4-bedroom apartments. It will also offer community spaces where students can collaborate and socialize. Sustainability is a primary component of the design, with the goal to achieve LEED Gold Certification status.

Gov Inslee names Greg Dietzel to Bellevue College Board of Trustees

Greg Dietzel Bellevue College TrusteeBellevue College recently announced that Governor Jay Inslee has appointed Greg Dietzel to its Board of Trustees. The six-member board’s duties include setting the college’s strategic direction, establishing policy for the college, and approving budgets. 

Dietzel spent 12 years as Vice President & Senior State Executive for IBM until his recent retirement, where he was responsible for all operations and employees in the State of Washington. Prior to that, he held a variety of other roles at IBM, including VP, Client Unit Director, and Global Aerospace & Defense Industry Director.

He has also served on the Board of Trustees for Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, the King County Information Technology Strategic Advisory Council, and currently he volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and the Boy Scouts of America. Continue reading “Gov Inslee names Greg Dietzel to Bellevue College Board of Trustees”