The public, two-year Bellingham Technical College traces its ties back to the early part of the twentieth century when vocational education programs were introduced into the Bellingham School District in Bellingham, Washington. As time progressed, the local community realized an additional need for evening classes during the World War II era. Those needs continued to grow, until in 1952, plans were made to build a separate facility on 33-acres. The College was officially established in 1957. Then, in 1991, the Bellingham Vocational Technical Institute was re-christened as Bellingham Technical College, regulated by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, along with a local Board of Trustees.
Today, more than 8,600 students study at BTC, with a full-time enrollment of more than 2,600 students. Furthermore, the student body is nearly half-male and half-female with 20 percent comprising minority students. Additionally, the average student age is 35. Bellingham Technical College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Bellingham Technical College offers 35 Associate’s degree programs and provides an added 64 certificate programs. Programs are categorized in eight divisions.
- Construction & Industrial Technology - Six different programs range from Electrical Construction to Welding Technology
- Culinary Arts - Studies include Culinary Arts and Pastry.
- Engineering & Advanced Manufacturing - Students can choose from a number of options, including fields in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Surveying & Mapping.
- Fisheries & Aquaculture Sciences - Studies include Fisheries Resources and Fisheries Technology.
- Sustainable Technology - Students can opt to complete certificates in the Anaerobic Digester Technician or Sustainable Technology programs.
- Health Careers & Education - Multiple programs provide students with opportunities in the education and health professions, ranging from the Early Learning certificate to the Registered Nursing degree.
- Business & Computer Technology - More than 15 options include Associate’s degrees in Career and Technical Education, Computer Network Technology, and more.
- Transportation & Mechanical Technology - Students focus on automotive professions, including both degrees and certificates in Automotive Technology and Diesel Technology.
Tuition is charged by credit hour and based on residency. Washington residents pursuing 11-18 credit hours pay tuition of $55.03 per credit hour; Canadian students pursuing 11-18 credit hours pay $74.29 per credit hour; and non-resident (U.S. citizens, but not residents of Washington state) pay $60.01 per credit hour.
Bellingham Technical College supports financial aid programs, including grants, loans, and the Federal Work Study program. Federally funded programs include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Direct Stafford Loans, and the Federal PLUS Loan. Additionally, students may be eligible for programs, including BTC Foundation scholarships, the Washington State Need Grant, state scholarships, and other outside resources. BTC also participates in assistance for veterans via the G.I. Bill.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 2-year
Highest Level Of Offering:At least 2, but less than 4 academic years
Adult Age Enrollments:1,784
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