“More than one employer told me my résumé rose to the top of the pile because it had that project management credential from BCC.”

Paul Hara
Project Management Certificate
Bellevue Community College

AWB Institute
Association of Washington Business
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
Whatcom Community College
Location: 237 West Kellogg Road
Bellingham WA 98226 
Website: http://www.whatcom.ctc.edu/
Region: Northwest Region
Contact to Discuss Training:
Contact: Fran Hudson
Department:  IT/HelpDesk, Student Learning Labs
Email: fhudson@whatcom.ctc.edu
Phone: 360-383-3205
Fax: 360-752-6770 
Dept. Website:   http://www.whatcomcommunityed....

Additional Contacts:
Contact: Janice Walker
Department:  Workforce Education
Email: jwalker@whatcom.ctc.edu
Phone: 360-383-3172
Fax: 360-676-2171 
Dept. Website:   http://www.whatcom.ctc.edu/pro...

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College Description
Whatcom Community College, located in Bellingham, serves an average of 6,500 students each quarter. The college offers associate degrees in academic, professional, and technical areas, industry-recognized certificates, ESL training, and opportunities to complete high school, earn the GED, or take classes for personal enrichment.

Whatcom also offers a wide range of training opportunities for business owners and their employees.
Program Showcase
The following continuing education programs are short-term, non-credit, and provide easy registration.

Computer Skills Training
Whatcom’s Community Education program offers hands-on training in a wide range of Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, and FrontPage. Other training includes beginning and intermediate QuickBooks and digital imaging courses using Adobe Photoshop Elements. Starting in Fall 2007, Community Education will offer training in Adobe’s Creative Suite 3, comprising InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat. For more information, contact Shandeen Gemanis at 360-676-2170, ext. 3374, or visit www.whatcomcommunityed.com .

Stepping Up to Manager
This certificate program, offered through Community Education, teaches new front-line managers the essential skills and techniques needed to lead teams with confidence and effectiveness. Participants start with a day-long “Big Picture Overview” to help them understand the management role, then sign up at their own pace for ten separate, four-hour modules that make up their “New Manager’s Toolkit.” To learn more, contact Greg Marshall at 360-752-6773 or visit www.whatcomcommunityed.com .

Command Spanish
Community Education is an official registered provider of Command Spanish®, Inc., the nation’s leading supplier of occupational Spanish language and cross-cultural training and materials. It offers training in such areas as nursing, law enforcement, dentistry, public safety, construction, hospitality, banking, office management, warehousing, manufacturing and retail sales. The programs are all non-grammar based, focusing instead on repetition of key words and phrases. No previous Spanish experience is necessary to enroll. For more details, contact Katie Jensen at 360-676-2170, ext. 3487, or visit www.whatcomcommunityed.com .

Thursday Morning Seminars
Community Education’s long-running series of weekly presentations offers practical, “how-to” information for the self-employed and others in small business. Topics include marketing, finances, accounting, time management, and more. The atmosphere is informal, networking opportunities abound, and light refreshments are served. For further information, contact Katie Jensen at 360-676-2170, ext. 3487, or visit www.whatcomcommunityed.com .

Training for Non-Profits
In addition to the other business training, much of it applicable to all businesses, Community Education offers courses specifically designed for non-profits. Courses to date include “Marketing for Non-Profits,” “Fundraising for Non-Profits,” and “Grant Writing for Non-Profits.” To learn more, contact Katie Jensen at 360-676-2170, ext. 3487, or visit www.whatcomcommunityed.com .

Customized Training
All Community Education courses can be tailored to meet the specific needs of particular local businesses or organizations and their employees, including content, length, number of sessions, and curriculum level. Training can be presented on the Whatcom campus or at company locations. Day, evening, and Saturday class times are available and Community Education can supply books, coffee service on campus, and registration services for training or any special events businesses may host. For a free consultation and assessment, contact Greg Marshall at 360-752-6773 or visit www.whatcomcommunityed.com .

ESL (English as a Second Language) for the workplace:
ESL for the workplace can help boost quality assurance and safety standards. Trained ESL teachers work with employers and employees to determine what language skills are needed for work performance and safety. The training takes place on the job site and the students get real-life practice with work-based written and verbal reporting, pronunciation, vocabulary, and customer service dialogues.

ABE (Adult Basic Education) for the workplace:
ABE for the workplace can give your employees the skills that give your workplace the edge. We offer math, reading, and writing skill enhancement directly related to the work environment taught by professional ABE teachers on-site so your employees have what they need to meet the ever changing demands of the workplace.

Credit programs at Whatcom Community College provide more in-depth workforce training in the following areas:

Accounting and Office Management training
Nursing and other allied health programs

For more information, contact Terry Cox, Director of Workforce Education, at 360-676-2170, ext. 3339.

Whatcom, in partnership with WorkSource Northwest, also offers worker retraining for under-trained or laid-off employees with a built-in financial aid package. To learn more, contact Mel Monkelis, Worker Retraining Coordinator, at 360-676-2170, ext. 3325.

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