Bellingham Technical College

Tel: (360)752-7000
2,144 students
Public institution

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Preparing an educated workforce is central to the mission of Bellingham Technical College. Today's workforce requires complex technical competencies as well as academic skills, positive work attitudes and habits, effective human relations, leadership, problem solving, critical thinking and teamwork skills.
School Highlights:
Bellingham Technical College serves 2,144 students (59% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 26:1 is higher than the community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 42% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 28%.
Bellingham Technical College is one of 2 community colleges within Whatcom County, WA.
The nearest community college is Whatcom Community College (2.1 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 84 teachers has declined by 35% over five years.
Bellingham Technical College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 84 staff
59 staff
Bellingham Technical College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 2,144 teachers has declined by 6% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 26:1 has increased from 18:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.30 is less than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
2,144 students
1,282 students
Student : Teacher Ratio 26:1
# Full-Time Students
1,261 students
810 students
Bellingham Technical College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 883 students
1,017 students
Bellingham Technical College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Bellingham Technical College Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
Bellingham Technical College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
Bellingham Technical College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
% White
Bellingham Technical College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races"
3% 2%
% Unknown races
Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.30 0.53

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $4,637 is less than the state average of $5,742. The in-state tuition has grown by 23% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $11,557 is more than the state average of $10,294. The out-state tuition has grown by 208% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $4,637 $5,742
Out-State Tuition Fees $11,557 $10,294
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 83%
Source: 2013 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

The role and mission of Bellingham Technical College has its roots in vocational education in the Bellingham School District (BSD). The first �Industrial School� was planned and constructed in 1911 by the BSD. This school evolved into a manual-training section of Whatcom High School. With the passage of the Smith-Hughes Act in 1917, courses in automotive mechanics and machine shop were offered at Fairhaven High School. Planning for the present program began in 1952 when it was realized that vocational programs offered by the local school district were not meeting the needs of the community. As a result of assessments of community vocational education needs by advisory committees from labor and management, Bellingham Vocational Technical Institute was established on its present 21-acre site at 3028 Lindbergh Avenue in 1957. The college offers Degree/Certificate programs and courses in Business, Computer Technology and Management, Culinary Arts, Engineering, Manufacturing & Industrial Technology, Fisheries & Aquaculture, Transportation & Mechanical and Health Sciences & Human Services. The degree & certificate programs at Bellingham Technical College rely on the involvement and support of over 300 business and industry employers and employees from the community. Bellingham Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges, Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges. The Commission is an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Bellingham Technical College is located in the scenic Pacific Northwest, about 90 miles north of Seattle, 60 miles south of Vancouver, BC and just a mile northwest of downtown Bellingham.

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  • Everett ITT Technical Institute-Everett
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Did You Know?
For Washington public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,000 per year for in-state students and $7,107 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,169 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.
Washington community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.46, which is lower than the national average of 0.53. The most diverse community college in Washington is Seattle Community College-South Campus. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.