Bellingham Technical College

  • 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 2,301 students (59% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 26:1 is lower than the state community college average of 31:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 47% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Asian), which is more than the state average of 41%.
  • Bellingham Technical College is one of 2 community colleges within Whatcom County, WA.
  • The nearest community college to Bellingham Technical College is Whatcom Community College (2.1 miles away).

Top Placements

Bellingham Technical College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Washington for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 89 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Bellingham Technical College(WA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty89 staff145 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of Bellingham Technical College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 26:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Bellingham Technical College diversity score of 0.63 is more than the state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has declined by 8% over five years.
Total Enrollment2,301 students4,463 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio26:131:1
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# Full-Time Students1,363 students2,353 students
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# Part-Time Students938 students2,110 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
4%
7%
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% Hispanic
7%
10%
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% Black
3%
4%
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% White
53%
59%
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% Two or more races
3%
5%
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% Unknown races
29%
7%
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Diversity Score0.630.62
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College Completion Rate
55%
31%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$41,500$36,200
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Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $3,518 is less than the state average of $4,032. The in-state tuition has declined by 16% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $8,708 is more than the state average of $7,264. The out-state tuition has grown by 106% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,518$4,032
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Out-State Tuition Fees$8,708$7,264
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid78%71%
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Median Debt for Graduates$13,500$10,614
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Median Debt for Dropouts$8,133$5,830
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Source: 2016 (or 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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