Whatcom Community College wants to help students with voting information and registration with the Get Out the Vote campaign. With voter applications available in the library the ASWCC will also be actively tabling on campus.
ASWCC will set tables with information on voting in designated areas around campus throughout the month of October and into the first week of November.
“ASWCC student government has been tabling to get people registered and preregistered to vote in preparation for the 2019 General Election,” said ASWCC President Mario Alem, adding “we have helped many students to get registered and preregistered and we will be tabling once a week for the GOTV Campaign all the way until election day on Nov. 5.”
Food trucks have been an alternative option to the Dockside Café for the past two years, however, plans for trucks at Whatcom Community College this year are still in the works.
According to Mike Ryan, Head of Dining Services at Whatcom, the school has been bringing in trucks since 2017, and much organization and effort goes into maintaining a solid business relationship with the trucks.
The Office of Student Life and Development at Whatcom Community College held the third annual half-day conference on Oct. 11, known as Catch the Next Wave in the Syre Student Center.
“This conference is all about the many leadership and engagement activities at Whatcom,” said Mario Alem, president of the Associated Students of Whatcom Community College. CTNW featured student-led breakout sessions and a keynote speaker.
The keynote speaker, Luis Ortega, is the director and founder of Storytellers for Change, an organization that uses the power of storytelling in communities to create a positive social change. Storytellers for Change creates, shares, and listens to stories that inspire people, and uses them to create a place of belonging.
The Simpson Intercultural Center located on the Whatcom Community College campus, aims to build connections, and create a sense of community for the diverse student population.
The Intercultural Center believes connections are important, and that students learn better when they study together. Building these connections is integral to the learning atmosphere at Whatcom.
Maritza Mendoza, a Whatcom student working at the Intercultural Center said, “forming connections makes students feel more comfortable to present their thoughts and more willing to learn.”
Some blame political climate and issues with student visas for the dip in enrollment.
On a yearly basis, the International Student Programs that Whatcom Community College offers bring new students from
different parts of the world to the campus. These foreign students do not only represent a financial benefit for Whatcom as an institution, they also help increase campus diversity and multiculturalism.
This year, the enrollment for international
students has been low in comparison
to previous years. Kelly Kester, director of the international student programs, said “from our top numbers a few years ago we’re down about a third of our students, this year alone we’re down a little more than 15% from last year.”
Kester explained this decline as a national issue that colleges and universities around the country have been facing since 2016.