Campus Briefs

Getting down to brass tax (assistance)

Students, low income families, and seniors can receive help with filing their income taxes through April 15 in the Heiner Center lobby at Whatcom Community College. The tax assistance is done by Whatcom Business Club students who’ve completed a 20-hour certification program.

Those interested should bring social security cards for themselves, as well as for a spouse or any dependents. If possible, those interested should also include: a copy of last year’s return, including all W-2 forms, all 1099s received, any 1098 or other forms from your college, or anything else you feel may be needed to complete your return.

Help is available during the following times: Mondays and Tuesdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesdays from noon to 3 p.m., and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. No help will be available on Feb. 26 or between March 25 and April 4.

WAAC Art Show

The first WAAC! (Whatcom Art Awareness Club)-sponsored student art show will be open to the public on Friday, March 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The exhibition will also be open on Saturday, March 6, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. A building and room location are still being worked out.

Deadlines for those interested in submitting work is Thursday, Feb. 25, from 1 to 6 p.m., and March 1, from 1 to 6 p.m. The theme for the show is “Illumination: Dark vs. Light.”

Anyone seeking more information can contact Derek Vander Griend by e-mail at, or Pam Richardson at

Rainbow Center Fundraiser

Whatcom Psychology professor Laura Overstreet is planning a fundraiser for the Rainbow Center, a community resource for people with developmental disabilities in need of more funding, on Feb. 27.

For more information, contact Leah Congdon at, or Laura Overstreet at


The Whatcom men’s basketball team just keeps on winning. Having recently clinched a playoff berth, the Orcas have won eight of their last 10 games, including an impressive streak of seven wins in a row. Both their losses during that span came against Shoreline Community College.

The Orcas, currently second in the NWAACC North Region, will pit their 10-4 record against Skagit Valley College (4-10) on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Pavilion.

The Whatcom women’s basketball team, meanwhile, is 7-7 in league play and currently sixth in the North Region standings. They will play Skagit Valley (13-1) on Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. in the Pavilion.

Hybrid/Online Nursing Program to launch this summer

Whatcom is now accepting applications for a 20-student group to begin its hybrid/online Nursing Program in summer quarter 2010, according to a Feb. 19 college press release.

The Department of Health’s Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission approved the online program on Feb. 4. This program offers the nursing curriculum in an online, part-time format over 12 quarters. It offers students more flexibility, as nursing theory courses will be conducted online and on-campus attendance will be required only once every two weeks, on weekends, in order to participate in traditional labs and clinics.

The new program will cost students $1,800 per quarter. The fee covers students’ lab and tech fees but not books and other supplies. Because of the time needed for students who need financial aid to acquire it, the college offers a one-time waiver of $500 from the $1,800 cost for each of the first five quarters of the program. In addition, the WCC Foundation has many scholarships that cater directly to nursing students.

The deadline for applications is March 26.

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