Helping Students Get Oriented Back on Campus

After nearly two years of the campus being closed, the Office of Student Life and Development at Whatcom Community College is working diligently to increase engagement and get students involved again in campus life. “People don’t talk about it enough but being a student is hard,” Associated Students of Whatcom…

Pizza Oven Project Cooking Over Summer

Doreen Richmond, who works in transitional learning at Whatcom Community College, saw students struggling to connect. “I noticed this year more than any other time in my past 22 years teaching that there were just so many students that were very anxious coming back to campus,” Richmond said.  So she…

Former International Student, Whatcom Alum Returns to Campus

If you’ve stopped by the front desk in Syre Student Center on the Whatcom Community College campus you probably know Quan Duong. Chances are, he knows you too. In fact, if you see him during working hours, you will always be graced with a smile and a warm greeting. “He…

Wingles Welcomes Students Back to Campus

The Associated Students of Whatcom Community College have restarted their wingles social event after a long break due to the pandemic. The word ‘wingle’ originated from the term ‘weekly mingles’ and was coined several years ago by ASWCC leaders. Since the campus has returned to in-person classes, the ASWCC Programming…

Local Business Hopes to Create Safe and Fun Space for Whatcom Residents to Enjoy Washington’s Official State Sport

An old furniture building behind Whatcom Community College Cedar Residence Hall will get new life as one of the few pickleball arenas in Washington state, starting this summer. This location was chosen because it was the only vacant building in Bellingham that had tall enough ceilings.  Volli will include eight…

Orca Food Pantry Offers Food and Supplies for Students in Need

The Orca Food Pantry provides non-perishable food and hygiene products to students at Whatcom Community College in an effort to combat student food insecurity.  Thirty-nine percent of students at two-year institutions faced food insecurity according to a March 2021 Hope Center for College, Community and Justice #RealCollegeSurvey. Food insecurity is…