Jul 15, 2024  
2017-18 Catalog 
2017-18 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Support Services

Academic Advising

Professional Academic Advising

The Advising Center provides academic advising and educational planning for new, returning and continuing students. Academic advisors work in partnership with the student to identify academic and career goals, discuss degree options and requirements, and select appropriate coursework to create an educational plan for degree completion. Students who have not declared a major work with a professional academic advisor in the Advising Center and those with a declared major work with an advisor in the respective department of their major. Students who are unsure where to locate an advisor may consult the program contact information provided at www.bellevuecollege.edu/advising/meet-an-advisor/ or call (425) 564-2212.

New Student Academic Advising

Academic Advising is mandatory for first-time-to-college students. If you are entering college for the first time, you must obtain your Math and English placements and attend a BARK (Bellevue Advising and Registration Kickoff ) session before registering for classes. New student advising takes place during the registration period prior to the start of each quarter. This is a group session presented by an academic advisor who will review your math and English placement and help select first quarter of classes based on academic and career goals. For more information on new student advising, visit, www.bellevuecollege.
. New students with prior college experience are highly encouraged to make an appointment with an advisor after applying. For more information visit www.bellevuecollege.edu/advising/transfer-center/.

First Year Experience (FYE)

FYE is mandatory for first-time-to college students. Students learn essential skills for a successful transition to higher education. FYE is a graded, college-level class. Topics include college culture, academic and career planning, learning styles, and campus resources. Students enroll in the course during the required advising session. For more information visit www.bellevuecollege.edu/fye.

University Transfer

Academic Advising provides one-on-one appointments and resources for students planning to transfer to baccalaureate institutions (four-year colleges). Admissions advisors from colleges and universities also meet with students throughout the year, and the department sponsors a Transfer Fair every quarter. For a quarterly schedule of campus visits and appointment information visit, www.bellevuecollege.edu/advising/transfer-center/.

Prospective Student Information Sessions

Regularly scheduled Bellevue College information sessions are open to anyone interested in learning more about becoming a Bellevue College student. Attendees will receive an overview of the admission and placement procedures, and degrees/certificates offered at Bellevue College. For more information visit, www.bellevuecollege.edu/welcome/information/.

Academic Success Center

Located in D204, the Academic Success Center is dedicated to providing tutoring for ALL students enrolled at Bellevue College. Our center includes four facilities: Academic Tutoring, and the Reading, Writing and Math Labs. For additional information, please call our front desk at (425) 564-2200 or visit us online at www.bellevuecollege.edu/asc/.

  • Academic Tutoring: provides three types of assistance for students registered for classes. (1) Drop-in tutoring is available in many subjects, with days and times listed on our website. (2) Online tutoring is available in many subjects, including English and math. (3) For students who find they are earning a C grade or below, they may apply to meet an individual tutor up to 2 hours per week. We encourage all students to use these valuable resources!
  • The Math Lab: provides tutoring assistance for students who are currently enrolled in a BC math class. A combination of peer and expert tutors are available daily. Limited appointment times are also available.
  • The Writing Lab: provides all students one-on-one tutoring for any writing project, including class assignments, college applications, resumes, and personal statements. Tutoring sessions last approximately 35 minutes. Although primarily a drop-in lab, limited appointment times are available.
  • The Reading Lab: (ENGL 080 /ENGL 180 ) is a 1 or 2 credit lab course that helps students of all levels to improve their reading skills, focusing on vocabulary, reading speed, and comprehension. Many sections are linked to courses offered by the English Department; however, students may also register independently for credit. Instructor referrals are also welcome.
  • Workshop: regularly scheduled workshops on topics related to study skills, reading and writing are offered throughout the quarter. All students are welcome!

Autism Spectrum Navigators (ASN)

The Autism Spectrum Navigators program currently serves Bellevue College students with Autism Spectrum Conditions, including High Functioning Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Non-Verbal Learning Disability and PDD-NOS. ASN supports these students in accessing college programs and services, including communication with instructors. Students in the program have access to a network of support, including meetings each week with trained peer mentors and participation in group classes and discussions. Other program elements include parent training and support, faculty and staff training and support and community engagement and education. Learn more at www.bellevuecollege.edu/autismspectrumnavigators.

Center for Career Connections & the Women’s Center

Located in A265 while the B building is under construction, the Center for Career Connections and the Women’s Career Connections Program offer a variety of services to increase students’ success in attaining their educational and career goals. All services are available to both men and women and include assistance with career planning in both traditional and non-traditional careers, job search skills, academic internships, work-study opportunities, scholarship search, resource referrals, and job and internship postings via the Web. The Center offers one-on-one consultations, workshops, orientations and credit classes.

Career Exploration

Center services help students explore different majors or career choices and plan a career pathway. The Center provides credit and noncredit classes and workshops; emphasis is placed on developing lifelong skills, networking with other students and industry professionals, and facilitating in-depth reflection on career and life goals. Career consultants can provide assistance with career assessments and career pathway planning, connections to industry professionals, and hands-on learning experiences.


Students can get help to search for an internship that will also earn credit through the Academic Internship Program. The Center has an active web-based job and internship posting system to aid in career or internship search at www.bellevuecollege.edu/internships.

Introduction to Career Assessments and Services

Sessions held in the Center. Sessions can be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. Please call (425) 564-2279 for dates and times.

Job Search

The Center is a great resource for job-search assistance for students, alumni and community members. Stop by for help with job search and networking strategies or use CONNECT, the Center’s website page for job and internship postings. To register, visit www.bellevuecollege.edu/careers.

Project Succeed: Career Connections for Veterans & Spouses

This program assists veterans and spouses, active, military, reservist and guard members at the college and in the community with:

  • Transitioning to civilian life
  • Choosing a major and career pathway
  • Planning with job search strategies
  • Representing military skills on a civilian resume
  • Finding internships and jobs
  • Networking with industry professionals and other veterans

Call (425) 564-2279 for more information. Join other veterans on Wednesdays for Vets Connect Networking lunches. Please call (425) 564-2279 for time and location.

Referrals and Scholarships

The Center provides referrals to campus and community services and resources, as well as assistance in searching for scholarships. Please call (425) 564-2279 or visit www.bellevuecollege.edu/scholarships for more information.

STEM to Stern Program

Designed specifically for incoming freshman students who plan to pursue a career related to science, technology, engineering, and math fields. Students have the chance to network with STEM professionals and prepare for internship and research opportunities. Students in this program may also be eligible for a STEM Scholars Network Scholarship. Call (425) 564-2279 or check out www.bellevuecollege.edu/stemtostern/.

Work-Study Opportunities

The Center helps students who are eligible for financial aid to find jobs on-campus and in the community. Jobs are posted on our CONNECT site at https://bellevue-csm.symplicity.com/students/.

Counseling Center

BC counselors are here to listen and help students move towards their goals. The BC counselors provide: individual personal, career, and educational counseling; group counseling; academic probation services; consultation services for students, faculty, staff, and community members; outreach, workshops, and prevention services; human development curriculum implementation; and community referrals. All
interactions with a counselor, including everything students discuss and even appointments that are made, are confidential. To schedule an appointment, call (425) 564-5747.

Disability Resource Center

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) is dedicated to service excellence in the provision of comprehensive classroom accommodations, working with students, instructors, staff, administration and community contacts to ensure the successful academic goals of qualified and documented Bellevue College students with disabilities.

The DRC works in innovative ways to provide teaching and learning opportunities to college staff, faculty members and community partners to remove barriers to access and help further the understanding, support and success of the students we serve. We contribute to the disability justice movement, centered in a social justice model of disability, and work to incorporate concepts of universal design into all aspects of the Bellevue College environment.

The DRC helps students develop the critical skills necessary to achieve success, promoting self-advocacy, and seeks to better integrate people with disabilities–through structural, curricular, and attitudinal changes — into the overall pluralistic fabric of the college and community.

Visit the DRC at B132, call (425) 564-2498, TTY 425.564.4110, Skype for ASL users ‘DRCatBC’ or check out our website at www.bellevuecollege.edu/drc/.

Early Learning Center

The BC Early Learning Center, located on campus, serves student families with children ages six weeks to six years old. The Early Learning Center offers an affordable, high quality, family centered early education childcare program. Student families who are income eligible may apply for enrollment in Head Start, an enhancement program for children three to five years old. For enrollment availability, tuition costs, and program information, please call (425) 564-2240.

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office provides financial assistance to individuals who have completed the financial aid process and are eligible for aid as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WAFSA). Sources of aid include federal, state, and institutional grants; loans; and work-study jobs. Students interested in attending BC, must complete the FAFSA or WAFSA and the BC Financial Aid Application. Details are available at www.FAFSA.gov for FAFSA, readysetgrad.wa.gov/wasfa for WASFA, or visit www.bellevuecollege.edu/fa/.

If you have completed the FAFSA or WAFSA and your family’s circumstances have changed dramatically in 2017 (e.g., loss of job, death, separation, etc.) ask in the Financial Aid Office about special conditions.

See Workforce Education Programs for additional funding sources for which you may qualify.

Application Procedure

The priority processing deadline is June 30; applicants who complete the aid process and make the June 30 deadline are given priority consideration for the upcoming Fall quarter. Students who missed the priority deadline should plan to pay their own fall tuition and fees. Applications received after that due date are processed in the order received. Within the same academic year, when students are eligible for grant aid or choose to borrow a student loan, they can receive financial aid retroactively for the quarters they paid their own tuition and fees, provided that they make satisfactory academic progress. Forms and instructions for applying for aid are on the BC website.

Family Contribution & Family Need

The Financial Aid office uses the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) which appears on the Student Aid Report (SAR) or processed FAFSA or WAFSA to calculate financial awards. The EFC is calculated using a federal methodology and is the amount students and/or families are expected to contribute towards their education for three quarters. The EFC is used in an equation to determine financial need as follows: the Cost of Attendance minus the EFC equals unmet need.

Notification of Award

When awarded aid, students receive an Award Notification via BC e-mail which indicates the type and amount of award(s) offered for each quarter. Students return the Award Notification only if they are not attending BC and are rejecting their aid or canceling a portion of their aid package.

Financial Aid Available: Grants, Work-Study, & Loans

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is for undergraduates with exceptional need.

Federal Pell Grant

The federal Pell Grant is for qualifying undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree.

Washington State Need Grant

This is a state grant for residents of Washington and eligibility is determined using state guidelines which assess need through analysis of income and family size.

BC Grants & Tuition Waivers

Bellevue College provides a limited number of tuition waivers and grants to financially needy state residents. Students may be eligible for other waivers as well; see Enrollment Information  for more information.

Federal and State Work-Study

Many jobs are made possible through federal and state work-study programs. Students may be employed in a wide range of positions on campus, working as office assistants, landscapers, lab assistants, library assistants, etc. Off-campus placements are also available in a variety of public and private settings. Placement opportunities may be obtained through the Career Center in A265.


Federal Direct Loans are available to students registered for at least 6 eligible program credits per quarter. In certain cases where financial need is established, interest is paid by the federal government until 6 months after the borrower is no longer enrolled for the minimum six credits.

A student who chooses to receive a student loan must complete a Loan Entrance Counseling session. This session is available online via the BC website or studentloans.gov and provides valuable information about a student’s rights and responsibilities as a borrower. Additionally students must complete a Master Promissory Note. See the Financial Aid office website for further details.


The College offers a variety of scholarships through the BC Foundation as well as local and national organizations. Scholarship orientations are held weekly through the Career Center. Please call (425) 564-2279 or visit the Center for Career Connections for scholarship orientation dates and times. Students may also perform a scholarship search at www.thewashboard.org.

Students’ Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students applying for and/or receiving financial aid are required to make and maintain satisfactory academic progress in their course of study and complete their program within the credit limitations. See the Satisfactory Academic Progress Guidelines at www.bellevuecollege.edu/fa/


A student who officially or unofficially withdraws from all classes or completes no credits in any quarter may have to repay some or all of the financial aid received for that quarter. If a student does not earn any credit for the classes, or ceases to attend, then federal and state calculations are used to determine the amount of money to be repaid or refunded to the financial aid programs, with repayment amounts based
on the withdrawal date. Therefore, it is important that students withdraw officially and notify the Financial Aid Office immediately when they withdraw from all classes or stop attending for extenuating circumstances. In addition, future eligibility for financial aid may be lost.

Learning Labs & Computer Labs

With over 30 different labs across multiple campuses, we offer general and specialized facilities that support our diverse college curriculum. Bellevue College maintains over 1,300 computers for student use on the main campus. Labs include:

  • Adult Basic Skills Lab
  • Advanced Media Lab
  • Advanced Video Production
  • AutoCAD/Interior Design lab
  • BTS labs
  • Career Education Options (CEO) Computer Classroom
  • Center for Career Connections
  • Cisco Lab
  • Developmental Math Lab
  • Digital Media Lab
  • Digital Music Lab
  • Digital Music Studio
  • Disability Resource Center (DRC) Labs
  • Foreign Language Lab
  • IBIT Computer Classrooms
  • IT/Tech Support lab
  • Information Systems lab
  • Interactive Multimedia lab
  • Library Media Center
  • Mediated Math Lab
  • Nursing Computer Classroom
  • Open Computer Lab
  • Photo Lab
  • Physics Lab
  • Reading Lab
  • Student Affairs Registration Lobby
  • Science Study Center
  • WorkFirst/Worker Retraining Labs
  • Writing Lab

Library Media Center

The Library Media Center’s (LMC) goal is to support student learning at Bellevue College. The LMC provides resources to assist students with their research needs. Many resources are available 24/7 via the LMC website: www.bellevuecollege.edu/lmc/. Librarians provide individual assistance and classroom instruction in the use of LMC resources. Help is also available 24/7 via the “Ask a Librarian” chat reference service. The LMC offers silent, quiet, and collaborate study spaces, as well as group study rooms to meet student needs. The LMC is fully equipped with computers and Wi-Fi, including two stations with adaptive technology. The Media Center provides check-out of media equipment and various media production services. All BC students are encouraged to explore the resources and study spaces offered by the LMC.

Multicultural Services

The Office of Multicultural Services (MCS) provides academic success and support services and advocacy for students of color, LGBTQ, low income, first generation students, and students with disabilities. MCS program goals are to increase student retention and enhance student success through culturally responsive programming and services. Additionally, MCS is a partner in promoting multicultural competence and building an inclusive community.

MCS assists the college in recruiting and retaining students from under-represented constituencies. Support services include recruitment outreach, supplemental academic advising, student advocacy, academic mentoring and study sessions, cultural clubs/organizations advising, and multicultural curriculum and policy development. MCS also provides students information about scholarships, internships, and community resources which may support student retention. For more information, call (425) 564 2208 or e-mail mcs@bellevuecollege.edu

The Office of International Education & Global Initiatives (OIEGI)

The Office of International Education and Global Initiatives (OIEGI) leads BC’s internationalization efforts. With its two arms, the Office of International Education (OIE) and the Office of Global Initiatives (GI), it actively promotes global and intercultural understanding, as well as enriches the academic and cultural environment at BC by creating and maintaining programs that encourage the exchange of cultures and ideas.

The Office of International Education (OIE) provides primary support for students on non-immigrant visas who plan to enroll in college-credit classes, Intensive English/University Preparation (UP), International Business Professions (IBP), non-credit Community ESL, and short-term customized programs. In addition to advising and guiding international students in the clarification of their educational and career goals, OIE helps develop individualized educational plans. OIE services include international marketing and recruitment, admissions, advising (academic, immigration, and cultural), class registration, health insurance matters, activities, and housing referrals. OIE acts as a liaison between BC international students, faculty, administrators, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). For more information, call (425) 564-3185 or visit us in B144 on the main campus.

The Office of Global Initiatives (GI) works to instill a global perspective in our students by exposing them to other countries, cultures and languages through study abroad opportunities; Furthermore, it creates avenues and crafts opportunities for international faculty and staff development and internationalization of curriculum and fosters partnership building with institutions of higher education around the world. GI is also home to the J1 Exchange Visitor Program. The office works with College’s departments and divisions and assists them with the process of hosting J-1 exchange visitors. This program provides opportunities for foreign visitors to experience United States society and culture and engage with Americans.

Parking & Transportation


Bellevue College and the adjacent Eastgate Park & Ride are served from all directions. Students can double their bus money by purchasing an ORCA Plus Card in the Cashier’s Office (B126). Visit www.bellevuecollege.edu/location/bus for more information.

Carpool with Zimride by BC

Register with your Bellevue College e-mail at www.zimride.com/bc to share or find a ride, and split the cost of travelling to BC! You can also connect your Facebook account! For carpools of 3 or more, reserved carpool parking permits are available by application to Public Safety (D171).

Biking to BC

Bellevue College is right off the I-90 bike trail, has covered parking for bikes and free access to shower and lockers in the gym. See p. 119 for Biking Map.


The college maintains more than 3,200 student parking spaces, with reserved areas for specially permitted vehicles, [i.e., with a LEFE permit; carpools (3+ people per car with a carpool permit)]; and drivers with disabilities with state-issued permits.

Day parking restrictions (WAC 132H-116-415) – Student, staff and faculty may obtain parking on campus to the extent spaces are available as follows:

  1. Student parking from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. is limited to areas designated student and visitor parking.
  2. Staff/faculty parking from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. is limited to areas designated staff/faculty and visitor parking.
  3. Visitor parking from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. is limited to areas designated visitor and student parking.
  4. Temporary parking permit validity is limited to the areas designated in the issuance of the permit.
  5. Quarterly/annual permits must be displayed on the driver’s side bottom corner of the front windshield.
  6. Daily/weekly passes must be displayed face up without obstruction on the front dashboard.
  7. Parking after 3:00 p.m. for students, staff and faculty is available in all designated parking areas with the exceptions of parking spaces reserved for the disabled, the college motor pool and specifically signed reserved area.

Parking permits must be purchased online only at www.permitsales.net/bellevuecollege and will be mailed to you. For quarterly permit rates and availability, check the same website. Daily $2.00 and weekly $10.00 passes are available at pay stations located in the visitor/daily-metered parking lots lot 9, 12, and the top floor of the parking garage. For your protection, do not park in the Eastgate Park & Ride. That facility is for bus commuters only and violators are towed, which is inconvenient and costly.

Enforcement for parking and traffic violations remains constant 365 days a year regardless of whether classes are in session or whether it Is a holiday (WAC 134H-116-791).

Contact Public Safety before leaving a personal vehicle on campus overnight. Unattended and abandoned vehicles must not remain on campus for longer than 72 hours without prior permission and without a valid permit may be subject to citation and Impound (WAC 134H-116-620).

Student and employee parking regulations (lot restrictions) are enforced Monday through Friday throughout the year (WAC 134H-116-415).

All regulatory signs (such as 20 minute parking stalls, delivery areas, fire lanes, carpools, LEFE, handicap parking, etc.) are enforced uniformly throughout the entire year (WAC 134H-116-320). Fire zones (red curbs) are enforced throughout the year (134H-116-620).

Violators of criminal, traffic, and parking laws and regulations are subject to citation (WAC 134H-116-620). If you do not pay the fine listed on the ticket, the college may delay your registration, place a hold on your transcripts or financial aid, or impound (tow away) your vehicle.

Appealing Citations: Citations are not forgiven, erased, or forgotten. Citations are audit-controlled, legally enforced civil processes. If you receive a citation and believe it was issued in error or that you have an extenuating situation and want to appeal a citation, then please fill out a ‘Citation Appeal’ at www.permitsales.net/bellevuecollege/violations Appeals are referred to the Traffic Court for adjudication.

Collisions and Hit & Runs: If you are involved in a collision or discover that you have been the victim of a hit-and-run, even if it involves just minor damage or personal injury, immediately report the Incident to the Public Safety Department. Public Safety investigates all collisions that occur on campus (WAC 134H-116-655).

Public Safety

Hours of Operation

Public Safety officers are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to respond to emergency and non-emergency calls. The Department provides first response services at crimes, fires and emergency medical calls, in addition to enforcing traffic and parking laws and regulations for all college properties and facilities. The Department can also assist drivers with dead batteries and other automobile emergencies. Call Public Safety to report any of the following: suspicious activity, criminal acts, collisions, hit-and-run crimes, or parking problems.

Security Reports

Bellevue College complies with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998 (formerly the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990). The College’s Safety and Security report is available online at www.bellevuecollege.edu/publicsafety/information/annual-security-report/. For campus crime awareness and prevention information, visit www.bellevuecollege.edu/publicsafety/.

Student Programs

By enriching student life through leadership opportunities, personal learning, and cultural experiences, Student Programs is committed to building a pluralistic and diverse campus community that fosters creativity, innovation, and student success. We empower our students to contribute to our community as better world citizens. Stop by C212 in the Student Union Building, call (425) 564-6150, or visit www.bellevuecollege.edu/stupro/ .

The Student Programs Office coordinates the many Student Life and Co-Curricular Programs including:

  • Over 100 student organizations and programs
  • Associated Student Government (ASG) and Office of Student Legislative Affairs
  • Student Leadership Institute
  • Peer to Peer Volunteering and Mentoring
  • Peer Assisted Leadership through Service (PALS) center
  • Campus Activities Board (CAB)
  • Student Centers: BSU, El-Centro Latino, BC LGBTQ Center, and the BC Assoc. of Veterans
  • The Watchdog (student newspaper)
  • Campus Business Center
  • Alumni outreach
  • New Student Orientation
  • Student Handbook
  • Services and Activities Budget management
  • Student Environmental and Sustainability Programs

Testing Services

Testing Services, located in room B142, offers COMPASS English and math assessments, the General Educational Development (GED) tests, chemistry placement exam, exam proctoring, as well as the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) for nursing students. For information about testing schedule, fee and procedures, visit www.bellevuecollege.edu/testing/ or call (425) 564-2243. To waive the English and math assessment through completed previous college coursework, Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) test scores, please go to: www.bellevuecollege.edu/transfer/prerequisites/ (Also see New Student Advising and Assessment on p. 7.)

TRiO Student Support Services

TRiO is a federally funded program that assists Bellevue College students in achieving their educational goals. TRiO provides extensive academic advising services, financial guidance, and personal support for students who are first-generation college students, low-income students, or students who have a documented disability. TRiO services include academic advising, comprehensive transfer planning and guidance, university visitations, personal support and advocacy, free tutoring, instruction in effective study skills, a computer lab and study center, laptop computer lending, academic monitoring and intervention, academic achievement awards, workshops, and cultural activities. All services are designed to ensure student success at BC and beyond. TRiO serves 180 BC students each year. Specific eligibility requirements apply. For more information call (425) 564-5745 or visit www.bellevuecollege.edu/trio/.

Veterans’ Programs

The Veterans’ Advisor Office in room C230 assists veterans, reservists, dependents, and VA chapter 31 students with education funding eligibility questions. When students are called for duty during a quarter of attendance, they must present their orders to the Veteran’s Advisor for assistance with a military withdrawal. Call (425) 564-2220 for more information. See more veterans’ information on Academic Information .

Workforce Education

Basic Food Employment and Training Program (BFET)

The Basic Food Employment & Training Program (BFET) provides tuition, fees, and textbooks for recipients of Federal food assistance (food stamps) from DSHS who need training to gain employment or advance their career.

To be eligible for the BFET program a student must:

  • Receive Federal food stamps from DSHS (application assistance available);
  • Be eligible for the Washington State resident tuition rate;
  • Have an employment goal and intend to go to work after completing training; and
  • Pursue an approved professional/technical program (no transfer degrees) related to student’s employment goal.
  • GED®, ABE, and ESL may also be considered approved programs if necessary to achieve student’s employment goal.

Mandatory information sessions are held weekly. Please visit www.bellevuecollege.edu/we/bfet/ for more information.

Opportunity Grant Program

The Opportunity Grant provides assistance for limited income adults seeking professional/technical training in selected high demand programs. The grant provides tuition assistance forup to 45 credits.

To be eligible for the Opportunity Grant, a student must:

  • Be a Washington State resident;
  • Not already have a Bachelor’s degree;
  • Meet income guideline (no greater than 200% of the federal poverty level);
  • Apply for financial aid and show need according to their guidelines; and
  • Pursue an Opportunity Grant approved professional/technical certificate or AA degree within Business, Medical/Health Professions, Computer/Technology, or Early Childhood Education

Mandatory information sessions are held weekly. Please visit www.bellevuecollege.edu/we/og/ for more information.


WorkFirst provides tuition support for parents with dependent children who are receiving TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) and pursing a short term professional/technical certificate.

To be eligible for the WorkFirst Program, a student must:

  • Receiving TANF through DSHS;
  • Be eligible for the Washington State resident tuition rate;
  • Apply for financial aid;
  • Have an employment goal and intend to go to work after completing training;
  • Pursue an approved professional/technical program (no transfer degrees) related to student’s employment goal.
  • GED®, ABE, and ESL may also be considered approved programs if necessary to achieve student’s employment goal.

Mandatory information sessions are held weekly. Please visit our website www.bellevuecollege.edu/we/workfirst for more information.

Worker Retraining

Worker Retraining provides tuition assistance for students who meet the eligibility requirements. Funding can cover professional/technical credit courses that support employment objectives. Other services include priority registration, educational planning, and assistance in locating additional funding resources while pursuing a certificate, degree or individualized training program.

You may be eligible for Worker Retraining if you are/have:

  • collecting Unemployment Insurance (UI);
  • received a lay-off letter;
  • exhausted your UI but not returned to full-time employment;
  • separated from military service, including the National Guard;
  • a displaced homemaker : divorced or widowed and lack work skills/experiencee
  • Mandatory Information sessions are held weekly. Please visit our website at www.bellevuecollege.edu/we/ for more information.

Employment Program

For all Workforce Education students:
Are you nearing graduation or looking for a part-time job while in school? The Employment Program offers individual appointments or workshop opportunities to assist with employment preparation needs in achieving career goals during any stage of your education, expertise on various employment concepts including but not limited to;

  • Resumes
  • Cover letters
  • Interview Preparation
  • LinkedIn
  • Job searching techniques
  • Potential internship & job leads

Interested in receiving assistance regarding employment preparation by appointment or workshops? For more information please contact the B131 Workforce Education office: (425) 564-4054.