WCC to offer medical assisting, computer security programs for high school students


BELLINGHAM - Whatcom County high school students will have more options to get college credit starting this fall, as a new partnership allows Whatcom Community College to offer additional programs for medical and technical careers.

The college is working with the Northwest Career & Technical Academy to offer programs in medical assisting and computer security and support, classes that juniors and seniors can take for high school credit. Students whose grades are Bs or better can apply to earn college credit for the courses as well.

Students who enroll in the academy programs will attend morning classes at WCC for the equivalent of three high school periods. Medical assisting careers students will attend classes in WCC's new Health Professions Education Center and may qualify to earn 17 college credits and industry certifications. Computer security and support program students are eligible to earn 13 college credits in courses that prepare them for jobs in technical support, networking or information security.

WCC will be the fourth campus for the Mount Vernon-based academy, which also offers construction, sustainable engineering and welding courses at Meridian High School.

The academy is tuition-free, but there may be some industry-related costs or lab fees.

Parents and students can attend one of two open houses about the academy programs on Wednesday, March 5. One will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at WCC's Health Professions Education Center on the corner of Cordata Parkway and Stuart Road; the other will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Meridian High School campus.

Reach Zoe Fraley at 360-756-2803 or zoe.fraley@bellinghamherald.com.

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