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Bellingham health-care expert new WWU trustee

Bellingham health-care expert Maureen West has been named to the Western Washington University board of trustees. Her six-year term ends September 2021.
Bellingham health-care expert Maureen West has been named to the Western Washington University board of trustees. Her six-year term ends September 2021. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Gov. Jay Inslee appointed health-care leader Maureen West of Bellingham to Western Washington University’s board of trustees for a six-year term ending September 2021.

With a doctorate in nursing from the University of Washington, West has extensive experience in the health-care field and health policy. She worked for a U.S. Senate subcommittee on disability policy, and was a staff member to former U.S. Sen. Robert Dole.

A nurse for over 30 years, West has been an instructor in Western’s RN-BSN program, an adjunct faculty member at Seattle Pacific University, and a faculty member at the University of Washington, Bothell School of Nursing and Health Studies. She has been active on local nonprofit boards, including Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood, PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation, and Brigid Collins Family Support Center.

Also named to the board was retired Superior Court Judge John Meyer of Mount Vernon. Meyer served as a judge in Skagit County’s Superior Court from 1997 until 2015.

BTC offers manufacturing apprenticeship programs

Bellingham Technical College has teamed up with the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee to offer two new apprenticeship opportunities for employees of local advanced manufacturing companies.

Companies can send employees through the programs for machining and precision metal fabrication and for industrial maintenance mechanics. The program combines on-the-job training with college-level instruction, enabling companies to increase their workers’ skill and productivity.

BTC a wee giant when its comes to fundraising

Bellingham Technical College is one of the nation’s top fundraising community and technical colleges for its size, says the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Based on data from tax forms over the last five years, CASE ranked BTC among the top 25 small community and technical colleges. BTC is one of three technical colleges on the list, and is in the top 10 percent of similar-size colleges for fundraising.

Money raised by the college and its foundation goes to scholarships, emergency student support, programs, professional development and general institutional support.

WCC offers health-care certificate classes for credit

Health care and human services professionals interested in the emerging field of care navigation and coordination can now enroll in Whatcom Community College’s 15-credit certificate program.

Students learn skills for specialized health care roles in patient navigation, care coordination, patient advocacy, health coaching, community health work and related areas. Advanced classes start this spring, and the fundamentals course will be offered again next fall. Details: 360 383-3192.