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Bellingham Technical College wins OK for first B.A. degree

In 2016, Bellingham Technical College gained a new trustee, a new scholarship for veterans, and the OK to offer a bachelor’s degree in operations management.
In 2016, Bellingham Technical College gained a new trustee, a new scholarship for veterans, and the OK to offer a bachelor’s degree in operations management. pdwyer@bellinghamherald.com

Bellingham Technical College received state approval to offer its first bachelor’s degree. The college anticipates offering its new bachelor of applied science in operations management starting in fall 2016.

Operations management is the management of processes, people, technology and organizations that produce goods or services. Graduates can pursue careers in businesses and industries, ranging from fisheries to the automotive industry. The initial focus of the program will be on manufacturing and information technology.

The program will be a two-year degree that can be added on top of an existing associate degree or a previous bachelor’s degree.

The program also allows multiple entry points for students; those coming in with existing experience or college credit, new students or worker-retraining students given the opportunity of additional education by their employers.

Vietnam veterans endow BTC scholarship

Veterans at Bellingham Technical College will have a new opportunity for scholarships. Whatcom County’s Ron Davenport Memorial Chapter No. 165 of Vietnam Veterans of America has established an endowment for BTC students with a gift of $36,000.

The scholarship will be named for Randy Hansen, a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a longtime veterans’ counselor at the Bellingham Vet Center. The scholarships will go to Vietnam-era veterans, their spouses and direct descendants, or to U.S. military veterans of any era.

During the first year of the scholarship, BTC plans to award two $500 scholarships.

Phillips 66 exec named BTC trustee

In February, Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Jeff Callender to Bellingham Technical College’s board of trustees. He will serve the remainder of former board member Kelly Espinoza’s term, which runs through September 2016, as well as the appointment for an additional term.

Callender is based in Ferndale as regional director of public affairs and communications for Phillips 66. He joined BTC’s foundation board of directors in 2008, and has helped the college secure funding from the Phillips 66 College Relations Program.

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