The Blog is Back!

Welcome to the revitalized Career and Advising Blog!  Connect here to engage in conversations about all things academic and career.  The blog will also serve as an information source for academic and career resources, financial aid and scholarship info, as well as important deadlines and campus events.  You will also find links to topics and resources of interest and postings by the occasional guest blogger.  Friend us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, sign up for email updates, and be sure to leave a comment.  Let us know what you think as the roll out continues.

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WCC Commencement Ceremony 6/17

commencementCongratulations, graduates!

We will honor your exciting academic achievements at Whatcom Community College’s spring commencement ceremony. The ceremony will be held on June 17 in the Pavilion at 6:30 p.m. Graduates will check in at Syre Student Center between 5:15 p.m and 5:45 p.m. Guests, including children, are required to have tickets.

Students who graduated in summer 2015, fall 2015, winter 2016, and those who plan to graduate in spring or summer 2016 are eligible to participate. Students must apply for graduation at the Registration office (Laidlaw Center 102) or visit this web page.

For more info on WCC’s Commencement Ceremony please visit: whatcom.edu/commencement

Growth Mindset: A Community Forum

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At this free forum, community members can explore the concepts of growth mindset and how it can lead to success in personal and professional settings. The program is presented by the WCC Faculty Learning Community, a group of trans-disciplinary faculty and professional staff engaging in a collaborative, yearlong program to enhance teaching and learning.

Speakers will provide an overview and share how mindset has impacted their work or life. There will be time for audience interaction. Participants will be encouraged to consider applying growth mindset to their own lives.

The WCC Faculty Learning Community is studying Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck’s concept of “mindset” in context of the WCC campus. Dweck, the author of “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success,” argues that individuals with a growth mindset embrace setbacks as a wake-up call to try harder next time compared to people with fixed mindsets who are discouraged by setbacks. Benefits of a growth mindset include innovation, creativity and resilience. WCC faculty are exploring how to apply growth mindset to the educational experience. Their work is supported by a grant from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

Join us Thursday April 14th from 3-4:30pm in Heiner Theater! Refreshments Provided.

Spring Transfer Fair

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Join us for Whatcom’s spring transfer fair! Come chat with representatives from various 4-year schools! Get information about majors, programs and the admissions process.

The spring transfer fair will be held on Wednesday April 13th from 10am-1pm in Syre Student Center. Stop by with a friend or two and see what these schools have to offer you!

Have any questions about the fair? Contact Entry & Advising at 360.383.3080!

Commencement 2016: Apply Now for Graduation

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Are you finishing up your degree by summer 2016 and ready to graduate? Apply now for graduation in order to participate in Whatcom’s spring commencement ceremony!

Students who have graduated in summer 2015, fall 2015, and those who plan to graduate in winter, spring, or summer 2016 are eligible to participate! To be awarded a degree or certificate you need to turn in a Graduation Application to the Registration & Student Records office in Laidlaw Center 102. Hard copies of this application can be picked up at the registration office, as well as Entry & Advising in Laidlaw Center 116.

After your application is reviewed by the graduation department the results will be mailed to your address found on MyWCC. Please visit the My Account section on MyWCC to ensure your information is correct or to update your address if needed.

Any questions about your degree plan, or whether or not you should be applying for graduation? Come see an advisor! Call Entry & Advising at 360.383.3080 to set up an appointment or to inquire about drop-in times.

Apply Now: WCC Foundation Scholarship!

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It’s time to apply for Whatcom Community College Foundation Scholarships! The general application for 2016-2017 is available now through February 29th! The WCC Foundation offers many scholarship opportunities to Whatcom Community College students who demonstrate academic achievement, personal growth, and or contributions to fellow students, the College, or the community.  Scholarship awards are typically announced in May or June, with possible additional awards announced in the summer.

Need more information about how to apply for scholarships? Be sure to check out Whatcom’s Scholarship Workshop, coming up February 1st from 5:30 t0 7:30 in Heiner Auditorium!

For more information about the WCC Foundation Scholarship, click here.

Notifications will be both mailed and e-mailed to the address listed on your scholarship application. Be sure to update the Foundation of any address or email changes.

Whatcom Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, genetic information or age in its programs and activities. WCC publications are available in alternate formats upon request.

It’s FAFSA time!

financial aid priority deadlineIt’s a new year, and that means it is time to renew your FAFSA for the 2016-2017 school year.

March 15th marks the priority deadline for completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as the FAFSA! Complete your application by this date and you are guaranteed to have your award ready for the 2016-2017 academic year. You are also more likely to be eligible for grant dollars that have limited funds like State Need Grant.

If you have not yet applied, for financial aid for next year please do so now! Follow the steps at Whatcom’s Financial Aid website, to make sure you are set for the upcoming academic year!

WCC Scholarship Workshop!

Scholarship Info Session Flyer - 2016 - Landscape (002)Join us for a scholarship workshop Monday February 1st from 5:30-7:30pm in Heiner Auditorium! This is an invaluable resource to learn how to earn scholarships to fund your education.

RSVP now to save your spot! at whatcom.edu/scholarshipworkshop
Questions? Contact Entry & Advising at 360.383.3080!