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Whatcom Community College
Whatcom CC Logo.jpg
TypePublic community college
PresidentKathi Hiyane-Brown
Administrative staff
1071 employees
Location, ,
United States
Campus72 acres
ColorsBurgundy and blue
MascotOrca whale

Whatcom Community College (WCC or Whatcom) is a public community college in Bellingham, Washington, in Whatcom County. Established in 1967, Whatcom has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1976.[1]


Whatcom offers transfer degrees, professional and technical training programs, basic education, job skills, online courses, and Community & Continuing Education classes.[2]

Student demographics


Student profiles


WCC's 72-acre campus, located in north Bellingham, is made up of 12 buildings: Auxiliary Services Building, Baker Hall, Cascade Hall, Foundation Building, Health Professions Education Center, Heiner Center, Kelly Hall, Kulshan Hall, Laidlaw Center, Pavilion, Roe Studio, and Syre Student Center.[2][3]


WCC competes in the Northern Region of the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC).[4] WCC has intercollegiate teams in three sports: men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball and men's and women's basketball. Soccer and volleyball seasons begin in September and end in late November. Basketball begins in mid-November and runs through the end of February. All of the Orcas' home games are held in either the Pavilion or the Orca athletic field on campus.[5]


In October 2014, the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security designated Whatcom Community College as a national center of academic excellence in information assurance and cyber defense. WCC is among the first community colleges in the nation to earn this distinction.[6]

Whatcom Community College was one of three schools to receive the Progress and Succeed Award from Hobsons, an education software and services company, in July 2014. The award recognized WCC's for using the company's online student advising and support technology, which replaces manual processes and integrates degree planning, advising, and scheduling.[7]

According to the Aspen Institute, WCC was among the nation's top 150 community colleges. The non-profit institute selected the colleges from a pool of more than 1,000 public two-year colleges that have demonstrated exceptional levels of student success. As of 2014, of Washington state's 34 community and technical colleges, Whatcom is one of six to receive this recognition.[8]

WCC's auxiliary services building earned LEED Silver certification for its sustainable design elements. The building, which opened in spring 2013, is home to the campus facilities department and the copy, print and mail center.[9][10]

During a high-profile White House cybersecurity meeting in August 2021, WCC announced they have been designated one of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education National Cybersecurity Centers. This will allow students to be fast tracked from academics to employment in cybersecurity and to train WCC's cybersecurity faculty.[11]


  1. ^ "NWCCU Main Directory".
  2. ^ a b c d "About Whatcom - Whatcom Community College".
  3. ^ "Tour the Campus - Whatcom Community College".
  4. ^ "Northwest Athletic Conference - NWAC".
  5. ^ "WCC Athletics - Whatcom Community College".
  6. ^ Wilson Criscione (October 14, 2014). "Whatcom Community College recognized as national leader in cybersecurity". The Bellingham Herald.
  7. ^ "WCC recognized for technology use". BBJ Today.
  8. ^ "Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence List Announced - The Aspen Institute". 23 January 2014.
  9. ^ "WCC building gets LEED Silver designation". The Bellingham Herald. March 6, 2014. Archived from the original on October 24, 2014.
  10. ^ "Kudos: WCC building earns LEED Silver status". BBJ Today. March 7, 2014.
  11. ^ "FACT SHEET: Biden Administration and Private Sector Leaders Announce Ambitious Initiatives to Bolster the Nation's Cybersecurity". The White House. Archived from the original on 2021-09-07. Retrieved 2021-09-08.

Coordinates: 48°47′43″N 122°29′38″W / 48.79528°N 122.49389°W / 48.79528; -122.49389