History & Philosophy of the College
Whatcom Community College has been serving the community since 1967 with its first programs being offered in 1970 (Farm Management and Transportation of the Sick and Injured). The College was one of the original community colleges in the country to offer classes without a centralized campus. As a result of that commitment, early faculty and staff became experts in developing alternative modes of instruction to reach students with varying interests. Another early commitment was individual attention to the educational goals and learning styles of each student. The College became known throughout the country for its unique approach and as a result grew to such an extent that centralized facilities and a campus became the preferred solution to reaching the thousands of students seeking access each year.
By the mid 1980s, the commitment to serving as many students as possible led the Board of Trustees to begin developing a central campus in the Cordata neighborhood. As the campus developed, younger students sought access in increasing numbers. Though the College has grown rapidly, it has retained a commitment to personalized instruction and promotion of success for students of all ages.
The original philosophy of considering what was best for students was necessary for our early development and continues to guide the actions of all who serve Whatcom Community College.