March 23, 2017

Dr. Mona Lake Jones, keynote speaker for Bellevue College’s 49th annual commencement ceremony.

Dr. Mona Lake Jones, keynote speaker for Bellevue College’s 49th annual commencement ceremony.Poet Laureate to speak on making a difference. 

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Author, educator and community activist, Dr. Mona Lake Jones will address graduates as the keynote speaker for Bellevue College’s 49th annual commencement ceremony on Friday, June 17, in Seattle’s Key Arena.

 Jones, who has served as Poet Curator and Poet Laureate for the City of Seattle and Martin Luther King County, travels extensively throughout the country speaking on issues of culture and diversity.

“I am thrilled to be a part of Bellevue College’s 50th year celebration,” said Jones.  “Besides congratulating the graduates for the life stories they have written thus far, I will prompt them to think about the next chapters in their book.”

Jones is well known for her books, The Color of Culture, The Color of Culture II, The Color of Culture III, and Unleashing the Power of a Sister.  Her forthcoming work, Nectar from Grandhoney will be released this summer. Her 1992 poem, A Roomful of Sisters was commissioned by 100 Black Women of Boston, a national civic group, and exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. [Read more…]

Former Seattle Seahawk Mack Strong to emcee Bellevue College Foundation Luncheon

Bellevue College Foundation Become Exceptional Luncheon 2015: Seattle Seahawk Mack Strong.

Bellevue College Foundation Become Exceptional Luncheon 2015: Seattle Seahawk Mack Strong.

Sports analyst and former Seattle Seahawk Mack Strong is set to emcee the Bellevue College Foundation’s 17th Annual “Become Exceptional” Luncheon April 27 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. This is the second year Strong will emcee the Foundation’s marquee fundraising event.  

Strong, a sports analyst with Root Sports Northwest, is the NFL’s Pacific West Director of the newly founded Legends Program. Strong and his wife Zoe’s passion for youth motivated them to establish the Mack Strong TEAM-WORKS Foundation, a nonprofit providing mentoring programs that assist urban youth from at-risk communities to develop strong minds, strong bodies and strong character in order to succeed. The program reaches over 350 students annually throughout the Northwest. [Read more…]

Alonda Williams Hired as New Director of Marketing at Bellevue College

Alonda Williams Bellevue College Director of MarketingWilliams brings depth and breadth of experience to essential college program

Bellevue College (BC) has named Alonda Williams as the new director of marketing, community relations and enrollment management marketing. In this role, she will provide leadership and supervision for all marketing and communications outreach, enrollment and retention marketing and the college’s ongoing 50th anniversary celebration.

“Alonda brings an impressive cache of experience that will contribute significantly to the college’s strategic foci on enrollment management, community partnerships and brand enhancements,” said Dr. Gayle Barge, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at BC. “Her diverse business acumen provides an excellent foundation for leading our marketing and creative team.”

Williams, a seasoned marketing professional with over 20 years of marketing leadership experience with several Fortune 50 companies, comes to Bellevue College from Microsoft where she most recently served as Senior Director, Education Marketing.  In this role, she and her team were responsible for building and executing integrated marketing campaigns for IT Pro, Teacher and Student in both Higher Ed and K-12. During her tenure, Microsoft developed marketing partnerships with NBC Education Nation, ISTE, EDUCAUSE, Scripps National Spelling Bee, and over 25 Colleges and Universities including several Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Prior to joining Microsoft, Williams worked in senior-level marketing positions for Qualcomm, Verizon Wireless and Bertelsmann.  [Read more…]

Video Game Tourney to spread message of Autism Acceptance

Autism Spectrum NavigatorsCommunity can learn about condition that affects hundreds of thousands in U.S. 

Bellevue College will hold the fifth-annual Autism Acceptance Video Game Tournament during National Autism Awareness Month on Saturday, April 9 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. to increase understanding about autism and raise community awareness of its innovative Autism Spectrum Navigators program.

Admission to the event is free and for just $10, players of all ages can enter and compete in a Nintendo Wii U Super Smash Bros. tournament, with prizes handed out to the top competitors. Past year’s prizes have included systems, [Read more…]

Bellevue College to host U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors

US Army Jazz AmbassadorsFree concert brings big band swing, bebop, Latin, popular tunes, and more to Bellevue

The U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors will play a free concert Tuesday, April 5 at 7 p.m. in the Courter Family Athletic Pavilion on the Bellevue College (BC) campus.

The Jazz Ambassadors is the official touring big band of the United States Army. The 19-member ensemble has received great acclaim both at home and abroad performing big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland, vocals, and patriotic selections. [Read more…]

Spring enrollment is ON at Bellevue College

Affordable, convenient classes provide education to help launch careers
BELLEVUE, Wash. — Bellevue College (BC), the third largest educational institution in Washington State, is currently enrolling students for spring quarter classes that begin April 4, 2016. As a leader in workforce development, BC offers an affordable path to degrees that help residents of the Eastside and the Puget Sound region launch careers in health sciences, information technology, business, criminal justice and many other high-demand fields.

Bellevue College recently received approval from the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) to offer two new bachelor’s degree programs – in Health Promotion Management and Healthcare Management and Leadership– that will provide area residents with affordable paths to family-wage jobs in these growing fields.  The two programs raise the total number of four-year degrees offered at BC to 10.
In July 2015, the Washington state Legislature approved a budget proviso providing Bellevue College a state appropriation to develop a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.  The College is currently in phase II of the development process and is scheduled to begin accepting students fall quarter 2016, pending State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and NWCCU approval.  This will establish BC’s first four-year Bachelor of Science program open to freshman, sophomore, juniors, and seniors.  To date, BC’s bachelor programs have been two-year, applied baccalaureate degrees, designed for the professional/technical student with an AA degree.  
In addition to 76 online degrees and certificates and 23 associate degree programs, BC offers a well-respectedtransfer program that sends more students to the University of Washington than any other community college in the state. By attending BC for the first two years of college and then transferring to four-year colleges or universities, students can save thousands of dollars on the cost of their education.
Flexible scheduling options, including day, evening, weekend, and online courses (several programs are now offered entirely online), make pursuing a degree or certificate more convenient than ever. To browse classes offered this spring, visit; for Continuing Education courses, visit   For more enrollment information, visit

Bellevue College DECA triumphs at NW regional competition 49 BC students will advance to the national competition, represent school

49 BC students will advance to the national competition, represent school

BELLEVUE, Wash.  – Forty nine out of 52 Bellevue College students are advancing from the Collegiate DECA Pacific Northwest Career Development Conference held Feb. 19 – 21 in Spokane, Washington and will participate in the national competition in Washington, DC April 16-19

Bellevue College fielded the largest team at the tournament, competing against students from University of Washington, Washington State University, Western Washington University, Gonzaga University and other prominent schools in the region.

The Bellevue College team, which is only in its second year, produced 19 state champions.  In total, Bellevue College boasts 37 top three finalists:

State Champion – Bellevue College
2nd place – WWU
3rd place – Gonzaga
State Champion – Bellevue College
2nd place – WSU
3rd place – Gonzaga
State Champion – Gonzaga
2nd place – Bellevue College
3rd place – Gonzaga
State Champion – Bellevue College
2nd place – Camosun
3rd place – Gonzaga
State Champion – Shoreline Community College
2nd place – Bellevue College
3rd place – Gonzaga
State Champion – Tana Rulkova & Dan Palanchuk, Bellevue College
2nd place – Seioriana Aulava & Sally Park, Bellevue College
State Champion – Andrew Tabit, Bellevue College
State Champion – Kendra Meeker & Mitchell Morris, Bellevue College
3rd place – Ezra Asfaw & Gabrielle Larsen, Bellevue College
State Champion – Joshua Lee & Meina Jin, Bellevue College
2nd place – Danny Yu, Bellevue College
2nd place – Yu-wen Weng, Bellevue College
3rd place – Dorel Roata & Karolina Shirokova, Bellevue College
State Champion – Andrew Norris, Bellevue College
3rd place – Andrew Tabit, Bellevue College
2nd place – Andrew Norris, Bellevue College
3rd place – Jason Sandhu, Bellevue College
State Champion – Margarita Zavalishina & Eduard Avanesyan, Bellevue College
3rd place – Erika Lamothe, Bellevue College
State Champion – Conner Watts, Bellevue College
State Champion – Erin Mills, Bellevue College
2nd place – Tina Estes, Bellevue College
State Champion – Alex Ortner, Bellevue College
3rd place – Dorel Roata, Bellevue College
State Champion – Larry Harris, Bellevue College
State Champion – Keith Monaghan & Olivia Wright, Bellevue College
State Champion – Seioriana Aulava & Sally Park, Bellevue College
3rd place – Karolina Shirokova & Margarita Zavalishina, Bellevue College
State Champion – Kami Terry, Bellevue College
2nd place – Nasa Sugizaki, Bellevue College
3rd place – Khrystine Raymond, Bellevue College

“The DECA program allows me to see tremendous growth in my students that I might otherwise only have a glimpse of from classroom teaching,” said Professor Kyle Barber, the program’s executive director and head coach. “Regardless of the outcome in competition, every one of these students is growing and becoming more adept at landing employment in a managerial or executive capacity.”
Collegiate DECA is an international association of college students and teachers of marketing, business, finance, hospitality, and entrepreneurship. The organization prepares leaders and entrepreneurs for careers and education in marketing, finance, hospitality, management, and other business areas. It is one of ten organizations listed as Career and Technical Student Organizations by the United States Department of Education. The DECA Collegiate Division includes over 215,000 members in 275 colleges and universities.
To learn more about the Bellevue College Institute for Business and Information Technology, please visit For more information about BC DECA, please visit

Bellevue College to host Central Sound Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Fair encourages k-12 students to explore careers in STEM fields
More than 200 students from King and Snohomish counties will compete Saturday, March 12 in the seventh annual Bellevue College Central Sound Regional Science and Engineering Fair (CSRSEF) in the Bellevue College gymnasium. 
Fair organizers are encouraging public participation in this free event between 1 – 3:30 p.m. and will present a “People’s Choice Award” to the project receiving the greatest number of public votes. Those in attendance

will see science and engineering investigations in topics ranging from computer science, chemistry and physics to entomology and more.

Participants spend the months leading up to the fair conducting independent research, either individually or in teams, in one of 12 science, math and engineering categories. Projects will be evaluated for creativity, depth of content, thoroughness, clarity, and other criteria set by local science and engineering professionals.
The grand prize and category winners, will be announced at the awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m., with the top two projects receiving an all-expense paid, week-long trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), held this May in Phoenix. 
Gokul Gowri from Inglemoor High School was awarded the 2015 Grand Champion prize for his project, “Designing a Novel Influenza Vaccine using in silico Analysis.”  Ethan Perrin, Sonia Murthy and Sophia Tevosyan from Tesla STEM High School were awarded 2015 First Runner-Up for their project, “Implementation of a Carbon Dioxide Refrigeration System as a Cogeneration Appliance and Alternative to Halocarbon-based Refrigeration systems.” The trio also earned third place at ISEF, receiving prize monies of $1000 from a special award given out by NASA, and a third place prize in their category of Environmental Engineering.
The Science and Math Institute (SAMI) at Bellevue College, which runs the fair as its flagship program, is now in its eighth year. The program’s main mission is to encourage local K-12 students in their studies of science, technology, engineering, and math, and to explore career opportunities in technical fields.
For more information about the fair, visit or contact Dr. Jennifer Pang at or (425) 564-3055. The Bellevue College main campus is located at 3000 Landerholm Circle SE and parking is available.

Bellevue College Turns 50 in 2016

Celebrations planned to mark half century of academic excellence
Bellevue, Wash – It all started with fewer than 500 students taking classes in temporary space in 1966. The foundation was strong, though, growing into Bellevue College, a school about 10 miles east of downtown Seattle that is about to celebrate a major milestone.
Bellevue turns 50 years old in 2016.  To mark the half century of education excellence, Bellevue College is planning a year-long celebration that ranges from an informal birthday party on campus Jan. 13 to a birthday festival during Homecoming week and a visit by the Washington State Supreme Court in November.

Other Bellevue College events will be announced throughout the year and will include a Bellevue College Foundation luncheon and 50th Anniversary Gala

“We are excited about celebrating 50 years of excellence on the Eastside and beyond,” said Bellevue College President, Dr. David L. Rule. “We look forward to sharing our story while also celebrating all that our future holds.”
Bellevue College is the third-largest institution of higher education in the state of Washington with an annual enrollment of nearly 33,000.  Students can take advantage of nearly100 professional and technical programs that help them prepare for the jobs of today and opportunities of tomorrow.  This includes careers in business, health care, public safety and technology. Bellevue also offers 10 bachelor’s degrees.
From its humble beginnings, Bellevue has grown into a respected and honored academic institution with global reach. In 2009, the name of the school was changed to Bellevue College to more accurately reflect its evolving identity as a leading academic institution for the Pacific Northwest and beyond. 
As part of the 50th anniversary celebration, Bellevue College is calling on local residents, alumni and others who may have photos, stories or other assets that would help document the history of the school.  Materials can be sent
Alumni and friends can keep up-to-date with the 50th anniversary by liking the Bellevue College Facebook page or following Bellevue College on Twitter and Instagram.

Duncan-Andrade to deliver keynote MLK address at Bellevue College

Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade, educator, author and co-founder of the Teaching Excellence Network, will deliver the 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. keynote address at Bellevue College on Thursday, Jan. 21.  
Duncan-Andrade’s keynote is part of a weeklong celebration at the college under the theme, “Black Education Matters” and will explore the material conditions that affect urban youth before they even step foot in the

classrooms, what it means to develop educational environments that are relevant and responsive to these conditions and how these educational spaces define success for students and teachers.

Duncan-Andrade is an associate professor of Raza Studies and Education at San Francisco State University and co-founder of the Teaching Excellence Network (  As a classroom teacher in East Oakland for the past 21 years, his pedagogy has been widely studied and acclaimed for producing high levels of social and academic success for students  ( Duncan-Andrade lectures around the world, has written two books, numerous journal articles and book chapters on effective practices in schools.
The keynote will start at 11:30 a.m., with a Q & A session and reception to follow in the Carlson Theater on the Bellevue College campus, 3000 Landerholm Circle SE. The event is free and open to the public and brought to the community with support from the Bellevue College Office of Equity and Pluralism, Multicultural Services, Disability Resource Center, Student Programs, Events, Carlson Theater Staff, and the Library Media Center.