BELLEVUE, WASH.- Bellevue Community College has won the Charles Kennedy Equity Award from the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT).
The national honor recognizes the work of the college and its employees in ensuring equitable treatment for minorities and women in such areas as enrollment, program completion, campus environment, and employment and promotion.
Specifically, the Association recognized the values and policies that promote pluralism at BCC; the numerous events and projects presented by the college’s employee diversity committees, student clubs and Center for Liberal Arts; student recruitment programs that reach out to under-represented populations; training programs and assistance provided by the college’s WorkFirst office; support services provided by the Multicultural Services office, Women’s Center and TRIO program; and the design of the BCC curriculum, which includes depth in cultural diversity as one of five general education requirements for all degrees.
Receipt of the national Equity Award follows BCC’s selection for ACCT’s Regional Equity Award in August.
ACCT is a not-for-profit association composed of more than 6,500 trustees who serve on 600 community and technical college governing boards in the United States, Canada, and England.
Serving more than 35,000 students per year, Bellevue Community College is the third largest institution of higher learning in Washington state. BCC offers associate degrees, certificates and continuing education programs in the traditional arts, humanities and sciences, as well as information technology, telecommunications, business, health sciences, social sciences, educational development and numerous other professional, technical and personal enrichment fields.