Daron Vchulek was in his 40s, working in radiation technology, when he went back to school to get a bachelor’s degree — at a community college.
In 2007, Bellevue College was one of a handful of community colleges in the state that began offering bachelor’s degrees in specific fields, called applied bachelor’s degrees.
For Vchulek, there was a compelling reason to choose Bellevue College: “It was close to half the cost,” he said.
Once he finished, Vchulek was accepted to the MBA program at the UW, where he’s studying now. He also parlayed his education into a career advancement — he’s now vice president of ancillary services at The Polyclinic in Seattle.