Rated among the top 150 community colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute, Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Washington stands a cut above the rest. It serves nearly 11,000 students annually and has been honored as a pioneer in the field of cybersecurity by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Whatcom focuses on preparing students to transfer to a four-year institution, while also offering technical certifications in visual communications, physical therapy, business administration, and many more fields. They especially honor and support baby-boomers, by providing advisement and community resources via the Encore 50+ Support Program. Even more welcoming ways in which Whatcom embraces every student include the LGBTQ Student Success Initiative and individual tutoring programs, which incorporate separate learning centers for math and writing. And beyond the classroom, Whatcom offers a wealth of opportunity for involvement: clubs can be found here about everything from hiking and literature to Foam Wars and several foreign languages, and the Orcas have competitive teams in five NAACC sports. A leader by example, Whatcom Community College offers the best of university-level resources in an intimate campus setting, to create a collegiate experience no one can forget!