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Former BBCC student goes from McDonald's to Med School

Former BBCC student goes from McDonald's to Med School

 

When Timothy Woodiwiss dropped out of high school after ninth grade, he thought he might become the manager of the McDonald’s restaurant in Ritzville.

 

He started working full time in 2002 at age 16 and was promoted to McDonald’s shift manager when he was 17.

 

He earned a GED at Big Bend Community College, but only because the state would not allow him to work full time at the age of 16 without a GED.

 

After three years working at McDonald’s, Woodiwiss found the courage to attend BBCC. He sat in his car trembling with fear on the first day of classes in spring of 2006.

 

“I was sure a teacher would ask me a question and everyone would know I was an idiot,” he said. ““It could have gone south at that moment if I had given in to my fears.”

 

Active shooter drill to take place at BBCC April 15

Active shooter drill to take place at BBCC April 15

 

Police officers, firefighters, and emergency vehicles will swarm Big Bend Community College's Nursing Building on Wednesday, April 15th during an active shooter exercise beginning at 1:15 p.m.

 

College officials say passers-by might hear an occasional fake gunshot during the drill. BBCC classes will be in session today, so students, faculty and staff have been notified of the drill.

 

According to Kyle Foreman, BBCC Director of Campus Safety and Security, students and staff members have volunteers to be actors in the drill. The exercise is meant to be an opportunity for local law enforcement agencies to practice a multi-hazard plan and incident command structure for an active shooter scenario.

 

Two BBCC students selected to the All-Washington Academic Team

Two BBCC students selected to the All-Washington Academic Team

 

Two Big Bend Community College students have been selected to the All-Washington Academic Team, an honor that recognizes both academic achievement and community involvement.

 

BBCC students John Johnson and Kevin Herbert were recognized as all-state scholars during a reception in Olympia on March 26. Gov. Jay Inslee, legislators (including Re. Tom Dent of Moses Lake) and college presidents attended.

 

"To celebrate academic excellence is always a pleasure," said BBCC President Terry Leas. "We are excited to showcase before lawmakers and media our brightest and best students - many of whom have overcome great obstacles."

 

Johnson is a 32-year-old Arizona transplant who used ran a cheese plant. He went on to earn his GED in Utah before attending BBCC. He has a 3.94 GPA and Big Bend and plans to graduate this spring. After graduation he will transfer to Washington State University to major in food science. He already has completes cheese-making short courses at WSU.

 

3D parametric modeling class at BBCC spring quarter

3D parametric modeling class at BBCC spring quarter

Big Bend Community College will offer a night class this spring in 3D parametric modeling, allowing people who work during the day to explore 3D printing through the software SolidWorks.

 

The process of 3D printing takes a digital model and builds it in real life, layer by layer. Modeling in 3D is being used by mechanical engineers, welders, and fabricators. The technology is used to make prosthetics and for dentistry.

 

3D printers were used for mechanical engineering projects to repair Wanapum Dam. They are used by manufacturers like D&L Foundry and Supply in Moses Lake, which makes metal castings for the construction industry.

 

The 3D parametric modeling class is offered spring quarter on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. in the STEM Center. The class is limited to 12 students. For information, contact STEM Engineering Curriculum Specialist James Sauceda at 793-2391, or go to the spring quarter class schedule at www.bigbend.edu.

Year of the Apple High School Student Art Contest deadline June 1

Year of the Apple High School Student Art Contest deadline June 1

 

The Washington Apple Foundation (WAEF) is inviting current high school students in the following counties to participate in the 20th Annual Year of the Apple Art Contest: Adams, Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan, Grant, Benton, Franklin, Kittitas, Yakima and Walla Walla.

 

The purpose of this contest is to recognize the talents in kids raised in tree fruit communities.

 

The Washington Apple themed contest will grant over $1750 in cash prizes. First place will receive $1,000, 2nd place will receive $500, and 3rd place $250.

 

The deadline to submit artwork is June 1st 2015. Contest rules and regulation forms may be found at www.waef.com, or by calling 509-663-7713.

Artwork must be submitted to:

Washington Apple Education Foundation

C/O Art Contest

2900 Euclid Avenue

Wenatchee, WA 98801

Boeing donates plane to Big Bend Community College

Boeing donates plane to Big Bend Community College

 

A Helio Courier aircraft- which can maintain in-flight control speeds as low as 28 mph- was donated to Big Bend Community College by The Boeing Company on March 3rd.

 

The gift went to the college’s Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) program. The aircraft landed at Grant County International Airport and will not fly again. It is now an instructional tool for the AMT, according to college officials.

 

Prior to the donation, the aircraft was used by Boeing for flight testing activities. It is a tail-wheel aircraft suited for maneuvering at small airport operations, and this particular plane has a camera mount on the belly.

 

Running Start enrollment doubles at BBCC

Running Start enrollment doubles at BBCC

Running Start enrollment has doubled in two years at Big Bend Community College and now accounts for more than 15 percent of BBCC’s student headcount, according to enrollment numbers posted by the college.

There are 352 Running Start students attending BBCC this winter and 357 attended last fall. That’s more than double the 172 Running Start students at BBCC in winter of 2013.

The Running Start program allows high school juniors and seniors to attend community college tuition-free while they earn high school graduation credits and college credits at the same time. In 2014, 41 BBCC Running Start students earned a high school diploma and an associate degree at BBCC.

College officials think a change in requirements for entering the program contributed to the increase. Students formerly had to place at college level in both math and English to enroll in Running Start. The new requirement allows students passing one of those placement tests to enter the program.