WSPA Partners with Bellingham Technical College to Support Those Aspiring to Pursue a Career in Energy

Bellingham Technical College’s (BTC) partnership and annual scholarship support from the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), empowers students with industry-aligned education to excel in the dynamic and innovative energy sector and find employment with local refineries.

  • WSPA has been supporting scholarships at BTC for 18 years.
  • Through the years WSPA has donated more than $323,000 to support scholarships for students in the Process Technology and Instrumentation Programs at the college.
  • WSPA’s support is typically the largest single donation to support annual scholarships through the foundation.
  • Students who receive scholarships are 20% more likely to persist from year one and year two, and 40% more likely to graduate versus students who do not receive scholarships.
  • 80% of BTC graduates live and work within a 50-mile radius of Bellingham and contribute to the economic vitality of the region.
  • 85% of BTC graduates are employed within nine months of graduation.

BTC is a leading educational institution, and the only technical college in northwest Washington state. BTC offers high-quality education in a supportive, student-first environment and has been providing skills-focused education to thousands of local and regional students since 1957.

Learn more about Bellingham Technical College and the Process Technology program

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