Opportunities! Bellevue College Spring 2016

Header for Bellevue Opportunities Newsletter

Dear Student,

You are receiving this correspondence from the Bellevue College Disability Resource Center in partnership with the Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT) Center. The purpose is to inform you about many opportunities that are available. We invite you to review these opportunities and participate in activities that interest you.

On page two, you will find information about AccessSTEM CAREERS activities, a disability disclosure workshop, and career preparation events. Page three has information about AccessSTEM’s scholarship website and the National Center for Women in Information Technology. Page four has information about student services, the Autism Spectrum Navigators Program, Career Connections events, the Disability Resource Center, and DO-IT.

Bellevue College and DO-IT staff wish you a successful and enjoyable college experience.


Paul Arithi
Director, Disability Resource Center
3000 Landerholm Circle, S.E.
Bellevue, WA 98007

Sheryl Burgstahler
Founder and Director, DO-IT
University of Washington, Box 354842
Seattle, WA 98195-4842


Join Projects for Students Pursuing STEM Fields

Funded by the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation and National Science Foundation, the AccessSTEM CAREERS and AccessComputing projects are recruiting students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields such as the sciences, math, computing, engineering, psychology and many other social science disciplines.  

  • Career Building, Networking, and Events - Learn about careers, resumes, job fairs, and networking.
  • Mentoring - Get support from other students, faculty, staff, and professionals.
  • Free USB Flash Drive - Given to new AccessSTEM CAREERS students. Get yours today!

For more information about AccessSTEM CAREERS and AccessComputing, contact Tami Tidwell at 206-685-3648 (voice/TTY) or tamitha@uw.edu.


AccessSTEM CAREERS Activities and Bellevue College Events

Unless otherwise stated, RSVP by emailing Tami Tidwell at tamitha@uw.edu or calling 206-685-3648.

Job and Networking Fair

Wednesday, May 11th, 9:30am – 1:30pm
Cafeteria, Bellevue College
Bellevue College’s annual job and networking fair will feature a plethora of companies. Come prepared with your resume! To learn more, contact Fabienne Mouton at fabienne.mouton@bellevuecollege.edu or call 425-564-2190.

Disability Disclosure Workshop

Tuesday, May 17, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
TBD, Bellevue College
Discover tips on how to disclosure your disability from AccessSTEM CAREERS and a guest from Microsoft.

A group of AccessSTEM students chat over snacks during Staying Connected.

Staying Connected Seattle

Tuesday, May 24, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
The D Center, Mary Gates Hall 024, UW
Join us on Seattle campus to have free coffee and food, share success stories, and talk about challenges and questions. RSVP encouraged to Kayla Brown at kayladb@uw.edu.

Staying Connected Bothell

Wednesday, May 25, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Food for Thought Cafe, UW Bothell Bookstore
Join us on Bothell campus to have free coffee and food, share success stories, and talk about challenges and questions. RSVP encouraged to Kayla Brown at kayladb@uw.edu.

Elevator Pitch Contest

Tuesday, May 31th, 3:00 – 5:00pm
Need to practice your self-promotion and ready to network with a room of professionals? Attend DO-IT’s annual elevator pitch contest to practice yours with industry professionals.

DisAbility Career Fair and Lunch

Thursday, June 9th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm (Lunch from 12:00pm – 1:00pm)
Cafeteria, Bellevue College
A great opportunity for students and alumni to meet employers looking specifically to hire people with disabilities. Hosted by the Washington State Business Leadership Network and Bellevue College. Join us from 12-1 for lunch before the fair; RSVP for location.

A student uses assistive technology during a mock interview.

Mock Interviews

Thursday, July 21th, 3:00 – 5:00pm
Practice your interview skills and learn how to express the best qualities about yourself. RSVP for more information by July 10th.

Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)

Join WRP, a program that connects students with disabilities with employers nationwide. To be eligible, candidates must be full-time students (or have graduated within one year each December) and be U.S. citizens. Interviews will be held in the fall of 2016. For more information or to find out if you are eligible, contact Michael Reese at the Center for Career Connections by emailing michael.reese@bellevuecollege.edu or calling 425-564-4066.


College Funding Strategies and Scholarships

Student uses a computer.

Learn more about funding college with the brochure College Funding for Students with Disabilities, which includes information on federal and state aid, scholarships, and other resources.

DO-IT also hosts a webpage dedicated to finding scholarships for students with disabilities. This page shares information about the scholarship, including eligibility, deadline, and a link to apply.

Read all the scholarship opportunities available to you online!



Disability Resource Center and Other Resources

Autism Spectrum Navigators Program

The Autism Spectrum Navigators program offers individualized support for Bellevue College students who have an Autism Spectrum Condition. Students who have met the College admission requirements can apply for services at the Disability Resource Center. The program serves as a reference for Bellevue College faculty and staff, offering information and training in Autism Spectrum related issues and promoting inclusion in academics, the workplace, and in the community. Visit the program’s website to find information on upcoming events and how to apply.

Disability Resource Center at Bellevue College

Spring hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: D125
Phone: 425-564-2498 (V), 425-564-4110 (TTY)
The Disability Resource Center (DRC) is dedicated to service excellence in the provision of comprehensive and flexible accommodation plans, which contribute to the successful academic endeavors of qualified students who have disabilities. The DRC also works to provide up-to-date assistive technology, and many classrooms and computer labs already have technology implemented. For more information and meet new DRC staff, visit the DRC website.

Educational Planning Advising Center

Location: B232
Advisors, counselors, and resources are available for students who wish to transfer to a four-year university, pursue a career, or are undecided about their major.

Center for Career Connections Events

Bellevue College offers informational sessions that provide career-related information. To register, call 425-564-2279 or come by B231 during business hours. For more information, including workshops, visit the Center for Career Connections Events website.

National Center for Women and Information Technology

NCWIT works to correct the imbalance of gender diversity in technology and computing. Increasing the number of women in technology and computing fields has the potential to improve the design of products and services to better serve a more diverse population. NCWIT is partnered with the National Science Foundation, Microsoft, Google, and a number of other organizations. The program helps organizations recruit, retain, and advance women from K-12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers by providing community, evidence, and action. Visit the NCWIT website to see the many resources, campaigns, and  events sponsored that are intended to increase the representation of women in computing and technology fields.


About this Publication

This newsletter is published by DO-IT for Bellevue College students. A PDF version of this newsletter is available from the front page and can be printed and shared. To be notified of future events, submit program inquiries, or make newsletter content suggestions, contact Tami Tidwell at tamitha@uw.edu.

University of Washington
Sheryl Burgstahler, Founder and Director
Scott Bellman, Program Manager
Tami Tidwell, Project Coordinator
Debra Zawada, Project Coordinator
Box 354842, Seattle, WA 98195-4842
206-685-DOIT (3648) (voice/TTY)
doit@uw.edu, www.uw.edu/doit/.


This material is based on work supported by the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation Award # #HRD-0227995 and National Science Foundation Grant #HRD-0833504. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsors.

Copyright © 2016, University of Washington. Permission is granted to copy these materials for educational, noncommercial purposes provided the source is acknowledged.