Opportunities! Bellevue College Fall 2016

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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, mock interview sessions, and career preparation events. Page three has information about AccessSTEM’s scholarship website, the Workforce Recruitment Program, and career advancement classes. 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 Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM) Field

Funded by the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation and National Science Foundation, the AccessSTEM CAREERS and AccessComputing projects are recruiting students in 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 noted, email careers@bellevuecollege.edu or call 425-564-2279 to register.


Federal Jobs & Internships for Students & Recent Graduates with Disabilities

Tuesday, October 4th, 1:30 – 3:20pm L120, Bellevue College
Learn how to apply for federal jobs and internships and what you need to do to strengthen your chances to be considered.

Disability Pride Speaker, Steve Ferreira

Thursday, October 6th, 1:30 – 2:30pm C120 A & B 
Bellevue College
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Celebrate with Bellevue College’s disability pride speaker. For further information about the speaker, view his webpage.

Networking & the Hidden Job Market: Tapping into Unadvertised Jobs

Tuesday, October 11th, 1:30 – 2:20pm L120, Bellevue College
Did you know that nearly 80% of jobs are not advertised? Join this workshop and learn how you can use networking strategies to help with your job search.

Networking and LinkedIn Photos

Friday, October 14th, 6:00 – 8:30pm
Join DO-IT for our networking event at the University of Washington. Get to know your fellow participants over pizza and get a new photo for your LinkedIn! RSVP by emailing Tami Tidwell at tamitha@uw.edu or calling 206-685-3648.

Are You LinkedIn?

Wednesday, October 19th, 1:30 – 2:20pm T125
Bellevue College
Millions of people are using a social networking resource called LinkedIn for business development, career management, job search, and recruitment–just to name a few. Join this interactive discussion with employers about best practices of LinkedIn and gain insight about how LinkedIn can help you in your career and job search.

Autistics Present: A Symposium on Autistic Culture, Identity, and Transitions

Saturday, October 22nd, 10:00 – 4:00pm N201 
Bellevue College
Whether you are a student, job seeker, family member, educator, or other professional, you will benefit from attending this one- of-a-kind conference! Every presenter at this dynamic conference is autistic, and will bring their in-depth knowledge — gleaned not only from personal experience, but from research, education, and years of professional experience working with others. Find out more and register online.

Cover Letter Strategies

Thursday, October 27th, 2:30 – 4:00pm T125
Bellevue College
Join this workshop to learn about cover letters, letters of inquiry, and marketing letters. Discover skills that help in a competitive job market.

Mock Interview Sessions

Tuesday, November 1st, 1:30 – 3:30pm and Wednesday, November 9th, 1:30 – 3:20pm A265
Bellevue College
Currently enrolled credit students are given priority. Sign up for a one-hour practice interview with an experienced industry professional. This is an excellent way to experience a realistic interview and receive feedback, without the pressure.

Employee Pathways for International Students: CPT & OPT

Tuesday, November 17th, 12:30 – 1:20pm T125
Bellevue College
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) allows international students to work (and get paid) at internships or jobs related to their field of study. Optional Practical Training (OPT) allows international students to work after graduating or during a vacation quarter. Learn how to apply for CPT & OPT and how to find cool internship & job opportunities.


Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)

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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 Research Innovation Service and Experiential Learning Institute by emailing michael.reese@bellevuecollege.edu or calling 425-564-4066.



College Funding Strategies

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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 scholarship opportunities available to you online!

Also check out the Bellevue College scholarship webpage.

Career Advancement Classes: Fall 2016

Resume & Interviewing Strategies

2 credits, 2 weekend class, EXPRL 220

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Fri., 6:00 – 9:00pm & Sat., 9:00am – 5:00pm,
October 14, 15, 21, 22
Room: R102

Learn how to create a winning résumé and represent your best talents in interview situations. Guest speakers from local companies will tell you what they really want to see on résumés and hear about in job interviews. Class includes practice interviews with company representatives.

Social Media for Job Hunting and Personal Branding

2 credits, 2 weekend class, EXPRL 195

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Fri., 6:00 – 9:00pm & Sat., 9:00am – 5:00pm,
October 28, 29, November 4, 5
Room: A132

Are you using social media to find your next job? In today’s market, you need to maximize every channel. If you aren’t establishing a personal brand through social media then you are missing opportunities to network with companies and people who may help connect you to your next employer.


To register visit www.bellevuecollege.edu/enrollment/registration/register. If you aren’t a current student, follow the instructions to apply for admission to BC via www.bellevuecollege.edu/enrollment/admissions/apply before you register. Credit tuition and fees apply.


Autism Spectrum Navigators Program

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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 the community. Visit the program’s website to find information on upcoming events and how to apply.




Disability Resource Center at Bellevue College

Fall hours: Monday, 8:00am- 5:00pm
Tuesday & Wednesday, 8:00am – 6:00pm
Thursday, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm
Location: B132
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, visit bellevuecollege.edu/drc/.

There are new staff in the DRC office! Learn more about them online and stop by to say hi! 

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 during business hours. For more information, including workshops, visit the Center for Career Connections

About this Publication

This newsletter is published by DO-IT for Bellevue College students. An online version is available at www.uw.edu/doit/opportunities-bellevue-college-fall-2016. 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
Tami Tidwell, 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.