Whatcom Community College established in 1967, Whatcom has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1976. Whatcom Community College is an accredited two-year college serving 11,000 students annually. Whatcom offers transfer degrees, professional and technical training programs, basic education, job skills, online courses and Community & Continuing Education classes. 81% of Whatcoms students are pursuing their academic transfer Associate in arts and sciences. Professional technical degrees & certifications Accounting and finance, Business administration, Hospitality & tourism business management, Office administration, Visual communications, Early childhood education, Massage practitioner, Medical assisting, Nursing, Nursing assistant, Physical therapist assistant, Criminal justice, Paralegal studies and Computer Information Systems. 1967 The Community College Act of 1967 establishes 22 community college districts, each governed by five trustees. Whatcom is District 21. Gov. Dan Evans appoints first Board of Trustees: Sam Kelly, Elizabeth Bay, Lawrence Belka, Duane Reed and Catharine Stimpson. The first board meeting is held May 29 at the Leopold Hotel, Bellingham.