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Bellingham Technical College

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During the 2005-06 academic year, BTC became a member of the Trans-Atlantic Technology and Training Alliance (TA3).  The TA3 is a consortium of over 30 leading community and technical colleges, and several state system offices, from the U.S., Europe, and South Africa that promotes community college efforts to support their regional economies and promotes the value and importance of a global perspective on community college missions. 

As a result of BTC's involvement with the TA3, they have developed a student/instructor exchange program with EUC Vest in Esbjerg, Denmark.  In May 2006, 4 students and 1 instructor from EUC Vest visited BTC's Diesel Technology and Welding programs and in December of the same year, 4 BTC students and 1 instructor visited Denmark.

The exchange has continued since then with teams of Danish students visiting the Bellingham campus each year.  Unfortunately, the BTC students were not able to secure support and funding for their trips to Denmark.  Beginning with the 2011-2012 academic year, the Foundation has provided exchange funding for the Bellingham Technical College Team of Students and their instructor to travel to Denmark for 2 weeks of training, touring, and cultural experiences each August.  The Foundation also provides support to host the Danish students visiting BTC for the annual Welding Rodeo held each May.

2011-2012 Exchange Students

Kaitlyn Hampton

Kaitlyn is working to complete the Welding Technology Degree Program and would like to learn more about the Danish school system which allows students to begin training for technically challenging careers in industry while in High School.  Evaluation

Charles Rinehart

Charlie has switched careers to something he really loves and is working to complete the Welding Technology Degree Program.  He hosted one of the Danish Exchange students and is looking forward to learning more about Danish culture and techniques.  Evaluation

Derek Stanbro

Derek is a first year student in the Diesel Technology program with future plans to transfer to Montana State to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in the Diesel program.  He is excited to travel to Denmark and learn about Danish culture and how the trade is practiced in Denmark.

Jay Yeager

Jay has traveled to many countries during his time in the U.S. Navy.  He hopes to pursue a career working with Methane Digesters after he finishes the Diesel Technology Program.   The EUC Vest exchange will allow him the opportunity learn more about the future of Diesel Technology.  Evaluation

 

2012-2013 Exchange Students

Virginie Lacourte

Virginie is a first year student in the Welding program with future plans to work as an ironworker and continuing her involvement with recycled art exhibits.  She is honored to be part of the exchange and looks forward to the exchange of ideas with the Danish hosts.  Evaluation

Alexandra Lihou

Alexandra is a first year student in the Welding Program with future plans to enter the structural steel and aluminum welding program next year.  She looks forward to learning from the Danish and visiting their beautiful country.  Evaluation

Raul Soto

Raul is a second year student in the Diesel Technology program with future plans to work in the clean energy production field.  He is ecstatic that the EUC Vest exchange will allow him the opportunity to see the world's largest reciprocating Engine.  Evaluation

Ian Winters

Ian is a first year student in the Diesel Technology program with future plans to work in the power generation field.  The EUC Vest exchange will allow him the opportunity to learn more about the Danish power generation system.  Evaluation

 

2013-2014 Exchange Students

Danielle Gabriel

Gabriel is a first year student in the Welding Program with plans to enter the Pipe Welding and Fabricating Program next year.  She is honored to be part of the exchange program and looks forward to learning about Denmark's energy independence.  Evaluation

Friend Halloway

Friend is a first year student in the Welding Program.  He is a builder by trade and enjoys downhill mountain biking and telemark skiing.  He is looking forward to experiencing Denmark and learning about their culture.

Tom Hicks

Tom is currently enrolled in the Diesel Technology Program with the goal of starting a career in either Diesel Marine or Power Generation specializing in electronics. The EUC Vest exchange will provide him an opportunity to learn about Danish Diesel Technology.  Evaluation

Miles Ockewicz

Miles is enrolled in the Diesel Technology Program with the goal of expanding his knowledge of Diesel Engines while continuing his work in the marine industry in both LaConner Washington and Bristol Bay Alaska.  Evaluation

 

2014-2015 Exchange Students

Griffin Breck

Griffin is pursuing an associate degree in Diesel Technology with a goal of gaining experience in both locomotive mechanics and marine diesel mechanics before beginning an international career.  He is eager to learn about Danish training and the work environment.  Evaluation

Matt Brugge

Matt is pursuing an associate degree in Diesel Technology with a goal of learning how to build clean burning engines.  He is very interested in learning how Danish Diesel technology is taught.  Evaluation

Jonathan Lawler

Jonathan is pursuing an associate degree in Welding with the goal of a career in underwater welding.  He is interested in learning more about the Danish training process.  Evaluation

Blu Schwartzmiller

Blu is enrolled in the Welding Program with the goal of learning about the Danish education system and their approach to metal work and manufacturing along with exploring their bicycle culture and bicycle design.  Evaluation

 

2015-2016 Exchange Students

Cody Scheepbouwer

Cody is pursuing an associate degree in Diesel Technology with a goal of pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Diesel Technology.  He is eager to learn about Danish training and education.

Kyle Howe

Kyle is pursuing an associate degree in Diesel Technology with a goal of becoming a master mechanic.  He is excited that this trip will give him a chance to learn more about the diesel field in a new and exciting environment. Evaluation

Kristina Alvaran

Kristina is pursuing an associate degree in Welding with the goal of a career in underwater welding.  She is interested in getting a better sense of the industry and how it operates in Scandinavia.  She expects that the experience will help to shape her into the type of person and welder that she is striving to be.  Evaluation

Drew Stratton

Drew is enrolled in the Welding Program with the goal of working in a fabrication shop affiliated with the space program.  The trip to Denmark will give her an opportunity to broaden her horizons and possibly approach a piece of work in a different way. 

 

BTC Welding Rodeo Website

 

Information for Prospective, Accepted, Currently Abroad, Returned, Incoming, and Alumni Students

US Foundation
1001 Fourth Ave. Suite 4400, Seattle, WA 98154-1192
Phone 206-892-2092 • Fax 206-389-1708
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Danish Foundation
Kuhlausvej 3, 9200 Aalborg
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