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Community & Continuing Education classes are open to the general public and extend beyond the range of Whatcom's regular instructional program. These courses are self-supporting, and the cost of instruction plus overhead costs are covered by student fees. They do not carry credit applicable toward a Whatcom degree or transfer to other institutions. No state tax monies are used for this program, residency is not required, and senior citizen discounts do not apply to self-supporting courses.


YOU MUST REGISTER PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS SESSION! If the minimum enrollment for a class is not met, the class will have to be canceled. Your registration may make the difference, so early registration is encouraged.


Please note our refund policy has changed starting Fall 2019. 

  • Full refunds will be issued to all participants if Community & Continuing Education must cancel a class due to low enrollment.
  • To cancel a registration, please contact Community & Continuing Education at least seven calendar days prior to the class. You will be issued a full refund.
  • If you cancel a registration less than seven calendar days prior to the class, you are entitled to a credit voucher, less a 10 percent administrative fee, that you may apply toward any Community & Continuing Education class offered within six months of the date of credit. Please note: a credit voucher may not be exchanged for a cash refund.
  • NO REFUNDS OR CREDITS will be given for a class once it has started. Refunds based on special circumstances must be requested in writing and are not guaranteed.

Clock Hours for Teachers

Many of our classes are approved by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for clock hour certification. For further information, contact us at 360.383.3200.

Disability Services

Students with disabilities who need accommodation are encouraged to call 360.383.3200 before registering.

Inclement Weather

Community & Continuing Education classes are canceled only when Whatcom Community College is officially closed due to severe weather. If Whatcom is not closed, Community & Continuing Education classes will meet as scheduled. Closure notifications will be posted on Whatcom's website; local radio stations covering school closures include KGMI 790 AM, KAFE 104.1 FM, and KPUG 1170 AM.

In the event of a closure, our office will email students enrolled in the affected classes with class rescheduling information as soon as possible.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Please view Whatcom Community College's notice of non-discrimination on the College's Human Resources page