What is AIM?
Whatcom Community College's AIM program provides ongoing personalized advising, coaching, mentoring, and more to students who are committed to achieving their educational goals.
What is an AIM Coach?
An AIM Coach is a trained specialist in student support, who will take the time to get to know you, and offer you guidance in how set up a strong foundation to maximize your success at WCC. AIM Coaches use the Wellness Wheel to assess where you are and will always ask you "What's on Your Mind?"
As an AIM student, you will:
- Attend regular meetings with your AIM coach each quarter at a time that works for you in order to build on the strengths you bring to college, plan for your success, set goals, debrief, check in, problem-solve, and celebrate your hard work.
- Get connected to a campus community.
- Discover and pursue opportunities for leadership, community-building, and networking within and beyond AIM.
Our priority is to work with students who meet one of the following criteria:
- You identify as a person of color
- You are a first generation student. Neither of your parents earned a bachelor's degree
- You received a Pell/State need grant as part of your financial aid award
- You started in Math 94, Math 97, or English 95
- You have a documented disability and registered with WCC's Access and Disability Services
Experience Academic Coaching with AIM!
You can reach us via email or phone You can also schedule your first meeting with an AIM coach by accessing our AIM Service Calendar below.
How often will I meet with my AIM coach?At the beginning, you'll likely meet with your AIM coach twice a month for the first few months, unless you let us know that this frequency won't work for your schedule. Once you and your AIM coach have been working together for some time and have established some long-term goals you're working toward and a firm degree plan for your time here at WCC and beyond, it is likely that your 1:1 meetings with your AIM coach may become less frequent. Once a month or once a quarter may fit best for you. It depends on what works for you.
What types of group meetings or workshops will I be required to attend?
As part of AIM, you’ll attend AIM group meetings and campus workshops. These will be relevant to your goals and degree plan, so it is in your best interest to attend these types of events on campus regardless of whether or not you participate in AIM.
I work and am busy. Can I still participate in AIM?
Yes! Students who work on or off campus have added time management concerns. They also have the added benefit of gaining work experience and the opportunity to master time management during their time in college. We'll work with your schedule to make sure we meet when it is useful for you and fits in your schedule. We are also available by phone and email.
If you are busy for reasons other than work, that works too. Maybe you have family commitments or other obligations, responsibilities, and interests that take up time. We will find time to meet and work together in a way that fits in your schedule. Just let us know if you'd like to meet less frequently or touch base more frequently by phone or email rather than face-to-face.
How many a hours a month can I expect to commit to AIM activities?
As a student in AIM, you'll be committing about 2-4 hours a month to AIM activities. This includes meeting with your AIM coach, attending group meetings and workshops, and working toward your goals outside of meetings with your AIM coach. As you begin to seek out and pursue leadership and networking opportunities on your own, your meetings with your AIM coach will become less frequent. So, overall, the commitment each month will likely never exceed 4 hours.