Career and college planning workshop set for Nov. 19

Bellingham Public Schools will host Design Your Future, a career planning workshop, 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Squalicum High School. The evening will be an opportunity for high school students and families to begin thinking about and planning their post-high school years.

Start the evening at 5 p.m. with pizza provided by the Bellingham Public Schools Foundation. The keynote presentation begins at 5:30 p.m. with Tanya Rojas of the Northwest Educational Service District 189 speaking on “Discovering your Passion.”

Following the keynote presentation, break-out sessions hosted by regional employers and higher education specialists will take place on a variety of topics. Students/families will have an opportunity to attend three breakout sessions. Breakouts include technical college/community college opportunities, representatives from DigiPen Institute of Technology, aerospace, engineering, work-based learning programs, apprenticeships, services academies, ROTC, officer training and military service alternatives. Students can also learn about the ACT and SAT, college and university admissions, and becoming a college athlete.

Kelly Boyer, counselor at Squalicum High School, encourages all high school families to attend because it’s a great opportunity to gather information and connect with adults in various post high school fields.

“There is more than one path to get to the same end goal,” Boyer said, “and my hope is for students to recognize that they have multiple doors to walk through once they graduate, especially if they set themselves up right and use the resources they have at hand.”

“Design your Future is an opportunity to find the best fit for a one-of-a-kind student,” she said.

Spanish interpretation provided. (Tendremos intérpretes para español.) For other language interpreters, please request by Tuesday, Nov. 12 at (360) 676-6456 or