Ferndale Community Transitions is the bridge that gets students from high school to adult life

Students, staff and families gathered last Friday for Ferndale’s Community Transitions (FCT) program celebration. It was a time to celebrate students’ achievements and to congratulate the six program graduates.

The following graduates were recognized:
Tia Gonzales
Gus Hernandez
Lisa VanErt
Maribel Baldovenos
Simone Repoz
Victoria Graham

Also, STARS certificates (Washington State Dept. of Early Learning) were awarded to Lisa VanErt, Tia Gonzales, and Maribel Baldovinos. With a STAR certificate, students can now work in early child care roles.

Graduate Shayla Neidigh was awarded an HCA Certificate (Health care worker – step 1). Shayla will continue her education to pursue a nursing degree.

The FCT program serves students (clients) who have Individualized Education Plans prior to 12th grade which recommend continued services through age 21. The program prepares young adults for independent living and provides them work experience after completing high school graduation requirements.

In collaboration with community partners, the FCT program prepares clients to be productive and valuable members of the community. The program creates opportunities for clients to learn vocational skills in real-world work environments.

Program Coordinator Mitchell Morrison and Community Transitions Specialist Kim Tisovec help clients develop meaningful goals and coordinate with local businesses and organizations to create opportunities that benefit both clients and employers.

Ferndale Community Transitions CelebrationOrganizations providing internships include:
Bellingham Technical College Fisheries
Bellingham Childcare and Learning Center
Northstar Stone and Landscape
Kent’s Nursery
Armstrong Family Auto
Dimitri’s Greek & Italian Restaurant
Gyms Star Sports Center
Axton Automotive
Carne The Butcher Shop
Pilot Travel Center
Carlson Steele
Mount Baker Powder Coating
Mount Baker Lanes
Bob’s Burgers – Ferndale
Greene’s Corner
Community Food Co-op
Fred Meyer – Bakerview Road
Ferndale Grocery Outlet
Central Elementary School
Skyline Elementary School
CHS Northwest
Find Your Fashion
Inside Pitch Bellingham
Film Is Truth

Organizations providing worksite visits include:
Trans-Ocean Products
Tri-Van Truck Body
Nature’s Way
Anderson Paper
Northwest Recycling
Chuckanut Bay Foods
Chocolate Necessities

Educational Institutions providing campus tours include:
Bellingham Technical College
Whatcom Community College
Job Corps
WorkSource Whatcom

For more information:

FCT Program Coordinator Mitchell Morrison, 383-9343,
Communications Director Tammy Bengen, 383.9207,