UAA partners with Bellingham Technical College on geomatics program

by Marci Suazo  |   

The University of Alaska Anchorage is excited to announce a new partnership with the Bellingham Technical College (BTC) to further educational opportunities for students and meet the high-demand needs for today’s Geomatics workforce. The new partnership offers a pathway for students in BTC’s associate degree in Engineering Technology - Geomatics to continue their education and finish with a Bachelor of Science in Geomatics at UAA. The Geomatics program at UAA is the only program of its kind statewide.

“Washington and Alaska have always had a strong cultural bond and we are excited to strengthen that identity,” said UAA Provost Denise Runge. “Most importantly, we look forward to sharing experience and knowledge between students and professors that will benefit both of our states.”

On Feb. 2, 2022, the Bellingham Technical College and the University of Alaska Anchorage signed the agreement effective immediately. The articulation agreement provides students who have completed BTC’s associate degree in Engineering Technology - Geomatics to transfer effortlessly to the ABET-accredited BS program at the Department of Geomatics in the College of Engineering at UAA. The program prepares students for a career in surveying and mapping, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, spatial data science, and many related professional fields. Graduates from the program are highly sought after in Alaska and across the nation.

“BTC is excited to partner with UAA in providing students with this education opportunity and to grow the geomatics workforce,” said Heidi Ypma, BTC Interim Executive Dean of Instruction.

About Bellingham Technical College
Bellingham Technical College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and offers seven transfer degrees such as pre-engineering, pre-nursing, computer science and business. Completion of these degrees prepares BTC students to transfer with a junior status to participating colleges and universities in Washington State. BTC offers 38 associate degrees, 60 certificate options and two bachelors of applied science degrees providing professional technical education to support local and regional industry workforce needs. For more information, go to

About University of Alaska Anchorage
The University of Alaska Anchorage is Alaska’s largest university, educating nearly 12,000 students annually. UAA’s mission is to discover and disseminate knowledge through teaching, research, engagement and creative expression. Learn more at

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