Honors Program

The fact that you are interested speaks well of you! It is great to expect more from yourself than just the bare minimum. Desiring to learn more and knowing you can rise to a challenge, suggests that you are going places in life!

Basic Requirements

  • Do you have a 3.5 or higher GPA in at least 15 college level credits (or in high school, if a direct transfer), and are you working toward an AA/AS Transfer degree?

What does this mean for your college career at WWCC?

  • Maintain 3.5 GPA. If this slips, you will go on probation for one quarter, with requirements to meet with your advisor regularly. If it remains below 3.5, you will no longer be eligible for honors. Once you get it raised above a 3.5 cumulative average again, you can re-enroll in Honors.
  • You can become a member of PhiThetaKappa, the national honors society for 2-year colleges. (See Staci Simmelink for details on this)

How to complete the honors program and graduate with honors?

Generally, we offer 1-2 Honors Courses each quarter, face to face, in order to enhance learning and build community. To graduate with Honors, we require that students participate in at least three of these courses. However, as the world is a bit different right now, we are making some temporary changes. For the 2020/2021 school year ONLY (at this point), we are opening up the possibility of doing “extra modules” in a college level, Arts and Sciences class that is not specifically an Honors class.
This means that, while we DO have one Honors Class offered each quarter (online, due to COVID-19 Pandemic), there may also be some flexibility. If you cannot make the three classes offered as Honors this year (see chart on this page) work for your graduation plan, we may be able to offer you the option of a “Module” to earn Honors credit. For this, you’d work with Staci (Honors Chair) and your instructor, to determine a project worth about 10-15% more work than the typical class. If completed successfully, you would earn Honors credit for that class. Not all teachers will be willing to participate. This is a lot of work for them, so do not assume that they will or they must. Once you are admitted to the Honors program, I can work with you to find the paperwork to get this started.


The second part of graduating with honors has historically been a Capstone Project. This could be an individual service or academic project, demonstrating community involvement, OR it could be ten service hours to the community. Then, we ask folks to make a display poster or give a speech about their work. Given that many of us are not able to be “out and about” in the community, we are offering an alternative capstone project this year. You can do a service project or ten service hours, OR you can complete a research project on a social justice area of passion for you. Think about some issue that you care about. Maybe racism? Maybe the #MeToo movement? Maybe environmental issues like litter or endangered species or global warming? Whatever is important to you, AND important to the world in some way….create a presentation (Video or Presentation of some sort) about it, to share as your Honors project at the end of the year. As of this moment, this alternative is open ONLY to 2021 graduates. We will move with the times as we move forward.

What do I have to do to get started?

  • Come see Staci Simmelink ([email protected] or call 509.527.4298, Office #3 Building D) for an application, or just to chat about possibilities.





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