Welcome to the Walla Walla Community College Honors Program!
We are making a BIG transition this year.
The pandemic helped us see the joy in connecting our two campuses, and breaking down barriers between programs. With this as inspiration, we are rebuilding Honors as a more inclusive, more connected program. Please bear with our growing pains.
For those who started the Honors program under the older system, please be in touch with Staci Simmelink about how to finish out.
For those who are new to the program, here is a basic idea of how it will be working. (Small changes may occur as we work through the process of switching gears, but this is the plan.)
To be eligible to join the Honors program, you must have a 3.5 or higher GPA in your college level coursework. You must maintain academic and personal integrity (follow the college Student Code of Conduct) and be willing to complete the work required to graduate with Honors.
Fall quarter will be for building up your G.P.A. If you earn a 3.5 or higher in your college level courses, you will be eligible to join the program. We will be accepting nominations from faculty, staff, and self-nominated students as well.
Winter quarter will be for building community. We will have a “common read” book selected to read all together. We will offer a 2 credit course, Honors 101, for all interested Honors students. The students and a collection of faculty will read the book, and meet for an hour every other week (with some online material between weeks) to discuss and learn. The class will be taught with faculty from a variety of disciplines and specialties, to help students see the different perspectives and interconnected ideas.
Spring quarter will be for planning your own research and activity. We will offer a 2 credit course, Honors 102, where you will come up with topics of interest (for your future education or career pathway!), find a faculty/staff mentor, and lay out the groundwork for a research or service project to complete next year.
Fall and Winter quarters will be for continuing to maintain solid grades. To graduate with Honors, you must maintain a 3.5 GPA in your college level coursework. You can also enroll in variable credit Honors courses (Honors 201) if you want to work on your project and earn credit as you do so.
Spring Quarter will be for creating a presentation about your project. We will be working with faculty mentors to build powerful speeches, videos or visual demonstrations (such as posters) to share with the campus community. This will include a 1 credit course, Honors 202.
For those who will have only one year at WWCC to complete the Honors Program, we can try to accelerate you through, but it will take hard work and dedication on your part!
Interested in past Honors graduates? Please enjoy this video of the 2021 Honors Graduates!
Questions? Please feel free to contact Staci Simmelink, Ph.D. ([email protected]), Honors Chair.