BELLINGHAM — Registration is now open for popular workshops that introduce middle school students to non-traditional education and career paths.

The March 9 “Guys and Guts” and April 13 “Girls Go Tech” programs allow 11- to 14-year-olds to learn about the worlds of healthcare and technology, respectively, through thought-provoking activities. The daylong workshops include information sessions for parents wanting to learn more about access to college as well as WCC’s programs. 

“Guys and Guts” takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at Whatcom Community College’s state-of-the-art Health Professions Education Center. The workshop highlights healthcare fields and offers hands-on activities such as drawing “blood” from an artificial arm, experiencing paraffin wax physical therapy, examining a real human skeleton, and more.

“Girls Go Tech” will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 13, offering an interactive approach to learning more about technology-related programs. In hands-on labs, students will experiment with information security vulnerabilities and safeguards, apply knowledge learned about circuits to wire a scaled-down model of a room, and design and make an object using a laser cutter.

The $10 registration fee includes lunch for one middle school student and their parent or guardian and a commemorative T-shirt for the student. Scholarship opportunities are available.

Space is limited, so register early. Learn more and register online at whatcom.edu/guysandguts and whatcom.edu/girlsgotech.