Woodring College of Education
Woodring College of Education


Preparing outstanding teachers, educational leaders, human services professionals, nurses and rehabilitation counselors.


On September 6, 1899 eighty-eight students enrolled in the first day of classes and met outside Old Main building to begin what is now known as the Woodring College of Education. Enduring inadequate lighting, textbooks, or housing, these students remained dedicated and motivated to their education. Many of these students were the children of immigrants who needed interpreters to get by on that first day. However, they remained motivated to acquire knowledge and educate others.

Today this dedication to education endures. The students of Woodring today become nurses, educators, social workers and more. They work in service learning positions and through programs like Compass2Campus, TESOL, health and community studies programs, and leadership programs to inspire others to make a difference and fulfill their dreams. Serving communities all over Western Washington, these students are devoted to bringing opportunity to diverse communities. As the only public university in Washington State with a nationally accredited college of education and home to the State's only rehabilitation-counseling program, Woodring provides opportunities for quality education to all.




The vision of Woodring College of Education frames our future.

Woodring College of Education fosters community relationships and a culture of learning that advance knowledge, honor diversities, and promote social justice.



To continue the legacy of community devotion, service, and education, Woodring needs your help funding student scholarships and departments and programs including human services, elementary education, secondary education, and special education, and the RN to BSN program and Compass2Campus. Helping these students thrive helps communities thrive. Let’s work together to empower, educate, and serve. 

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Special Projects 

Below are a list of different programs Woodring College of Education has chosen to highlight on WWU Give Day. Please click on their links below to learn more and give back. 


Compass 2 Campus 


2:1 Student Match
The first $5,000 in gifts received from current students will be double matched by alumnus Dave Mann’82 and Ann Thomson Mann (up to $100 per donor) to empower students to support their favorite department, club, scholarship or program.
1: 1 Recent Grad Match
The first $5,000 in gifts received from recent grads (’15, ’16, ’17 and ’18 graduates) will be matched by alumnus Dave Mann’82 and Ann Thomson Mann (up to $100 per donor).
Top 5 WWU Fundraisers
These are our Top 5 Leaders for WWU. NOT based on dollars but donor count contributing to their department, program or scholarships success.
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Give Day Challenge Pool
A percentage of EVERY gift made will be matched by one of our challenge pools (if they did not already receive matching funds from another challenge, up to $5,000 per donor). Challenge Pool dollars will be allocated as a percentage: Total Matching Pool ÷ Total Give Day Donations = Match %. Thank you to our generous Challenge Pool Donors for transforming lives and inspiring support of education: Tony George, Greg & Elizabeth Grant, Andy Kositsky & Maria Mazzei, Bryan Page, Karen & Lane Richards; Jerry & Truc Thon; the WWU Alumni Association, the Western Fund.
Celebrate WWU's 125th anniversay and be the 125th Donor!
This year WWU is celebrating our 125th anniversary! Help us reach our GOAL and you and a guest will be sitting pretty near the goal! The overall 125th donor on WWU Give Day will win 2 tickets to see the Sounders face off against DC United on June 9th.
WECU Raffle For All Donors!
Whatcom Educational Credit Union is a proud supporter of WWU Scholarships and a sponsor of WECU Court in Carver Gymnasium. To further celebrate our partnership with WWU, all give day donors will be entered into a raffle for one of three beautiful baskets filled with WWU & WECU swag and a $100 gift certificate to a downtown Bellingham restaurant
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