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Whether it is seeking help on how to find a job, a scholarship, or an apprenticeship, the FHS Career Center is here to help with your needs. Through the Career Center you can explore both college and career paths and get the information you need to make decisions about your future.

Judith Zink, Career Specialist, (360) 383-9361
The following scholarships have extended their deadlines:
  • 14th Annual Lynden/Ferndale International Lodge Scholarship – June 15, 2020 ONLY 2 STUDENTS HAVE APPLIED FOR THIS!
  • Larson Gross Accounting Scholarship – June 15, 2020 
  • John Fassett Memorial Scholarship – June 15, 2020
  • The Paul R. Wineman Scholarship – June 1, 2020
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You need to print and sign the form and then you can either scan it or simply take a picture of the completed form and send it to:
Mrs. Yale will then email you your transcript and then you can send it to your college.

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Lunch with Leaders

In February we wrapped up the second Lunch with Leaders of the year!  We had a great bunch of students come with us to Pioneer Pavillion on February 5th to sit down and practice their soft skills with local leaders.  There were some really big names in local businesses present - Superfeet, Samson Rope, Alcoa, Timken and Phillips 66 were all there.  After Lunch with Leaders, small groups of students were taken to each company and were able to see what they had talked about during Lunch with Leaders.  Students saw what working at each place would be like and quite a few went to more than one so they were able to really compare the differences between how each business approached manufacturing.  This had a great deal of impact on the students as they look at their futures and decide what they want it to look like.  

Feb 21, 2020:

Lunch with Leaders students visited Superfeet and Samson Rope last week. They got to see the process each company goes through to make their products and get a close look at the types of jobs available to them. Next week, students will be visiting Alcoa and Timken. If any of your students have been on these trips, please consider asking them questions about their experiences. These students are thinking about their next steps after high school and the more they experience now will help them in those decisions.  

Friday, February 14th: Deadline for Permission Packets
Bellingham Technical College Try-A-Trade 2020 is happening on March 3rd. Seniors and Juniors are encouraged to sign up first - Sophomores can sign up and be waitlisted. Permission forms are available now on the Career Center door. Try-A-Trade is a chance for students to get a solid look at the different programs offered at BTC. Students from past years talked about how much going to this event helped them in making their own decisions.

February 5th, 2020:

Lunch with Leaders: Manufacturing was a great success.  Thank you so much to all the teachers who helped encourage students to attend.  We had 27 students signed up to go with 5 not being able to join us.  Students met with representatives from Samson Rope, Superfeet, Timken, Alcoa and Phillips 66.  Here are some of the students' reactions when asked if they would recommend LwL to their friends:

"It was an amazing experience and a great opportunity and would definitely recommend it."

"Yeah, it was very informative and everyone had good advice to give.  Great for seniors!"

"Yes, you get to learn so much about what they do."

"Really interesting to learn about local businesses that I didn't know existed."

February 5th, 2020:

Whatcom Dollars for Scholars visited on Wednesday, February 5 and gave nine students in-depth help on their scholarship applications.  Students were able to ask specific questions and get the aid they needed as they go through the process of applying for scholarships.

January 31st, 2020:

  • Lunch with Leaders Upcoming: Lunch with Leaders (Manufacturing Focus) is upcoming on Feb. 5. Field trip forms can still be turned in, even if students do not yet know second-semester classes. Samson Rope, Timken, Alcoa, Phillips 66 and Superfeet will meet with students for lunch.
  • Masonic Scholar Citizen Award Program: The 2020 Masonic Scholar Citizen Awards program is now open for juniors.  Students can access the information on the Career Center webpage. The contact for this award is FHS Counselor Aurora Davis.
  • Whatcom Dollars for Scholars: There will be a Whatcom Dollars for Scholars workshop during Eagle Time on Wednesday, Feb 5th.  Students should sign up for this in the Career Center. Applying for scholarships can be daunting and workshops such as this one support students in applying.
  • Scholarships: Scholarship season is on!  Make sure you check the Career Center webpage to get the latest scholarships.

January 14th, 2020:

  • National Guard: The National Guard will be on campus to meet with interested students on January 15 during Eagle Time and during both lunches.
  • ASVAB: The ASVAB will take place on Feb. 26th. Interested students must sign up in the Counseling Office or the Career Center.
  • Assistance League of Bellingham Scholarships: The Assistance League of Bellingham is offering scholarships for students in grades 9-11 for summer camps. Application packets are available in the Career Center or in the main office.
  • Whatcom Dollars for Scholars: Whatcom Dollars for Scholars opens January 21st. There will be workshops on campus to help guide students through the process on January 23rd and February 5th - pick up your permission forms in the Career Center today.
  • Lunch with Leaders: Meet with local leaders to learn about engineering, trades and many kinds of professions. Turn in permission slips to the Career Center. All packets are due January 30th.

November 7th, 2019:
Yesterday marked the end of the October Lunch with Leaders field trips.  After the initial lunch where students sat down with Leaders and learned a bit about what they do, students chose their top 3 places to learn more about.  In total, we took 5 separate field trips to the 911 Emergency Dispatchers, the Whatcom District 7 Firestation and the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol offices.  These trips allowed our Sophomore and Junior students to gain information that will help them choose their paths as they continue through high school.  For the Seniors, several students are prepared to either first enroll in college to help them gain entry to the jobs they saw or apply directly out of high school.  Lunch with Leaders has made a positive impact on these students and their interactions with the Leaders have had an equally positive impact on the community.

October 7th, 2019:
Twenty-six FHS students met with leaders representing the US Customs and Border Protection, Whatcom County Fire and Paramedics, WA Fish and Wildlife, and Bellingham Fire/EMS Dispatchers at Lunch with Leaders.  They all sat down to lunch and soon began discussions about what it is like to work in each of these fields.  Students moved to different tables and had the chance to speak to all the representatives.  Students were able to ask direct questions as well as practice their soft skills.

Next, these students will be able to visit the leaders where they work.  We will take small groups of students to get a more in-depth experience of these fields.  After the lunch was over, students were asked about their experience at Lunch with Leaders and if they would recommend it to their friends, this is what some of them said: 

  • “Yes. It was actually pretty cool and fun.” Female, FHS Senior
  • “Yes, this was a great opportunity.” Female, FHS Sophomore
  • “Yes, because you learn a lot of things you don’t know about.” Male, FHS Junior
  • “I learned a lot about myself and I’m no longer fearing my indecisiveness on a career.” Male, FHS Sophomore

September 26th, 2019:
Twenty-one FHS students went to the BP refinery on Thursday, Oct 26 for the second annual BP Student Day.  Students remarked on how many people they met who were doing jobs they didn't expect to be doing when they had graduated from high school. The day helped our students focus on their own futures and even inspired some new ideas!

Short Term Volunteer Opportunities

Ski to Sea

Volunteer for the Ski to Sea Race:

Long Term Volunteer Opportunities

Whatcom County Parks and Recreation
Check out some things you can do to help out at the Mollywood Avian Sanctuary in Bellingham!

Rescued Hearts Northwest

Who We Are: Rescued Hearts Northwest is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, founded and operated by a group of dedicated volunteers. We rescue at-risk dogs, bring them into our foster home program for care and rehabilitation, and place them in permanent, loving homes.

Our Mission: Rescued Hearts Northwest is committed to saving and improving the lives of at-risk dogs; to educate communities about the importance of spaying and neutering and the benefits of adopting instead of purchasing pets; to nurture and support the positive and respectful relationships between pets and people; and to advocate for all animals, especially for those in high-need circumstances.

Be an Explorer - Customs and Border Patrol Law Enforcement Explorer Program
Find out more here:

Boys and Girls Club
Did you know that you can get volunteer hours through your membership?

What’s so great about that?  Well, you can get experience in a lot of different areas!  Wouldn’t these things look good on your resume?

  • Customer service experience
  • Food service experience
  • Child-care experience
  • Facilities maintenance experience

2015 Cherry Street, Ferndale, WA, (360) 384-0753

Ferndale Food Bank
The Ferndale Food Bank is looking for volunteers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8AM until Noon.  Please drop by the Career Center and pick up an application.

Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program

Whatcom firefighter Cadet Program

Jansen Art Center Gallery    
321 Front Street, Lynden    Must be 16 years old

The Jansen Art Center Gallery Shop needs you!

The Jansen Art Center Gallery Shop features unique artwork from local artists and fine gifts that are made by local artisans. The Gallery Shop is supported by an amazing group of hard-working volunteers and you can join the team! We’d love to have you!

Volunteer Chore Program
Email to schedule an orientation to the Volunteer Chore Program

Chore matches volunteers with seniors, veterans, and adults with disabilities to assist with the everyday chores they are physically unable to do. 

Want a job but don't know where to start?  Come and speak to Mrs. Zink about creating a resume.  To help you quicker, come in with your laptop and a word document with the following information on it:

  • 3 sentences about yourself ("I don't know" is an option but not a great one.)
  • List of any clubs you belong to now or have belonged to in the past
  • List of any hobbies you have or used to have
  • List of things you like to do in your spare time
  • Any jobs - paid or unpaid you have had and a list of things you did there (3 or more)


Want to work in Whatcom County but not sure where to begin?
Check out YES Whatcom job board to find jobs with local companies - part-time, internships and a lot more! Visit: for more information.


The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) is accepting applications for non-permanent hourly Administrative Interns to work as Liquor and Cannabis Investigative Aides in our Enforcement and Education division. These positions work intermittently, non-standard hours (days, nights, and weekends) and are located throughout the Western Washington area. These positions are very unique in that applicants need to be between the ages of 17 1/2 - 19 years old.


This recruitment will be used to fill multiple non-permanent Park Aide positions located throughout the Birch Bay Area; Birch Bay, Larrabee and Peace Arch State Parks. Most positions are 3-5 months in duration, beginning in April-May. The number of vacancies and housing availability will vary from park to park.

Positions may be scheduled to work 40 hours a week during the busiest months but may be scheduled for less than full-time at the beginning and end of the season.

Under the supervision of the Park Ranger, Park Aides perform a variety of tasks at a State Park, beach, or historical area. A typical work day may include anything from registering campers and collecting camp fees, to cleaning facilities, mowing lawns, or explaining park rules. The specific duties will have some variation by park location.


The American Red Cross offers three types of Washington babysitting classes. All courses, once successfully completed, will give you access to a printable certificate that you can use to show potential employers and grow your business. Designed for those ages 11 and older, our babysitter training courses take just a few short hours to complete but can help make all the difference to the families you care for.


Visit the Washington State Food Servers Course here to obtain your food handlers card.

Upcoming Events

Field Trips & Activities 2019 - 2020
Navigate 2020 - Virtual Conference & College Fair May 4 - 6, 9 AM - 5 PM

Juniors who want to research colleges - this is the same conference we go to in Seattle in November.


Selective Service On-Line Registration 
Males in Washington State turning 18 are required to register with Selective Service. Registering can affect your ability to get a government job and it can negatively impact you if you need to apply for citizenship. You can register by clicking on the above link or go to If you believe that you are not required to register, you should call the Selective Service office at 1-847-688-6888 for more information on exemptions.
  • Washington Career Bridge - Take a Career Quiz to help narrow your options.  This is not a short quiz so be prepared to take some time and really think about the things that best describe you right now.  If you do this first the next two links can help you focus on your next steps.
  • My Next Move -  Look at specific jobs in the career you want, get a wider idea of career options by exploring different industries, or take a Career Quiz and find out where your answers can lead you.

Now that you have a better idea of the career path in front of you, use the Bureau of Labor and Statistic’s Occupational Outlook Handbook to look at things like pay, education and the projected outlook for your chosen occupation.

  • Apprenticeship Programs in Washington
    Explore apprenticeship programs in Washington State
  • Apprenticeship FAQs 
  • The Career Center takes students on the WAVE tour (Washington Apprenticeship Vocational Education) in April.  The tour allows students to get hands-on experience in the trades.  Space on these tours is very limited so pay attention to the announcements and get your permission forms in early!  There are also lots of pamphlets and other information about apprenticeship programs in Washington in the Career Center.

  • Military Path
  • Learn about the ASVAB test. Keep an eye on the announcements for dates and times for the ASVAB test at FHS

Here are some other government jobs that are a little closer to home:

  • University HQ is an online resource to help you navigate your path to a college education.  
  • The Princeton Review - Allows you to search for your dream school.
  • Community and Technical Colleges of Washington - This website can help you find the right college for your needs.
  • College Majors 101 - See what courses you would need to take, what associations you can become a part of and all the different aspects involved in your college major.
  • I'm First - For students who are the first people in their family to go to college.
  • CollegePoint - Help with the application process and financial aid

Thinking about going to college but also long to travel? Check out your university's study abroad program or get information for Washington Community College Consortium for Study Abroad:

Help with paying for your education:

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - Even if you think you do not qualify for financial aid, you and your parents still need to apply so that you can get into a work-study program or get a federally protected low interest loan. There will be FAFSA help at FHS in October. There are also information packets for you and your parents in the Career Center.
  • FAFSA Assistant – A tool to help guide you and your parents through the process of applying
  • The - Think of this as a dating site for you and scholarships. That’s weird but it is accurate enough.
  • Fastweb Scholarships – Similar to the above but on a national scale. 
  • College Bound Scholarship Information - If you signed up with College Bound when you were in middle school, here is some additional information.
  • Matched Education Savings Account -  Eligible students may save up to $500 for a 3:1 return, or $1,500 in matched funds. Program participants will complete a financial education course and receive up to $2,000 in combined savings and program matched funds. Funds may be applied toward any education expense, including tuition, books, and class materials.
    MESA is designed for low and moderate income student residents of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington attending college or university within these states. If you would like to participate in the program, follow each step in sequential order.

If you have younger siblings, your parents might be interested in a 529 savings plan like GET or DreamAhead. These programs won’t help current high school students but they can help parents of younger students plan ahead for college.

Jobs Corps is for students ages 16 to 21 who want training in a wide variety of areas.  Students can complete their high school diploma as well.  Being a Job Corps student means you live and train at the facility.  There are a lot of positive things about becoming a Job Corps student but make sure you read the information carefully and think about how you would fit in to the role of being a Jobs Corp student. 

If you are thinking of joining but would like to talk to someone first, let Mrs. Zink know and she’ll bring a representative here to meet with you. 

Scholarship List

See College Bound section above for more scholarship websites

Did you know that high school students passed up millions of dollars in financial aid?


Local/State Scholarships

**Recently Added Scholarships

Deadline: May 20, 2020
Who can apply: Seniors
Requirements: Enrolled in a nursing program in Washington State
Website: or pick up an application in the Career Center

Deadline: June 1, 2020
Amount available: $500
Application: Download the PDF
Who can apply: Seniors
Requirements: Attendance at Custer Elementary School for a minimum of three years. Minimum high school grade point average of 2.5.

Deadline: June 1, 2020
Amount available: $250 - $1,000
Who can apply: Male Seniors
Requirements: Enrolled in UW Fall 2020
Pick up an application in the Career Center or download the PDF here.

Deadline: June 15, 2020
Amount available: $1,500
Who can apply: Seniors
Requirements: 3.0 GPA, Active participation in school, church and community activities, US Citizens
Pick up an application in the Career Center

Deadline: April 20, 2020
Amount available: $1,000
Who can apply: Seniors
Requirements: See application
Application: Pick up an application in the Career Center.

Deadline: June 15, 2020
Amount available: $1,000
Who can apply: Seniors
Online application:
Requirements: Plan on pursuing a 2 or 4 year degree in accounting

Deadline: June 30, 2020
Amount available: Varies
Multiple scholarships both merit and needs based.
Requirements: Once you have applied at BTC, follow the link and fill in the application. You will need to have completed your FAFSA/WAFSA.

Deadline: Various
Amount: Various
Requirements: See individual scholarships

Deadline: December 15, 2020
Who can apply: Apply for this once you have been accepted into the college of your choice
Amount: $1,000.00
Requirements: See website

Deadline: None
Who can apply: Seniors
Amount: $500.00
Requirements: Plan to attend college, write an essay about a personal encounter you have had with drug or alcohol abuse
Website: or pick up an application in the Career Center.

National Scholarships

**Recently Added Scholarships

Deadline: May 31, 2020
Amount available: $500 - 1,000
Who can apply: Seniors
Focus: Personal Statement

Deadline: June 12, 2020
Amount available: $1,000
Requirements: The A&F Scholarships are available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any accredited post secondary institution.

Deadline: June 15, 2020
Amount available: $500.00
Requirements: For students seeking a career in Culinary Arts or Hospitality
Download the PDF here.

Deadline: June 19, 2020
Amount available: $500
Who can apply: Senior Athletes
Requirements: See Website -

Deadline: July 15, 2020
Amount available: $1,000
Focus - Sciences
Requirements: See Website

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Math, Digitools, Computer Science

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English | Health | Community Projects

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Grad Coach

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Special Education

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JV Baseball Coach

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School Counselor

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Metals, Small Engines

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Sports Medicine / Anatomy and Physiology

Grant Driver

Special Education

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Health | Physical Education

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English Teacher

Ted Genger

Social Studies

Cristina Gholam

Counseling Administrative Assistant

Nahla Gholam


Sara Green


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Kay Hageman

Choral Music

Leslie Hagen


Quinn Hale

Special Education

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Varsity Cheer Head Coach

Tina Harmer

Reset Room

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Asst. Baseball Coach

Donny Hennigs

Campus Safety | Head Coach Varsity Baseball

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SPED Teacher

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Head Varsity Golf Coach (Boys) 360.383.9249

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Administrative Assistant ASB

Joan Hudson

Study Skills | JWG

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Varsity Girls Basketball Head Coach

Shannon Iwasaki

Soar Program Director

Grace Johnson

Varsity Girls Swimming Head Coach

Bobby Jones

School Counselor

Randy Kaui

Psychologist: 360.383.9288

Derek Kawakone

Native American Student Advisor

Katie Kruckeberg

Administrative Asst. Athletics

Jennifer Kubic

Social Studies

Scott Locker

"C" Team Baseball Coach

Michelle Long

Equestrian Head Coach

Timothy Lucas

Yearbook, Video 1, Video 2, Web 1A, Web 1B, Film & Broadcast Club

Peggy Lupo

Social Studies

Patti Madison

Physical Education

Alex Martinez

Native American Student Advisor

Lisa Mee


Sean Miller


Sam Mirkovich

Art Teacher

North Moench

Counselor: Students with last name L-Ri

Jennifer Monson


Marty Moravec


Ashlyn Morgan

Varsity Girls Golf Head Coach

Mitchell Morrison

Special Education

Will Moultray


Doug Nyenhuis

Varsity Girls Bowling Head Coach

Kelsey Ottum

Intervention Specialist

Jason Owens

Varsity Boys Basketball Head Coach

Chris Perkins

Social Studies | Psychology

Addison Perrin


Nicole Perry

Career/Technical Ed (CTE)

Robin Peters


Eric Petersen

Special Ed

Steve Petersen

Special Education

Greg Peterson

School Psychologists

Caren Pollock

Administrative Asst. 2

Don Pringle

Science | Varsity Track & Field Head Coach

Rachel Pringle


Susan Rhodes

Administrative Assistant | District Music

Susan Rhodes grew up in Federal Way and lived in Seattle and Salem, OR until moving to Ferndale in 1988.  Susan has a BS from UW and worked in various jobs in Seattle and S...

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Justin Rubright

Asst. Soccer Coach

Tiffany Sacknoff


Andrew Sampson


Victoria Sanders

Special Education Assistant

Caleb Schlack

PE Teacher

Mark Schneider


John Shaw

Physical Education

Galina Shulga

Health Room AA2

Rob Slater


Krissy Snyder

Orchestra - 360-383-9312

Darin Somers

SPED Teacher

Hector Suarez


Patty Sullivan


Ed Sweitzer


Andrea Swindle

Special Education

Andrea Tafoya

Migrant Liaison

Brandi Tilton

Administrative Asst. 1

Kim Tisovec


Tony Torretta


Rudy Vendiola

Varsity Boys Tennis Head Coach

Alvaro Vicente

MEChA Advisor, ELL Coordinator

Matt (Smak i'ya) Warbus

Oksale Teacher - FHS Lummi Language Teacher

Linda Watson

Administrative Asst. 2

Rigel Weis

Art | Boys and Girls Varsity Soccer Head Coach

Brenda Winters


Jennifer Wright


Cathy Yale


Judith Zink

Career Center

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Special Education