Bates Technical College: Photography passion fuels career path

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“I realized I wanted a career in photography when I came to Bates,” says 19-year-old Taylor Henson . “I was influenced by the people around who were focused on their career paths, and I wanted to do something I was good at and could focus on.”

Taylor, a student in the Digital Media program , found his way to Bates through an unusual route. As a young teenager, Taylor and his family faced homelessness for more than a year. His mother retired from the Army, had trouble obtaining a job, and lost their home. The family spent a year living with a friend until they found shelter at The Salvation Army. [Read more…]

Pierce College 2015 Distinguished Alumnus: From convict to counselor

brandonstogsdillAs a teen, Pierce College alum Brandon Stogsdill made some bad choices. Growing up in an unstable home without a father created feelings of anger and depression, and he quickly learned to take out his aggression on others.

“I was getting in fights, selling drugs and getting involved with the wrong kinds of people,” he said. [Read more…]

Lakes senior earns national athletic training scholarship

Lakes High School senior Mac Downing has earned the Jack Cramer Scholarship from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the only high school scholarship given by the association.

LAKEWOOD- Lakes High School senior Mac Downing has earned the Jack Cramer Scholarship from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). The $2,000 scholarship is the only high school scholarship given by NATA. Downing submitted three essays: one 500-word essay on why he wanted to become a certified athletic trainer; a 100-word narrative snapshot on what he believes he’ll be doing in five years; and a 300-word essay explaining the vision of his future athletic training program. [Read more…]

CPTC: Student takes his degree to Japan

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Arata Kobayashi was on a plane to Japan the day after Winter Quarter ended. The international student at Clover Park Technical College had just completed the Interior Design Program and had a job waiting for him in his home country.

Kobayashi started his new position for a house building company on April 1, where he will put the hands-on skills he learned at CPTC to use. [Read more…]