A crowd of about 200 students, parents, siblings, community members and college foundation trustees filled the Clover Park Technical College‘s McGavick Center Thursday evening for the 4th annual CPTC Foundation Scholarship Banquet.
Four students were scheduled to speak about their experiences in changing their lives by attending the college but only three attended; the fourth, Morell Nelson, had to miss the event because he had just started work at a job in his new career, automotive upholstery. The others, Anessa McClendon, Kristina Bedford and Leah Rose all credited the Foundation and the scholarship sponsors for providing them the assistance to continue in courses aimed at providing them new careers. McClendon is in the culinary arts course, Bedford will enter the medical esthetics field and Rose plans to be an interior designer.
Michael Block, CPTC Foundation President, pointed out that the generosity of those providing scholarships is making a huge difference in the lives of the individuals. A total of 92 scholarships were awarded to students during the 2009-10 year.
Others taking part in the event were Dr. Debbie Ranniger, executive director of the foundation, and Dr. John Walstrum, CPTC president. The banquet was prepared by students of the culinary arts department and the entire event was sponsored by The Boeing Company, Puget Sound Energy, LeMay, Inc., Doug LeMay, Columbia Bank, Harkness Furniture, McDonald’s, McGranahan Architects, AA Party Rentals and Black Tie Espresso.