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It’s easy—and rewarding—to become an Industry Preferred Partner of the Northwest Career Colleges Federation. Join the outstanding vendors, service providers and professional organizations who have partnered with the Northwest Career Colleges Federation.
The Careers That Work! Scholarship program makes available five $1000 scholarships to every high school – public and private – in Oregon, Washington and Idaho to award to graduating seniors headed to one of the NWCCF participating member colleges. This includes alternative high schools and skill centers. High schools select the recipients.
Did you know?
The first recorded private "venture" school opened in 1705 in Colonial America, the first business college opened in Washington in 1886 and Perry Technical Institute opened in 1941, making it the oldest, continuously operating private career college in Washington.
Our Board of Directors
Dion McNeeley| President | Commercial Driver School
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Dion McNeeley is President of Commercial Driver School (CDS) in Lakewood where he is responsible for all aspects of operations. Dion has over eighteen years of hands on experience in the transportation industry rising to his current position from an entry level position. As a result, his knowledge runs deep and is relevant to all aspects of driver training, safety training, and employment opportunity development.
Dion is a former decorated Marine Sergeant and Veteran of Foreign Wars. Of his many duties outside of combat, he coordinated training and educational requirements for his troops. He has served with the Tumwater Police Department and has worked for several local transportation companies in various capacities and has served on safety committees.
As Vice President, Dion also helps state and federal agencies understand how to better serve their clients by helping agency staff understand the diverse job opportunities in the transportation Industry. He achieves this by speaking regularly at WorkSource staff and Veteran staff meetings and at client orientation meetings. His focus at these meetings is to help all concerned develop a clear plan to return to the workforce.
Kim Ierien | President | Concorde Career College | Portland
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Kim Ierien has held the position of Campus President with Concorde Career College, Portland, Oregon, sine September 2009, where her responsibilities include ensuring student and employer satisfaction, human resources, and maintaining compliance with federal, state and accreditation requirements. Prior to being named Campus President, Kim was Director of Career Services for four years and Academic Dean for 10 years. She holds a B.S. in Human Development and an AAS in Radiology Technology.
Christine Cote | President | Perry Technical Institute | Yakima, WA
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Christine Coté has 34 years of professional experience in career college administration and development. Christine has served as President of Perry Technical Institute since 2008. She joined Perry’s administrative team in 1997 as Foundation Director and was appointed Vice President of Operations in 2007.Over the last seven years, under Christine’s leadership, the school’s enrollment has grown by 73%. She has overseen a major construction project and a campus renovation, and led the school through the process of adding five new training programs. In 2012, Perry Technical Institute was one of 17 schools out of more than 800 nationwide to be named a School of Excellence by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.Christine earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Community Health from Central Washington University. She is an active member of the Yakima community serving as a Past President of the Yakima Kiwanis Club, a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce, and as an ASPIRE youth mentor. She serves on the Board of Directors of the South Central Workforce Development Council, and is Past President and a member of the Board of Directors of the Northwest Career Colleges Federation.
Patrick Davis |President | Paroba College | Everett, WA
Email me at: Pdavis@paroba.edu
Patrick Davis has been a successful entrepreneur and businessman for over 40 years. He has demonstrated the ability to find new and better ways to drive operations, build solid teams, develop new business, leverage resources and generate exceptional results with ultimate benefit to the bottom line. He is recognized as a hands-on, proactive communicator, relationship-builder and problem solver with the ability to consistently anticipate future requirements in variety of industries.
Patrick sold his business and “retired” in 2006 and then purchased the Milan Institute, an accredited beauty school in Everett in 2008. Shortly thereafter the name was changed to Paroba College.
From 1987 to 2005, Patrick was the Managing Partner of Cedar Communications, a TV cable company where he was responsible for all aspects of management and operations for this supplier of analog and digital television services, commercial data services, high-speed modems, and other cable TV services.
Prior, Mr. Davis was Vice President of Hunt – Davis, a small manufacturer of truck accessories. The company product line was licensed and then sold to a third-party manufacturer in 1987.
Prior to 1987 Mr. Davis was employed by Greater Media as Regional Director of their Central Massachusetts cable systems and by North Star Communications in a number of capacities.
Mr. Davis has his BA from Georgetown University in Economics and Business Administration.
He has been married to Barbara Davis for 38 years and has 2 adult children and 4 grandchildren.
Director-at-Large Position One | Expires 2018
John Paul Johnston | Executive Director | Divers Institute of Technology | Seattle, WA
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During his distinguished 30-year U.S. Navy career as a Saturation (SAT) diver, John Paul was a member of the Navy’s deepest diving team, reaching a record depth of 1800 feet at the Navy Experimental Diving Unit in Panama City, Florida. He participated in several major diving and salvage projects and commanded one of the Navy’s largest diving and salvage ships, the USS Edenton (ATS-1). While in command, the USS Edenton conducted the first efforts towards salvaging pieces of the Civil War Ironclad USS Monitor. Additionally, he completed several assignments involving research, development, testing and evaluation of new diving equipment and systems. John Paul’s educational experience includes teaching navigation, ship handling and composite warfare concepts at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He has served as director of Divers Institute of Technology since 2000.
Director-at-Large Position Two | Expires 2018
Director-at-Large Position Three - Expires 2018
Frank Trieu | CEO | Evergreen Beauty College | Bellevue, WA
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Frank Trieu is a second generation school owner, and the CEO and Ambassador of Evergreen Beauty Colleges in Washington State. With three campuses, Evergreen was ranked in the top 25 fastest minority-owned growing businesses by the Puget Sound Business Journal. Evergreen was also recognized as Family Business of the Year by Seattle Business Magazine in 2013. Since 2004, Frank has served our sector in many different capacities; he serves on the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) Board of Directors, on the AACS State Relations Committee, and currently serves on the NACCAS Evaluation team, assisting and supporting schools in the accreditation process. He is a recipient of the “40 Under 40 Award” recognizing 40 of the upcoming business leaders under 40 year old in the Pacific Northwest. His passion is to position Beauty as a career of choice.
Director-at-Large Position Four, Expires 2018
Joanna Russell | President | Sumner College | Portland, OR
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Joanna Russell has 16 years of experience in postsecondary education and is the President of Sumner College. She oversees both Portland area campuses, and has a background that includes admissions, student affairs, and curriculum development. Joanna was involved in the development and approval of the first for-profit sector practical nursing program in the state of Oregon, and was responsible for the overall facility design, program development, and launching of two allied healthcare campuses and nine new healthcare programs.
Joanna currently serves on two Portland area advisory boards, and holds a degree from Washington State University. She lives in Washington with her daughter and husband, and enjoys watching college football.
Director-at-Large Position Five, Expires 2019
Wayne Matulich| President | Institute of Technology | Salem, OR
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Wayne Matulich has over 35 years of experience in all areas of corporate management. He has held positions in operations, business development, information systems management, systems and application development. His career included experiences as an internal consultant in the area of business performance improvement, Hotel / Food and Beverage and more recently in Post-Secondary Education.
Currently the College President at the Institute of Technology in Salem, Oregon, Wayne is responsible for all the functional departments of the college. He also served as College Director of ITT Technical Institute in Portland, Oregon and as Director of Program Development for International Air and Hospitality Academy in Vancouver, Washington.
Mr. Matulich holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management from Concordia University, St. Paul, MN and an MBA from Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, OR.
Director-at-Large Position Six - Expires 2019
David Shulman | President |Seattle Film Institute | Seattle, WA
Email me at: David@SFI.edu
David Shulman received his MFA in Cinema/Television from USC and taught film/video at the university level prior to founding the Seattle Film Institute in 1994, where he is the Executive Director. He has produced, directed, written and edited numerous PBS documentaries.
David worked as a story analyst for Columbia Pictures and has worked on a wide range of feature films. He recently completed World Enough and Time, an independent 35mm feature film which he wrote, directed, and edited.
Director-at-Large Positon Seven, Expires 2019
Colleen Piller | President & CEO, International Air & Hospitality Academy | Vancouver, WA
Email me at: CPiller@aha.edu
Colleen Piller is a 1987 graduate of International Air and Hospitality Academy. Upon graduation she worked in the travel industry for several years and enjoyed all of the benefits of working in the industry. Eight years later she joined the instructional staff at International Air Academy and taught the airline program. After several years of teaching, she transferred into the admissions department and began a career in admissions and marketing. Over the last 22 years, she has worked in all capacities of the school and was recently named President and CEO of IAHA. Colleen has a passion for students and career schools because she knows they WORK!
Colleen has been a long-time participating member of NWCCF and is proud of the work we all do together. Without strong backing, our sector wouldn’t have the voice we deserve to make a difference in our students LIVES. She truly believes in what we do and the role of the NWCCF.
Colleen serves on the Clark County Skills Center Advisory Board, is a graduate of Leadership Clark County, and has assisted in several focus groups with ACCSC. She is active with AWB and the Miss Clark Country Scholarship Pageant.
Director-at-Large Position Eight | Expires 2019
Margarita Castellanos | Owner | Nicholas Jay Academy | Nampa, ID
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Margarita Castellanos is one of the Co-Owner of Nicholas Jay Salon & Spa Academy in Nampa, Idaho. Before becoming the president and a partner of the school Margarita held various positions within the academy including a Cosmetology Instructor, Financial Aid Administrator, and Director of Education. Education has always been one of her greatest passions. Margarita has over 20 years in the education field.
In 2010 she obtained her Cosmetology license. Before becoming a Cosmetologist, she worked for Nampa School District for 13 years. Outside of the Nampa School District she has also worked for Family Advocate, as a parent educator.
It is her hope to empower students to become successful beauty professionals and to a create positive educational experience.
Along with running Nicholas Jay Academy and being an advocate for beauty industry professions Margarita enjoys spending time with her husband and children.