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The 2012 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. In 2011, private career colleges are highly efficient educators, integral to the economy’s turn-around by providing career-focused education.
Christine Cote | President | Perry Technical Institute | Yakima, WA
Under her leadership, the school’s enrollment has grown by more than 200 students. She has overseen a major construction project, a campus renovation and led the school through the process of adding three new training programs.
Ms. Cote earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Community Health from Central Washington University. She is an active member of the Yakima community serving as Past President of the Yakima Kiwanis Club, as an ex-officio 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 as Vice President of the Northwest Career Colleges Federation.
Vice President - Vacant
Danielle Horras | Executive Director | Carrington College | Boise, ID
Ms. Horras earned a B.S. in Public Relations from the University of Idaho and a Masters in Counseling and School Psychology through the University of Idaho. An Idaho native, Danielle lives in Boise with her husband Joseph, and two sons.
Meredyth Given | Regional Vice President of Operations | Corinthian College | Northwest
Meredyth graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Education degree from the University of Illinois.
Director-at-Large Position One, Expires 2012
Jason Ferguson | President | Heald College | Portland, OR
Jason holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Utah and a Masters of Business Administration from National University. He lives in Vancouver, Washington with his wife of 16 years and their four children, three boys and a daughter.
Director-at-Large Position Two, Expires 2014
John Paul Johnston | Director | Divers Institute of Technology | Seattle, WA
Director-at-Large Position Three, Expires 2014
Leigh Christopherson | Director | Anthem College | Beaverton, OR
Leigh began working in post-secondary education in 2001 at Allied Medical College in St. Louis, Missouri. Since that time, she has held numerous training and management positions including Director of Financial Aid, Regional Financial Aid Director, Compliance Specialist, and Campus President.
Leigh holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Syracuse University. Leigh lives in Tigard, Oregon with her husband and two daughters.
Director-at-Large Position Four, Expires 2014
Joanna Russell | President | Sumner College | Portland, OR
Joanna was involved in the development and approval of the first for-profit practical nursing program in the state of Oregon, and was responsible for developing and launching six other healthcare programs including limited x-ray, pharmacy technician, and healthcare administration.
Joanna received her degree from Washington State University and currently serves as a Board Member for the Northwest Career College Federation, and is a member of the Office of Degree Authorization Taskforce.
Director-at-Large Position Five, Expires 2013
Kim Ierien | President | Concorde Career College | Portland, OR
Director-at-Large Position Six, Expires 2013
Nancy Gale | Treasurer | Technology Learning Group | Bellevue, WA
Nancy has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Washington. She is married and has a son in college.
Director-at-Large Position Seven, Expires 2013
Bill King | Director | ITT Technical Institute | Spokane, WA
Director-at-Large Position Eight - Vacent
Non Voting Member
Mary Lyn Hammer | Champion College Services | Tempe, AZ
Ms. Hammer has actively worked with the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Department of Education since 1988. Her many recognized accomplishments include, most recently, the 2005 CCA National Achievement Award for the Allied Member of the Year. She has numerous elections to the Board of Directors and currently serves with Career College Association (CCA), the Northwest Career Colleges Federation (NWCCF) and is the Chairwoman of the Board for the HEAL Coalition (Higher Education Allied Health Leaders Coalition).
Non Voting Member
Manny Washington | Pearson Learning Solutions | Cypress, CA
Gena Wikstrom | Northwest Career Colleges Federation | Redmond, WA
As executive director, Ms. Wikstrom is responsible for management of the NWCCF, its functions and commitment to serve its members by focusing on the mission of the association. She is accountable to the NWCCF Board of Directors.