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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.
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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.
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.
Christine Cote | Past 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.
Bill King | Vice President | ITT Technical Institute | Spokane, WA
Leigh Christopherson | Secretary | 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.
Meredyth Given | Regional Vice President of Operations | Corinthian College
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 2014
Shane Reeder | Director | Charter College | Pasco, WA
Prior to joining the education community Shane was a practicing attorney, prosecutor and pro-tem judge in Multnomah County, Oregon. He graduated from Utah State University with a BA in Political Science; from Willamette University with a JD and Certificate of Dispute Resolution; and from Portland State University with a Masters of International Management. In his spare time, Mr. Reeder likes to garden, camp, hike, and travel.
Director-at-Large Position Two, Expires 2014
John Paul Johnston | Director | Divers Institute of Technology | Seattle, WA
Director-at-Large Position Three, Expires 2014
Helena Hanson | Director | Stevens Henager College | Boise, ID
Dr. Hanson was born in Czechoslovakia. In her first life, she earned her Bachelor Degree in Nursing, and for six years she worked as a pediatric and psychiatric nurse. She left Czechoslovakia just before the Berlin Wall crumbled. As a political refugee, Dr. Hanson started rebuilding her new life in the United States. She earned a Bachelor Degree in Health Sciences at Boise State University, and worked in medical imaging facilities as a registered X-ray and MRI technologist. Continuing her life long quest as a learner, Dr. Hanson earned her Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and a Doctoral Degree with an emphasis on Leadership in Higher Education through George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon.
Dr. Hanson became acquainted with career colleges in 2004, when she accepted a position as an adjunct faculty member at Stevens Henager College in Boise. In 2008, she was appointed to serve as the Associate Dean of School of Business and later as the Dean of Education. During her leadership, the Boise SHC academic department became one of the highest performers within the CASI (College America System Incorporated, currently CEHE or Center for Excellence in Higher Education). As Executive Director, Dr. Hanson oversees all aspects of daily operations and participates in strategic planning for entire CEHE wide college system. Dr. Hanson is married to Guy. She has one daughter, Barbara, and two white German shepherds, Kira and Arija. She is an avid reader and a cranky gardener.
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 2014
Dion McNeeley | Director | Commercial Driving School | Lakewood, WA
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 School Director, 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.
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
Emanuel Washington (Manny) | Pearson Learning Solutions | Granada Hills, CA
Manny holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Santa Barbara and a Masters of Business from the Graziadio School of Business, Pepperdine University. He lives in Granada Hills, California with his wife and their two children.
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.