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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.
Our Board of Directors
Christine Cote | President | Perry Technical Institute | Yakima, WA
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.
Frank Trieu | CEO | Evergreen Beauty College | Everett, WA
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.
Karen Shea | President | Summit Salon Academy | Tacoma, WA
Karen Shea has worked in education for over 20 years. Prior to starting Summit Salon Academy with her husband Michael in 2006, she worked as Director of Admissions and served on the Executive Committee for a private career college. She has also held multiple roles in the professional beauty industry working for a local beauty distributor. Karen plays an active role in the daily operations of the Academy leading and engaging students and staff. She is passionate about student success and preparing graduates of Summit Salon Academy with the professional and industry specific skills to begin a rewarding career as well as teaching students how to give back to their community. The Academy has been recognized with Modern Salon’s Excellence in Education Award and supports several non-profit organizations through fundraising and Academy events.
Caycee Clark | Director of Financial Aid | Divers Institute of Technology | Seattle, WA
Caycee obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication from the University of Washington and then jumped right into a career working in the field of student financial aid administration in the career school sector. Caycee has been in financial aid administration since 2000 and is currently the Director of Financial Aid at Diver’s Institute of Technology in Seattle, Washington. In addition to the role of Treasurer on the Northwest Career Colleges Federation board, Caycee also serves on the Executive Council of the Washington Financial Aid Association as the Proprietary School Sector Representative. Caycee has been a volunteer at Crisis Connections (formerly known as King County Crisis Clinic) since 1998, where she has served taking calls herself on the 24 hour Crisis Line for several years, as well as currently being a Youth Mentor for Crisis Connections’ Teen Link youth program.
Director-at-Large Position One | Expires 2021
Jason Knight | Program Director | Alderleaf Wilderness College | Monroe, WA
Jason Knight is the president of Alderleaf Wilderness College which he co-founded in 2006. Jason and the team have grown Alderleaf into a leading wilderness skills school that has trained thousands of students; consulted on film and television productions; and prepared hundreds of students for careers as wilderness skills instructors, wildlife field technicians, and permaculturists. Jason has over two decades of experience in program administration and education with expertise in wildlife tracking and wilderness survival. He is a seasoned wildlife biologist and one of only a handful of individuals to pass certification as a Senior Tracker through CyberTracker Conservation International. He received a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Ecology & Environmental Education from The Evergreen State College and holds a Permaculture Design Certificate. Jason has managed mountain lion studies for the Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife, assisted with wolf research in central Idaho, and contributed photos to the field guides “Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest” and “Tracks & Sign of Reptiles & Amphibians”.
Director-at-Large Position Two | Expires 2021
David Shulman | President |Seattle Film Institute | Seattle, WA
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 Position Three | Expires 2022
Michael McNamee | General Manager | Gene Juarez Academy | Mountlake Terrace, WA
Mike is a hair stylist with a passion for education. Mike has held several rolls in the beauty and wellness industry and has spent the last decade in top management positions in private career colleges. In his current role Mike oversees Gene Juarez Academy’s two locations in North and South Seattle. Gene Juarez Academy is an experienced cosmetology education provider. Since 1987, Gene Juarez Academy has been delivering an accredited and quality cosmetology training program, graduating thousands of beauty professionals. As a premier salon and spa organization for 40+ years, Gene Juarez has earned a reputation for providing quality and excellence in everything they do.
Director-at-Large Position Four | Expires 2022
Colleen Piller | President | International Air & Hospitality Academy | Vancouver, WA
I’ll be celebrating my 27th year at International Air and Hospitality Academy in August! I began my career as an airline instructor and loved the school, students, and industry so much, I made the decision to stay and see how I could make a difference. I had the good fortune of being mentored by great owners, and in 2017, became the president of the school. The diversity of the programs, the success of our students make this a place I call home. I thank Maryann and NWCCF for being such a support as we continue to navigate through COVID-19, I don’t know what I would’ve done without her! I truly appreciate Maryann’s fresh approach and look forward to our partnership for many years to come! Thank you.
Director-at-Large Position Five Expires | 2022
Patrick Davis |President | Paroba College | Everett, WA
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 Six Expires | 2021
Zachary Speron | Campus Director | Pima Medical Institute | Renton, WA
Zachary Speron has been in Education for nearly 10 years with experience in teaching, administration, and leadership. He has been with Pima Medical Institute since 2016 starting as their Faculty Coordinator and quickly becoming Campus Director. Pima Medical Institute started changing lives in 1972 when Richard Luebke Sr. and his wife, JoAnn, brought to life their dream of providing students with a quality medical career education. Zachary shares this dream and focuses on developing his faculty, staff, and administration to provide best experience possible for students and to ensure graduates have been provided everything they need to thrive in the medical field. Zachary is passionate about education and teaches workshops regularly on and off campus to support student success and provide Pima’s partners and affiliates with opportunities for professional development and innovative strategies for increased outcomes. He also makes it a priority to give back, finding ways for Pima and his students make an impact in the community. Over the last few years he has fundraised and partnered with The Walk to End Alzheimer’s, The Rainbow Center, Birthday Dreams, Goodwill, and many other charitable organizations.