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Grays Harbor College Human Services students kick off 8th annual Toy Drive

The Toy Drive is seeking donations of new or unwrapped toys, items for gift baskets to be raffled, or cash. The deadline for making donations is November 29. The toys will be distributed at an on-campus event in early December.

Donation boxes and cans have been placed around the GHC campus and in the Grays Harbor area at the following locations: Waugh’s and Selmer’s in downtown Aberdeen, N. W. Passage in South Aberdeen, Personal Service Providers and Harbor Home and Health in Hoquiam, The Mermaid in Westport and Everybody’s in Elma.

The GHC Human Services Club was founded in 2005 and currently boasts around 60 members who are students in the GHC Human Services program. That year, the club’s first Toy Drive gave toys to 36 children. Last year’s total was over 300 children.

The club’s faculty adviser and Human Services academic program coordinator and instructor, Chandra Miller-Starks, added that the Toy Drive “means one less thing for students to worry about: they can focus on finals, not on how they will get toys for their kids.”

Besides the Toy Drive, the Human Services Club is involved in many other activities, including the annual Ocean Shores Jamboree/Serenity event at the Ocean Shores Convention Center, working within the community to provide the Grays Harbor Youth Center with snacks and personal care items in order to help support their street outreach program, as well as joining the Washington Department of Social and Human Services on “Lets Draw the Line,” a statewide underage drinking prevention campaign.

Miller-Starks said many graduates of the GHC Human Services program “are currently working, helping members of our community in various positions at non-profits, government agencies, and chemical dependency treatment facilities.”  The program also has 13 students currently serving as interns at various locations in the community.

“Our goal is to help — individuals, families and our community as a whole,” Miller-Starks said.  “Most of our students have a strong personal connection to the community and are very passionate about helping their neighbors.”

For more information about the Grays Harbor College Human Services Club, please contact Miller-Starks at [email protected] or 360-538-4097.

Grays Harbor College Foundation awards scholarships, including two from Bi-Mart

According to the Bi-Mart announcement of the scholarships, the employees “hope to have a positive and powerful impact on the lives of the student recipients, with the long-term goal of helping GHC prepare students for employment.”

In acknowledging the new scholarships, GHC Foundation President Shelli Hopsecger expressed appreciation to the corporation, adding “the College Foundation encourages other area businesses to join Bi-Mart in supporting GHC students realize their dreams of an education.

“This community continues to be so generous to our College students, a tradition that began more than 80 years when the College first open,” she remarked.

Sheriff’s Office offering boater education coarse

MONTESANO, Wash. – The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Montesano Fire Department, will offer a boater education course for Washington boaters. This eight hour course provides boaters the basics of safe boating for recreational boaters.

This course was developed specifically for the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and is taught by members of the GHC Sheriff’s Marine Unit. The Adventures in Boating Washington, A Course on Responsible Boating manual and exam will be provided at the class. Pre-register by e-mailing [email protected]

Saturday, Oct. 26th, 2013 from 8:00 am until 5:00 p.m. at the Montesano Fire Hall, 310 E. Pioneer, Montesano, WA. Boaters of all ages are invited, however class size is limited to 30 students on a first come-first serve basis.

As of Jan. 1, 2014, All boaters born on or after January 1, 1955 are required to carry a Boater Education Card when operating a boat on Washington waterways. Tickets are now being issued to violators. The law applies to operators of motorboats of 15 horsepower or greater. Boaters born before Jan. 1, 1955 are exempt from this law. Cards cost $10.00 and are good for a lifetime.

For class information, contact: Deputy Brad Russell at (360) 580-7634 or e-mail to [email protected]  

For information on the Mandatory Boating Safety Education Program, visit online at www.parks.wa.gov/boating.

GHC offering classes at SBAA Community Art Center

The SBAA has three  classes being offered at the SBAA Community Art Center.

One Stroke Painting

In this class students will learn the basic acrylic painting strokes and how to load their brushes for one stroke. Also covered will be how to paint leaves, vines, and flowers, such as daisies, 5 petal and wild roses and sunflowers. Painting will be done on surfaces such as paper, glass and wood.

Item# 3516: $37.95  Item# 3514: $25.30 (Reduced for age 55+)

Class dates: Weekly on Thursday Oct.3-Nov.7  10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Learn to Teach 
This class will focus on the skills needed to lead a class or workshop. Students will develop their class, learn to time instruction, plan materials and practice presentation skills.

Item# 3524: $37.95
Item# 3522: $25.30 (Reduced for age 55+1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Starts October 1, weekly on Tuesday

Beginning Watercolors

Have you ever wanted to create beautiful watercolors?

Learn beginning watercolor and drawing basics in a relaxed atmosphere with Barbara Sampson. No experience required. Grab a friend and sign up now!  Starts October 1, 2013

Starts Oct. 1 and Weekly on Tuesday until November 20, 2013

Item# 3512: $51.75  Item# 3510: $34.50 (Reduced for age 55+)

To enroll  in any one of these classes please call:

Grays Harbor College

Alice Bisbee will help you enroll. Call soon, or they may cancel the classes.

Incident Commanders: continuing classes offered at GHC

Grays Harbor County Emergency Management will be hosting ICS 300 & 400 at Grays Harbor College.

ICS 300 will be offered on October 23 & 24th

ICS 400 will be offered Nov. 12 & 13th.

Please click the links below for more information and to apply to the courses. Deputy Director of Emergency Management Chuck Wallace tells us “We need to meet a minimum class size to hold each class. Interest was expressed by many organizations throughout the county and we asked to sponsor the classes for your benefit. All classes are FREE!”





Grays Harbor Transit adds runs for park and ride college students

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Grays Harbor College students are being encouraged to park and ride when classes begin at the Aberdeen campus on Monday (9/23). Jane Goldberg with the college tells us due to on-going construction activities, access to some parking areas of the upper campus is limited and students will be directed to the lower parking areas.

Working with Grays Harbor Transit, regularly scheduled transit buses will add two new bus stops in the lower parking area and shuttle students up to the upper campus and back for free. Students will need to show their GHC student ID when boarding the shuttle.

Career Fair at Grays Harbor College Tuesday October 15th

2012 Career Fair
October 15, 2013 * 10:00am-1:00pm * GHC Hillier Union Building – Commons Area 

The Grays Harbor College Career Fair is Tuesday, October 15th. The purpose of the Career Fair is to enhance the strong connection between the College, the community, and the businesses and agencies within the community. It will provide students and the public the chance to network with professionals in their career field, gather information about career requirements and expectations and explore career opportunities in Grays Harbor. It will also allow businesses to promote themselves and connect with their future workforce. This is an informational event, not a hiring event. 

Participating students can pick up a GHC Career Fair Passport that can be signed by those with whom they visit. The Passport can then be turned in at the GHC Bookstore to be included in a drawing for a $50 gift certificate. For more information, contact Mat Carlisle at 360.538.4165, [email protected]

Grays Harbor College World Class Scholar Program celebrates 20 years

To date, more than 1,350 students have qualified in the program and more than 685 have come to the College and used their World Class Scholars scholarships, which now total $850,000. The GHC Foundation is hoping to create a World Class Scholars endowment so the scholarships can continue for decades.


For more information about the Thursday event and to contribute to the World Class Scholars program, contact Jan Jorgenson at the GHC Foundation, [email protected], 360.538.4243. 

Next to Normal auditions at GHC

Auditions for “Next to Normal,” the Fall musical production at Grays Harbor College, are scheduled for 7 p.m. both Wednesday and Thursday, September 18 and 19, at the Bishop Center. The Pulitzer Prize winning rock musical will be performed the first two weekends of November, directed by GHC instructor Brad Duffy.


The cast includes four men and two women. “Next to Normal” explores how a suburban housewife copes with crisis and mental illness, with book and lyrics by Brian Yockey and music by Tom Kitt. The dramatic musical shows how far two parents will go to keep their family’s world intact.


For the auditions, men should plan on signing “I Am The One,” while women will sing “Superboy” or “I Miss the Mountains.” Those trying out may also prepare 16 measures of another song as well.

For more information about the auditions, contact Brad Duffy at [email protected] , 360.538.4172.

Grays Harbor College ranked as best Community College in the state

ABERDEEN, Wash. – In a nationwide report, Grays Harbor College has been ranked as the top community college in the State of Washington, and as number 15 out of 700 community colleges in the nation.

A report just released by Washington Monthly ranks colleges on a series of criteria. Also on the list are Cascadia (22), Green River (44), Tacoma (46) and Highline (47).

Specifically Washington Monthly, a national nonprofit magazine in Washington DC, gives high marks to community colleges based on student responses concerning quality of teaching and data on retention and graduation rates. (Data came from the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) and U.S. Department of Education measures of student retention and completion.) This is the 8th year for the nationwide report, which officially appears in the September-October issue.

“We are all excited to hear of our top ranking,” commented GHC president Ed Brewster. “Some of the data used to arrive at the ranking was collected directly from our students and other information came from statistics regarding our retention and graduation rates.

“Everyone at GHC works so diligently to ensure that students have a successful experience; this really validates all of their hard work,” Brewster added.

“It’s great to be Number One!”

Fall Quarter at GHC begins on September 23. There is still time to enroll in classes, although space and some financial aid may be limited. For more information, contact GHC at www.ghc.edu or call 360.532.9020.