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

ABERDEEN, Wash. – As the holiday season approaches, members of the Grays Harbor College Human Services Club are enthusiastically “practicing what has been preached” to them as they plan and produce the club’s eighth annual Toy Drive for children of GHC students.

“Many students rely on financial aid and Work Study in order to make ends meet while attending school,” said club president Tirzah Taylor. “By holding a Toy Drive, we are able to help those in need while also supporting our fellow students.”

This year’s Toy Drive Fundraising chairman, Sam Miller, explained, “Being a college student is hard work; being a parent is hard work. Being a parent and a college student is courageous. Anytime we can do something to make a holiday more special for someone who is working that hard to help themselves and their family, we will. We hope that we get a lot of toys for kids this year and that this tradition continues for years to come.”

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

ABERDEEN, Wash. – More than 20 scholarships, including two new ones funded by the Bi-Mart Corporation, were awarded recently to students currently attending Grays Harbor College by the College’s Foundation.

The Fall awards, totaling $45,000, are in addition to the more than $500,000 in scholarships presented last Spring for the 2013-2014 year at GHC. Several of the Fall scholarships are funded through the Forest C. and Ruth V. Kelsey Foundation, designated for Harbor students who are studying automotive, nursing, education and forestry.

Bi-Mart, one of the Harbor’s newest retailers, is a Northwest corporation owned by its employees and the new GHC scholarships are designated for students studying business. Bi-Mart employees raise scholarship funds by hosting an annual golf tournament.

Two other new scholarships at GHC are the Kasey Lee Caskey Memorial Scholarship donated by his family to a student enrolled in carpentry or another vocational program; and scholarship established by the daughter of Ronald Murray Catlin, which is open to all students, with a preference to those studying history.

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

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  

For information on the Mandatory Boating Safety Education Program, visit online at

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,

Grays Harbor College World Class Scholar Program celebrates 20 years

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Grays Harbor College’s unique program, World Class Scholars marks its 20th year with a reunion gathering this Thursday (9/12) on the GHC campus. The social event begins at 7 p.m. at the HUB with entertainment, prizes and ice cream sundaes planned. All students who qualified as World Class Scholars when they graduated from high school are welcome to attend.

GHC World Class Scholar Program

The incentive program, launched in the early 1990s, continues as a way to encourage junior high and high school students in the College’s two-county service district to stay in school and think about their future after graduation. Young students promise to graduate with a 3.0 grade-point average or better, compile a portfolio of school achievements and activities, and log community service hours while in high school. Upon high school graduation, those qualifying as World Class Scholars and enrolling at GHC will receive a partial tuition scholarship for their first year at the College from the Grays Harbor College Foundation.

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 , 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 or call 360.532.9020.

Grays Harbor College offering online courses for Early Childhood Educators

ABERDEEN, Wash. – If you like working with children, and are hoping for a job working with children in the Early Childhood Education field, Grays Harbor College says they may have the program for you.

Most of these jobs now require a Certificate in Early Childhood Education (ECE). The ECE curriculum has been completely revised and updated and is available online through Grays Harbor College.

 For Fall Quarter, the GHC program offers several classes, focusing on child care basics, health, safety and nutrition, language and literacy, infants and toddlers, family child care, administration of Early Leaning programs and an introduction to Early Childhood Education. Completion of required courses can lead to STARS certification for child care workers.

Grays Harbor Transit to keep bus pass program for GHC students

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Grays Harbor Transit will keep the student bus pass program for college students. Grays Harbor College President Ed Brewster pled with the transit authority last night, “We can do some more…” He said the college provides the passes to about 500 students per quarter, saving them on monthly passes. “If you make the change to cancel those all together, where students have to get a monthly pass, that could be as much as $80 per quarter.”
After board president Jack Durney broke the tie, the transit authority adopted a motion to increase the fee from 30 to $45 per quarter, per student, and to keep the bus pass program. Board members Frank Gordon and Wes Cormier both agreed that sanctions to one entity could encourage more to ask for special treatment.
The first day of class at the college is September 23rd, the program was set to expire when reductions in service take effect on September 1st.