College Transfer Fair at Grays Harbor College

Grays Harbor College hosts the annual College Transfer Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday (Jan 16) in the HUB on the main campus in Aberdeen. Representatives from 17 regional colleges

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Child auditions for Grays Harbor College production of Les Miserables

Auditions for two children’s parts in the upcoming Grays Harbor College production of “Les Miserables” are slated for Monday afternoon, December 9, beginning at 4 p.m. at the Bishop Center.

Tryouts for the children’s roles of Gavroche and young Cozette will be taking place on Monday.

Adult cast tryouts are scheduled for Tuesday, December 10, at 7 p.m., and Thursday, December 12, at 4 p.m., both in the Music Pavilion on the main campus.

 Seven performances of “Les Miserables” are planned at the Bishop Center the first two weeks of March.

 For further information about the auditions, contact Duffy at 360.538.4172,

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.

Grays Harbor College Nursing program to host public meeting for annual accreditation

Grays Harbor College’s Nursing program will host a site accreditation visit by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) October 22-24 on the Aberdeen campus.

Included in the accreditation team’s schedule is a public meeting on Tuesday, October 22, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Board Room, located on the fourth floor of the Manspeaker Building.  All interested individuals wishing to provide feedback to the ACEN team about the Nursing program are welcome to participate.

Written comments may also be submitted in advance of the site visit. Contact information for ACEN (formerly NLNAC) is:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
P: (404) 975-5000

For further information about the GHC Nursing accreditation, contact Penny Woodruff, director of the College’s program,, 360.538.4148

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.

Early auditions for “Les Miserables” at Grays Harbor College

Early auditions for Grays Harbor College’s Spring musical production of “Les Miserables” are slated for Saturday, October 12. The Tryouts will start at 10 a.m. at the Music Pavilion on the College’s main campus in Aberdeen.

Specifically, three males roles of Jean Valjean, Javert and Marius, plus the female lead Cosette will be cast after the October 12 auditions. Those trying out should be prepared to sing the epilogue, "Do You Hear the People Sing".  Also, as an option (not required), auditioners may bring sheet music and sing 16 bars of a song of their own choosing.  

After these auditions are heard, people will be selected to stay for callbacks.  Selections for the first callbacks will include:  “Who Am I?” and "Bring Him Home" (Valjean); “Javert’s Suicide” (Javert); “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” (Marius); and “In My Life” (Cosette). Vocal numbers for second callbacks include “A Heart Full of Love (Reprise)” (Valjean, Marius and Cosette) and “The Confrontation” (Javert and Valjean).

According to director Brad Duffy, auditions for the remaining roles and the chorus of “Les Miserables” will take place on December 10 and 12. A separate audition for the children's roles of Gavroche and Young Cosette will occur at a date and time yet to be determined.  The musical will be performed seven times in March at the Bishop Center. For further information about the auditions, contact Duffy at 360.538.4172,

Grays Harbor College invites students to free outdoor movie

ABERDEEN, Wash. - Students at Grays Harbor College are inviting the community to campus on Thursday evening, October 3, for a free outdoor showing of the Disney family movie “Monsters University.” The movie will be shown in the quad between the Spellman Library and the HUB at no charge.

Food, games and other activities are planned, starting an hour before the movie begins. Movie-goers should bring blankets, pillows and other gear for sitting on the ground, although accommodations will be made for those who cannot sit on the ground. The movie event is hosted by the Associated Students of GHC and the students’ Activities Board. 

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!"