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Applications being accepted for E. K. and Lillian F. Bishop Foundation scholarships

Grays Harbor College campus

Current college and graduate school students, living in Grays Harbor County are encouraged to seek financial assistance for their education by applying for the E. K. and Lillian F. Bishop Foundation scholarships. Applications are available through the on-line scholarship application program. The scholarship application program is located at www.ghc.edu/bishopscholarship. Applications must be submitted no later than July 9 and recipients will be announced by early August.

Started nearly 25 years ago by the Bishop Foundation, this scholarship fund is designated for students in their third or fourth years of accredited four-year college or universities, as well as for students in their first two years of accredited graduate schools.

Grays Harbor College manages funds for this scholarship program and Eric Potts is coordinating the program.

To qualify, applicants must have a minimum cumulate grade point average of 3.0 (as of June 25) and reside in Grays Harbor County. Undergraduate applicants must be 22 years of age or younger as of June 25 in the year when the application is submitted; graduate applicants must be 24 years of age or younger by that date. In previous years, undergraduates were eligible to receive as much as $3,000 per year, while graduate students could receive as much as $5,000. Awards are paid directly to the student’s college to offset the cost of tuition, room, board and other fines.

Further information about the program is available by contacting Eric Potts at (360) 538-4121.

Return to GHC!
Bishop Scholarship Program 
Mr. Eric Potts
c/o Grays Harbor College
1620 Edward P. Smith Drive
Aberdeen WA 98520

(360) 538-4121
or toll-free (in WA state) (800) 562-4830 
Fax: (360) 538-4299

Grays Harbor College “Continuing Ed-venture” to explore Pacific County history

Pacific County Courthouse

Come along on the next EDventure presented by Grays Harbor College Continuing Education January 25th, 9 am to 4:30 pm; to Raymond and South Bend, Washington.  Join us as we look up at the Historic Pacific County Courthouse Rotunda, Pacific County Historical Society, climb in a Wagon at the Northwest Carriage Museum, and enjoy the view from behind the Helm of the Vansee at the Willapa Seaport Museum.

Steve Rogers, Pacific County Commissioner & Pacific County Historical Society President, will be starting off the tour.  We will be visiting the original Courthouse location, watching a slideshow presentation of the construction, touring the historic structure and beautiful grounds.  Just a few blocks below is the Pacific County Historical Society; which houses wonderful displays and artifacts of local significance.  The venture continues back to Raymond’s Northwest Carriage Museum.  Sit in some of the finest collections of 19th century carriages, buggys, and wagons.  The Willapa Seaport Museum is right around the corner, chalked full of maritime treasures and nautical stories shared by Captain Pete.  Participants will be returned to Riverview Education Center and Main Campus locations.

Space is limited so register today at any of the Grays Harbor College locations.  For further information, please contact Bethany Oszman at 360.533.9733 or [email protected] (Whiteside Continuing Education Center) or Carol Staricka at 360.875.9466 ext. 1 or [email protected] (Riverview Education Center, Raymond).

Grays Harbor College helping with Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

GH College

The Grays Harbor College will host a College Goal Washington event on January 16th, to provide expert help to students as they fill out their Free Application for Federal Student Aid forms.

College Goal Washington is a free, on-site program that helps students and families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the form that is required to apply for federal financial assistance for higher education. The annual College Goal Washington events take place throughout January and February at numerous locations across Washington state. Students receive step-by-step instructions for successfully completing and submitting their FAFSA.

College Goal Washington

If you are a student and haven’t made a decision about college, attend a College Goal Washington event near you. Filling out the FAFSA doesn’t obligate you to anything. Whether you choose a traditional college, community college, vocational or technical school, College Goal Washington can help you get money for higher education.

Most higher education students receive financial aid! 63 percent of college and university students receive an average of $7,400 a year to help pay for college.


If you’re ready to fill out the FAFSA now, go for it! visit http://studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa for details.

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College Transfer Fair at Grays Harbor College

GH 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 and universities will be participating, including Oregon Institute of Technology, which has not visit the Harbor in many years.

Other participants will include Art Institute of Seattle, City University of Seattle, Central Washington University, the Evergreen State College, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandizing, International Academy of Design and Technology, Northwest University, Pacific Lutheran University, University of Phoenix, St. Martin’s University, University of Washington/Bothell and UW/Tacoma, Washington State University, WSU/Tri-Cities, WSU/Vancouver and Western Governors University.

Those interested in learning more about transferring to one of these colleges or universities are encouraged to visit GHC on Thursday.

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, [email protected]

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.

Concrete trucks pouring into Grays Harbor College campus

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Demolition of the 400 building is complete, and construction officially begins today on the Gene Schermer Instructional Building at the Aberdeen campus of Grays Harbor College.
President Ed Brewster tells us “they’re going to start doing major concrete pours. We’re going to have concrete trucks [moving] on and off campus all day long, they’ll be lined up, and we don’t want those to interfere with our student traffic.
Brewster said  students are being encouraged to park in the lower lot and take cardiac lane, or a Grays Harbor Transit bus to help with the added traffic. 
Once complete, The $41.5-million Gene Schermer Instructional Building will be visible from the highway, it should be open for class by September of 2015. 

Brewster said it was kismet that they were able to get construction funded by state legislature this year, after they cut 11% of the building’s funding, the engineers came back with an estimate that was 11% less than the 44-million expected.

GH College New Building

New Campus(*NOTE: the Cost value has changed since these images were created by the contractor, and is reflected accurately in our story.)

The 70-thousand square foot building will cost around $41.5-million, and should be open by September of 2015.

Water leak closes Grays Harbor College campus Thursday

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Evening classes at the Aberdeen campus of Grays Harbor College were cancelled yesterday afternoon due to a water main break during construction. College President Ed Brewster said yesterday that they expected the problem to be fixed overnight, and classes to resume today. Their facebook page reports “Crews were able to fix the water leak at 8:00 PM on Thursday. Thanks to everyone that was involved to get campus open again.”

Grays Harbor College Career Fair today in Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Grays Harbor College will host its second annual Career Fair today, from 10 am to 1 pm in the HUB on the main campus in Aberdeen.

The event will provide students and the public the chance to network with professionals in various career fields, gather information about requirements and expectations and explore career opportunities in Grays Harbor.

Over 25 businesses will be participating, including Bonell Photography offering complimentary headshot photos. Participants are also eligible for a $50 gift certificate to the Grays Harbor College Bookstore!

Grays Harbor College says that this is an informational event, not a hiring event.

Admission is free and parking is available. For more information, call 360-538-4165.

The second annual Career Fair is Tuesday, October 15, from 10 AM-1 PM