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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, brad.duffy@ghc.edu

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.

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

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
www.acenursing.org

For further information about the GHC Nursing accreditation, contact Penny Woodruff, director of the College’s program, pennywoodruff@ghc.edu, 360.538.4148

Grays Harbor College to host career fair October 15

Grays Harbor College will host its second annual Career Fair on Tuesday, October 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the HUB on the main campus in Aberdeen. 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. Bonell Photography will be offering free head-shot photographs. This is an informational event, not a hiring event.  Admission is free and parking is available. For more information, call 360-538-4165.

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, brad.duffy@ghc.edu.

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. 

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, mcarlisl@ghc.edu

Grays Harbor College named one of Washington’s 27 most military friendly

OLYMPIA, Wash. – On the heels of its ranking as top community college in Washington state last month, Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen has again made a national list.
Twenty-seven Washington community and technical colleges are among the top military friendly schools in the nation according to Victory Media, a media entity for military personnel that are transitioning to civilian life.

The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list released this week honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that do the most to ensure the success of military service members, veterans, and spouses. Grays Harbor College offers many programs and support staff to help local military students be successful.

Victory Media compiled the list through research and data-driven analysis of surveys from more than 10,000 federal Department of Veterans Affairs-approved schools nationwide, along with a survey of more than 4,000 student veterans. The results were independently audited by national accounting firm Ernst & Young. Washington’s community and technical colleges were among 1,818 schools nationwide to make the list.

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.

New Questions Asked at Grays Harbor College to Support LGBTQ Learning Environment

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Students registering for fall classes at the Grays Harbor College will be asked what their sexual orientation is, and how they identify their gender.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning group said the college is collecting the data to better understand students’ diverse perspectives and experiences.
Options include bisexual, gay, lesbian, queer, straight, other, or you can answer that you prefer not to answer. For Gender you can also choose not to answer, or one of the following; feminine, masculine, androgynous, gender neutral, transgender, or other.

Answers will be kept private, even from staff, and shared anonymously with institutional research departments.

A spokeswoman for the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges says it actually was students in other colleges who proposed that the data be tracked. Laura McDowell says the goal is to ensure all students have a successful, welcoming, and safe experience in college. 

McDowell says data will help colleges establish a benchmark to see how these students are performing and design programs and extracurricular activities to help them succeed.


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.

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 College teacher returns from 2 month ocean expedition

PORT ANGELES, Wash. – Dr. John Delaney’s VISIONS’13 ocean research expedition has come to an end, “We are laying an underwater network system that will allow us to be present in the ocean, 24/7 365 for decades.” Delany said the data will be collected and available on the internet.

Over the past two months, crews installed 72,000 feet of fibre optic cables on the Pacific ocean seafloor for the National Science Foundation’s Ocean Observatories Initiative.

Grays Harbor College instructor Julie Nelson was aboard in July and August, after 47 days at sea the research vessel Thomas G. Thompson arrived in Victoria B.C. on Monday.

The state website interactiveoceans.washington.edu offers archives of daily updates and video of the expedition.

Pacific Ocean bed

Childbirth classes to start in September

ABERDEEN, Wash. - Amy Murphy will be leading a six-week series of childbirth classes beginning Thursday, September 5. Classes meet every week in Room 2255 at the Grays Harbor College campus in Aberdeen. The class is geared toward expectant mothers whose babies are due before November 30.

Topics covered include signs of labor, normal progression of labor, techniques for coping with pain, relaxation and natural breathing techniques, how your partner can help during labor, when to call the doctor or midwife and drug options. A tour of the hospital is included. The class is $60 or you can pay with a medical coupon in the business office at Grays Harbor College.

For any more information you can call Amy Murphy at 533-0071

The next class will be available in November.

Grays Harbor College breaks ground on Gene Schermer Instructional Building

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Grays Harbor College broke ground on their newest building yesterday. President Ed Brewster introduced the building’s namesake “Gene Schermer has worked for, and with, the college now over 30 years. We are proud to have named this building after Dr. Gene Schermer.”
Dr. Schermer himself was a little surprised when he learned that the 70-thousand square foot building would be named after him “More than a little bit surprised, I never anticipated that at all. I was just overwhelmed, and very humbled, by that.”
Construction begins with demolition of the 400 building, and 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 kismit 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 CampusThe 70-thousand square foot building will cost around $41.5-million, and should be open by September of 2015.

Grays Harbor College breaking ground on new building

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Grays Harbor College will break ground on their newest building next week. The Gene Schermer Instructional Building will house Sciences, Nursing, Technology, Art, Engineering & Math for the main campus.
President Ed Brewster said demolition of the 400/450 buildings is slated to begin very soon, and they’re eying another building already “eventually we’ll take down the 200 building, the HUB will be the only building left to replace now.” Brewster said some classes will be moving into the 800 building during construction. 
GH College New Building

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