Mayor of Olympia to speak at Grays Harbor College

City of Olympia’s Mayor Stephen Buxbaum will speak about Civic Engagement in a Time of Rapid Change at Grays Harbor College on Saturday, April 18, starting at 1 p.m. Buxbaum will be speaking to the “Health From the Inside Out” class, which is part of the Evergreen State College’s Grays Harbor program. Members of the public are welcome.
Buxbaum will be using examples from his more than 30 years of work in community and economic development to speak about ways that individuals and communities are rising to the challenge of climate change.

“Social, economic and environmental challenges are coming at us simultaneously and very rapidly” Buxbaum says. He believes that issues such as food and energy policy need to be addressed at a community and individual level if we are going to successfully meet these challenges.

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Grays Harbor College now offers ASE Certification for Auto Technicians

For automotive technicians working in the area, Grays Harbor College now provides Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification and re-certification testing. Until recently, those working in auto mechanics fields had to travel to Longview or Puyallup for these exams.

For those already working in the field, the renewals are good for 5 years, and the testing is handled by Jim Sorensen, GHC testing specialist. For more information about the ASE mechanic testing, contact him at 360.538.4049,

Students in the College’s Automotive Technology program now take the initial certification tests prior to graduation, according to instructor Denis Samson. The first student to prepare and successfully complete the tests was Brandon Reeson, who graduated last June and now has relocated to Bellingham for a job in his field and possibly continuing his education at Western Washington University. Reeson earned 9 ASE certificates before he graduated, which are good for the first two years of his new career.

To inquire about GHC’s Automotive Technology program, please contact the instructor, Denis Samson, 360.538.4131,, or the College’s Workforce Education office at 360.538.4011.

Open House to detail CWU Bachelor Program at Grays Harbor College

An open house and student orientation for Central Washington University’s new Law and Justice bachelors degree program is planned for next Wednesday, September 10 on the Grays Harbor College campus in Aberdeen.

The open house starts at 3 p.m. in Room 1512 of GHC’s Spellman Library. This will be for those who are interested in enrolling in the CWU program. There is still time to become a student in the Fall. The New Student Orientation will take place at 4 p.m.

CWU will offer at least one face-to-face class per quarter at GHC in Aberdeen, with the remainder of the classes offered online leading towards a bachelors degree in Law and Justice.

A law and justice degree can open the door to careers in court administration, juvenile justice, law enforcement, paralegal, social services, wildlife law enforcement, and graduate school. Also, police officers, aspiring attorneys and others seeking to advance their careers already have inquired about the new program.

For more information about the CWU bachelors programs on the Harbor, contact JEB Thornton at GHC, 360.538.4022,

Grays Harbor College launches “Plus 50″ Program with free computer workshop

Grays Harbor College launches the new Plus 50 Encore Completion program with a free computer workshop on Saturday, September 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Whiteside Education Center in Aberdeen.

Plus 50 is a new program designed for adults age of 50 and older who, for various reasons, are seeking new career directions. Workshops, such as the September 13 computer class, are offered at no charge for these returning students considering new careers in the fields of healthcare, education and social services.

Bethany Barnard is the College’s Plus 50 Career Coach, based at the Whiteside facility where the workshop will take place. This computer workshop will be the first in a series of many workshops scheduled to help Plus 50-eligible students prepare to return to college.

As she points out, “GHC has several certificate and degree programs that will be included in our Plus 50 programming as career pathways for the health care, education and social service fields. These include two-year degrees in Early Childhood Education, Medical Records, CNA, Nursing, Criminal Justice, Human Services and, in partnership with City University, we offer an onsite pathway to a Bachelors in Education.”

Barnard also explains that the College offers certificate programs as well, specifically in Bookkeeping, Business Technology, Formatting /Publishing Business Documents, Microcomputer Applications, Microsoft Office Applications, Office Professional Certification, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Human Services, Medical Records Office Assistant, Medical Coding, Medical Transcription, Practical Nursing, and Nursing Assistant Training.

“Our free Plus 50 computer and career exploration workshops will help adult students make the decision to come back to GHC and train for a new job. These are exciting times and we are here to lend a hand,” Barnard adds.

For further information about the  September 13 workshop and others that are being planned, contact Plus 50 Career Coach Bethany Barnard at or 360.533.9733.

Grays Harbor College offering ‘EDventure’ voyage on Lady Washington

The EDventure with Grays Harbor College Continuing Education Department and Grays Harbor Historical Seaport begins on September 17th at the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport, 500 N Custer Street, in Aberdeen.  Meet us at 9:30 am for a tour of this historical landmark, lunch, and a two hour cruise on the Lady Washington.  Perhaps we can convince the Captain to do a cannon salute.

Cost of the trip is $68.25, which includes cruise, tour, lunch, and snack.  Sign up today online at or in-person at Whiteside Continuing Education Center, 418 E First Street, in Aberdeen.  Please contact Bethany Barnard at or 360.533.9733 for further information.  Pre-registration is required.

Grays Harbor College auditioning for production of “Back in the World”

Auditions for Grays Harbor College’s Fall premier production of “Back in the World” are set for Saturday, September 20 at 10 a.m. and the following day, Sunday, September 21, starting at 2 p.m. All tryouts will take place in the Bishop Center on the main GHC campus in Aberdeen.

“Back in the World” is an original musical about the plight of soldiers returning home from war, debuting on the Bishop Center stage the first two weekends of November. Composed by GHC alum Alex Eddy with lyrics by GHC instructor Lynne Lerych, the show is sad, angry, funny and ultimately uplifting. Sandy Lloyd is the show sponsor.

The production includes principal roles for six males and four females, ranging in ages from late teens to 50s or 60s. All roles are singing parts and there also will be a chorus of at least eight. For more information about the production and auditions, contact Lynne Lerych at, 360.538.4156.

Community Foundation awards $128,900 in Discretionary Grants and $40,000 in After School Program Fund Grants

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation is pleased to be able to invest $128,900 into the community through its third quarter discretionary grants cycle. The Foundation has long been a resource to Grays Harbor County nonprofit organizations by offering a quarterly discretionary grants cycle. This quarter, the Foundation awarded 13 grants that totaled $128,900 in discretionary funding. “This is the largest discretionary grants cycle, in terms of number of applications, as well breadth of organizations requesting funding,” Program Officer Cassie Lentz said. “We were pleased to see the extensiveness of programs and projects that were seeking funding, from all corners of our county and beyond.”

The organizations that were funded through this discretionary grants cycle include: Montesano Community Outreach for summer art camps, Our Aberdeen for mural restorations, Grays Harbor College for making ballet performance accessible to children, Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services for legal advice clinics in Grays Harbor County, Nonprofit Leaders Conference of Southwest WA for their 2014 conference, Artic Community Association for roof repairs, Child Care Action Council for their “Raising A Reader” program, Aberdeen Revitalization Movement for phase one of their operations, Catholic Community Services for the Grays Harbor Youth Center, Beyond Survival for the “Where We Live” program, McCleary School District for STEAM education, Northwest Justice Project for an employment opportunities legal fellowship in Grays Harbor, and Montesano School District for the field turf project at Jack Rottle field.

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation was also able to award $40,000 to four After School Programs here on the Harbor through a designated fund set up specifically for that benefit. Supported programs included: McCleary School District, Montesano Community Outreach, North Beach School District, and the YMCA of Grays Harbor for Harbor After-School program sites in Hoquiam, Elma and McCleary.

Grays Harbor Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission “to improve the quality of life in the communities throughout Grays Harbor County.” This is accomplished through many projects and processes that work through or in support of other non-profit organizations, including a quarterly discretionary grants cycle with applications accepted on the first business day of January, April, July and October.

Tax deductible donations may be made to:
Grays Harbor Community Foundation, P.O. Box 615, Hoquiam, WA 98550
You may find out more by checking the foundation website: or you may contact the Foundation staff at 532-1600 or by e-mail at:

Proposed Hospital District #2 meeting tonight in Aberdeen, and later tonight in Brady

The League of Women Voters is sponsoring a debate tonight on the formation of a second public hospital district at the Rotary Log Pavillion in Aberdeen. It starts at 6, but video statements from commissioner candidates of the proposed district’s board will begin at 5:30.

News Director for Jodesha Broadcasting Dave Haviland will be moderating, and on the proponents side we’ll have Dr. Ed Brewster president of Grays Harbor College, Lisa Smith with Imperium Renewables, Patrick Wadsworth from the GH Democrats and Dr. Anna Marie Wong. On the opponent-side we’ll have Aberdeen councilman Alan Richrod, Local Republican Jim Walsh, Claudia Woodward -Rice, and John Farra.

Hospital Administrators will be on hand to answer questions until around 6:30 when a couple will head out to a second meeting hosted by Fire District #2 on the topic that is being held at Station 32 in Brady tonight at 7.

The hospital district, and it’s board members, are on the primary election ballots – which you should have received by now, with votes being tallied on Aug. 5th.

The Vote

The Grays Harbor County Elections Department reports that the Commissioners on your ballot with the most votes from their district will become the new district’s Commissioners for the next 6 years. There will be no vote to determine commissioners in the November General election – regardless of the number of candidates in the district.

Northwest Timber Revival in Hoquiam to benefit Associates program at Grays Harbor College

Horses Cut Shop presents a Northwest Timber Revival on the grounds of the historic Polson Museum in Hoquiam, Washington on Saturday, August, 30th. This day-long, free to the public event features live music, a beer garden, vintage logging demonstrations and graphic t-shirts representing local, iconic timber industry brands.

Sponsored by Filson Outfitters, Stihl Timber Sports and Stanley, all profits from the Timber Revival event go to support the Natural Resources -Forestry Technician Program at nearby Grays Harbor College which serves the coastal communities of western Washington state. This two year applied associate degree program provides students with the skills needed to secure jobs in the modern-day timber industry.
“Horses Cut Shop Revival events seek to re-introduce audiences to their regional American roots by reviving the brands and stories which represent their personal geographies. By creating celebrations that both honor the legacy and support the future of local industry, Horses Cut Shop hopes to strengthen the ties we all have to our communities and those elements which make them unique. ” Gabe Johnson, – Horses Cut Shop

About: Horses Cut Shop is a vintage inspired apparel company that specializes in t-shirts that represent real, iconic, local businesses around the US. Each time a t-shirt is sold, the business that t-shirt represents receives a portion of the proceeds. From bait shops to bowling alleys, diners, tattoo shops and taverns, Horses Cut Shop travels the country in search of the small town stories and brands that represent the best of the American sprit. Horses Cut Shop apparel is sold through the Horses Cut Shop website and via an exclusive partnership with Nordstrom stores nationwide.