March 19, 2010
Lake Washington Technical College (LWTC) students Vani Rao and Wei Jiang will be recognized as members of the 2010 All-Washington Academic Team at a ceremony in Olympia.
Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire will present teams members with their medallions during a reception on Thursday, March 25, at noon at South Puget Sound Community College's Student Union Building.
The 2010 All-Washington Academic Team includes 63 students representing 33 community and technical colleges in Washington. The program honors academic high achievers, students who have demonstrated a commitment to success in the classroom and in the communities where they live. This recognition demonstrates the state's commitment to scholarship and community service on the part of those attending the state's public community and technical colleges. The Academic Team is sponsored by the Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges, the Trustees Association of Community and Technical Colleges, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society of the Two-Year College. Scholarship sponsors include KeyBank of Washington, Northwest Education Loan Association, and The Washington State Employees Credit Union.
Rao carries a 3.86 grade point average in LWTC's demanding Medical Assisting program, while juggling her studies with a home life that includes a husband and two daughters.
"Vani is an excellent student who demonstrates a mature, caring and positive attitude," says Marti Garrels, coordinator of LWTC's Medical Assisting program. "She is always prepared and helps other students understand the demands required in our classes. She has the potential to become a teacher."
She emigrated from India two years ago and has immersed herself as a student and classroom leader. She's been on the Dean's List three times and on the President's List once. She possesses the same can-do attitude at home, providing for her family and helping her daughters with their studies, before hitting the books herself.
Jang carries a 3.90 grade point average in General Studies, preparing for a career in International Finance. She's been on the President's List twice and on the Dean's List three times. Wei serves as Finance Officer on the student government council, is part of LWTC's budget committee, and is a math tutor and volunteers as part of the Phi Theta Kappa chapter and Club TRiO.
"I chose LWTC because it was perfect for what I wanted," she says. "It's affordable, has small classes, offers individual instruction and, most importantly, the instructors come from the field in which they teach."
"Wei is an outgoing and intelligent leader willing to work with her team to ensure success," adds Sheila Walton, Manager of Student Programs at LWTC. "She has grown as a leader and is an active and interested campus volunteer."
Vani P. Rao
Major: Medical Assisting
Called an "excellent student who demonstrates a mature, caring and positive attitude" by her program coordinator, Vani juggles her duties as a wife and mother while carrying a full-time academic schedule in Lake Washington Technical College's demanding Medical Assisting program. She emigrated from India two years ago and has immersed herself as a student, posting a 3.86 GPA, and as a classroom leader, helping and encouraging fellow students when preparing for exams. She's been on the Dean's List three times and once on the President's List. She possesses the same can-do attitude at home, providing for her family and helping her two daughters, aged 8 and 16, with their studies, before hitting the books herself.
Major: International Finance
For Wei Jang, Lake Washington Technical College fit exactly what she wanted for her education: affordability; small class size; individual instruction; and, most importantly, instructors from the field in which they teach. In the classroom she's maintained a 3.9 GPA in General Studies, with an eye toward a career in International Finance, has twice been on the President's List and three times on the Dean's List. Wei also serves on the student council as Finance Officer, is part of the college's budget committee, a math tutor and volunteers as part of the Phi Theta Kappa chapter and Club TRiO. Her spirit of volunteerism extends off campus as well and includes work with Hope Link, Foundation House, and her church.