Kirkland, Wash. – Two students from Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) have been recognized for their academic achievements by two national organizations, Chris Osler has been named to the Phi Theta Kappa All-Washington Academic Team. Phi Theta Kappa is the International Honor Society for two-year colleges. Lynette Clemens was recognized as the Student of the Year by the Washington State Chefs Association (WSCA), a local chapter of the American Culinary Federation (ACF).
Osler moved to Seattle from Iowa in 2006, and graduated from LWTech with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Physical Therapist Assistant in 2011. Since graduation, he has practiced Physical Therapist Assisting in the Seattle area, mostly in the hospital setting. He is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Health (BASPH) at LWTech. After completing his degree, he plans to apply to a graduate program within the medical sciences.
“It is always important to celebrate academic excellence,” said LWTech President, Dr. Amy Morrison Goings. “I am honored to recognize Chris Osler as a member of the All-Washington Academic Team, and his commitment to lifelong learning and LWTech’s mission.”
The All-Washington Academic Team program showcases Washington’s community and technical colleges by honoring academic high achievers who have shown a commitment to success both in the classroom and the communities in which they live. This recognition also demonstrates the state’s commitment to scholarship and community service on the part of those attending the state’s public community and technical colleges. To qualify, recipients must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and community engagement, and be nominated by their college.
Clemens began attending LWTech in 2013 and received double degrees in both Culinary and Baking Arts from LWTech, as well as Certified Culinarian (CC) and Certified Pastry Culinarian (CPC) certifications from the ACF. Throughout the year, she has attended WSCA educational seminars, and in January she participated in catering at the Governors Inaugural Ball. She also placed as a finalist in the 2016 Washington State Potato Commission’s culinary student contest and has won bronze, silver, and gold medals through Knowledge Bowl and hot food competitions.
“Lynette Clemens is a great example of a student who gets involved to truly make the most of her program and her experience at LWTech. She’s proved again and again that her knowledge and talent in the culinary arts are transformational,” commented LWTech President, Dr. Amy Morrison Goings.
Each year, the WSCA chapter of the ACF recognizes a student who possesses a high degree of professionalism, culinary skills, and a passion for the culinary arts with the Student of the Year award. The WSCA provides opportunities for culinary professionals, students, business owners, and those with a passion for food to connect and educate through meetings, projects, and other activities that promote the culinary arts in Washington State. For more information about the AFC and its local chapter, WSCA, visit washingtonstatechefs.com.
As the only public institute of technology in Washington state, Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) a provides students with the latest cutting edge skills relevant to today’s workplace. LWTech offers six bachelor’s degrees, more than 45 associate degrees, and more than 85 professional certificates in 44 areas of study, including STEM-focused programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.