Distinguished Alumni Award

The 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award nominations are now closed. The winner will be announced soon!

About the Distinguished Alumni Award

Established by the Lake Washington Institute of Technology's (LWTech) Office of the President in 2013, this is the highest honor the institution can bestow upon an alumnus in recognition of professional accomplishments as well as service to the college and/or the community.

The winners of this award exhibit the qualities of community and professional leadership that are symbolic of the mission of LWTech. They promote excellence, inspire others to reach their potential, encourage personal growth, and promote the enrichment of life through education and community service.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to an individual who exemplifies at least one of the two following criteria:

  • Has achieved success in their business, profession, military, or other vocational endeavors
  • Has achieved success in their community, civic and/or volunteer activities

A distinguished alumnus is selected each spring from nominations received from the community. Each year's award recipient is honored at the LWTech Commencement ceremony held in June.

To be eligible for this prestigious award, nominees must have earned a minimum of 15 quarter credits from LWTech. Additionally, winners will be selected based upon notable achievement in his/her career, military or vocational field, outstanding service to the community and/or LWTech, and inspirational impact.

2018 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner

Cathy England

2018 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner Cathy England

The LWTech Foundation is pleased to announce Cathy England, RN, BSN as the recipient of the 2018 LWTech Foundation Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards! Cathy was honored at Commencement on June 16, 2018.

Cathy earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in French Language and Literature from the University of Oregon in 1990. Cathy enjoyed studying French, yet had a strong desire for a career focused on helping people to attain, maintain, or recover optimal health and quality of life.

To this end, Cathy enrolled in the Nursing Program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) in 2010. Cathy excelled at LWTech, benefiting from the program’s small class sizes, state-of-the-art learning labs, and clinical experiences and opportunities.

Cathy graduated from LWTech with her Associate’s Degree in Nursing in 2012 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Washington, Bothell. She holds a Maternal Newborn Nursing Certification from the National Certification Corporation and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Society of Nursing.

Cathy has also been active in her community serving as a volunteer with Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS), the Seattle/King County Public Health Medical Reserve Corps and the Girls Scouts of Western Washington.

Today, Cathy is employed in her “dream job” as a Registered Nurse specializing in Labor and Delivery at Swedish Medical Center Issaquah Campus.

“I wouldn’t be where I am today without LWTech,” shares Cathy. “I met my current manager through an innovative senior practicum experience offered by LWTech. I am forever grateful for the stellar faculty and terrific nursing education.”

Cathy and her husband, Perry England, are staunch supporters of workforce development and education. In 2017, Cathy and Perry traveled to Switzerland alongside Governor Jay Inslee and LWTech President Amy Morrison and a delegation of business, education and government groups to learn about the Swiss apprenticeship model. 

Like many LWTech students, Cathy juggled parenting and academics at the same time. Cathy’s two children, Zachary and Sophie, were eight and three years of age during Cathy’s journey to become a nurse. Today, they are thirteen and nineteen, and extremely proud of Cathy. 

Congratulations to Cathy on this distinguished honor!

Past Winners