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Celebrating the Creation of the
Tjossem Family Endowed Scholarship Fund
LWTech President, Dr. Morrison Goings, proudly announced the creation of the Tjossem Family Endowed Scholarship Fund via a generous donation of $125,000 from community leaders Robert and Linda Tjossem at the Foundation’s Annual Scholarship Reception in May 2016.
Staunch supporters of workforce education, the
Tjossem’s have deep roots in our community. Mr. Tjossem’s involvement with workforce education began nearly 50 years ago as a young Assistant Attorney General assigned to the Education Division. He quickly distinguished himself in this role, rising to the head of the division and representing the State Board for Community Colleges
and the Community College System.
Following this success, Mr. and Mrs. Tjossem returned to our community and Mr. Tjossem entered private practice in Kirkland. As a partner at the Livengood Firm, he served as general counsel for the Lake Washington School District during the period of time the school district owned and operated the “Voc-Tech” that would later become Lake Washington Institute of Technology.
The Tjossem’s are passionate about the need for rigorous, focused, hands-on, practical training designed to prepare students for today’s careers and tomorrow’s opportunities.
“Linda and I
value LWTech’s innovative approach to workforce education,
which successfully prepares students for immediate
and future employment,”
said Mr. Tjossem. “And as the son of an educator, I am
a steadfast believer in the power
of education.”
Robert and Linda Tjossem with their first scholarship recipients, Valentin Vautier and Curtis Clarke, at the Foundation’s 2016 Scholarship Reception.
Distinguished Alumnus – Josh Nesbit
The Foundation is proud to honor Josh Nesbit as the recipient of the 2016 LWTech Foundation Annual Distinguished Alumni Award. Created in 2013, the LWTech Foundation Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor the institution can bestow upon an alumnus in recognition of professional accomplishments as well as service to the college and the community.
Nesbit is a true LWTech success story, excelling as both a student and a former employee at LWTech for nine years. Nesbit graduated from the LWTech High School Academy and earned a two-year transfer degree from the Computer Security& NetworkTechnicianprogramatLWTech.
He continued his education with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Applied Technology at Eastern Washington University and a Certificate of Project Management from University of Washington. He is currently enrolled
in an MBA Program at Western Governors University.
In March, he left his
position as Acting Chief
Information Officer for
an exciting new position
as Senior Systems
Administrator at Säzän
Group in Seattle. Nesbit
remarked, “I’ve had several great mentors during my time as a student, IT Technician, Specialist, Director, and even CIO. Even though I’ve completed an undergrad degree and am working on an MBA, it is my time at this school that I’ll forever cherish.”
Josh Nesbit on campus.

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