June 10, 2019

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Lake Washington Institute of Technology Board of Trustees Extend Contract for College President

Kirkland, Wash. - The Board of Trustees of Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) voted unanimously in their June meeting to extend the rolling contract for LWTech president, Dr. Amy Morrison, to 2024. The Trustees hired Morrison, six years ago. Board of Trustees Chair, Darrell Mitsunaga, who was a Trustee when Morrison was hired comments, "We had full confidence six years ago that Dr. Morrison would lead the college in a fair, inclusive, thoughtful, and productive way, and she's done so much more during her time at the college.

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May 29, 2019

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Leslie Shattuck Director, Communications & Marketing (425) 739-8236

Lake Washington Institute of Technology Announces 2019 Commencement Speaker

Robert V. Taylor, Chair of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation Board to Deliver 2019 Commencement Address. Kirkland, Wash. - Robert V. Taylor, Chair of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation Board, and internationally renowned speaker and social activist, will deliver the 2019 Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) commencement address on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Wash. Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Taylor was sent to the U.S. by his mentor, Nobel Laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, in 1980, to avoid imprisonment for his anti-apartheid activity. There, he served in the Diocese of New York. He later went on to be elected to become dean of the Episcopal cathedral in Seattle, making him the first openly gay Episcopal dean in the U.S. He is the Chairman of the Board of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation, and serves on the Board for the Endowment for Equal Justice, and was founding Chair of the Committee to End Homelessness in King County.

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May 7, 2019

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Leslie Shattuck Director, Communications & Marketing (425) 739-8236

Lake Washington Institute of Technology to Hold Spring Community Resource Fair on May 14

Kirkland, Wash. - Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) will host a Spring Community Resource Fair on May 14, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fair is part of a series of events held each quarter in partnership with the City of Kirkland, City of Redmond, WorkSource Seattle-King County, and the King County Library System (Kingsgate, Kirkland, and Redmond libraries). The event will bring community and college resources together in one location to support low-income, marginalized populations who face multiple barriers. Services will include housing, transportation, food assistance, mental health, immigrant/refugee services, health and dental care, training and education, domestic violence, disability support, and others.

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April 23, 2019

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Leslie Shattuck Director, Communications & Marketing (425) 739-8236

Annual Lake Washington Institute of Technology Spring Plant Sale Starts April 26

Kirkland, Wash. - The annual Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) Spring Plant Sale, will be held April 26-27 and May 3-4, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the greenhouses on the LWTech campus. This popular event, which has attracted thousands of community members over the years, raises money for the Environmental Horticulture program and student scholarships. The Spring Plant Sale will feature a variety of plants grown from seed to sale by Environmental Horticulture students, including fuchsia baskets, annuals, vegetable starts, succulents, perennials, herb starts, and hundreds of bedding plants. Between 30 and 40 percent of the plant stock will be held until the second Friday to provide fresh inventory during both weekends. Free parking is available next to the greenhouses on the southwest side of the campus.

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April 16, 2019

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Leslie Shattuck Director, Communications & Marketing (425) 739-8236

Lake Washington Institute of Technology to Hold Annual Spring Job Fair on April 23

Kirkland, Wash. - Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech)'s will host its annual Spring Job Fair on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 10 a.m. Hosted by LWTech's Employment Resource Center, in partnership with WorkSource Snohomish and King Counties, the job fair will feature over 50 companies that are currently hiring. The event is free and open to students, graduates, and members of the community.

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March 20, 2019

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Leslie Shattuck Director, Communications & Marketing (425) 739-8236

Lake Washington Institute of Technology Receives RPM Foundation Grant for Automotive Student Scholarships

Kirkland, Wash. - The RPM Foundation (RPM), a not-for-profit dedicated to cultivating the next generation of automotive restoration and preservation craftsmen, awarded Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) a $6,000 grant for student scholarships. The scholarships will be offered to students enrolled in LWTech's Auto Body Technician program. "The LWTech Foundation is grateful to the RPM Foundation for their continued strong support of automotive students. Our automotive students have greatly benefited from this wonderful partnership," said LWTech Foundation Executive Director, Elisabeth Sorensen. "RPM cares greatly about the future of this important industry and has been a true hands-on partner in terms of preparing students for exciting careers in the automotive industry."

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March 14, 2019

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Leslie Shattuck Director, Communications & Marketing (425) 739-8236

Washington Student Achievement Council Awards Suicide Prevention Grant to Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Kirkland, Wash. - The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) has awarded a $60,000 suicide prevention grant to Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech). This program, funded by the 2018 Washington Legislature, made $420,000 available for Suicide Prevention in Higher Education Grants authorized under Senate Bill 6514. LWTech is one of eight Washington state colleges and universities awarded grants. Those are: Central Washington University, Divers Institute of Technology, Everett Community College, Grays Harbor College, Heritage University, Spokane Community College, and Washington State University.

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March 12, 2019

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Leslie Shattuck Director, Communications & Marketing (425) 739-8236

Lake Washington Institute of Technology Board of Trustees Award Tenure to Four Faculty Members

Kirkland, Wash. - The Board of Trustees of Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech), have awarded tenure to four faculty members: Greg Bem, Rex Rempel, Steven Weaver, and Dr. Andrea Westman. Bem is an Associate Professor of the Library and holds a Master of Library Science from the University of Washington. Rempel teaches Behavioral and Social Services and holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Washington. Weaver teaches Machining Technology and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Professional Technical Education & Instructional Design from South Seattle College. Dr. Westman teaches in the Physical Therapist Assistant program and holds a Doctorate of Physical Therapy Assistant from Regis University. The LWTech Board of Trustees awarded tenure to the faculty members at their meeting on March 11, 2019. "Our tenured professors have demonstrated their dedication to student success by completing a comprehensive and rigorous three-year process. They have strengthened their programs and developed and sustained long-lasting industry relationships. They personify what it means to truly make a difference in the lives of our students," said Dr. Amy Morrison, president of LWTech.

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March 6, 2019

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Leslie Shattuck Director, Communications & Marketing (425) 739-8236

Lake Washington Institute of Technology Students Named to Phi Theta Kappa All-Washington Academic Team

Kirkland, Wash. - Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech), the only public institute of technology in Washington state, has named two students, Tia Garrison and Morgan Wolf, to the 2019 Phi Theta Kappa All-Washington Academic Team. Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society for two-year colleges, recognizes college students for their scholastic achievements each year. 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.

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February 5, 2019

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Leslie Shattuck Director, Communications & Marketing (425) 739-8236

Lake Washington Institute of Technology to Hold Community Resource Fair on February 12

Kirkland, Wash. - Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) will host a Community Resource Fair on February 12, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fair is part of a series of events held several times a year in partnership with the City of Kirkland, City of Redmond, WorkSource Seattle-King County, and the King County Library System (Kingsgate, Kirkland, and Redmond libraries). The event will bring community and college resources together in one location to support low-income, marginalized populations who face multiple barriers. Services will include housing, transportation, food assistance, mental health, immigrant/refugee services, health and dental care, training and education, domestic violence, disability support, and others.

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November 5, 2018

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Leslie Shattuck Director, Communications & Marketing (425) 739-8236

Lake Washington Institute of Technology to Hold Annual Fall Job Fair on November 15

Kirkland, Wash. - Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech)'s will host its annual Fall Job Fair on Tuesday, November 15, 2018 at 10 a.m. Hosted by LWTech's Employment Resource Center in partnership with WorkSource Snohomish and King Counties, the job fair will feature over 45 companies that are currently hiring. The event is free and open to students, graduates, and members of the community.

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October 30, 2018

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Leslie Shattuck Director, Communications & Marketing (425) 739-8236

Lake Washington Institute of Technology Awards Honorary Degree to Robert Tjossem

Kirkland, Wash. - Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech)'s Board of Trustees have awarded Robert Tjossem an Honorary Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Welding Technology for his years of leadership, philanthropy and partnership with LWTech. The announcement was made this morning the LWTech Foundation's annual fundraising event, the Bright Futures Benefit Breakfast. In 2015, Tjossem and his wife, Linda, created "The Tjossem Family Endowed Scholarship Fund" to support hardworking, highly motivated students at LWTech. With their continued generosity, this fund has grown to $350,000, and provides fourteen annual scholarships in the amount of $1,000 to students.

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October 24, 2018

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Governor Inslee Appoints Former CEO of Evergreenhealth to Lake Washington Institute of Technology Board of Trustees

Kirkland, Wash. - Washington state Governor Jay Inslee has appointed Robert (Bob) Malte to the Board of Trustees of Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech). Malte's term begins in October, 2018. Malte is the CEO Emeritus of EvergreenHealth in Kirkland, Wash., serving as its CEO for more than eight years. During his tenure at EvergreenHealth, he was responsible for the leadership of all aspects of EvergreenHealth's purpose, mission and vision. He retired as CEO in August 2018 to pursue a long-held aspiration to teach healthcare management at the graduate level. He recently joined the faculty of UW's Masters of Health Administration (MHA) program as a Clinical Associate Professor and Practitioner in Residence.

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August 2, 2018

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Lake Washington Institute Of Technology President To Speak At Worksource Forum

Kirkland, Wash. - Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) President Dr. Amy Morrison will speak at the Worksource event, "Women and Work Empowerment Forum" on August 8, 2018 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at LWTech. The event will bring together women from the community who are looking for, or have recently found, employment. Dr. Morrison will share career experiences that led her to becoming the president of the only public institute of technology in the state of Washington.

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June 11, 2018

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Leslie Shattuck Director, Communications & Marketing (425) 739-8236

Lake Washington Institute of Technology Board of Trustees Announce Contract Extension for College President

Kirkland, Wash. - The Board of Trustees of Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) voted unanimously in their June meeting to extend the rolling contract for LWTech president, Dr. Amy Morrison, to 2023. The Trustees hired Morrison, five years ago, with full confidence that she would be able to lead the college in a fair, inclusive, thoughtful, and productive way. Since she began her tenure at the college, and with the support and hard work of faculty and staff, the college has made tremendous progress. That growth resulted in the college reaching several significant milestones; including, the development of new programs, including six new Applied Baccalaureate degrees, and securing more than $6.3 million in federal, state and foundation grant funds (including the college's first-ever National Science Foundation grants, of which the college has since received three). This past year, the college joined forces with British Columbia Institute of Technology and Oregon Institute of Technology to provide engineering, technology and other applied degrees at the associate, bachelor, and master's levels through the creation of the Cascade Innovation Corridor Project, and lastly, LWTech was also recognized this past year by the Aspen Institute as one of the top 150 two-year colleges in the nation.

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About Lake Washington Institute of Technology

As the only public institute of technology in Washington State, Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) provides students with the latest cutting edge skills relevant to today’s workplace. LWTech offers eight applied bachelor’s degrees, 57 associate degrees, and more than 90 professional certificates in 48 areas of study, including STEM-focused programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.