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

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Leslie ShattuckExecutive Director/Executive Communications Officer(425) 739-8236

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.

LWTech is working in collaboration with Asian Counseling & Referral Services (ACRS), Mental Health First Aid, and the JED Foundation. The WSAC Suicide Prevention grant will fund on-campus counseling, improvements to campus safety through suicide means restriction, and suicide prevention training for faculty and staff.

โ€œLWTech is committed to the health and well-being of our students and college community. Any time we are able to remove barriers to education, such as by providing mental health support, we see our students succeed. This grant will allow us to better serve students while also supporting faculty and staff in making our campus a safer place for all,โ€ said Dr. Amy Morrison, president of LWTech.

About Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) was founded in 1949, and is the only public institute of technology in the state of Washington. LWTech offers 10 applied bachelor's degrees, 35 associate degrees, and 86 professional certificates in 42 areas of study, including STEM-focused programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.