Thursday, December 15, 2011

Inspiring Success Story: Kinzey Wilson

Student artwork lights up cover of class schedule and musical concert programs!

This beautiful painting featured on the cover of the 2011 Fall Class Schedule was created by Kinzey Wilson, an art major at Lower Columbia College.

A lifelong resident of Longview and former R.A. Long student, Kinzey is considering a career working as a museum or gallery curator or teaching art. Her painting is also featured on the program cover for the musical concerts presented by LCC vocal and instrumental groups this year.

Good luck Kinzey!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Inspiring Success Story: Carrie White

“There was more to my degree than a piece of paper…I got the confidence that, yes, I can do this!” ~ Carrie White, Accounting Technician graduate

Carrie White picked up accounting skills on her own and worked in the field for years, but after being laid off for the second time, she decided it was time to layoff-proof herself a bit.

Carrie White got a job with Cowlitz County
while finishing her Accounting degree

She graduates from LCC in December 2011 with an Accounting Technician Associate in Applied Science degree, but her education has already paid off.

She started Oct. 3 as an accounting clerk with Cowlitz County Public Works. In her new job, she handles reception, takes payments, and handles the fleet maintenance records; tracking fuel, parts, mileage, service and more.

The Trade Act provided federal funding for her education, and she took 18-20 credits per quarter so she could finish in less than two years.

She almost didn’t apply for the county job. What if she got it, and found herself with an overwhelming work and school schedule? She had plenty of competition, too. “There were 30-50 other applicants in the testing room, two nights in a row.”

But the combination of her degree and those years of work experience set her apart.

“There was more to my degree than a piece of paper…I got the confidence; knowing I am smart, and that I belong here; and the encouragement from the instructors. I got the confidence that, yes, I can do this!”

When she was hired, her instructors accommodated her work schedule and her family stepped up to help out, so she could handle the months of full-time work and school to finish her degree.

Carrie was determined to get the most from her experience, and made the President’s List with straight-A’s all the way through. She prepared herself for her first “B” this fall, but that’s OK, she says with a chuckle.

A 1990 Castle Rock High School graduate, she’s the mother of three (21, 17 and 15) and a new grandmother. “My kids think it’s pretty cool that I went back to school,” she says, adding that her college experience has helped her family grow closer. “Now my daughter is doing Running Start.”

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Inspiring Success Story: David Peckham

"Honestly, I don't know where I would be right now without Kam (Todd). He really guided me." ~ David Peckham, Machine Trades graduate

David Peckham started his job at Macro Manufacturing in Portland the week after he finished his Associate in Applied Science degree in Machine Trades at LCC.

David Peckham checks out new Computerized
Numerical Control (CNC) equipment at LCC.
LCC Machine Trades instructor Kam Todd says he's in good company.

"There are jobs out there, but only for people with skills...All of my Spring and Summer graduates are working, if they want to be."

Employers looking for good workers often contact Todd, who freely refers his graduates

"My Manufacturing Occupations Certificate and Process. Manufacturing students are getting jobs too."

Actually, Peckham started out in the Manufacturing Occupations Certificate (MOC) program as part of a wave of MOC students who received American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funding to pay for their first year at LCC. The ARRA assistance "was a great help to me," Peckham said.

He'd been laid off from his forklift-driving job, and came up dry in his job search. "There was absolutely nothing out there for work. I had a couple friends who were going to college and they really recommended it."

David and  his youngest daughter
Heather visit the LCC Machine Shop.
He came to LCC to get his GED, thinking he needed that before he could go to college, and was steered into the I-BEST Manufacturing Occupations program. I-BEST helps students succeed by providing extra help with the reading and math aspects of their training. It's also available for Business Technology, Early Childhood Education, Health Occupations Core and Nursing Assistant certificates.

The MOC program includes some Machine Trades training, and he really enjoyed it. "I like to watch things take shape."

So, after earning his one-year certificate in Manufacturing Occupations, he continued on to get his Machine Trades 2-year degree.

Because he completed an Associate in Applied Science degree, Peckham also received his High School Diploma, which especially delighted him. As graduation approached, he researched employers online, found Macro and sent his résumé. "My interview was my last day of class." He started work the following Wednesday.

He says Todd and his LCC education did more than get him a good job so he can support his family (he and his wife have four children).

"Kam Todd changed my life," says Peckham, who graduated with honors and was named the Machine Trades Student of the Year.

"Honestly, I don't know where I would be right now without Kam. He really guided me. He not only taught me the skills, but he transformed my attitude. He'll be one of the guys I'll always remember; always come back to check in with."

Instructor Kam Todd and David Peckham enjoy a visit.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Inspiring Success Story: Angela Niday

“I am so blessed and amazed." ~ Angela Niday, LCC Nursing Graduate (June, 2011)

2011 Nursing grad Angela Niday loves
her job at the Family Health Center.
Angela Niday graduated from LCC’s Nursing Program in June, 2011. Today, she is a family planning nurse at the Family Health Center in Longview.

“I wake up every morning, thinking how blessed I am. This job gives me everything I need.”

The 8 to 5 weekday job not only allows her to support her children, but works with their school schedule.

Easy? No, she says. “I just got really lucky.”

While a student at LCC, she had a work-study job in the LCC Administration Building. The flexible work hours enabled the single mother, who doesn’t receive financial support or have family babysitting backup, to do what she needed to do while her children were in school. She made enough money to get by, with help from other services—such as WIC and CAP, and three LCC scholarships, the Lisa Jo Clark Memorial Scholarship, Ethel Kirkpatrick Scholarship, and Sister Francina Dodd Scholarship.

However, she hit the nursing job market with no work history in the healthcare field, except her clinicals and preceptorship (internship) at St. John Medical Center.

Continuing to work part-time at LCC after graduation, Angela applied for nursing jobs, “blind application after blind application,” and worried that she wouldn’t be able to land the good job she needed to support her children.

Angela had chosen nursing because she wanted to help people; to advocate for them. “It’s the direct patient relationship that draws me.” That’s what got her the job at Family Health Center. “I didn’t have the two years of experience they wanted, but they felt I had the heart to do this job. We deal with young girls, sometimes people with mental illness, living in poverty, uninsured,” she said.

“I know what people are dealing with…I have experience dealing with the services people need. Some of the local agency people really changed my life,” she says, recalling a very caring woman who helped her with Women Infants and Children (WIC) assistance.

“There are people who just need to be reminded that someone cares about them. I see a lot of potential in people. I want to be that someone who cares about them.”

The clinic managers are teaching her what she needs to know: things like insurance verification and computerized records. She works under a provider, with set parameters. She can prescribe limited medications for specific situations, and helps her patients find other help they may need.

Angela has been admitted to WSU-Vancouver to earn her bachelor of science in nursing, and awarded the $10,000 Anna & Dwight Schwab Memorial scholarship. While she doesn’t need a BSN for this job, it will help her continue to learn and grow.

She looks around her small office, face full of joy. “I am so blessed and amazed.”

Friday, October 21, 2011

Inspiring Success Story: Jason Holland

“I tell people thinking about school that it can be easy, when you’re focused,” ~ Jason Holland, newly employed Machine Trades graduate.

Jason Holland
Jason Holland was still finishing his LCC degree in Machine Shop when he started working at Waite Specialty Machine in Longview.

Jason was part of the wave of Manufacturing Occupations students who received American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funding to pay for their first year at LCC. Out of 19 in their group, 10 earned their one-year certificates and two more left in their last quarter because they got jobs.

Jason went on to get his Associate in Applied Arts degree in Machine Shop, along with his high school diploma. In addition, he overcame another challenge: chemical abuse.

“I’m three years clean. My treatment counselor advised me to go to school. I took his advice and it really worked out.” Thanks to treatment, he had “a whole new train of thought” that boosted him through school.

LCC Machine Shop instructor Kam Todd not only taught Jason his new skills, but helped him find a job. Waite Specialty Machine had approached Kam right after Commencement looking for a recommendation. Todd knew Jason needed a job (Jason and his fiancee have eight children between them) and recommended him. Todd also kept in touch with Jason’s boss at Waite while Jason earned credit for his work experience.

Kam is often contacted by employers looking for good workers, and freely refers his graduates.

“My Manufacturing Occupations and Process Manufacturing students are getting jobs too. There are jobs out there, but employers want people with skills,” Kam explains.

Jason Holland and Jim Peters, his supervisor at Waite
Jason enjoys his work in the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine shop at Waite.I'm learning a lot every day,” he says.

“Waite has hired a number of people out of LCC, says Jim Peters, CNC Department Supervisor at Waite.

In fact, Jim is an LCC grad himself. “I was one of the first CNC students,” he explains. He has LCC degrees in Machine Shop and Automotive Technology, and also studied Diesel Technology before joining Waite. He even watched his Machine Shop instructor write the grant to buy the first CNC equipment.

“LCC instructors work hard at keeping the programs and equipment current.” Jim says.

Regarding the local job market, Jim says, "We’ve weathered pretty well at Waite. We’re diversified through different industries. It’s starting to pick up!”

Learn how you can get started too!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Inspiring Success Story: Cami Wood

“When I returned to school in the spring of 2006, I was unsure of myself...".

Cami Wood
This summer we heard from Cami Wood, a 2009 Lower Columbia College graduate and winner of the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship, the largest award given to a community college transfer student nationally.

Cami wrote that she'd completed her bachelors degree in sociology at Brigham Young University, graduating with a 4.0 GPA, and  was accepted to the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU. She starts in the Fall of 2012.

In her letter Cami said:

“When I returned to school in the spring of 2006, I was unsure of myself and my academic abilities. Fortunately I was guided and directed by amazing advisors, instructors, and supervisors who believed in me and pushed me to excel. Although I received an incredible education at BYU, it does not compare to the exceptional education I received at LCC. My experiences as a tutor taught me patience, study skills, and gave me greater confidence in my abilities. The classes at LCC were rigorous, thought provoking, and prepared me well for my undergraduate education. Thank you for guiding me, challenging me, and believing in me.”

We are so proud of Cami. A story from the Longview Daily News says it very well:

Scholarly Success: LCC's Cami Wood collects unexpected honor, The Daily News, May 16, 2009

Here's more about Cami, excerpted from Lower Columbia College's 2009 Annual Report

Transfer Advisor Pat Boerner congratulates
Cami Wood on the news of her scholarship.
Camiliana Wood won the Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, a highly-competitive national award based on academic excellence, financial need, leadership, service, and drive to succeed.

The mother of three boys was one of 30 community college students — out of 500 applicants — to earn the scholarship in 2009. She is LCC’s second Jack Kent Cooke winner. The award will give Wood up to $30,000 a year to study psychology and political science at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. She plans to later enroll at BYU law school and possibly teach law herself some day.

Returning to school wasn’t easy for Wood, who, besides earning straight-A’s at LCC and working in the Tutoring Center—ran two part-time businesses and volunteered as a Boy Scout leader, soccer coach and with Longview’s Summer Reading Program.

The scholarship will allow her to spend more time with her family. The Woods moved to Provo this summer.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Civic Circle Closure: August 28 - September 18

Traffic Advisory: Due to construction in the Civic Circle, traffic access into the circle will be closed August 28 through September 18.

People accessing Lower Columbia College during the closure will need to use alternate routes.

Note: Construction is scheduled to be completed before Fall Quarter classes begin on September 19 - see Academic Calendar.

Suggested alternate routes to Lower Columbia College:

To access
  • Campus Services
  • Head Start
  • David Story Field
  • Parking Lot I (20th Avenue Lot)
  • Parking Lot J (behind Mylebust Gymnasium)
Please use Ocean Beach Highway to Olympia Way and access 19th or 20th Avenue.

To access
  • Parking Lot F (Administration Building Lot)
  • Parking Lot G (Rose Center Lot)
  • Parking Lot H (Maple Street Lot)
Please use Washington Way and access Maple Street.

Campus parking lots not impacted by the closure
  • Parking Lot A (Don Talley Lot)
  • Parking Lot B (Vocational/Gym Lot)
  • Parking Lot C (15th Avenue Lot)
  • Parking Lot E (Rose Center Delivery Lot)
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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Follow Up on Financial Aid Portal

Access to the Financial Aid Portal for LCC students continues to be temporarily unavailable. The state is working to correct the problem and anticipates it will be up and running on Monday, July 25.

Again, we apologize for the inconvenience. Please check the Portal on Monday, July 25. We will continue to keep you updated.

Remember, the Priority Application deadline for students requesting Financial Aid for Fall quarter is Monday, August 8. More deadlines are listed at

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Important Financial Aid Update

Access to the Financial Aid Portal for LCC students is temporarily unavailable while a problem with the state system is corrected.

Please check back in 24 hours for updates.

The Priority Application deadline for students requesting Financial Aid for Fall quarter 2011 is Monday, August 8. More deadlines are listed at

Thank you for your patience and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

ANGEL maintenance on June 15-16

Lower Columbia College experienced unexpected problems with the ANGEL server on Tuesday, June 14. We understand the inconvenience that is caused when work is lost. Therefore, to prevent an unexpected loss in service, we have have scheduled maintenance.

The ANGEL server will be down:

For a 15 minute window (may be less)
10:45 am to 11:00 am
Wednesday, June 15 and Thursday June 16

Please do not do work in ANGEL during this time.

If you are logged into ANGEL, you will lose your work. The maintenance procedure should not take the full 15 minutes. Once final exams are over we will have more time to install a permanent fix.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. Thank you for your patience.

Congratulations Class of 2011

Friday, May 27, 2011

Online Service Interruptions: May 27 - 30, 2011

Some online services will not be available during the Memorial Day weekend (May 27-30, 2011), due to a statewide upgrade of servers supporting several important functions for Washington’s community and technical colleges.

All services are expected to be back online Tuesday May 31.

The following online services will not be available for use from the LCC website starting Friday, May 27 at 5:00 pm.

Services for Students:
  • Web/online Application for Admission
  • Web/online Registration
  • Online Payment Options
  • Financial Aid Status/Portal
  • Student Portal
    • Create account or change password
  • Student Kiosk functions
    • Grades/Transcripts (unofficial)
    • PIN Change
    • Student Schedule Lookup
    • Wait List
    • American Opportunity Tax Credit
Services for Employees:
  • Earnings History
  • Instructor Briefcase
The following online services will be available for use during this time:
  • LCC website
  • Online Class Schedule: Summer and Fall Quarter (Note: Available Seats Option will not display)
  • LCC Online Bookstore (Note: Summer textbook lists will be available online beginning Friday, June 3)
  • ANGEL – online learning course management system
  • Library databases
  • Ask WA library reference service
  • Student email
  • Staff email