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Pathway to a Career in Architectural Drafting

February 12, 2021

A decade ago, Richard Summers was a remodeling contractor, a job he loved for the challenges it presented. But despite being happy with his work, he knew he wanted to further his education.

In 2010, Richard decided to go back to school and, since he’d served five years in the Navy, he used his veteran’s GI Bill® to enroll in SPSCC’s Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Technology (AEC) program, part of the Information Technology Pathway.

From Student to Instructor: Meet Craft Brewing and Distilling Graduate Luke Jean

October 1, 2020

After spending time in the Army, Luke Jean started his career journey at Starbucks, but quickly learned he wasn’t chasing his passion. While he didn’t stay in the coffee industry, one thing he took away from Starbucks is sensory analysis skills. He’s tweaked what he learned in their Coffee Masters program and now applies it to spirits. “I’ve since learned how to lead tastings, how to do pallet cleansings, and other things that are useful in distilling,” said Luke, a graduate of SPSCC’s inaugural Craft Brewing & Distilling program.

Pathway to a College Professor

August 11, 2020

Nickole Rosalez didn’t intend to be SPSCC’s 2020 student commencement speaker. But when she found out English professor Corrie Martin nominated her for the "most changed student," it made her think about submitting her application for student speaker. The nomination meant a lot to Nickole because of how she began her journey at SPSCC.

“I started in the High School+ program," Nickole recalled. "It felt so good to finish [high school], I wanted to keep accomplishing things."

SPSCC Alumni Lea Sorley Mason Health March Employee of Month

April 1, 2020

Article via MasonWebTV

For the past 15 years, Lea Sorley, RN, has worked as a registered nurse in the Surgery Department at Mason General Hospital, a job she excels at because she prioritizes teamwork and keeping patients safe. Her can-do attitude and positive demeanor inspires her coworkers each day to come together and care for patients. Mason Health is proud to name Lea Sorley the March Employee of the Month.

Making Thurston County $930 Million Stronger

February 18, 2020

In December 2019, the Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) completed a thorough analysis of SPSCC’s impact on our region’s economy. What did the data how? SPSCC contributed to the existence of nearly 6,200 full-time jobs and impacted regional labor income by $389 million.

Overall, SPSCC makes a tremendous $930 million economic impact and ac-counts for 6.9% of the county’s Gross Regional Product. By comparison, the wholesale trade industry makes up 6.4% of the Thurston County GRP, according to the EDC's 2017 Thurston Economic Vitality Index.


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