Donations sought for local kids

Help local kids have a warmer winter by donating new or like new items clothing items to Centralia College TRiO.

The TRiO Club is seeking donations of new or like new children’s coats, scarves, hats, and shoes for its Ninth Annual Make a Difference Day on Oct. 25. The majority of the children are three to five years of age.

Items needed include:

  • Coats in sizes 3T to children’s size medium
  • Shoes in sizes 8-1
  • Hats, scarves, and gloves

To donate, drop items off upstairs in the Student Center at Centralia College.

For more information, call 360-736-9391, ext. 568.

This week in jobs at CC

The following positions are now open at Centralia College:


  • Instruction and Classroom Support Tech 2 - CLOSES 10/31/14
  • Maintenance Mechanic 2 – CLOSES 11/7/14


  • Director, Correctional Education Programs 
  • Talent Search Specialist 
  • Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Student Services
  • Assistant Director, Fiscal Services


  • ABE Assistant Professor 
  • Adjunct Geology and Geography Instructor 


  • Communications Consultant 1

To view these and other position announcements, visit the Human Resources page at Centralia College.

Girls to explore science and math careers Oct. 18

On Oct. 18, TRiO Pre-College Programs (Talent Search and Upward Bound) and the Lewis County Branch of the American Association of University Women will co-host the 21st annual Expanding Your Horizons Conference at Centralia College.

The event provides career exploration in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for young women in grades 6-9 using interactive, fun experiences.

Participants will begin the day at 8:30 a.m. with an exciting science-related assembly conducted by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Students will then attend two of 17 different career workshops, while parents learn about college planning and financing from the Washington Student Achievement Council and Centralia College Financial Aid.

A record-shattering 363 students and108 parents are pre-registered to attend.

Centralia College would like to give special recognition and thanks to the following faculty and staff who are presenting workshops at this year’s conference: Dr. Ruby Nagelkerke, Karen Goodwin, Cal Taylor, David Peterson, and Tracy Dahl.

Thanks are also extended to Emily Harvey and Renae Z’berg for assisting in the science labs, Tony Petzold for technical assistance in the theatre, Jim Goddard for opening buildings, and the many others who have a hand in making this program successful.

The first Expanding Your Horizons Conference was held in 1976 at Mills College in Oakland, Calif.  Since that time, EYH Conferences have been held in cities across the country.  More than one million young women have attended, participated in, and enjoyed learning about possibilities of careers in math and science fields.  In Washington, conferences will be held in 13 locations this year.

Free Writing Workshops at CC

The Writing Center is offering a series of free workshops for students on Wednesdays through Nov. 19. The workshops are practical, hands-on sessions for students in any academic program. No registration is required. Just show up and have fun!

MLA Style and Citation
Do you have questions about MLA citation and format? This workshop covers the basics of in-text citations, the bibliography, paper format, quotation marks, long quotes, and indirect citations.
Date: Oct. 22

Time: 2-3 p.m.

Room: KMP 105

Cost: FREE

Formatting a Paper with Word
Are you still double-spacing your essays by hand? Do you need to insert page numbers or change the margins? This workshop focuses on how Word can make it easier to format a paper. It covers topics such as margins, page numbers, line spacing, hanging indents, inserting comments, and more.
Date: Oct. 29

Time: 2-3 p.m.

Room: KMP 105

Cost: FREE

Optimizing Canvas for Success in Class
Did you know that Canvas can send reminder notifications to Facebook or a cell phone so that you don’t forget when a paper is due? In this workshop, staff from eLearning and the Writing Center show you how to change the settings in your Canvas space to create a tool for success.
Date: Nov. 5

Time: 2-3 p.m.

Room: KMP 105

Cost: FREE

APA Style and Citation
Do you have an assignment that requires APA citations, but you aren’t sure where to start? This workshop covers the basics of creating APA in-text citations and the references page, formatting a paper, inserting a running head, and creating a title page.
Date: Nov. 12

Time: 2-3 p.m.

Room: KMP 105

Cost: FREE

Commas Workshop
This workshop is designed to help you overcome your love-hate relationships with one of the most common forms of punctuation. We cover how to use commas after introductory phrases, in lists, before conjunctions, with nonrestrictive elements, and between adjectives. We also discuss how to avoid comma splices and comma confusion.
Date: Nov. 19

Time: 2-3 p.m.

Room: KMP 105

Cost: FREE

CC wins President’s Cup Award

Athletes, coaches, and trustees celebrate the 2014 President's Cup Award.

Centralia College has been named a recipient of the President’s Cup from the Northwest Athletic Conference.

The President’s Cup honors academic achievement among two-year college athletes. Centralia College received the honor for schools with fewer than eight sports. (Mt. Hood Community College received the honor for schools with more than eight sports.)

Centralia College Trustee Joanne Schwartz and College President Dr. Robert Frost hold the 2014 President's Cup.

Centralia College Trustee Joanne Schwartz and College President Dr. Robert Frost hold the 2014 President’s Cup.

A formal presentation of the President’s Cup and banner was held Oct. 15 before the start of the Centralia College women’s volleyball game against Grays Harbor College.

The presentation was held at half court in the Michael Smith Gymnasium on the Centralia College campus.

NWAC Executive Director Marco Azurdia presented the President’s Cup to Centralia College President Dr. Robert Frost and Athletic Director Bob Peters. A celebration with the fans and athletes immediately followed.

The President’s Cup is awarded based on points, which are earned when student-athletes complete 36 credits, 72 credits, a certificate, or a degree. The amount of points awarded is determined by student-athletes’ GPAs.

The Oct. 15 volleyball game was also Breast Cancer Awareness Night at Centralia College. Trailblazer fans wired their brightest pink and enjoyed a free tailgating pizza party before the game.

VP Biden praises community colleges

Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with Judy Guenther, a longtime board member for Centralia College and outspoken advocate of job training programs, on Oct. 9 at Renton Technical College.

Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with Judy Guenther, a longtime board member and advocate of job training programs for Centralia College.

At a visit to Renton Technical College on Oct. 9, Vice President Joe Biden praised the role of community college job-training programs in improving the lives of middle class families.

The visit followed an announcement last week that Centralia College’s Center of Excellence for Clean Energy successfully spearheaded a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to expand training partnerships between community colleges and employers across the state.

Speaking to a small group at Renton Tech, Biden acknowledged “the middle class is hurting,” but said opportunity is key to recovery. Americans will work, he said. “They just want a shot.”

Biden added that two-year colleges, aided by federal grants, can help restore an “I can do this” mentality to the nation.

Representing Centralia College at the event was college President Dr. Robert Frost and longtime Centralia College Board Member Judy Guenther.

Biden praised community college job training programs for giving workers a pathway to the middle class, and said six of 10 jobs in coming years will require a degree or certificate beyond high school.

He also called apprenticeship programs, like those offered at Centralia College, “the single most direct track to employment.”

For more information on the job training programs available at Centralia College, visit Centralia College Workforce Education.

Careers in Energy Week: Oct. 13-18


The Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy and the Washington State Labor Council are coordinating statewide events to celebrate Careers in Energy Week Oct. 13 – 18.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Centralia’s Mayor Bonnie Canaday have signed proclamations to increase awareness of the rewarding careers available in energy fields.

Careers in Energy Week events include:

• Oct. 15 – Teachers will become apprentices for the day at Avista’s Jack Stewart Training Center in Spokane.

• Oct. 16 – An essay contest and an afterschool meet and greet event will be held at Spokane Valley Tech Academy.

• Utility providers, such as Tacoma Power and the Lewis County Public Utility District, will participate in career fairs throughout the state.

The goal of the events is to engage students, parents, teachers, counselors and veterans to consider energy-related careers and training programs. For example, it’s important to know Centralia College graduates have earned $15 – $36 an hour in their first energy-related jobs – which may include an apprenticeship program.

“We’re proud to sponsor this fourth year of events,” said Barbara Hins-Turner, executive director of the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy. “We’ve coordinated more events that have reached more people than any other state in the nation.”

For more information on careers in clean energy, visit the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy.