Get inside info on engineering jobs

Centralia College presents its first Rising Tide Seminar for fall quarter.

An Insider’s Guide to Navigating Today’s Engineering Market

By Tyrell Bradley

Noon Friday, Oct. 24

Walton Science Center, Room 121

Reception will follow at 1 p.m. in Room 309


Tyrell Bradley earned an associate degree in the Civil Engineering Technology program at Centralia College in 2007 and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at St. Martin’s University in 2011. He worked for several years as a design engineer at Skillings Connolly, Inc., a consulting engineering and environmental firm. In February, he joined SCJ Alliance Consulting Services, a transportation planning and design firm. He also teaches in the School of Engineering at St. Martin’s University.

Bradley will discuss his journey to become an engineer and provide insider tips for young engineers starting out in the field. He will also focus on how new software is changing the methods and efficiency of engineering companies, and share his perspective on the competitive environment in which companies hire new engineers.


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.

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.

Summer Quarter Honor Rolls

 Centralia College Summer Quarter President’s List
The following full-time students Centralia College earned a 3.9-4.0 grade point average during summer quarter. The students listed completed a minimum of 10 college credits.
Centralia:  Christiana Anderson, Julia Baccus, Nicholas Bingley, Dionne Bossart, Dionne Dubell, Ericka Dukeshire-Pogue, Aaron Edwards, Ralph Jolliff, Corinne Lavasseur, Robert Nelson, Joanna Ochs, Michael Posey, Stephanie Scott, Aoi Shinzato, Barbara Thompson, Audrey Viars, Mitchel Wiemann, Celest Wilder 
Chehalis:  Jason Burnside, Lorena Caviness, Sid Cazort, Rachel Hardin, Jon Hildahl, Eva Karanja, Andrew Ketzenberg, David Myrup, Alicia Sayers, Caryl Spahr, Jeremy Valdez, Mark Wood  
Cinebar:  Rebeca Becerra, Amanda Becerra  
Fort Riley, Kan.:  Moniequ Amritt-Cothern  
Lacey:  Brian Lipp, Judy Louderback 
Littlerock:  William Anglemyer, Christopher Drumheller, Michael Easterday, Jeremy Garretson, Ricardo Gonzales, Mason Johnson, William Larranaga, Jacob Norman, Nathan Schubert, Norman Solis 
Mossyrock:  Joseph Cook  
Olympia:  Daniel Caron, Sania Marri, Stephanie Yarton  
Onalaska: Jeremiah Moulton  
Rochester:  Monica Bailey, Tracy Howell, Anna Martin  
Silver Creek:  Shauna Wright  
Winlock: Dan Ebalaroza-Vandaele
Centralia College Summer Quarter Vice-President’s List
The following students earned at least a 3.75 GPA during summer quarter and completed a minimum of 10 credits.
Centralia:  Brad Cline, Andrew Elam, Cindy Farruggia, Alicia Montes, Andrew Raappana, Mahamadi Sana, Nicole Terry, Cody Tracy, Zachary Wiley 
Chehalis:  Jamika Parker, Adam Rowe, Damon Stewart, Shanna Thompson, Mercede Williams  
East Olympia:  Paula Davis 
Napavine:  Tiffany Lee 
Oakville:  Regina Miller 
Olympia:  Michele Baumel, Jennifer Spencer, Amy Whittaker  
Onalaska:  Molly Goddard  
Tumwater: Kristen Strube 
Winlock:  Stephanie McCully