Financial aid workshop Feb. 23

Financial aid is scary. Centralia College can help.

Centralia College is hosting a free financial aid workshop from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Washington Hall, Room 207. The workshop will answer questions about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), scholarships, and funding options for students and families.

“Financing a college education can be overwhelming to future college students,” explained Tracy Dahl, Centralia College’s director of financial aid. “The questions of how can I do this, am I going to be able to attend, what if I don’t have any money, where do I go for help – these are things we want to help students and families answer.”

Financial aid is still available for students who want to enroll in spring classes this April.

For the 2016-17 academic year, the scholarship deadline is March 1. The priority deadline for financial aid is April 15.

The Filharmonic to perform March 5

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Centralia College welcomes The Filharmonic for the annual President’s Scholarship Concert at 7 p.m. March 5 in Corbet Theatre in Washington Hall.

General admission (open seating) is $20; box seats are $30. Tickets are available at

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Filharmonic merchandise will be available for purchase after the show. There will be opportunities to meet the artists and get autographs, as well.

With Los Angeles as home base, The Filharmonic is a group of Filipino-American vocalists who reached the seminfinals in NBC’s hit musical competition, The Sing-Off. The group was featured in The Sing-Off’s national tour, sharing the stage with Linkin Park, Black Eyed Peas, and Pentatonix. The group was later featured in the movie Pitch Perfect 2.

Their all-ages performances are lively and entertaining. See The Filharmonic in action.

If you need handicapped, special seating arrangements or have any questions/concerns, call Staci Jacobson at 360- 736-9391, ext. 630.

The President’s Scholarship Concert is sponsored by Centralia College and the Student Life and Involvement Center.


Free investment presentation Feb. 8


WAHall-Corbet2Get a sneak peak at 2016’s economic outlook with Union Bank investment executive Craig Braemer on Monday, Feb. 8, in Washington Hall, Room 121, on the Centralia College campus.

This free event is hosted by the Centralia College Foundation. It is open to everyone.

Light refreshments will be served from 5 to 5:30 p.m. The presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m.

For more information, contact the Centralia College Foundation at 360-736-9391, ext. 290, or


New writing workshop at CCEast

CCEast_IMG_3507Writing, whether it is for your own pleasure or for publication, can be a solitary endeavor with limited opportunities for growth and feedback. Centralia College East is offering a three-part evening workshop to bring writers together to sharpen skills, learn about publication options, and share feedback under the tutelage of adventure writer and International Mountain Guide Charlotte Austin.

The class meets from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 2, 9, and 16, at the Bean Tree Coffee House. (No host dinner is available.) The fee is $25. Register now by calling Centralia College East at 360-496-5022.

The focus for the writing workshop is travel writing, though you don’t have to be a world traveler to participate. A walk into your own backyard might be all the adventure needed! This is mainly a writing workshop, with travel writing used as the focus for sharpening skills.

Austin notes that travel writing requires a sense of adventure, a keen eye for detail, and a storyteller’s flair. Students will work on practical skills, including character sketches, point-of-view, and scene construction. She will also cover options for publishing, including essays, blogs, guidebooks, memoirs and articles. She encourages participants to bring their ideas, questions, favorite travel stories and a notebook to class. How much time you spend outside of the class writing is totally up to you!


Free tax help at CC

accounting 2015Starting Feb. 1, accounting students will be available at Centralia College to help you complete your 2015 tax returns.

Centralia College’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is offered as a service to the community. Accounting students volunteer their time and skills, and gain critical experience working in real world situations.

“For student volunteers who run the VITA program, this opportunity means hands-on practice outside the classroom,” explained Otto Rabe, accounting professor. “Second-year students help complete tax forms under the supervision of third- and fourth-year students, who provide quality control. It’s a powerful learning experience and a great community service. A lot of people are intimidated by income taxes. We’re here to help.”

This free service is open to all local residents. (Those requiring an IRS Schedule C are only eligible if the self-employment income is $25,000 or less.)


In addition to their W2 forms, residents will need to bring two forms of identification and any supporting documentation, including bank account information, if they wish to have their tax return directly deposited into their account.


CC Open House is Feb. 17

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Centralia College’s Student Ambassadors will provide campus tours at the Open House on Feb. 17.

On Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 3 to 6 p.m. Centralia College will host an Open House in the Student Center building at the corner of Rock Street and Centralia College Boulevard. 

The event will give prospective students and their families an opportunity to ask questions, learn about different Centralia College programs, see what financial aid and scholarship opportunities are available, and learn about the support services available to students.

There will be free popcorn and prizes, and Centralia College gear.

Fun activities will be going on throughout the event, and Student Ambassadors will be offering tours of the campus.

“This is a great opportunity for prospective students and their families to engage with faculty and staff and to learn about the different programs available,” said student recruitment and outreach coordinator Michael Christensen. “It will be a lot of fun and a great way for us to show off our wonderful college.”

For more information, contact Michael Christensen at 360-736-9391, ext. 799, or email

CC to test emergency alerts

Centralia College will test its emergency alert systems Wednesday, Jan. 27.

At 10 a.m., the college will test its e2campus system, which provides text messages or other alerts to subscribed users, and its on-campus computer network alert system.

At 10:30 a.m., the college will test an external siren system it is considering for the new TransAlta Commons Building. For that test, a large siren will be put on a lift at the construction site. A series of tones and voice alerts will be broadcast across campus for no more than 30 minutes.

“We’re testing the sound penetration across campus to determine how well it works for Centralia College,” explained Steve Ward, vice president of administrative services. “A siren system could be very helpful to alert students in an emergency, but we want to test the system to see if it reaches all areas of campus.”

College staff will be stationed throughout campus to rate the different tones and alerts. That information will be evaluated to determine if an exterior siren will work for Centralia College.

“We want to be as prepared as possible in the event of an emergency,” explained Ward. “This testing will be invaluable as we evaluate how to make our campus as safe as possible.”

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