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About Arden Ainley

The Skagit Valley College Public Information Office takes the lead in the planning and production of external communications for SVC, helping to coordinate the official voice of the college. These activities include institutional print and electronic publications, promotional materials, ad campaigns, social media, as well as interactions with the news media. Our core projects include enrollment marketing promotional and informational pieces for the the College district for Academic Pathways, Professional/Technical Programs, Basic Education for Adults, and Enrollment Services.

Arden Ainley

SVC to unveil mural by international mural artist Benjamin Swatez

screen-shot-2016-10-26-at-9-04-48-amSkagit Valley College is proud to unveil a new outdoor mural created by Benjamin Swatez, international mural artist, on Monday, October 31st from 3:00-3:30 pm. The mural is located on the Cardinal Center wall facing Ford Hall.

The outdoor reception and program will include the opportunity to learn about the vision of this mural, the artist, those involved in the process, and the importance of reflecting the community on the campus.

The mural project was supported by the Associated Students of Skagit Valley College who provided financial support through student fees for its completion.

SVC and EDASC to offer “Employment Law Update” workshop

screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-12-41-58-pmSkagit Valley College and the Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County (EDASC), will offer Employment Law Update on Wednesday, November 2 from noon to 1:30 pm at SVC’s Craft Brewing facility, located at the Port of Skagit, 15579 Peterson Road, Burlington.

Have You Really Hired an Independent Contractor? Learn how to apply the tests for independent contractor status to avoid expensive mistakes. Businesses and organizations in all industry sectors use independent contractors to avoid the higher cost of hiring employees. But many business owners and managers do not fully understand that the law places significant restrictions on how independent contractors are correctly classified. This workshop will focus on how to correctly classify and use independent contractors to avoid expensive mistakes.

Instructor Jennifer Willner is a principal at Halvorson Losie Willner PLLC with offices in Bellevue and Bellingham. Jennifer is a past Chair of the Washington State Bar Association, Solo & Small Firm Section and a past Chair of the WSBA Continuing Legal Education Committee. A frequent speaker to human resources and other industry groups, Jennifer is a member of the Mt. Baker Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County. Registration fee is $20. Visit

For more information, contact Kim Davis at or 360.416.6631

“The Year of Shakespeare” kicks off with William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure

dreamstime_xs_26769584“The Year of Shakespeare” will kick off with William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure and opening night will be November 11th.  The performances will be set in the round in the Phil Tarro Theatre.

This rarely performed tragi-comedy explores the wages of sin, religion, and justice in a world filled with brothels and loose ethics. Slapstick comedy from the morally skewed townsfolk is set against a deadly serious plea to save convicted brother’s life. Will power corrupt a pious leader? Will a brother lose his head?

Performances are November 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 at 7:30 pm; and November 20 at 2 pm. Tickets through .

Info: or (360) 416-6636. On Facebook @SVCdrama

The annual SVC Powwow is this weekend, October 14-16!

screen-shot-2016-10-11-at-10-22-20-amCome and join us! The annual Skagit Valley College Powwow is this weekend, October 14-16 at SVC’s Mount Vernon Campus!
Family-friendly, free, and all are welcome! We’ll have dancing, drums, kids’ corner (organized by SVC’s Early Childhood Education department) and amazing food! 
Vendors will be selling Native arts and crafts in the Dave DuVall Pavilion, and the Multipurpose Room (in the Cardinal Center).
Friday at 7 pm
Saturday at 1 pm and 7 pm
Sunday at 1 pm
ALL Veterans are welcome to take part in the Grand Entry each day. At Powwows, we make time to honor our vets from all walks of life, and recognize their service.
Saturday is the longest and busiest day. There will be dance specials and a giveaway happening throughout the day. There will be a special guest traveling from Canada who will share the Hoop Dance with us. The day will include grass dancers, fancy dancers, traditional dancers, and jingle dancers!  There will be intertribal dances that are open to everyone! In addition, there will be a category called “tiny tots” for children birth to 6 years of age. Every participating child will receive a gift.
The SVC Powwow is about nurturing our diverse community, building relationships that honor the beauty in our differences, and celebrating all that brings us together for common purpose.

You’re invited! Fiestas Patrias community celebration

Join us as we Celebrate Our Hispanic Heritage on Saturday, September 17 from 2:00 to 6:30 pm at SVC’s Tollefson Plaza.  Of course, lots of fun, food, and festivities! And, entrance is Free!

Best Traditional Costume
Jalapeño Eating Contest Singing Contest
Soccer Ball Control
Gunny Sack Races

Live Music!
Traditional Dances
Piñatas and Games
Delicious Food

Sponsored by Skagit Valley College, KSVR 91.7 FM, and CCS Farmworker Center