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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

It’s not too late, but it’s getting close!

dreamstime_xs_44835105Wow, Fall Quarter begins Monday, September 19th. It’s not too late to register, but it’s getting close! Are you all set??

Your steps to becoming a Cardinal are just a call or click away!

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It’s audition time for the SVC Fall Production!

dreamstime_xs_26769584The Skagit Valley College Drama Department announces that auditions will take place in the Phillip Tarro Theatre on September 21 and 26 at 3:30 pm and 6:30 pm for the Fall Quarter production of Measure for Measure, by Shakespeare.  The show will be directed by SVC Drama Department chair, Damond Morris. Nine actors in 20 roles will highlight the intricacies of sin, religion, and justice. A one-minute audition piece is encouraged. Performances in the Phillip Tarro Theatre from November 11-20.  #skagitvalleycollege  #svcdrama

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SVC offers basic education courses for English Language Learning, Computer Skills, HS21+ Adult High School Diploma, and Spanish GED®

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HS21+ Adult High School Diploma Program

The Skagit Valley College Basic Education department is offering courses at the Mount Vernon Campus that are designed to help students enhance their college and career readiness:

English Language Learning courses are designed to help non-native English-speaking immigrants, refugees, and citizens develop English language skills they need to plan for college classes and to prepare for a better future.

Computer Skills courses are designed to help individuals gain practical computer skills that will help them to be more successful in college and on the job.

High School 21+ Adult High School Diploma Program is different than traditional high school completion programs because it recognizes life competency in addition to classroom time and tests. Students can demonstrate their knowledge in several ways, including knowledge gained from life experiences, previous and current employment, specialized certifications, volunteer history, or other evidence of learning. In addition to being offered at SVC’s Mount Vernon and Whidbey Island campuses, a new HS21+ program will be offered online.

Spanish GED® Program is designed for Spanish language speakers who would like to prepare for the GED® exams in Spanish. Courses are offered day and evening. Strong reading skills in Spanish are required. Successful completion of the course can count toward HS21+ Adult High School Diploma credit.

New students should enroll in an orientation class to be held September 6-8 or September 13-14. Call the SVC Admissions Office at 416-7697.

To enroll in the online HS21+ program, register for an ABE orientation or attend the special orientation for HS21+ online on Saturday, September 17, 10:00-2:00 in Lewis 123. Call 416-7726.

It’s not too late to register for FALL QUARTER!

Register nowIt’s not too late to register for Fall Quarter at Skagit Valley College.

For students who want to begin a new career or upgrade their job skills, Professional/Technical programs are aligned with local and state economic development strategies. High demand areas include:

SVC also offers Transfer pathways for students who want to begin their college experience and earn a bachelor’s degree. By completing two years at SVC and then transferring to a four-year university, students can study close to home and save money, compared to tuition at a four-year college.

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For more information about programs and degrees, financial aid, career options, campus tours, and getting started. For more information, visit or contact:

  • Mount Vernon Campus, (360) 416-7697 or toll free: 1 844 2SKAGIT
  • Whidbey Island Campus, (360) 675-6656
  • South Whidbey Center, (360) 679-5330
  • San Juan Center, (360) 378-3220
  • Marine Technology Center, (360) 766-6282

Skagit Valley College and EDASC to offer Communication workshop at SVC

dreamstime_xs_35658225Skagit Valley College and the Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County will offer Communication: the Key to Being a Great Lead, Supervisor or Manager on Wednesday, September 14th at SVC’s Mount Vernon Campus. The workshop will take place from noon to 2:00 pm in SVC’s Angst Hall room 135.

Communication is critical in the workplace and it is even more challenging when leading others. This workshop will provide valuable tools and strategies on how to give feedback, resolve problems and improve performance on the job. The format is engaging and interactive and participants will leave with guides to use on the job.

Instructor Darlene Mindrum, M.Ed. has over 20 years of experience in training and education in the public and private settings. Her teaching style is fun and interactive and will help workers of all types learn new skills to become more successful on the job. She has worked in manufacturing at a leadership level, taught at Skagit Valley College, and trained staff at several local manufacturers.

The registration fee for Workplace Coaching is $20. For registration and information: Register.