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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

Whidbey Island Campus & South Whidbey Center Honors Reception 2015

Parks Law Enforcement Academy to graduate 27 cadets

Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 2.32.42 PMSkagit Valley College’s Parks Law Enforcement Academy (PLEA) will conduct its 26th graduation ceremony on Monday, April 25th and celebrate the graduation of 27 cadets. The ceremony will take place at 1:00 pm in McIntyre Hall, which is located on SVC’s Mount Vernon Campus. The ceremony will also be streamed online at .

The ceremony will include the presentation of colors by selected graduating cadets and Bellingham Pipeband Pipers led by Peter Rolstad, a rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner by graduating PLEA cadets Cristine Bell, Claire Stout, Lance Spear, and Curtis Stevens, and the Symbolic Oath of Honor presented by Mount Vernon Police Chief Jerry Dodd. Each cadet will receive his or her certificate from Bill Overby, PLEA Commander; Dr. Terry Edwards, Criminal Justice instructor; Jerry Dodd, Mount Vernon Police Chief; Gabe Asarian, Supervisory Park Ranger, North Cascades National Park; Dr. Tom Keegan, SVC President; and Darren Greeno, SVC’s Dean of Workforce Education.

Established in 1990, SVC’s highly successful PLEA program draws cadets from across the United States. In addition to 17 cadets from Washington state, this year’s class came from 9 states: Idaho, Maine, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.

In 2011 SVC’s PLEA Academy was nationally accredited by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation Board, and on April 15, 2016, received its five-year reaccreditation. SVC’s PLEA Academy holds distinction as one of only seven nationally accredited programs, making it highly desirable for prospective students. During the accreditation process, the National Park Service presented the seven satellite programs with a “national best practices” honor for its use of an online student informational, instructional, and testing tool.

The PLEA Academy is directed by SVC Department Chair and Commander Bill Overby, whose career spans 44 years in criminal justice, parks law enforcement, and higher education. In addition to his position at SVC, Overby serves as past chair of the Washington State Safety, Security, and Management Council for the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

Under Commander Overby’s leadership, SVC’s PLEA Academy curriculum is comprised of 720 hours of rigorous classroom and field training, which exceeds the minimum 680-hour federal training standard. Instruction includes contemporary law enforcement tactics and legal information for visitor protection. Natural, cultural, and historic resources protection methods are also an emphasis, as well as a wide range of skill sets, practical exercises and hands-on labs.

Upon their graduation, the SVC PLEA graduates are prepared for Level II law enforcement duties with a variety of agencies. This year’s graduates have accepted positions to protect some of America’s most treasured parks and lands including the National Park Service, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Shenandoah, Glacier, Theodore Roosevelt, Canyonlands, Mount Rainier, North Cascades, and Northern Alaska National Parks; Washington State Parks, and Snohomish County Parks. The PLEA training also meets equivalency standards for State Reserve academy challenge testing, as sponsored by the Washington Criminal Justice Training Commission.

Help us make a difference for deserving students! Volunteers needed for SVC Foundation Scholarship selection process Friday, April 22nd

Scholarship_WorkshopThe SVC Foundation is seeking volunteers to help select the students who will receive this year’s SVC Foundation Scholarships. The selection process will take place Friday, April 22nd from 12:30 – 3:30pm in the Multipurpose Room. Our generous donors provide tremendous support to promising SVC students and your participation in selecting them is also invaluable! No experience is needed, just a willingness to review student applications, essays, and transcripts, and to work with committee members in making selection decisions.

To RSVP, contact Tatsuo (Tom) Tomeoka

For more information, contact Anne Clark

The scholarship selection process is designed so that volunteers, who have an hour or two, can come in and assist with determining scholarship recipients. No experience is needed, just a willingness to review student applications, essays, and transcripts, and to work with committee members in making selection decisions.

The scholarship recipients will be recognized at the annual Honors Receptions in May (Mount Vernon) and June (Whidbey Island). Last year, over 200 students were selected to receive scholarships totaling nearly half a million dollars!

Thank you!

Chicana/o students to serve as tour leads for MoNA exhibit, “Beyond Aztlán: Mexican and Chicana/o Artists in the Pacific Northwest”

Screen Shot 2016-04-14 at 5.20.29 PMIn collaboration with the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, SVC Latino/a students will serve as tour leads for the art exhibit, Beyond Aztlán: Mexican and Chicana/o Artists in the Pacific Northwest, on Sunday, April 24th from 2-4pm.  Visitors to MoNA that day will have an opportunity to see the Mexican and Chicana/o experience through the art lens, with an SVC student serving as their tour lead.

Yadira Rosales, SVC Director of Multicultural Student Services
(360) 416-7838



Art Gallery features the work of Seattle artist Richard Nicol

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The artwork by Seattle artist Richard Nicol will be on display in the Skagit Valley College Art Gallery from April 25 to May 12. The gallery is located in the Gary Knutzen Cardinal Center on SVC’s Mount Vernon Campus and is open Monday through Friday. An artist’s talk will take place on April 26th at noon in the Multipurpose Room.




Artist’s Statement:

“Although these photos appear different, they have one thing in common. They were all made by creating the objects or surfaces to be photographed and then those objects or surfaces were sanded off and repainted to create a new photograph. So the only remaining vestige of the original is a digital file. In the case of the pyramidal images, cardboard or wooden boxes (usually cigar boxes) were used. In the other rectangular shaped backgrounds, rulers or yardsticks were glued to a solid board and this is the background. Sort of like a photographic “canvas”. So eventually each board has many layers of paint on it. Sometimes the surface photographed is partially made up of several layers of paint from an earlier image. The accidental or random quality of this surface became one of the unexpected sources of images. They weren’t planned. However, some of the images with a solid background were composed as abstract photos drawing heavily on my love of geometry and fundamental shapes, especially triangles and arcs. Although they may look more like lithographic prints, they are definitely photos, albeit digital photos, which are made with ink rather than with light sensitive emulsions. There is a subtle change in character when an object photographed is transformed in the printing process to a smooth, even surface. It becomes a different sort of record or object itself. In this way it is like all other photographs. A photo of a house is, of course, not a house.

Some of the images refer to social or political issues, most notably colonialism. A country may have an interesting shape, but mostly countries have interesting histories. If we read history, the mention of a country will bring up perhaps an image of what the country looks like but it will also bring to mind knowledge of events in that country. A good example would be the French Revolution. The Belgian Congo of course conjures up the colonial, oppressive phase of Belgian history.

We are all political animals, whether we are aware of it or not. It is an interesting challenge for an artist to attempt to work with political ideas and aesthetic issues at the same time. It is clear that for a political image to be effective it must also be compelling visually. In the same way a non-political image must also be esthetically engaging if it is to stick in the mind and cause pleasure or a sense of beauty.”