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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.

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SVC to host “Take Back the Night,” a march and rally to break the silence surrounding sexual violence

dreamstime_xs_19052281Skagit Valley College will host Take Back the Night on Friday, April 29 from 7:00-9:30pm at the Mount Vernon Campus. The public is invited to the event, which is designed to bring the community together to help break the silence of sexual violence, raise awareness, and support survivors. The event will include:

  • 7:00pm; Cardinal Center — Craft tables for signs and shirts;
  • 7:30pm; Cafeteria — Baked Potato Bar;
  • 7:45pm; Cafeteria — Panel Discussion: Mount Vernon Police Department, Skagit Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services, Nurse, Counselor, SVC Instructor;
8:15pm — Motivational talk, hand out glow materials. March down College Way to Riverside Drive Rally at the four corners and then march back to SVC;
  • 9:15-9:30pm; Cardinal Center — Closing.

SVC’s Take Back the Night event is a collaboration of SVC’s Women’s Issues Club, CHEF’s Club, Radio Club, Rainbow Alliance Club, Human Services Club, Campus Christian Fellowship, and Phi Theta Kappa. For more information, contact Lisa Forsythe, Disability Access Services Program Supervisor, 416-7958 or

SVC students named to the All-Washington Academic Team 2016

All Washington SealTwo SVC students, Kevin Felt (Mount Vernon) and Samantha Martin (Oak Harbor), were named to the 2016 All-Washington Academic Team. Both were honored at the 21st annual ceremony that was held at South Puget Sound Community College on March 24th.

With more than 300 people in attendance, the ceremony provided an opportunity for community and technical college students to be recognized for their academic achievements and community involvement. This year’s team was made up of 66 students representing 34 community and technical colleges. Many legislators, college trustees, and family members also attended the celebration. Governor Jay Inslee provided the keynote address to honor the team for their achievements.  During the ceremony, each student received a medallion from his/her college president. Kevin and Samantha received their medallion from SVC President Dr. Tom Keegan.

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Samantha Martin

Samantha Martin attends SVC’s Whidbey Island Campus through the Running Start program. She is majoring in Psychology and takes initiative in all aspects of her education. In addition, Samantha is the Student Government President and Vice-President of the Phi Theta Kappa, all while maintaining a 3.88 GPA. This June, Samantha will graduate with her associate’s degree. Her long-term educational plan includes a Ph.D. in Psychology with a focus on neuroscience and a minor in nutrition. “Attending Skagit Valley College has been one of the most influential and beneficial experiences in my life thus far,” she said. “SVC offers a small and intimate learning environment and the tight-knit community on campus fully embraces students and encourages student success.”



Kevin Felt

Kevin Felt is majoring in Molecular Biology/Biochemistry at SVC’s Mount Vernon Campus. After graduating from SVC in June, Kevin will transfer to the University of Washington where he will study Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and pursue a bachelor of science and a Ph.D. He maintains a 3.87 GPA. “I appreciate the time I’ve spent at SVC because it offers me a legitimate, robust education at an affordable cost,” said Kevin. “I am just now turning 21 years old and I’ve come to the conclusion that SVC has been a very wise decision for beginning my undergraduate education.”

KeyBank of Washington has served as a major sponsor of the All-Washington Academic Team for 21 years. KeyBank has helped make $250 scholarships available to each member of the All-Washington Academic Team.

The All-Washington Academic Team has become the showcase for Washington’s community and technical colleges because it honors the academic high achievers, the men and women who have demonstrated a commitment to success in the classroom and in the communities where they live. In addition, it demonstrates the state’s commitment to scholarship and community service on the part of those attending the state’s public community and technical colleges.

Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, symbolizes excellence in higher education and a commitment to students. Phi Theta Kappa has recognized and encouraged scholarship among two-year college students for 91 years by providing stimulation and enrichment while promoting the academic integrity of the associate degree program. For these reasons, the American Association of Community Colleges has designated Phi Theta Kappa as the official honor society for two-year colleges.

The All-Washington Academic Team program is sponsored by: Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges, Washington State Association of College Trustees, State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, and Phi Theta Kappa. ‘

Scholarship sponsors are: KeyBank of Washington, Washington State Employees Credit Union, and Washington State Association of College Trustees.

SVC student athletes recognized for Academic Excellence by the Northwest Athletic Conference

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Nianiella Dorvall

Skagit Valley College is pleased to announce that three SVC student athletes, Nianiella Dorvall (Nikolaevsk, AK), Nikkie Froehlich (Mountlake Terrace), and Daryon James (Auburn) were recognized for Academic Excellence by the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) for Winter Quarter 2016. In order to be eligible for this recognition, each student athlete must be a sophomore, have earned a minimum of 36 credits, have a cumulative GPA of 3.25, and be recommended by their college.

Nianiella Dorvall is a 6’1” Center and came to the Cardinals Women’s Basketball team from Nikolaevsk High School, Alaska. Nikkie Froehlich is a 5’8” Guard and joined the Cardinals after graduating from Mountlake Terrace High School.

Nianiella and Nikkie both have bright futures ahead of them after they graduate from SVC. Nianiella plans to work in the “Doctors without Borders” program after completing medical school. Nikkie plans to transfer to a four-year university to become a dental assistant.

Nikkie Froehlich

“Both young women are outstanding students and leaders,” said SVC Women’s Basketball Head Coach Steve Epperson. “Their accomplishments on the court and in the classroom represent the very best in higher education, Cardinal athletics, and student success.”

Daryon James is a 6’1” Guard and came to the Cardinals Men’s Basketball Team from Thomas Jefferson High School. His future after the Cardinals is exceptionally bright too. He is currently navigating through the recruiting process and will graduate from SVC this spring. After graduation,Daryon plans to transfer to a four-year university to continue his academic and athletic career. Men’s Basketball Head Coach Brock Veltri described Daryon this way: “I am truly proud of the effort Daryon has given on the court AND in the classroom. He characterizes everything that is great about being a student athlete today.”

Daryon James

“We are especially proud of the academic achievement of our student athletes,” said Dr. Dave Paul, Vice President for Student Services at SVC. “This is an important acknowledgment of the hard work of Nianiella, Nikkie, and Daryon, both on and off the court.”

Skagit Valley College is a member of the Northwest Athletic Conference, which consists of
two-year colleges in Washington and Oregon; Douglas College in New Westminster, British Columbia; and
North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Congratulations, Nianiella, Nikkie, and Daryon!


New for Spring: Composite Wind Blade Repair

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SVC will offer a five-credit course, Composite Wind Blade Repair (CMPST 128), during Spring Quarter. The class will begin April 5 and end June 14, and will run 8:00a to 12:00p Monday and Tuesday. At the end of the course, students may sit for the American Composites Manufacturers Association Wind Blade Technician exam. This course will be offered at the SVC Marine Technology Center in Anacortes, located at 1606 R Avenue.

Students will receive an overview of common composite materials and processes, solid laminate and sandwich construction methods, vacuum bagging materials and processes, core materials used in structures and repairs, damage detection methods – including repair methods and techniques. The course provides hands-on repair and reconstruction practices, including the use of appropriate tools, such as hot bonders to make composite wind blade repairs. In addition, students will learn to determine the extent of damage, how to remove damaged material and execute proper repair preparation.

“This course is ideal for students and working technicians who want to gain the skills to work in the wind energy industry.” said Mike Swietzer, SVC’s lead composites instructor.

For more information about the Composite Wind Blade Repair class, contact Mike Swietzer at (360) 766-6282, x3005 or Ann Avary at (360) 766-6282, x3001.

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1st Annual 5K Fund Run helps raise money for scholarships for students studying SVC’s Whidbey Island Campus

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Thanks to event sponsors: underwriter Whidbey Island (Heritage) Bank,  Boeing, Associated Students of Skagit Valley College – Whidbey Island CampusFlyers Restaurant, and the SVC Foundation, the 1st Annual 5K Fund Run was an amazingly fun and successful event! Despite the early morning cool temperatures, spirits were high for all who registered to run or walk the 12 laps.  

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The run was hosted by the Skagit Valley College Foundation and SVC Whidbey Island Campus Student Life and helped raise money for scholarships for students studying at SVC’s Whidbey Island Campus.

If you weren’t able to join us at the 5K Fund Run, you can still make a donation online! Visit the SVC Foundation Giving Form

Thank you, Whidbey Island community!

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