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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

Launch your GREEN career in Sustainable Agriculture

Screen Shot 2015-12-14 at 9.47.17 AMLooking to launch your GREEN career? Spring Quarter registration is going on now!

And, here’s a great article about the program by Foodtank:

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Learn more about 91.7 KSVR-FM and Skagit Talks

Screen Shot 2016-03-01 at 11.01.50 AMDid you know that Skagit Valley College operates three radio stations? The facilities and basic operations of FM radio stations KSVR, KSVU, and KSJU, are supported by SVC.

Check out the recent article in the Skagit Valley Herald:
The man behind the conversation at “Skagit Talks”

SVC launches Craft Brewing Academy — the first to be offered by a community college in Washington

Screen Shot 2015-12-15 at 10.14.49 AMFocused on Excellence: SVC’s program is the first to be offered among Washington’s community and technical colleges.

In response to the needs of today’s expanding craft and microbrew industry, Skagit Valley College (SVC) will offer a 40-credit, four-month Craft Brewing Academy beginning in May. SVC’s program
is the first to be offered among Washington’s community and technical colleges.

SVC’s Craft Brewing Academy is the result of the College’s participation in Gov. Inslee’s Skagit Valley Innovation Partnership Zone (IPZ) for Value Added Agriculture. The IPZ nurtures partnerships to enhance the local agricultural industry, promoting innovative approaches that combine research and technology, producing new jobs and a robust economy centered on the valley’s rich agricultural resources and heritage. Partners include local farmers and entrepreneurs, Washington State University, The Northwest Agriculture Business Center, Port of Skagit, City of Mount Vernon, Skagit County, Economic Development Association of Skagit County, and Skagit Valley College.

“The Northwest, and the Skagit Valley in particular, is a vibrant hub for the craft brew industry,” said Lynnette Bennett, Associate Dean of Workforce Education at SVC. “We are fortunate to be working closely with our IPZ partners who are on the forefront of innovation and share our excitement of the craft brew industry, as well as the potential that the program will offer our students and the region.”

Students in the program will gain an overview of the complete craft brew business, “from grain to glass.”  It is designed to provide them with a foundation of knowledge required for successful employment. The program is structured to help students learn craft brew science theory and practices in the classroom, in the lab, and with internships at local breweries. The Academy is ideal for those considering entry into the brewing industry, as well as those pursuing wider knowledge of the business in order to advance in their career goals.

The program’s Advisory Committee is comprised of: The Pike Brewing Company, Westland Distillery, Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen, Skagit Valley Malting & Brewing Company, Rockfish Grill & Anacortes Brewery, Malteurop North American, Inc., Skagit River Brewery, Flyers Restaurant & Brewery, Hale’s Ales, Golden Distillery, Boundary Bay Brewery, Island Hoppin’ Brewery, and WSU Research and Extension. Providing the curriculum development are brewers from Skagit Valley Malting & Brewing Company, Rockfish Grill & Anacortes Brewery, Flyers Restaurant & Brewery, and Boundary Bay Brewery.

SVC’s Craft Brewing Academy begins May 3rd. Academy fees are $4,500, plus books. Registration for the Academy is going on now for returning SVC students. Enrollment is going on now.

For more information: Lynnette Bennett, (360) 416-7869, , or visit

SVC Music Department hosts Jazz Festival today!

dreamstime_xs_35497740Dr. Diane Johnson and the SVC Music Department is hosting a jazz festival today, March 1, 2016 from 8AM until 3:40PM. Every 20 minutes, a jazz ensemble from Skagit, Island, and Whatcom counties will take the McIntyre Hall stage. If you’re near SVC’s Mount Vernon Campus today, stop by and enjoy! All performances are free and open to the public.

8:00   Mount Vernon HS Jazz Band 2
8:20   Burlington-Edison HS Jazz Band
8:40   Cascade MS Jazz Band
9:00   Mount Baker MS Jazz Band
9:20   Squalicum HS Jazz Band
9:40   LYNCS Jazz
10:00 Mount Baker HS Jazz Band
10:20 Sedro-Woolley Jazz Band
10:40 Friday Harbor HS Jazz Band
11:00 Meridian HS Jazz Band
11:20 Sedro-Woolley HS Blue Horizon Vocal Jazz
12:20 Jazz Lyncs MS
12:40 Bellingham HS Jazz Band
1:00   Oak Harbor HS Jazz Band
1:20   La Conner HS Jazz Band
1:40   Anacortes HS Intermediate Jazz Band
2:00   SVC Showcase Singers
2:20   Mount Vernon HS Jazz Band 1
2:40   Sehome HS Jazz Band
3:00   Anacortes HS Advanced Jazz Band
3:20   Mount Vernon HS Jazz Band 3
3:40   Concrete HS Jazz Band

My SKAGIT Story: Kevin Felt

SkagitValleyCollege Felt, K“I appreciate the time I’ve spent at SVC because it offers me a legitimate, robust education at an affordable cost. 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. The fact that the SVC environment is conducive to this wholesome, realistic, and self enriching educational strategy is what stands out the most about this college to me.”

Kevin Felt
Molecular Biology/Biochemistry major
Mount Vernon Campus
2016 All-Washington Academic Team