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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

Music and Culinary fundraiser to benefit Carnegie Hall performance trip, CHEF competition

In preparation for upcoming student performance trips, Skagit Valley College’s Music and Culinary Arts programs will host a special fundraiser on Thursday, February 4th. “Mardi Gras” will take place Thursday, February 4th in the Gary Knutzen Cardinal Center, located at the Mount Vernon Campus. The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will include dinner, entertainment, and an auction.

Under the direction of Music instructor Dr. Diane Johnson, students in the Skagit Valley College Concert Choir will once again perform in Carnegie Hall in May. This year’s invitation to perform in Carnegie Hall is the third prestigious invitation for the choir.

veggies dreamstime_47087662Chef instructor Dani Cox, along with her student chefs, will travel to Arizona in July to participate in the CHEF Club’s competition. SVC’s CHEF Club encourages, promotes, and manages activities of students in the Culinary Arts program, and provides academic support to students who are preparing for a career in the culinary arts field.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $30 and are available at the SVC Student Grounds coffee shop or the Cafeteria.

For more information, contact Dr. Diane Johnson, (360) 416-7655 or

SVC Foundation Scholarships for 2016-2017: Apply Now!

Financial Aid dreamstime_xs_42730145The Skagit Valley College Foundation offers a wide variety of scholarships each year to eligible students. To apply for any of the Foundation Scholarships, you need to complete only one SVC Foundation Scholarship Application and submit it to the Financial Aid Office, along with a one-page (maximum,) single-spaced, essay about yourself. The application form and a list of Foundation Scholarships are available on the SVC website at SVC Foundation Scholarship. Any current, future, or graduating SVC student can apply. Last year, nearly half a million dollars in scholarships were awarded! Applications for the 2016-2017 academic year will be accepted from January 19, 2016 until 5:00 pm on March 31, 2016. No early or late applications will be accepted.

The application period for the Sidney S. McIntyre, Jr. Skagit Valley College Memorial Scholarship opened on January 19, 2016. This scholarship is for students majoring in the Basic or Applied Sciences who were enrolled Fall 2015, or are enrolled Winter 2016, and are planning to transfer to a four-year public university in the state of Washington beginning Fall 2016, upon graduation from SVC. The student must have a cumulative college level GPA of 3.0 or higher. Other criteria may apply. This scholarship provides in-state tuition, room and board, and a book allowance for the junior and senior years of study! This is a separate application from the above Foundation Scholarships, and eligible students can pick up an application packet at the Mount Vernon or Whidbey Island Financial Aid Office during the open application period. Letters of recommendation are a part of the application process. Should you be requesting a letter from SVC faculty, please do so as early as possible. The application closing date is during Spring break and faculty may not be on campus or available at that time. It is highly recommended that letters be requested well before March 1st in order to allow for adequate processing time. The deadline for this year’s application period is 5:00 pm on March 31, 2016. All application materials must be received at the SVC Financial Aid Office, or postmarked, by this date. No early or late applications will be accepted.

Information Night for new Craft Brew Academy

Screen Shot 2015-12-15 at 10.14.49 AMIn response to the needs of today’s expanding craft and microbrew industry, SVC will offer a new Craft Brewing Academy beginning in May. SVC’s program is the first to be offered among Washington’s community and technical colleges.

A Craft Brew Academy Information Night will take place at the Mount Vernon Campus on Monday, January 25 at 11:00 am and again at 6:00 pm in Angst Hall room 125.

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

1988 NWAACC Reunion brings Coaches, Players and Fans together!

Reunion graphicIn honoring the Cardinal Athletics tradition of excellence, the 1988 NWAACC Men’s Basketball Champions returned to the Dave DuVall Pavilion on January 13th for a reunion during halftime of the men’s game with Shoreline College. A BIG THANKS to the many Cardinals fans who joined the celebration, including Dr. James Ford, former SVC President, and Don Wick, former radio play-by-play guy who announced countless games! We would also like to acknowledge former Athletic Director Gary Knutzen for his dedication to Cardinal Athletics!

We were fortunate to have the majority of the 1988 team in attendance:


  • David Quall, Head Coach
  • Roger Valentine, Assistant Coach
  • Brent Williams, Assistant Coach
  • Darla Wylie (Sickelsteel), Statistician
  • Molly Hanson, Manager


  • Robert Hancock
  • Curt Johnson
  • Mike Ostlund
  • Aaron Hanson
  • Greg Olson
  • Tim Nicholas
  • Dennis Strong
  • Nick Klungel
  • Matt Whitmire
  • Curtis Bacy
  • Gerald Williams

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SVC’s Dr. Ernest Tutt inspires with annual presentation of Martin Luther King, Jr. speech, “I Have a Dream”

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Dr. Ernest Tutt, SVC Communications Studies

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Dr. Ernest Tutt, Communications Studies instructor at SVC, gave an inspiring presentation of Dr. King’s speech, “I Have a Dream,” to the Mount Vernon Kiwanis.  Read more about this annual tradition in the January 19th edition of the Skagit Valley Herald.

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