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About Arden Ainley

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Mount Vernon Campus to Host Running Start Information Nights

Skagit Valley College will host two Running Start Parent Information Nights during Spring Quarter at the Mount Vernon Campus. The sessions will take place on Thursday, April 23 and Thursday, May 14 at 6 p.m. in Angst Hall room 125. Both sessions are free and open to the public.

Running Start allows high school students, who qualify, to gain college and high school credits simultaneously for classes completed. The evening will include the step-by-step process of how to apply as well as general information about the program.

For more information, contact Rose Brierly, (360) 416-7632,, or visit

Art Gallery features mixed media work by Jonathan Taylor

The artwork by Jonathan Taylor is now on display in the Skagit Valley College (SVC) Art Gallery, which is located in the Gary Knutzen Cardinal Center on SVC’s Mount Vernon Campus. The show runs through April 27, 2015.

Artist’s Statement: “As an architecture student at the University of Oregon I enjoyed art classes in drawing, painting and sculpture. As a practicing architect between projects and in my free time I try to do as much art as possible. Architecturally I use sketching, drawing by hand and computer, photography and many 3D programs to describe the work, but I also use true analog architectural models out of acrylic sheet, wood or PVA and ABS through a current crop of 3D printers. Sculpture projects include combining hot solid or blown glass resting in welded steel structures. Often the pieces are abstracted, but have roots in architecture and site planning.”

The SVC Art Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary work by regionally, national, and internationally acclaimed artists. The Art Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the college’s academic year. Visit online, website,

Travel-based course to the Desert Southwest

Screen Shot 2015-04-10 at 12.47.06 PMSkagit Valley College will offer a special travel-based course during Spring Quarter 2015. “Desert Odyssey” will explore interconnections among landscapes, ecosystems, and the human experience in the Desert Southwest from May 8 to May 31. The field experience is offered as part of a 15-credit learning community  integrating geology, biology, and Native American history for SVC students during Spring Quarter 2015. In addition, a non-credit option is available for community members who would like to participate.

Through the unique synthesis of Geology 100, Biology 100, and History 219 courses, Desert Odyssey students will experience 8,000 years of art and architecture by Anasazi and Hopi cliff dwellers and explore how they reflect the regional geology and biota. In addition, students will participate in traditional Navajo life and explore connections between the Navajo and the flora and fauna of the Colorado Plateau.

The May field trip fee of $990 ($40 per day) will cover food, van rental, camping, park entry fees, and other trip costs. When not staying with Navajo hosts, students will camp, cook their own meals, and hike daily. A number of partial scholarships are available, based on financial need.

Learning Communities combine courses to explore connections between areas of study and to foster deeper, more meaningful learning relationships among faculty and students.

For information about Desert Odyssey, contact Chuck Luckmann at (360) 416-7696,, or visit online

Open Enrollment for Summer and Fall Quarter at Skagit Valley College

Registration Schedule for Summer and Fall

Before registering, contact your advisor for help in choosing classes. 

Returning Student can register on May 11.

New Advised Student can register on May 28.

Open Enrollment is on June 9.


Summer Quarter classes begin on July 7.

Fall Quarter classes begin on September 21.

If you want to Step into a New Career or upgrade your job skills, Professional/Technical programs are aligned with local and state economic development strategies.

High demand areas include:

Also SVC’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Conservation is the only pure science program offered at a community college in Washington.