Thursday, May 04, 2006


On April 29, 2006, Washington State University’s Collaborative Teacher Education Program (CTEP) held commencement exercises for 25 future teachers. CTEP is a cohort based 2+2 program in partnership with Grays Harbor College that enables local residents of Grays Harbor and Pacific counties to earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with K-8 certification.

The class would like to thank those who helped make it a special day: Dr. Ed Brewster, Grays Harbor College, Susan Ball, Christine Sodorff, Gloria Tinder, Washington State University faculty and staff.

Back Row, left to right: Melanie Garrett, Leah Moore, Amber Melville, Christopher Cady, Timothy Webb, Teresa Holt, Derek Rask, James Chase, Tifanie Kelly.

Middle Row, left to right: Pamela Beeler, Stacy Hunt, Shawnie Graham, Drew Homchick, Alicia Blundred, Marci Martin, Danielle Hyde, Rita McManus.

Front Row, left to right: Larena Lake, Mary Heyting, Lyssa Hogarty, Shari Girts, Heather McCleary, Tove Reibel.

Not pictured: Dee Busse, Adria Hay and Elizabeth Barton.

Elizabeth Barton was a member of this class when she passed away on September 21, 2005. She was remembered by her fellow classmates, faculty and staff, by awarding her honorary degree to her son, Drew Homchick, who is also a 2006 graduate.

The Washington State University Learning Center for Grays Harbor and Pacific counties, located on the Grays Harbor College campus, increases opportunities for life-long learning through credit, non-credit, certificate and professional development programs. The Distance Degree Programs are degree completion programs designed primarily for students who have completed the equivalent of the first two years of college. Degrees include: Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences, Humanities, Criminal Justice, Business Administration – Management and Operations or Management Information Systems, Human Development, Elementary Education and Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Registered Nurses. For more information please contact the WSU Learning Center at 360.538.4242.

This May four local residents of the Twin Counties will graduate from Washington State University Distance Degree Programs. Graduates are: Chanda Robertson, Bachelor of Arts in Human Development, Tracy Shawa, Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Jodi Hodges Bachelor of Arts in Human Development, and Karen Jackson-Wise Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences.