“Skagit Valley College is a vibrant community where all are welcomed and supported as they pursue their educational goals. We have created a richly diverse learning environment that is focused on excellence in access, achievement, and community. It is a place where students of all ages, from various backgrounds, and with different academic skill levels, receive the care and support they need to succeed.” — Dr. Thomas Keegan, President, Skagit Valley College
Name: Skagit Valley College
President: Dr. Thomas Keegan
Website: opens in a new windowwww.skagit.edu
City: Mount Vernon
Campus Setting: Small City
Year Established: 1926
Student Characteristics based on 2015-16 academic year
Headcount (all sources) 9,984
African American: 3%
Maestros Para el Pueblo: Helping Latino students to become teachers
Since 2013, Skagit Valley College has collaborated with the Mount Vernon and Burlington-Edison school districts and Western Washington University on Maestros Para el Pueblo, a program designed to increase the number of Latino teachers in local classrooms. Students are supported throughout their educational progression: graduating from high school, attending SVC, and transferring to WWU. They receive help in identifying financial resources, one-on-one advising, and mentoring. The goal of the program is that these new teachers will return to their home districts to serve as bilingual educators and role models. opens in a new windowwww.skagit.edu/maestros
The Pathways Project
SVC is proud to be one of 30 colleges nationwide — and only three from Washington — to be selected to participate in The Pathways Project led by AACC. Funded through a $5.2 million Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant, The Pathways Project provides a unique opportunity for SVC to identify new strategies that reduce barriers to student success. It builds upon the innovative efforts already in place at SVC and supports the College’s focus on excellence in access, achievement, and community. In addition, SVC’s participation in the project positions the College as a national leader in student achievement.
“From Grain to Glass to Table” — Grant supports cross-disciplinary innovations
With partnership support from Viva Farms, Port of Skagit, and Washington State University Bread Lab, SVC received a $150k workforce development grant that allows the College to develop cross-disciplinary curriculum and enhanced industry engagement with three of its innovative programs: Sustainable Agriculture, Craft Brewing, and Culinary Arts. The students work together to identify ingredients and growing best practices that lead to the development of commodities that support a robust local economy.