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January Student of the Month Breaking with Stereotypes

MARIETTA, OH (Jan. 19, 2017)--Brittany Reed grew up in the garage alongside her Dad. Some of her earliest memories are of her learning tools so she could help him under the hood. Her formative years turning wrenches was the beginning of her life's passion that ultimately led her to Washington State Community College (WSCC) to pursue a degree in Automotive Technology. In the classroom, her skill, desire, and overall zeal earned her recognition as January's Student of the Month.

In a profession that sees very few female mechanics (less than 1% of diesel mechanics are women), Reed is among a pioneering group blazing a trail for women in the garage. But she doesn't necessarily identify herself as an advocate for the future of women gear heads. "I don't think women should be more receptive to this career path, explained Reed. "I think women should do what makes them comfortable, and if what makes them comfortable is a man's career, don't be afraid to pursue it and do it well."

As part of a classroom requirement, Reed maintains a weekly blog. Her perspective, knowledge, and wit there make her a stand-out student beyond the classroom. Recently, her blog received national attention from the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) and Luscious Garage, a California-based female-owned service center that has been featured in prominent publications such as The New York Times. "Important people are taking note of what's she's doing," said WSCC Auto Diesel Assistant Professor Jeffrey Starkey. Carolyn Coquillette, owner of Luscious Garage, is currently in contact with Reed to set up a private tour of her shop in San Francisco.

"It's obvious she loves working on these big trucks. I see it in her work and how she conducts herself," Starkey said. "She's not intimidated by the gender expectation. She comes to class, tackles the work and proves herself worthy every day. She's definitely going places."

Reed acknowledges she has found success by following her heart. "The way I see it, to succeed you need to do what you're good at, get better at it and make a life doing what you love," she reasoned. She is working toward her Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology with an emphasis in Diesel Truck Systems and is considering expanding her education into engineering. Presently, Reed is enjoying an internship at McMahon Truck Center, but has long-term aspirations to move out West and expand her skill in performance vehicles and ultimately race top-performance dragsters.

For 45 years, Washington State Community College has fueled the community's future through education. We work to make a positive impact by providing opportunities for growth. Whether you are a recent high school graduate or an adult student looking to enrich your life, we cultivate pathways to guide you toward future growth. Be inspired. Be WSCC. For more information about Washington State Community College, visit www.wscc.edu or call 740.374.8716.

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WSCC Launches National Search for Next School President

MARIETTA, OHIO (Jan. 6, 2017)--The Washington State Community College (WSCC) Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that a national search for the College’s seventh President will begin this month.  The Board will identify a candidate to succeed Dr. Bradley J. Ebersole, who plans to retire on June 30, 2017, after nearly six years as President of WSCC.  The Board is committed to conducting an open, equitable and thorough search, seeking qualified candidates from throughout the state and nation. 

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WSCC Evergreen Arts & Humanities Series Presents Film "Song of Lahore"

MARIETTA, Ohio (Jan. 5, 2017 ) — The Evergreen Arts & Humanities Series at Washington State Community College (WSCC) in collaboration with the Schwendeman Agency, Inc. announce an upcoming presentation of the powerful and riveting film, “Song of Lahore.”

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WSCC Recognizes Fall 2016 President's and Dean's List

MARIETTA, OHIO (Dec. 27, 2016)-- Washington State Community College (WSCC) is pleased to recognize the students who have earned a place on the President's and Dean's lists for the 2016 Fall semester.  

These outstanding scholastic achievements are earned by students who carry a minimum of 12 credit hours and attain a 4.0 grade point average (GPA) to receive President's List honors or a minimum 3.5 - 3.9 GPA for Dean's List recognition. Congratulations to these 168 students. We, at WSCC, look forward to your continued strides toward greatness.

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WSCC Veterans Club Awarded Emergency Fund Gift by Local Marine Corps League Detachment

MARIETTA, OHIO (Dec. 21, 2016)— The Marine Corps League – Sergeant Bob O'Malley Detachment 1436 recently presented Washington State Community College (WSCC) Veterans Club with a check for $500.

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