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April 2014 Volume 8 Issue 8


Director’s Spotlight

Apr. 1—Winter Qtr. Grades Posted 

“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction” —John F. Kennedy

Apr. 7—Spring Qtr. Begins 

Many of us have done the major lifetime goals we wish to accomplish such as college, marriage and family. But smaller goals—we seem to relegate those to the “someday I’ll do that” category. Below are steps you can take to reach those smaller goals sooner. First, you have to have a desire to really achieve a small goal – maybe it’s camping out regularly in the summer or running five miles every other day. Second, you need to feel what it would be like to achieve your goal—you have to believe that you will attain your goal—learning to create recipes for healthy food and being healthier because of it, seeing a landscape in your mind and then seeing yourself painting it. Third, you need a plan—action items – a path that ends where you want to be—maybe it’s listing all the things necessary to fly fish as well as fly fishing lessons and locations. Fourth, you need a timeline that supports your plan of action—put it up on the refrigerator, put it in your phone with reminders. Keeping it in your awareness allows you to gauge your progress on a regular basis. Don’t wait for “someday”—start today to achieve your dreams!

LWIT Offers 2 New Bachelor Degrees Two new Bachelors degrees will be offered at LWIT starting Fall 2014. The first degree is a Bachelor in Applied Science in Transportation and Logistics Management. Graduates may work as managers within companies that provide transportation or logistics services, warehousing, fleet maintenance, vehicle procurement or upgrades, transportation and logistics analyses, or sales and account management of logistics services. The second degree is a Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Health. Graduates may work in areas such as epidemiology, biostatistics, public health research, public policy, and community health and education. Employment may be found in non-profit agencies, research institutions, government agencies, and private or public businesses. For more information about these programs, please click here.

Apr. 7—Founda on Scholarship            Applica on for Fall Qtr. Available  Apr. 11—Last day 100% refund  Apr. 14—Students with unpaid  tui on dropped from courses  May 6—Advising Day for Summer/ Fall  Jun. 20—Commencement Ceremony  Jun. 25—Last Day of Spring Qtr.    

The Inside Director’s Spotlight 


LWIT Offers 2 New Bachelor        Degrees         


TRiO Happenings 


Student Discounts 


World Au sm Awareness Day       3  Are You LinkedIn? 


Thinking of Transferring to WWU? 4  Campus Events   



Earth Day  




Sea le Area Events 

The Learning Lab—Spring Qtr.       6  

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TRiO Happenings Need a Tutor for Spring Quarter?—Stop by TRiO (E214B) the first day of spring quarter to request a tutor. You may receive one hour of one-on-one tutoring per class per week. Busy Winter Quarter in The Lab—The Learning Lab worked with 247 LWIT students during winter quarter. A huge “Thank You” to each of our wonderful tutors and facilitators who assisted these students. Fun fact: The Learning Lab had 1,378 total student visits in 2011 and 1,206 in 2012. However, The Learning Lab had 1,425 visits just in winter quarter 2014! Open House Recap—LWIT welcomed over 600 visitors at its Open House on March 6! Great job to all those who volunteered and to the Open House Committee. Professional Development—Tien Do and Erin Smith attended the Tools 4 Success Conference on March 25. This conference focused on preparation for finding and maintaining employment for students with disabilities.

BFET If you are  an LWIT  student  receiving  federal food stamps and have  applied for FAFSA, you may  be eligible for benefits from  Basic Food Employment &  Training (BFET). These could  include a book s pend,  childcare, and advising. Please  visit Ka e Viola in W207 for  more informa on. 

Student Discounts As a student at LWIT, you can receive educational discounts up to 20% off at select stores. To view details about these student discounts, see below.  Amazon—Amazon will give you 6 months of Amazon Prime free. Once those 6

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months are up, the cost of membership is dropped from the $79.00 per year to only $39.00 per year. On top of free 2 Day shipping, you’ll also receive access to their streaming service, and you can borrow select Kindle Books for free. AT&T—As a student, you are eligible for a variety of discounts from AT&T, including monthly discounts. T-Mobile—As a student, check out T-Mobile’s Student Deals, which include monthly discounts, no activation fees, no annual service contracts, and more! Best Buy - Best Buy offers discounts on various items that they have in stock at any given time: you can sign up for their College Student Deals, which will allow Best Buy to send you email coupons for various items. Sony Store – Go to the Sony Student Store to receive a 10% discount. However, if you’d rather not purchase your electronics online, you can go to any Sony Store along with your student ID to apply the discount.

    Counseling Services LWIT offers students free,  short‐term counseling (3‐5  sessions). Community  resources, advocacy and  referrals are also available.  Please visit W207 to make an  appointment.  If you are  experiencing  an immediate  crisis, call the Crisis Clinic at  (206) 461‐3222. 

World Au sm Awareness Day—April 2 World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), celebrated on April 2 annually, was adopted by the United Nations in 2007 to shine a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis. WAAD activities help to increase and develop world knowledge of the autism epidemic and impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism and is a day when individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and embraced in community events around the globe. Light It Up Blue Each April 2, Autism Speaks celebrates Light It Up Blue along with the international autism community, in commemoration of WADD. In honor of this historic day, many iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges and retail stores are among the hundreds of thousands of homes and communities that take part. You too can take part by simply wearing blue on April 2.

Disability Support Services Contact the  Disability  Support  Services  office as  early as possible if a  physical, sensory,  psychological, or learning  disability impacts your  ability to succeed in  classes. Please visit W207  or email                for  more informa on.  

Are you LinkedIn? LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with 250 million members in over 200 countries and territories around the globe. Their mission is to connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful. In short, people use LinkedIn to find jobs, see what their friends are doing professionally, to network, and become visibly active in their professional community. It is also FREE to join. “LinkedIn is a powerful tool for someone looking to secure a job,” said Paul DeBernardi, a LinkedIn user. LWIT’s Employment Resource Center provides a video on their website as to why you should be LinkedIn. Check it out here. If you’re ready to be LinkedIn, sign up here.

WorkPlace 101 Workshop Series

Three workshops will be  offered in May. Topics will  include resume, cover  le ers, and interviews.      Career Choice Workshops

1st and 3rd Friday of every  month at 10am  Please visit W207 for more  informa on on career and  job assistance.  

“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but the lifelong a empt to acquire it” — Albert Einstein

Thinking of Transferring to WWU? Western Washington University, located in Bellingham, WA, offers transfer students a variety of majors to choose from including art, design, music, interdisciplinary studies, and education (early childhood, elementary and special education). If you are considering transferring to WWU for one of these majors, you may be interested in some tips that can strengthen your transfer application and make you a competitive transfer student.  Complete a Direct Transfer Agreement or

Associate of Science Transfer degree  Show an upward grade trend  Gain experiences related to major at WWU  Complete English Composition and college-level math  Develop a personal statement that helps WWU better understand your goals,

preparation, challenges, and strategies for success  Demonstrate diversity/multicultural experience  Present yourself positively (maturity, prepared to be successful)

Next month we’ll discuss what could hinder an opportunity for admission to WWU.

Campus Events—April Monday

Tuesday 1 Worker Retraining Orientation

Wednesday 2

Thursday 3

(8:30am, W213C)

7 Spring Quarter Begins Welcome Back Booth 14

8 Worker Retraining Orientation


10 ASG Day (10am) US Army Information Table

(8:30am, W213C)

11 Worker Retraining Orientation (noon, W213C)

(11am, East Mall)

FAFSA Workshop (3pm, W113)

15 Worker Retraining Orientation


17 FAFSA Workshop (3pm, W113)

22 Worker Retraining Orientation

29 Worker Retraining Orientation (8:30am, W213C)

18 Career Choice Workshop (10am) Worker Retraining Orientation (noon, W213C)


24 FAFSA Workshop (3pm, W113)

(8:30am, W213C)


4 Career Choice Workshop (10am) Worker Retraining Orientation (noon, W213C)

(8:30am, W213C)



25 Worker Retraining Orientation (noon, W213C) Spring Plant Sale (Hort.)


Financial Aid Office Remember to apply for  financial aid  each year by  comple ng a  new FAFSA. Check your  award le er on the Student  Portal. If you are receiving  student loans, a new Loan  Request Form must be  completed.    For more informa on, visit  W209. 

Opportunity Grant Designed to help low‐ income students studying  for high demand career  fields such as Accoun ng,  Allied Health, I‐Best, and  Business Technology.  Services provided include  tui on and fees assistance  up to 45 credits, a book  s pend, and educa onal  advising and planning.   For more informa on, visit  W207. 

Earth Day—April 22 April 22, 2014, is the 44th anniversary of Earth Day, a day to be aware and appreciate the natural environment Earth provides. Below are some interesting facts in celebration of this day.  57 million—the estimated number of

housing units in the US heated by gas  42,747—the estimated number of housing

units in the US heated by solar energy  0.6—the percentage of the American workforce that bikes to work  2.8 - the percentage of the American workforce that walks to work  17—the decreased percentage of energy consumption in 2010 compared to 2002  $7.6 billion—the value of recycled paper cardboard from product shipments

Source: United States Census Bureau

Sea le Area Events—April Skagit Valley Tulip Festival (Apr . 1-30) This festival is one of the destination events for the Pacific Northwest. Every spring hundreds of thousands of people come to enjoy the celebration of spring as millions of tulips burst into bloom. Festival visitors can also enjoy many events that happen in April in the Skagit Valley. World Rhythm Festival (Apr . 5-6) FREE. This festival in Seattle is the best weekend immersion in world music, drum and dance that you can imagine. This festival is packed with an amazing range of world music traditions, including African, Middle-Eastern, Latin, Indian, Brazilian, North American, and more. Puyallup Spring Fair (Apr . 10-13) Welcome spring with baby animal exhibits, delicious fair treats, tons of free entertainment including racing pigs, leaping DockDogs, free music, and learn new gardening tips and tricks at Northwest Living & Garden. Plus, see cars smashing at the Slamfest Demolition Derby and Monster Truck shows, and whirl and twirl on some of your favorite rides! Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention (Norwescon) (Apr . 17-20) Norwescon is one of the largest regional science fiction and fantasy conventions in the United States. While maintaining a primarily literary focus, Norwescon is large enough to provide a venue for many of the other aspects of science fiction and fantasy such as anime, costuming, art, gaming, and much more. Seattle Pet Expo (Apr . 26) FREE. Over 100 exhibitor s, discount vaccinations, microchipping, costume & talent contests, adoption, family entertainment and more.

WorkFirst This program helps eligible  TANF recipients with their  educa onal goals through  training, support, referrals,  and possible tui on  assistance.   For more informa on, visit  W207.  Worker Retraining Laid off workers, displaced  homemakers, military  veterans, and previously self‐ employed LWIT students  may be eligible for this  program. This program  provides tui on assistance,  career counseling and  priority registra on.   For more informa on visit  W207.  Worker Retraining Orienta ons Tuesdays at 8:30am &   Fridays at 12:00pm in W213C  Veterans Services LWIT is proud to assist all  Veterans, reservists, ac ve  duty personnel and eligible  family members who receive  Veteran's Administra on  educa on benefits.   For more informa on visit  W213B. 

Lion's Pride is accep ng student submissions through May 5th! If you have an assignment or hobby that you are proud of and would like to share it with the LWIT community, please consider submitting your work to this online publication. Learn more about submission guidelines.

TRiO Participants


Printing & Copying*  *Please note that due to limited funding, prin ng and copying  are at the discre on of TRiO staff and will usually not exceed 10  pages. No color prin ng or copying will be provided. 

The mission of the TRiO Projects at Lake Washington Ins tute of Technology is to increase the reten on,  gradua on and transfer rates of eligible students. This is accomplished by providing suppor ve services  such as tutoring, academic counseling, educa onal planning, academic success workshops, learning labs,  financial educa on and transfer assistance. 

The enclosed materials were compiled through grants from the U.S. Department of Education. However, the contents have not been reviewed by the Department The purpose of TRiO Projects is to assist first‐genera on and/or low‐income students and students with  and no endorsement should be disabili es in achieving their post‐secondary academic ambi ons.  Students are encouraged to complete  inferred. The Lake Washington their associate degree or cer ficate programs and, whenever feasible, enter a bachelor’s level program at  Institute of Technology Student LWIT or transfer to a four‐year ins tu on.  TRiO Projects are commi ed to making college a rewarding and  Support Services TRiO Projects are100% federally funded successful experience for each student par cipant.   annually at $420,840. No ce of Non‐Discrimina on– Lake Washington InsƟtute of Technology is an equal opportunity insƟtuƟon.   

TRiO Projects 11605 132nd AVE NE E214B Kirkland, WA 98034 Pat Hunter: 425.739.8361 Erin Smith: 425.739.8353 Tien Do: 425.739.8249 Jenn Rossignol 425.739.8351

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