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May 2014 Volume 8 Issue 9

Director’s Spotlight Spring has sprung It is the time of year that is inspiring! The word itself –spring—anticipates motion of some sort! We find ourselves whistling, walking, running, driving with the windows down, grilling, weeding, washing the car/truck, thinking about impromptu picnics and considering touch football in the mud. Spring not only brings the land back to life—it brings us back to life! We find a park and stake out a place to read and soak up the sun. We decide to finish work early and grab friends and family to “do something” as opposed to just watching TV. It’s a wakeup call to us to shake off the winter and run full-throttle into Spring! Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!

FYI May 6—   Advising Day for Summer/    Fall  May 7—  Students comple ng a     degree/cert. in summer     should apply for gradua on  May 26—Memorial Day—School     Closed  June 3—  Last day to withdraw  Jun. 20— Commencement Ceremony  Jun. 25— Last Day of Spring Qtr.   July 7—    Summer Quarter begins   

The Inside Director’s Spotlight 


Mental Health Month: Reducing 1 Stress TRiO Happenings


Mental Health Month: Reducing Stress

Submit Your Application for Degree


Everyone has stress. It is a normal part of life. You can feel stress in your body when you have too much to do or when you haven’t slept well. You can also feel stress when you worry about things like your job, money, relationships, or a friend or family member who is ill or in crisis.

More Student Discounts


In response to these strains, your body automatically increases blood pressure, heart rate, respiration, metabolism, and blood flow to you muscles. This response is intended to help your body react quickly and effectively to a high-pressure situation. If you don’t relieve stress, you can be threatening your health and well-being. (Continued on pg. 3)

Tips for Reducing or Controlling 3 Stress LWTech Foundation Scholarships


Thinking of Transferring to WWU?


Campus Events


Director of Operations—AKA Mom


Seattle Area Events


The Learning Lab—Spring Qtr.


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TRiO Happenings New Learning Lab Hours—The Learning Lab now has staff available to help students starting at 9am everyday. It is open until 3pm Mon.-Thur. and until 2pm on Fri.

New Staff—Welcome to Tywain Griffen! He was selected as Career Specialist in TRiO Student Support Services. His first day in this position is May 27, 2014.

Need a Tutor?—TRiO students who need a one-on-one tutor should stop by E214B to request a tutor. Students may receive one hour per week per class.

TRiO Transfer Newsletter—If you are thinking about transferring after LWTech, then check out our quarterly newsletter.

Speak Up!—Our blog address has changed! Find it at Professional Development—On April 11, TRiO staff attended the Washington State TRiO Conference at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA.

BFET If you are  an LWTech  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. 

Submit Your ApplicaƟon for Degree or CerƟficate When you have almost completed your degree or cer ficate  program, you must submit an applica on. Follow these steps:    Fill out an Applica on for Degree or Cer ficate   Complete a Degree Audit and a ach it to your applica on   Meet with your faculty advisor to review your degree audit and have them sign 

your Applica on for Degree or Cer ficate   Complete the Degree or Cer ficate Survey and a ach it to your applica on 

More Student Discounts Last month, we shared several discounts you can receive as an LWTech student. Here are MORE for you to see.  Apple - Apple has discounts for laptops, tablets, and





iPods. Go to their Education Store. At the top right of the page, click “Change Your School” and choose Lake Washington Institute of Technology to apply the discount. Microsoft - Microsoft also offers discounts on their laptops, tablets, and other devices. Go to Microsoft Store EDU Portal, enter in the State (WA) and the school’s name. Check the small box that indicates you are a University/College Student, and then click “continue shopping.” Western Digital - Wester n Digital is one of the most tr usted br ands in the industry. If you’re in need of a new external hard drive or flash drive, then create an account on the Western Digital Education Store to get 20% off your purchase. Adobe - Adobe offer s student pr icing of their Adobe Cr eative Cloud package at $29.99 a month. Adobe programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat Pro, Dreamweaver, Premier, Fireworks, Flash are available. AutoDesk Software - AutoDesk offer s softwar e like AutoCad, Maya, and Inventor Professional for FREE for 36 months. Create an account at h p:// on/student‐so ware .

    Counseling Services LWTech 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. 

Tips for Reducing or Controlling Stress If you are feeling stressed, there are steps you can take to feel better. As you read the following suggestions, remember that conquering stress will take determination, persistence and time. Some suggestions may help immediately, but if your stress level doesn’t seem to improve, it may require more attention and/or lifestyle changes.  Be realistic. lear n to say “No.” Eliminate an activity that is not absolutely necessary. You may be taking on more responsibility than you can or should handle.  Meditate. J ust ten to twenty minutes of quiet reflection may bring relief from chronic stress as well as increase your tolerance to it. Use the time to listen to music, relax and try to think of pleasant things or nothing.  Visualize. Use your imagination and pictur e how you can manage a stressful situation more successfully. Many people feel visual rehearsals boost self-confidence and enable them to take a more positive approach to a difficult task.  Take one thing at a time. If you ar e feeling overwhelmed, then take one task at a time. Make a list of things you need to get done and start with one task. The positive feeling of “checking off” tasks is very satisfying and motivating.  Exercise. Regular exer cise is a popular way to r elieve str ess. Twenty to thir ty minutes of physical activity benefits both the body and the mind.  Hobbies. Take a br eak fr om your wor r ies by doing something you enjoy. Whether it’s gardening or painting, schedule time to indulge your interest.  Share your feelings. A conver sation with a fr iend lets you know that you ar e not the only one having a bad day. Ask them how they have dealt with a similar situation that may be “stressing you out.” Let them provide love and support. Source:

LWTech FoundaƟon Scholarship Available The Fall 2014 Foundation Scholarship Application is now available! There are about 50 scholarships available totaling over $34,000 dollars.

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.  

WorkPlace 101 Workshop Series

Three workshops will be  offered on Wednesdays in  May. Topics will include  resume, cover le ers, and  interviews.     


Complete the online application


Print your unofficial college transcript (s)

Career Choice Workshops


Print and complete the Student Release Form and the Activities Worksheet

1st and 3rd Friday of every  month at 10am 


Apply for the 2014-15 FAFSA, if you haven’t already.

Please visit W207 for more  informa on on career and  job assistance.  

Please contact Jennifer Rossignol or Erin Smith for assistance with the application.

“It does not maƩer how slowly you go as long as you do not stop ” — Confucius

Thinking of Transferring to WWU? In last month’s article, we discussed what strengthens your transfer application and makes you a competitive transfer student applying to Western Washington University. There are also a few considerations that could hinder an opportunity for admission at WWU. See below: 

Poor grades, inconsistent academic history


Lack of focus


Intended academic program and space availability at WWU


Downward or inconsistent grade trends


High number of credits from multiple institutions


Inability to pursue academic goals at WWU (lack minimum GPA or denied to major)

Financial Aid Office

Campus Events—May Monday





1 FAFSA Workshop

2 Spring Plant Sale

(3pm, W113)

(9am-3pm, Hort.)

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


6 Advising 7 Mental Health & 8 US Army Info. Table 9 Worker Retraining Orientation (noon, Day (no classes) Community Resource (11am-1pm, East Mall) W213C) Fair (9am-1pm, East Mall) FAFSA Workshop Worker (3pm, W113) Winemakers Dinner Retraining (6:30-9:30pm, Chef City Orientation Family Movie Night Grill) (8:30am, W213C)



(6pm, W404)

13 Worker Retraining Orientation

14 US Navy Info.

15 FAFSA Workshop

Table (11am-1pm, East

(3pm, W113)

(8:30am, W213C)

Presidential Forum

Hawaiian Luau

(noon, East Mall)

(11:30am-2pm, East Mall)

WorkPlace 101— Resume (noon, W204F)

20 Worker Retraining Orientation

21 WorkPlace 101— Cover Letter (noon,

22 College Transfer Fair 23 Worker Retraining (10am-1pm, East Mall) Orientation (noon,


FAFSA Workshop (3pm,



29 FAFSA Workshop

30 Worker Retraining Orientation (noon,


(8:30am, W213C)


27 Worker Retraining Memorial Orientation Day (no classes)

(8:30am, W213C)

16 Career Choice Workshop (10am)

WorkPlace 101— LinkedIn (noon, W204F)

Worker Retraining Orientation (noon, W213C)

(3pm, W113)


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. 

Director of OperaƟons—AKA Mom Recently, an advertising company posted a job listing online for a “Director of Operations.” The position requires more than 135 hours per week, constant mobility, keen coordination and adept communication. There are no breaks, no holidays, and there is no pay. Over 2.7 million people viewed the job but only 24 people applied. Watch what happened during their interviews here. Mother’s Day has been celebrated in the United States on the second Sunday in May since 1914. Below are interesting facts about mom’s.  4.1 million—The number of women ages 15-50 who gave birth in 2012  20%—The percentage of women ages 15-44 who have two children  25.8—The average age of women in 2012 who gave birth for the first time  62.1%—The percentage of working women ages 16-50 who gave birth  29.5%—The precentage of mothers who have a bachelor’s degree or higher  5 million—The number of married stay-at-home moms  15,307—The number of florists nationwide Sources: Huffington Post and United States Census Bureau

SeaƩle Area Events—May Mobile Food Rodeo (May 3-4) Sink your teeth into Seattle’s amazing food truck culture and unique cuisine held in the Fremont neighborhood. Northwest Paddling Festival (May 9-10) Canoeists, kayakers, and paddleboarders unite at Lake Sammamish State Park for demos, tours, races, and exhibits. Seattle International Film Festival (May 15June 8) Billed as the largest film festival in the U.S. Join top directors, actors, and critics who attend festival premieres and screening by getting a single ticket or a pass. Armed Forces Day (May 17) J oint Base Lewis-McChord, will open its gates to the Puget Sound community for the annual Armed Forces Day celebration. This year's attractions include: military vehicle displays, historical military reenactments, carnival rides, music and roving entertainment, climbing wall, 10K Volksmarch & Volksbike, and of course craft and food vendors. Cruzin’ to Colby Car Show (May 25-26) Seattle Rod-Tiques car club hosts this car show with 600 cars cruising down Colby Ave. in Everett. Dance to follow. Oddmall Emporium of the Weird (May 31-June 1) See the unusual creations of 130 artists and crafters, and watch musicians, magicians, jugglers, and dancers on stage at the Comcast Arena in Everett.

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 LWTech 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 OrientaƟons Tuesdays at 8:30am &   Fridays at 12:00pm in W213C  Veterans Services LWTech 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 accepƟng 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 LWTech 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. 

Note the new hours starƟng Spring 2014!

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 purpose of TRiO Projects is to assist first‐genera on and/or low‐income students and students with  disabili es in achieving their post‐secondary academic ambi ons.  Students are encouraged to complete  their associate degree or cer ficate programs and, whenever feasible, enter a bachelor’s level program at  LWTech or transfer to a four‐year ins tu on.  TRiO Projects are commi ed to making college a rewarding  and successful experience for each student par cipant.   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

The enclosed materials were compiled through grants from the U.S. Department of Education. However, the contents have not been reviewed by the Department and no endorsement should be inferred. The Lake Washington Institute of Technology Student Support Services TRiO Projects are100% federally funded annually at $420,840.

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