The winners are:
- Paul Archer, Software Development
- Elizabeth Brinkley, Dental Lab Technician
- Louisa Clark, Biotechnology Lab Technician
- Sarah Rhee, Hearing Instrument Technology
- Hoa Trinh, Dental Laboratory Technician
"The Bates Foundation Board of Directors felt it was important to acknowledge and congratulate the WAVE winners," said Kimberly Pleger, director of college relations. "We hope this scholarship gives them a small boost of confidence and lets them know how proud the entire college is of their accomplishments.”
The WAVE program recognizes and awards students who excel in career and technical education. Colleges, universities and employers recognize award recipients as hard working, achievement-oriented leaders who exceed expectations in both school and outside the classroom. This award demonstrates they are among the best and brightest.
Meet our WAVE Award winners
His advice for future students? "Don't give up. Persevere. The fact is that the course is hard work, but there's nothing that's impossible. [Instructors] Judy [Graham] and Dan [Achman] are some of the best teachers I've worked with. If you need help with anything, they're there."
Paul graduated spring quarter with an associate of technology degree and now works as a lab technician in Seattle for a firm specializing in UHF (ultra-high frequency) and RFID (radio-frequency identification) solutions. He hopes to earn a bachelor degree in either electronics or software.
"I knew about Bates' program because it's the only school on the West Coast that offers the Dental Lab Technician program," said Elizabeth, who commutes more than 75 miles daily from Chimacum to school. Elizabeth is on target to graduate summer 2012.
"My ultimate goal is to start an organization that focuses on general healthcare, integrating both Eastern and Western medicine to find a happy medium," said Louisa. "In the short term, I want to work in conservation, sustainability and environmental health, after I earn a degree in Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College."
The Olympia native likes that her program at Bates is realistic and doesn't adhere to a rigid question and answer style. "It's all questions, and we find the answers," Louisa said. "It's personal accountability: you determine how well you do."
|Sarah Rhee with instructor Marci Leong|
Sarah, who holds a Bachelor of Fine Art, likes that the program makes you think and prepares students well for real-world job skills right away. "I learned not just from my instructor Marci Leong, but from my peers," she said. "In five years, my hope is to build enough experience in the field as a hearing aid specialist to start my own business," said Sarah, whose internship with Miracle Ear translated into a job after she completed the program in July.
At the recommendation of her boyfriend's father, a denturist, she enrolled in the Dental Lab Technician program. "The instructors are really helpful, and I've learned a lot. I really enjoy my experience here," said Hoa, who moved to Tacoma from Vancouver, Wash. to attend college. She is on track to graduate this year.
Congratulations to our WAVE winners!