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Next year, wouldn't you rather be... traveling America. ...earning $ for college. ...changing the world.

GHC is a partner in a new 12-member Americorps team for Pacific County. One of our two spots will focus on career exploration with area youth, while the second position will focus on financial literacy in our community. The Americorps positions start in September, but applications can be submitted now; check out or contact Erin Frasier or Nancy Estergard, 538-4012. Americorps jobs include monthly stipend, health coverage, childcare assistance and educational credits.

We thought so, and we've got just the program for you. Americorps.


Magic of Watercolor
Magic of Watercolor Art Show
Thursday, June 4, 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Featuring the works from accomplished local artist and Instructor Carol Couch and her Spring quarter class.


plus 50 Encore Completion Program

Plus 50 Encore Completion Program

Grays Harbor College was recently chosen to join the Plus 50 Encore Completion Program, a program sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) aimed at assisting those ages 50 and older with pathways to new and exciting careers.

You've got experience. You've had a career, or even two or three. Now take your knowledge to the next degree.

Free Career Exploration Workshop on June 20th
from 9 am to 1 pm at the Columbia Education Center in Ilwaco.
Please pre-register with Plus 50 Career Coach, Bethany Barnard at or 360.533.9733




Grays Harbor College and Pacific County Economic Development Council are pleased to offer a year-long series in Pacific County focused on business exporting.

Date Time/Location Speaker Topic
10:00 a.m. / REC
1:00 p.m. / CEC
Dr. Riley Moore, St. Martin's University Economic Trade Trends and the Chinese Business Culture (EB5 Program)
10:00 a.m. / REC
1:00 p.m. / CEC
Stephanie Scott, Procurement Technical Assistance Center Contracting with Government
  All sessions are FREE. To reserve a seat, contact Teresa Potter at (360) 538-9448 or


Upcoming EdVentures:

Discovery Trail hike
Saturday, June 13th, Our voyage sets foot at the Seaview Beach Approach south on the Discovery Trail learning about the different fauna and flora that surrounds us; at O’Donnell Rock we will leave the trail for the beach, to walk to Fishing Rocks, continuing the discussion on beaches and seasonal changes to the dunes. Kathleen Sayce, local ecologist, will be leading this 5 mile hike. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended as well as clothing suitable for the weather of the day. A sack lunch, bottle of water, and snack will be provided. Pick up locations include: Aberdeen at 7 am, Raymond at 8 am, and Ilwaco at 9 am. Cost $72.83   Register Online

Frame the perfect picture on our new EDventure Photo Shoot…

Gary ClayHoh Rainforest Photography Workshop
Saturday, June 20th
Professional Photographer and Grays Harbor College Photography Instructor, Ken Lucke, will be our guide as we venture into the beautiful and mysterious Hoh River Rainforest for a full day of photography instruction. Learn tips & techniques, and get advice on landscape photography in general, while exploring this phenomenal area of the Olympic Rain Forest. Ken’s longtime friend and mentor, Gary Clay, a Hoquiam-born professional photographer who knows the Hoh intimately, will also be accompanying us on this trip as a guest instructor. Critiques and evaluation of the day’s shoot will be done on return to Aberdeen. We will be picking up students at 6 AM in Aberdeen on Main Campus. Cost $124.70   Register Online

Please note, (D)SLR (recommended) or Advanced Point & Shoot camera required, tripod recommended, especially for night shooting. This is a Rain or Shine trip, so bring weather appropriate gear to protect yourself & your camera.

Ashland Elizabethan Theatre

Shakespeare in Ashland
A summer EDventure to Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, August 17-22, 2015, is being offered by Grays Harbor College. Participants pay one low price which includes transportation, accommodations, 5 breakfasts & 5 dinners, plus tickets to EIGHT plays, and prefaces in Ashland. Cost is $1,390.84 per person. Prior to leaving for Ashland, participants can attend pre play discussions at GHC. This EDventure is guided by Grays Harbor College Theatre/Communications Instructor, Brad Duffy. For Play list, please contact Bethany Barnard at 360.533.9733.


High School 21 Plus Program
Do you have high school credits, work experience, military experience, parenting experience, or other life experience, but no high school diploma or equivalency? High School 21+ program is for you!

The HS21+ program allows you to:

  • Earn your Washington State high school diploma
  • Open doors for financial aid eligibility, vocational training programs, or degree programs
  • Only pay $25 per quarter (waivers available)
  • Earn credit for prior learning, work experience, parenting experience, military experience, certifications, and other life experience (foreign education and experience can be considered)

If you are interested, please call 360-538-4167 for more information.




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Columbia Education Center

208 Advent Avenue, S.E., Ilwaco, WA 98624
(360) 642-9433, Fax: (360) 642-9434
Driving Directions (Google Map)

Hours of Operation: M-Th 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. , Closed Fridays

Education Center Staff:
Maggie Gray, C.E.C. Manager
April Michael, Program Specialist
Paul Turner, Academic Advisor
Erin Frasier, Director of Pacific County Programming

2012 Student Handbook
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Related Links:

Riverview Education Center, Raymond
(360) 875-9466, Fax: (360) 875-9467

Whiteside Continuing Education Center, Aberdeen
360-533-9733, Fax: 360-533-9779

Grays Harbor College Main Campus - Aberdeen
(360) 532-9020 or toll-free (in WA state) 800-562-4830