Newcastle Earth Day event needs volunteers

April 8, 2014

NEW — 2:15 p.m. April 8, 2014

The organizers of the Newcastle Earth Day festival are seeking volunteers.

Volunteers are needed to set up tables, direct parking, assist with kids activities and help with clean up after the event.

Students can earn community service hours for their time, and those that volunteer four hours or more will receive a special event T-shirt.

Newcastle Earth Day goes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 19 at Lake Boren Park, 13058 S.E. 84th Way.

Sign up for volunteer shifts here, and learn more about Newcastle Earth Day here.

Connect with Renton Technical College

April 8, 2014

Nearly every week, I meet someone whose sibling, parent, neighbor or co-worker attended Renton Technical College. Many locals are, or have been, students at RTC. Many are program graduates, working in vital Washington sectors like aerospace, information technology or health care. Many people have taken a cooking class, upgraded their credentials and improved their English skills at RTC.

The key word here is “many.” Many people have a connection to this college. And if you are one of these many people, we want to invite you back. There are many ways, as an alumni or general supporter of the college, you can share your expertise or continue your relationship with us.

Heather Winfrey

Heather Winfrey

First and foremost, come to our events. If you don’t know about the profound work we accomplish at Renton Technical College, here are just a few upcoming activities you can attend:

  • Weekly tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning at 11 a.m., Building I, Room 216;
  • Free Speakers Series lectures with Dr. Rita Schenck/Institute for Environmental Research & Education (April 17 at 4 p.m.);
  • The annual RTC Dinner & Silent Auction, featuring Pat Cashman and Events on the Edge, on Friday, June 6 (tickets available at

If you are a graduate, then you know RTC produces top-notch candidates for in-demand careers in the Puget Sound area. In fact, RTC has the highest completion and placement rates of all two-year post-secondary options in Washington state. We’re working now on the introduction of Applied Baccalaureates in Computer Applications and Applied Management by 2015. We offer more than 65 workforce programs as unique as Band Instrument Repair Technology, as creative as Culinary Arts and as exclusive as Anesthesia Technician, which is one of only five such programs nationally. Our industry connections are superlative, and graduates who pursue work in their chosen professions are getting great jobs.

So, please, share your success with RTC and encourage students of all ages to take a look at our college.  We are a viable, affordable and competitive option. I’m proud to say that when my teenager graduates from Hazen High School in 2015, he will attend college at RTC.

Finally, you can stay connected to RTC by joining our mailing list or becoming a member of the RTC Circle of Friends by contacting us at or 235-7867. The RTC Circle of Friends offers tailored benefits and activities and donor recognition.

Heather Winfrey is the director of the Renton Technical College Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the needs of RTC’s students and programs. She lives in Newcastle.

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