Renton Tech names new president

July 2, 2015

Dr. Kevin D. McCarthy is the new Renton Technical College president.

McCarthy is the vice president of instruction at Lake Washington Institute of Technology. He previously served in the administration at Bellevue College and Blue Mountain Community College in Oregon.

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Dr. Kevin D. McCarthy

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Renton Tech falls short of Aspen Institute’s top prize

April 2, 2015

Renton Technical College fell short in its quest for a $1 million prize courtesy of the Aspen Institute.

The school was one of 10 finalists considered for the organization’s 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.

The prize, awarded every two years, is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among community colleges.

The top prize went to Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida. Read more

Biden hails Renton Tech as vital path to reviving middle class

November 7, 2014

By Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times Vice President Joe Biden (left) holds a machined object as he talks to instructor Adam Pohlman during a tour of Renton Technical College.

By Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times
Vice President Joe Biden (left) holds a machined object as he talks to instructor Adam Pohlman during a tour of Renton Technical College.

Vice President Joe Biden toured a Renton Technical College job-training program Oct. 9, promoting the federal grants that support it as a way to help the middle class regain its footing. Read more

Renton Tech named to national top 10 list

October 3, 2014

Renton Technical College was named among the top-10 two-year colleges in the nation, earning the chance to compete for a $1 million prize.

The Aspen Institute first recognized the school as one of the nation’s top 150 in January. The school learned in early September that it was one of the 10 finalists for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.

The prize, awarded every two years, is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among community colleges. The winner will be announced in early 2015.

“This is a tremendous honor that recognizes the extraordinary contributions of RTC’s faculty and staff to the success of our students,” Renton Technical College President Steve Hanson said in a statement.

Renton Technical College’s president to retire

April 29, 2014

NEW — 6 p.m. April 29, 2014

President Steve Hanson

Steve Hanson, Renton Technical College’s president since 2009, announced today his intent to retire at the end of the year.

“It has been an honor to serve as Renton Technical College’s president for the past five years,” he said in a statement. “Our college has an outstanding reputation for its commitment to student success, as exemplified by our selection by the Aspen Institute as one of the top community colleges in the nation.

“I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to work with an extraordinary group of trustees, faculty and staff that is dedicated to the mission of transforming the lives of our students.” Read more

Reminder: PSE to answer questions about Energize Eastside April 21

April 19, 2014

NEW — 1 p.m. April 19, 2014

It was a request heard loud and clear at the most recent Energize Eastside workshop. Residents wanted a forum dedicated to solely asking questions of the Puget Sound Energy representatives.

They are now getting that opportunity, as PSE has scheduled a question-and-answer session for April 21 in the Renton Technical College cafeteria, 3000 N.E. Fourth St.

The Energize Eastside project, in response to the region’s growing power needs, will bring new higher capacity electric transmission lines to the Eastside.

The new lines will extend from a substation in Redmond to Renton, but the exact route the lines will take is currently undecided. One of the proposed routes directly affects the Olympus neighborhood, and many residents attended the April 1 Newcastle City Council meeting to voice their concerns about the project. Read more

PSE to answer questions about Energize Eastside

April 11, 2014

NEW — 11:05 a.m. April 11, 2014

It was a request heard loud and clear at the most recent Energize Eastside workshop. Residents wanted a forum dedicated to solely asking questions of the Puget Sound Energy representatives.

They are now getting that opportunity, as PSE has scheduled a question-and-answer session for April 21 in the Renton Technical College cafeteria, 3000 NE Fourth St.

The Energize Eastside project, in response to the region’s growing power needs, will bring new higher capacity electric transmission lines to the Eastside.

The new lines will extend from a substation in Redmond to Renton, but the exact route the lines will take is currently undecided. One of the proposed routes directly affects the Olympus neighborhood, and many residents attended the April 1 Newcastle City Council meeting to voice their concerns about the project. Read more

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.

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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 www.rtc.edu).

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 ndaily@rtc.edu 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.

Interested in writing a Newcastle-specific column for the paper? Email newcastle@isspress.com.

PSE hosts Energize Eastside workshop March 27

March 25, 2014

NEW — 2:15 p.m. March 25, 2014

Puget Sound Energy invites the community to the first in a series of workshops, as part of the company’s Energize Eastside project.

The project, in response to the region’s growing power needs, will bring new higher capacity electric transmission lines to the Eastside.

The new lines will extend from a substation in Redmond to Renton, but the exact route the lines will take is currently unknown. One of the proposed routes directly affects the Olympus neighborhood.

Puget Sound Energy has formed sub-area committees to delve further into three geographic sub-areas on the Eastside. At the workshop, these committees will work side-by-side with community members to learn more about the project, understand local area issues and assess potential route segments against community values. Read more

Renton Technical College hosts Bridge Builders Breakfast

October 9, 2013

NEW — 5 p.m. Oct. 9, 2013

The Renton Technical College Foundation will host its Bridge Builders Breakfast Oct. 30.

The annual benefit supports general foundation scholarships, merit scholarships to local high schools and the Bridge Project, a program that assists low-income basic studies students who are transitioning to workforce programs.

Television personality Pat Cashman will serve as the emcee. Keith Loeber, an academic director with Microsoft Learning, will deliver the employer message. Graduate Brian Doran will deliver the alumni keynote address.

Tickets are $25 and are available for purchase at www.rtc.edu/foundation/events. Opportunities for sponsorships are also available, call 235-7867 for more information.

The breakfast goes from 7:30-9 a.m. in the Renton Technical College cafeteria.

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