Education Briefs

By Skagit Valley Herald staff

ESSAY CONTEST: The Skagit County Democratic Party has announced an essay contest open to all students in public high schools in Skagit County.

The topic is “The most pressing issue confronting America,” and the essays will be judged on understanding of the topic, clarity, insight, originality and persuasiveness as well as style, structure and vocabulary.

Essays must be submitted by Nov. 30 with no attachments to: A cover sheet should list name, address, phone number and school.

First prize is $750, second prize $500 and third prize $250.

For more information: Pat Edwards, 360-755-9467.

NOMINATIONS ACCEPTED: Skagit Valley College is accepting nominations for the SVC Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to Skagit Valley College or have honored it by their personal achievements.

Nominations will be accepted through 5 p.m. Oct. 30.

To access the online nomination form, visit For more information, call 360-416-7995.

OPEN ENROLLMENT: Cascades Job Corps College and Career Academy has immediate openings for those seeking free career training in leading industries such as health care and information technology.

Offered by the U.S. Department of Labor, Job Corps is the largest nationwide residential career technical training and education program in the country and has been operating for more than 50 years.

The program helps those ages 16 through 24 complete their high school education, earn college credits, train for meaningful careers, and connect with employment, apprenticeship, military, or higher education opportunities.

Job Corps centers also provide on-campus housing, nutritious meal options, basic medical care, uniforms and class supplies, and enrichment and recreation activities.

Job Corps is an open-entry and open-exit program that accepts new students on a weekly basis. For more information, visit, or call 800-733-JOBS.

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