Know An Accomplished HCC Alum? Here’s Your Chance…

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Are you, or do you know of, an accomplished Highline Community College alum?

HCC is currently seeking nominations for its most prestigious award for alumni – the “Distinguished Alumnus Award,” which honors a former student who has made outstanding contributions through community service, noteworthy professional achievement and/or recognized leadership.

Nominations are due by April 17, 2009.

Former Seattle Mayor Norm Rice, who attended Highline in 1968–69, was the first recipient of the award in 1990. Other past honorees include:

  • Junki Yoshida, CEO of the Yoshida Group
  • Ezra Teshome, agent with State Farm Insurance and TIME magazine global health hero
  • Chris Carrel, executive director for Friends of the Hylebos, a nonprofit located in Federal Way

Last year’s recipient was Washington state’s first poet laureate Sam Green. He is the author of 10 poetry collections and serves as publisher of Brooding Heron Press.

Green came to Highline in the early 1970s after serving in the Vietnam War. He went on to complete a bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy and master’s degree in creative writing at Western Washington State College.

Alumni award nominees should be former Highline students who attended the college prior to the 2004-2005 academic year.

Nominees will be asked to submit a résumé and personal profile that will be reviewed by a campus selection committee.

The person selected will be invited to accept the award and participate in Highline’s commencement exercises on June 11, 2009.

Please send your nominations via e-mail to [email protected] or hard copy to:

Alana Young, Resource Development Office
Highline Community College
PO Box 98000 MS 99-248
Des Moines, WA 98198-9800

For more information, call (206) 870-3774, e-mail [email protected] or visit

Highline Community College was founded in 1961 as the first community college in King County. With approximately 10,000 students and 350,000 alumni, it is one of the state’s largest institutions of higher education. The college offers a wide range of academic transfer and professional-technical education programs, with day, evening, online and weekend classes.

With the most diverse population of any college in Washington state, Highline takes a multicultural approach to education for the success of all its students and the prosperity of its surrounding communities.

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