SPSCC alumni news and profiles
Jayda has always known that she has an analytical mind. She also wants to serve those around her. That’s why she worked in various clerical roles for state agencies, supporting teams and getting behind the mission of each agency. But it wasn’t until 2004, when she started in the Office of Financial Management, that Jayda found her calling in state accounting.
Randy knew what he wanted to do right after high school. He spent his childhood exploring technology with influence from his father, a communications specialist in the Special Forces. When his father decided to start his own telecommunications business, Randy wanted to get involved. First, though, his father asked that he earn an associate degree before coming to work for him.
Brad Thompson and Marilyn Harley have a lot in common, including their love for culinary arts and the fact that they both serve in chef roles at Our Table restaurant in Olympia. What else? Both Brad and Marilyn chose to build their culinary education at SPSCC after researching many other options. Their local education was the perfect step to creating a locally sourced restaurant in downtown Olympia that has the community buzzing.
Jamie Jo’s charisma, drive, and positive attitude make her the perfect fit for a high school classroom. That’s why it’s no surprise that her journey through college ended up bringing her back to the high school classroom.
Scott always excelled in academics and athletics. Graduating in the top 10 of his class, he could have gone to college almost anywhere. But when it came to picking a school, Scott knew that the value of being close to home, and saving significant dollars on tuition made sense to him. “I was unsure of where I wanted to take my life after high school, but I did like science. However, I knew I wanted to continue playing soccer and I wanted to give myself the best opportunity to succeed in a career by continuing my education.” He found all that and more at SPSCC where he played soccer and earned an associate degree before transferring to Western Washington University’s chemistry program.
Nhan is driven, smart, and extremely likeable. He’d say that those qualities were hidden under insecurities and loneliness when he first came to the United States. The experiences and opportunities he found at SPSCC, however, allowed Nhan to embrace and reveal his true self—and now he’s making a big mark on Thurston and Pierce counties.
Ashley is a compassionate and bright individual whose foundation in education was made solid through her experience at SPSCC. She is one of the 1,100+ students each year that participate in the Running Start program for high school juniors and seniors. Ashley graduated with both her high school diploma and associate degree in 2005 and was swiftly able to transfer to Western Washington University as a junior.
Kathy is an incredible advocate for the unique and flexible role that SPSCC plays in the lives of its students. While she quickly progressed to earn a bachelor’s degree and eventually a master’s degree, Kathy credits her start at SPSCC as the catalyst that inspired her career in policy and law.