Northwest NEWS

April 22, 2002


Local students receive college tuition award for excellence in voc-tech education

Philip Mangano of Mount Si High School and Morgan Luce of Cedarcrest High School are among 146 high school, skills center and community and technical college students named last week as recipients of the 2002 Washington Award for Vocation Excellence (WAVE) by the state Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board.
   The WAVE provides recipients a tuition grant for six quarters or four semesters of undergraduate study at community and technical colleges, the state's regional and research universities, accredited independent colleges, or licensed private vocational schools based in Washington state. Up to three students in each of the state's 49 legislative districts are recognized for their outstanding achievement, leadership and community service in vocational-technical education.
   Mangano, from Legislative District 5, will study media technology. Luce, from Legislative District 45, will study floriculture/horticulture.
   Students are eligible for the Washington State Award for Vocational Excellence if by June 30 they graduate from high school or a skills center, or are enrolled in a public community or technical college, and complete a minimum of 360 hours of state-approved vocational or technical education course work.
   A 39-member committee representing business, labor, education, government and interested citizens selected recipients.