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The Careers That Work! Scholarship program makes available five $1000 scholarships to every high school – public and private – in Oregon, Washington and Idaho to award to graduating seniors headed to one of the NWCCF participating member colleges. This includes alternative high schools and skill centers. High schools select the recipients.

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The first recorded private "venture" school opened in 1705 in Colonial America, the first business college opened in Washington in 1886 and Perry Technical Institute opened in 1941, making it the oldest, continuously operating private career college in Washington.

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Wayne Matulich | Director | ITT Technical Institute | Portland, OR

Wayne Matulich has over 30 years of experience in all areas of corporate management. He has held positions in operations, business development, information systems management, systems and application development and as an internal consultant in the area of business performance improvement. Currently the College Director for ITT Technical Institute's Portland campus, Wayne is responsible for all functional departments of the college including Academics, Curriculum, Financial Aid, Recruiting and Career Services. Portland takes a cross-functional approach to deliver the Student Experience.

While at E*Trade Financial, Wayne had responsibility for the development and delivery of advanced function products and services delivered across the E*Trade Financial ATM Network. Involved in high-technology and change management throughout his career, Wayne has a toolbox of experience dealing with the emotions of change, the barriers to success and the enablers of successful change management. He has been instrumental in the development of processes connected to business strategy, organizational culture, and the alignment of technology and resources to business needs. He is recognized for an ability to break down organizational barriers through effective interpersonal and facilitation skills. Through the engagement of cross-functional assessment, he has been successful in introducing organizations to a "big picture" mentality and enabling a shift in focus from one of functional needs to servicing customer needs all with the expectation and goal of delivering "Shareholder Value".

Mr. Matulich has conducted numerous reengineering and process design projects resulting in dramatic improvement to business and technology performance in areas including consumer relations, hotel operations, consumer and mortgage loan origination, ATM and EFT processing operations, direct marketing, technology fulfillment, strategic planning, cash management and Education.

Vice President

Christine Cote` | President | Perry Technical Institute

Christine Cote` Christine Cote was serving as Vice President of Operations for Perry Technical Institute prior to being appointed President January 1, 2008. Prior to that time she had served as Director of the Perry Technical Institute Foundation from November 1997 to May 2007. In that role Christine managed and grew the Foundation to phenomenal success allowing hundreds of students to benefit from scholarships and equipment funded through the Foundation.

Christine has a Bachelor of Arts in Community Health from Central Washington University. She is involved in the Yakima business community and is a member of the Kiwanis Club. She is married with two children.

Secretary

Kimberly Lothyan | President | Everest College, Everett, WA

Kimberly Lothyan accepted the position as President of Everest College in Everett in September 2003. Previously Ms. Lothyan served as the Vice President of Education for Ashmead College and Eton Technical Institute. Her passion for education inspired her to develop new curriculum that served the best interests of the students. Her experience with curriculum development and education began with her days at ITT Technical Institute and Western Washington University where she developed curriculum and taught business courses.

Prior to her work in education she was in the banking environment as an Operations Manager, supervising customer relations, marketing new accounts and overseeing several branch operational functions. Kim holds a Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University and a Masters of Business Administration from Western Washington University. She currently serves on the Private Vocational School Advisory Committee to the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board. Kim is a former board member with the Washington Federation of Private Career Schools and Colleges.

Treasurer

Jon Alberts | President | Western Culinary Institute | Portland, OR

Jon Alberts has been President of Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Oregon, a Career Education Corporation school, since 2007. Mr. Alberts entered the post-secondary education industry in 2002 as President of Scottsdale Culinary Institute, an affiliated school, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Like Western Culinary Institute, Scottsdale Culinary Institute is also affiliated with Le Cordon Bleu International and teaches the same excellent programs. During his 5½ years as President, the Institute grew from offering one academic program in Culinary Arts to seven Le Cordon Bleu programs in Culinary Arts, Patisserie and Baking and Hospitality and Restaurant Management. Included in Scottsdale Culinary Institute's program offerings are two Bachelor of Arts degrees, the only two available in the Le Cordon Bleu network in the United States.

Prior to entering the education field, Mr. Alberts worked in the hotel and resort business, beginning in 1985 with Red Lion Hotels and Inns. He was with Red Lion for the next 13 years in various management positions including Food and Beverage Director and General Manager in a variety of locations in the Pacific Northwest, Utah and Arizona. His last position in the Portland/Vancouver area was as General Manager of the Red Lion Inn at the Quay in the mid 1990's. He continued to manage hotels and resorts with brands such as Doubletree, Embassy Suites and Sheraton until 2002 when joined Career Education Corporation. Mr. Alberts has served on boards of various civic and industry organizations throughout his hospitality and post-secondary education career.

Mr. Alberts received his Associate of Occupational Studies with honors at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. He is married and has three school age children.

Immediate Past-President

John Paul Johnston | Divers Institute of Technology | Seattle, WA

During his distinguished 30-year career, Mr. Johnston was a member of the Navy's deepest diving team, reaching a depth of 1800 feet at the Navy Experimental Diving Unit in Panama City, Florida and participated in several major diving and salvage projects. Mr. Johnston commanded one of the Navy's largest diving and salvage ships, the USS Edenton (ATS -1). While in command, the USS Edenton conducted the first efforts towards salvaging pieces of the Civil War Ironclad USS Monitor.

Additionally, he completed several assignments involving research, development, testing and evaluation of new diving equipment and systems. Mr. Johnston's educational experience includes teaching navigation, ship handling and composite warfare concepts at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He has served as director of Divers Institute of Technology since 2000.

Director-at-Large Position Two, Expires 2010

Mickey Sieracki | President | Everest College | Portland, OR

Mickey Sieracki joined Corinthian Colleges as the President of Everest College in Portland in October 2004. Prior to that time she was Executive Director of Apollo College in Portland for two years. She also served as Dean of Instruction and then Dean of Technology & Business Programs at Heald College in Portland.

Mickey and her husband moved to Oregon in 1998 from Virginia. In Virginia, Mickey worked in the public education sector as Director of the Medical Technology program at Old Dominion University in Norfolk as well as an instructor in clinical biochemistry. She served as Administrative Director of Laboratories at De Paul Medical Center in Norfolk, Virginia. Mickey worked in real estate marketing and sales when her children were young, something she feels has helped her enormously in understanding the admissions side of education. Mickey has a BA in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Physics, and an MA in Higher Education from George Washington University. Mickey and her husband Charlie live in Portland. They have two grown sons and a new grandson, all of whom live on the East Coast.

Director-at-Large Position Three, Expires 2010

Dr. Shane Reeder | Campus Director | Stevens-Henager College | Boise, ID

Shane Reeder is currently the Executive Director running the Boise Campus of Stevens-Henager College. Formerly, he was the Associate Dean of Business at the Logan Campus. Mr. Reeder has been with the College since 2004. Prior to 2004, he was a practicing attorney, prosecutor, and pro-tem judge in the Portland Oregon area. Mr. Reeder graduated from Utah State University, Logan Utah – BA Political Science (Minors – English, Japanese, Business Administration); Willamette University, Salem Oregon – JD and Certificate of Dispute Resolution; and Portland State University, Portland Oregon – MIM (Masters of International Management). In his spare time, Mr. Reeder likes to garden, do woodworking, camp, hike, and travel. His favorite place to travel is the Orient. Mr. Reeder has been married for 23 years and has four children ranging in age from 18 years-old to 4 years-old.

Director-at-Large Position Three, Expires 2010

Dr. Shane Reeder | Campus Director | Stevens-Henager College | Boise, ID

Shane Reeder is currently the Executive Director running the Boise Campus of Stevens-Henager College. Formerly, he was the Associate Dean of Business at the Logan Campus. Mr. Reeder has been with the College since 2004. Prior to 2004, he was a practicing attorney, prosecutor, and pro-tem judge in the Portland Oregon area. Mr. Reeder graduated from Utah State University, Logan Utah – BA Political Science (Minors – English, Japanese, Business Administration); Willamette University, Salem Oregon – JD and Certificate of Dispute Resolution; and Portland State University, Portland Oregon – MIM (Masters of International Management). In his spare time, Mr. Reeder likes to garden, do woodworking, camp, hike, and travel. His favorite place to travel is the Orient. Mr. Reeder has been married for 23 years and has four children ranging in age from 18 years-old to 4 years-old.