Outstanding Skagit Valley College Student Nominated for Washington State Association of College Trustees ‘Transforming Lives’ Award


Skagit County – According to a news release from Skagit Valley College (SVC), they are excited to announce that Valerie McCormack, of Sedro Woolley, was selected by SVC as a nominee for the Washington State Association of College Trustees 2018 Transforming Lives Award. Valerie, along with the other nominated individuals with Washington’s 34 Community and Technical Colleges, were honored at the annual Transforming Lives Dinner in January.

Valerie McCormack was motivated to pursue her educational journey and to change her life for the better, despite many personal challenges and obstacles. In sharing her story, Valerie offered a message of hope and perseverance:

When I think about my life, I realize that I have overcome many challenging obstacles on my path. My piece of advice would be: don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. Don’t let what others say affect your decision about your educational dreams and goals. Education is the pathway to success. I know we all have doubts and moments where we think we can’t do it, but again don’t let the doubts defeat you. It may not be easy, but it will be worth it. Again, don’t let the challenges in life stop you from going after your goals of getting an education. Be patient with yourself and know that each day is a chance to take action in your steps toward the person you want to be. Don’t underestimate what you’re capable of. It’s never too late to go back to college. I want to share my story with others and give them hope that they too can change their lives around. One of my greatest achievements was being able to turn my life around, by turning my pain into purpose to help others.

The future is looking bright for Valerie McCormack – she is currently enrolled in the High School 21+ diploma program at SVC’s Mount Vernon Campus. She is just one class away from receiving her diploma and will graduate in June. Additionally, she is in her second quarter of SVC’s Human Services Program.

The Washington State Association of College Trustees created the Transforming Lives Award program in 2012 to recognize current or former students whose lives have been transformed by pursuing higher education at a community or technical college.

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