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The Business and Workforce Development department at GHC presents:

Money Smart Week

Money Smart Week is a public awareness seminar designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances, stress the importance of financial literacy, inform consumers about where they can get help and provide free educational seminars and activities.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
3 PM to 7 PM
Columbia Education Center
208 Advent Avenue SE
Illwaco, WA

Topics will include:
Increase Your Profit with Customer Service; Foundations of Investing; What Type of Account is Best for You (Roth vs Traditional IRA, etc.); Consumer Fraud and Identity Theft.

If you have questions or would like to register please contact Teresa Potter by phone at (360) 538-2514 or email


Upcoming EdVentures:

Oysterville - Bringing the Past into the Present
On Saturday, April 25th, visit the original Pacific County seat and learn more about midnight raiders who kidnapped county records in 1893. Local author, Sydney Stevens, will be guiding the tour of Oysterville, the community located at the tip of the Long Beach Peninsula. Take this EDventure with our Community Education program and enjoy lunch at the original Oysterville church built in 1892, with other stops at Nahcotta, Ocean Park, and Seaview. Cost of the trip is $72.29, which includes lunch, snack, and transportation; leaving Aberdeen at 8:30 am, Raymond at 9:15 am, and Ilwaco at 10:30 am.   Register Online

Perhaps you would like to spring into action on one of our new Hike-EDventures…

North Head Lighthouse trail
Lighthouse to Lighthouse Hike Saturday, May 16th, Join us for a hike from North Head Lighthouse to Cape Disappointment Lighthouse. Local ecologist, Kathleen Sayce, will be guiding our this surprisingly strenuous 4 mile hike, with more than 1000 ft of elevation gain. She will provide educational facts regarding coastal forests, trees, and other natural history of the headlands. Participants are encouraged to wear stout shoes or boots and bring walking sticks, clothing suitable for the weather of the day. A sack lunch, bottle of water, and snack will be provided. Pick up locations include: Aberdeen at 7 am, Raymond at 8 am, and Ilwaco at 9 am. Cost $77.89   Register Online

Discovery Trail hike
Saturday, June 13th, Our voyage sets foot at the Seaview Beach Approach south on the Discovery Trail learning about the different fauna and flora that surrounds us; at O’Donnell Rock we will leave the trail for the beach, to walk to Fishing Rocks, continuing the discussion on beaches and seasonal changes to the dunes. Kathleen Sayce, local ecologist, will be leading this 5 mile hike. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended as well as clothing suitable for the weather of the day. A sack lunch, bottle of water, and snack will be provided. Pick up locations include: Aberdeen at 7 am, Raymond at 8 am, and Ilwaco at 9 am. Cost $72.83   Register Online

Gary Clay

Frame the perfect picture on our new EDventure Photo Shoot…

Professional Photographer and Grays Harbor College Photography Instructor, Ken Lucke, will be guiding the following workshop. Please note, (D)SLR (recommended) or Advanced Point & Shoot camera required, tripod recommended, especially for night shooting. This is a Rain or Shine trip, so bring weather appropriate gear to protect yourself & your camera.

Hoh Rainforest Photography Workshop
Saturday, June 20th, we venture into the beautiful and mysterious Hoh River Rainforest for a full day of photography instruction. Learn tips & techniques, and get advice on landscape photography in general, while exploring this phenomenal area of the Olympic Rain Forest. Critiques and evaluation of the day’s shoot will be done on return to Aberdeen. Ken’s longtime friend and mentor, Gary Clay, a Hoquiam-born professional photographer who knows the Hoh intimately, will also be accompanying us on this trip as a guest instructor. We will be picking up students at 6 AM in Aberdeen on Main Campus. Cost $124.70   Register Online

Ashland Elizabethan Theatre

Shakespeare in Ashland
A summer EDventure to Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, August 17-22, 2015, is being offered by Grays Harbor College. Participants pay one low price which includes transportation, accommodations, 5 breakfasts & 5 dinners, plus tickets to EIGHT plays, and prefaces in Ashland. Cost is $1,390.84 per person. Prior to leaving for Ashland, participants can attend pre play discussions at GHC. This EDventure is guided by Grays Harbor College Theatre/Communications Instructor, Brad Duffy. For Play list, please contact Bethany Barnard at 360.533.9733.


High School 21 Plus Program
Do you have high school credits, work experience, military experience, parenting experience, or other life experience, but no high school diploma or equivalency? High School 21+ program is for you!

The HS21+ program allows you to:

  • Earn your Washington State high school diploma
  • Open doors for financial aid eligibility, vocational training programs, or degree programs
  • Only pay $25 per quarter (waivers available)
  • Earn credit for prior learning, work experience, parenting experience, military experience, certifications, and other life experience (foreign education and experience can be considered)

If you are interested, please call 360-538-4167 for more information.




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Columbia Education Center

208 Advent Avenue, S.E., Ilwaco, WA 98624
(360) 642-9433, Fax: (360) 642-9434
Driving Directions (Google Map)

Hours of Operation: M-Th 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. , Closed Fridays

Education Center Staff:
Maggie Gray, C.E.C. Manager
Carol Wright, College Program Specialist
Janine Saul, Academic Advisor/Counselor
Erin Frasier, Director of Pacific County Programming

2012 Student Handbook
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Related Links:

Riverview Education Center, Raymond
(360) 875-9466, Fax: (360) 875-9467

Whiteside Continuing Education Center, Aberdeen
360-533-9733, Fax: 360-533-9779

Grays Harbor College Main Campus - Aberdeen
(360) 532-9020 or toll-free (in WA state) 800-562-4830