Derek Kilmer Visits Grays Harbor College
Posted on: Jun, 8, 2021
Representative Derek Kilmer visited Grays Harbor virtually on June 7, 2021. As part of his visit, the Congressman took a tour of the automotive shop and met with several students. The automotive sequence and other industrial technology programs have been operating in-person for most of the pandemic, following the 6ft distancing and other protocols in place for colleges. A roundtable discussion with college stakeholders followed, with conversation on topics such as: the challenges students are facing during remote learning, the impact of the pandemic on enrollment, and the need for more childcare services, housing, and mental health services to support student retention and success.
Rep. Kilmer represents the 6th District of Washington, which covers all of the Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas, including the entirety of Grays Harbor County. He is a strong advocate for higher education, and was a key supporter of the American Rescue Plan. On May 11, he announced more than $42 million in emergency COVID-19 funding for higher education, including more than $4 million for GHC.
Dr. Ed Brewster, GHC President, welcomed Rep. Kilmer to the college using Zoom, the virtual meeting technology many students are using for their classes this year. "We are honored to host Representative Kilmer and show him the strides GHC and our students are making this year despite challenging circumstances," said President Brewster. "We appreciate all of the work the Congressman does to help students receive quality education in District 6. The funds provided as part of the American Rescue Plan have allowed GHC to operate despite a significant downturn in enrollment during the pandemic."
Contact: Kristy Anderson