KENT, Wash., March 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Twenty-seven graduates of WGU Washington will be presented with military challenge coins on Saturday, April 16 at the university's fifth annual commencement ceremony.
Major General (Ret.) Tim Lowenberg will recognize both current and former military men and women who are receiving their degrees from WGU Washington. Lowenberg served as Adjutant General of the State of Washington from Sept. 1999 to Aug. 2012, during which time he commanded all Washington Army and Air National Guard forces. Additionally, Lowenberg has served as Homeland Security Advisor to the Governor of Washington and led creation of the Washington State Committee on Homeland Security in January 2000. He currently serves as Vice President of Gordon Thomas Honeywell Law, LLP, where he represents public and private sector clients in offices in Tacoma, Seattle and Washington D.C.
"WGU Washington is an excellent option for current and former service members and their families," said Lowenberg. "The university offers students access to higher education wherever they are, whenever they need it, at a price they can afford."
WGU Washington is the state-based affiliate of Western Governors University (WGU). WGU has been named to Military Advanced Education's Guide to Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities nine years in a row. The online university was also honored by the United States Distance Learning Association with two awards for excellence, including WGU's sixth 21st Century Award for Best Practices in Distance Learning,
WGU Washington's fifth commencement ceremony will take place April 16 at Seattle's KeyArena. The state-endorsed, online university is awarding a record number of degrees – more than 1,900. Since 2011, the university's enrollment has grown by nearly 1,000 percent – a testament to the demand for WGU Washington's unique, competency-based model that provides Washingtonians access to flexible, affordable higher education.
Graduates receiving a challenge coin this year:
- Amanda Howe - Bellingham
- John Pass - Bellevue
- Jason Clark - Blaine
- Shawn Mendes - Bremerton
- Jacob Zappey - Bremerton
- Derk Benisch - Duvall
- Andrew McCool - Edmonds
- Manuel Coronado - Federal Way
- Robert Moorhead - Federal Way
- Katie Zirkle - Houston
- Paul Weidert - Kennewick
- Angela Icenhower - Lacey
- James Jackson - Marysville
- Leroy Bryan - Oak Harbor
- Casey Taylor - Port Orchard
- Dawn Dugger - Renton
- Teresa Nosack - Ridgefield
- Stephen Gunter - Seattle
- Crystal Battle - Snoqualmie
- Jeremy Sims - Spanaway
- Michael Brown - Spokane
- Susan Conrad - Spokane Valley
- William Floyd - Tacoma
- Mark Gorham - West Richland
- Alicia Brown - Vancouver
- Virginia Wilson - Yakima
- Vicky Ashlock - Yakima
WGU Washington was established by the State Legislature in 2011 in partnership with nationally recognized and accredited Western Governors University to expand access to higher education for Washington residents.
The state-endorsed, online university offers more than 50 bachelor's and master's degree programs in Business, Information Technology, Teacher Education and Health Professions, including Nursing. WGU Washington's competency-based learning model is designed to meet the needs of working adults by providing an affordable, flexible option for earning an accredited, respected college degree. It's non-profit and receives no money from the state.
Degrees are granted under the accreditation of Western Governors University, which is regionally accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Teachers College programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and Nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE*).
The university has earned the support of more than 20 leading corporations and foundations. They include institutions such as AT&T, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Lilly Endowment, HCA, Hewlett-Packard, Lumina Foundation, Microsoft, Oracle, SunGard Higher Education and Zions Bank.
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