Student Carl Harris receives Transforming Lives award

  • Published Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Renton Technical College’s Carl Harris was among the outstanding students honored as 2018 Transforming Lives award winners  Monday night in Olympia. The annual award from the Washington State Association of College Trustees recognizes a student from each of the state’s community and technical colleges who overcame barriers to achieve their academic goals.

"Each of these students have incredible stories to tell. They speak to the power of our state's community and technical colleges," said Bridget Piper, ACT president and a trustee for the Community Colleges of Spokane. "We are so proud of the students honored tonight as well as every student and alumni of our colleges."

Award winners were nominated by the board of trustees at their college. Harris, who is also nominated for the All-Washington Academic Team, overcame homelessness and hopelessness to excel at RTC. He will graduate this summer and pursue his bachelor’s degree in social work.

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Carl Harris was nominated by the RTC Board of Trustees. With him from left are Trustee Frieda Takamura, President Kevin McCarthy, Trustee Kirby Unti, and Board Chair Susan Palmer.