Senator Patty Murray visits RTC campus

  • Published Thursday, April 13, 2017

RENTON, Wash. – Senator Patty Murray (D-Washington) visited Renton Technical College (RTC) in the Renton Highlands today to meet with staff, students, and to get acquainted with some of the most innovative career training programs the college offers.

“We are honored to host Senator Murray, and appreciate her interest in higher education and the lives of Washington residents. The visit was a wonderful opportunity to share some of our success stories, discuss challenges faced by our students, and consider the value of technical education,” said RTC President Kevin McCarthy.

“So much of what I do in Congress is shaped by the people I meet and the stories I hear when I’m at home, so it was an honor to spend time today with students and staff at Renton Technical College,” said Sen. Murray, the top Democrat on the Senate education committee. “I will take the lessons of what’s happening at RTC – and at other colleges across our state – as I continue to fight for policies that work for Washington state.”

Senator Murray began her visit with a brief meeting with Dr. McCarthy and Mohamed “Mo” Abdullahi, an RTC computer science student who was been selected by Phi Theta Kappa to join the All-Washington and All-USA community college academic teams.

Mohamed was born in 1993 in a refugee camp in Kenya and immigrated to the United States with his mother as a refugee. He enrolled in the RTC computer science program following high school graduation, pursuing his studies while working evenings as a security guard and as a tutor. Mo is a student leader in the RTC Associated Student Government and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa academic honors society.

Senator Murray and administrators discussed immigrant and refugee experiences at RTC and within the community. She also visited faculty and students in the Medical Assistant program and the newly redesigned Aerospace and Industrial Technologies program.

Renton Technical College serves more than 10,000 students annually through career training programs, apprenticeships and adult basic education. Over 85% percent of career training graduates find jobs after graduation.

Renton Technical College is one of 34 colleges in Washington state operated by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. RTC’s service area encompasses the Renton, Kent, Auburn, Tahoma and Enumclaw School Districts and the central and south portions of the Seattle School District.

For more information contact:

Michelle Campbell
Executive Director of Institutional Advancement
(425) 235-2352 x2085