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Daily News' Students in Need scholarship fund drive ends with $39,886 collected

The Daily News Students in Need drive’s final tally is $39,886, surpassing this year’s goal of $35,000.

The Daily News | June 15, 2022

LCC to hold limited in-person commencement ceremony

Lower Columbia College (LCC) will hold its 86th annual commencement ceremony in-person on the LCC campus on June 17. The ceremony will be held in the Wollenberg Auditorium beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The Wahkiakum County Eagle | June 16, 2022

Lower Columbia College students paint murals at Longview skate park

Paint rollers have replaced skateboard wheels at Cloney Skate Park this week. A class of around 10 Lower Columbia College students convened at the Longview park, near the corner of Douglas Street and 28th Avenue, Tuesday morning for the first day of painting. 

The Daily News | June 1, 2022

Superintendent Chris Reykdal to speak at LCC

Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal will speak to Lower Columbia College's second graduating class of Bachelor of Applied Science-Teacher Education students on June 13. 

The Wahkiakum County Eagle | June 2, 2022

State program focuses on trades skills for Southwest Washington students

A first-of-its-kind state program is helping local students go straight from high school to careers in fields like construction and engineering through internships with local companies.

Yakima Herald Republic | May 21, 2022

LCC announces a celebration of Lawetlat'la volcano

Community members are invited to Lower Columbia College (LCC) on May 18 for an interactive celebration of our local volcano. The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of LCC’s annual Earth Science’s annual celebration of the May 18, 1980 eruption of the Mt. St. Helens volcano, known as Lawetlat’la to the local Cowlitz tribe.

The Wahkiakum County Eagle | May 12, 2022

Enrollment plummet at Washington's colleges, especially among men

In 2019, Washington created one of the most generous college financial aid programs in the country. Compared with a program it replaced, the Washington College Grant allowed many more students to qualify for free or subsidized tuition. No longer would eligible students be denied aid because of caps tied to limited funds. By all rights, the state’s colleges should have seen a rush of applicants. Instead, enrollment plummeted.

The Seattle Times | April 24, 2022

Lower Columbia College Reports Enrollment, Staffing Challenges

Enrollment at Lower Columbia College is 15% below what it usually is for the spring quarter, board members reported during their virtual meeting Wednesday.

The Daily News | April 22, 2022

LCC Speech and Debate earns prestigious awards

Competing at their first in-person tournament in more than two years, the Lower Columbia College Fighting Smelt Speech and Debate Team earned several awards and other honors at Phi Rho Pi Nationals in St. Charles, MO. 

The Wahkiakum County Eagle | April 14, 2022

Lower Columbia College announces Marc Silva as New Board Member

Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Marc Silva, Columbia Bank branch manager, as the newest board of trustees member for the Lower Columbia College, the college said in a press release Thursday.

The Daily News | March 25, 2022

Marc Silva appointed to LCC Board of Trustees

Lower Columbia College (LCC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Marc Silva to the LCC Board of Trustees. LCC Trustees are appointed by the governor.

Lower Columbia College | March 29th, 2022

Letter to the editor: Students in Need has improved lives

Letter to the Editor from Chris Bailey - President at Lower Columbia College. "The past two years have been filled with unprecedented challenges for Lower Columbia College, our students and this community. I hear countless stories from our students how LCC changed their lives. Entire families are impacted by the power of education..."

The Daily News | March 23, 2022

Kelso woman transforms after prison, Lower Columbia College graduation with help of Students in Need fundraiser

When Brittany Lovely, 31, of Kelso met an adviser her first year at college, the recently incarcerated felon said she opened up for the first time since prison about life before her enrollment into Lower Columbia College.

The Daily News | March 20, 2022

Lower Columbia College Fighting Smelt Speech & Debate team finish fifth in two-year college team sweepstakes at Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Association Spring Tournament

Members of the Lower Columbia College Fighting Smelt Speech & Debate Team recently competed in the Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Association (PSCFA) Spring Championship and placed fifth in the two-year college team sweepstakes. 

The Daily News | March 5, 2022

LCC speech & debate students win awards at nationals tune-up

The Lower Columbia College Fighting Smelt Speech & Debate Team began preparations for the Phi Rho Pi national tournament the weekend of February 26-27 by competing in the Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Association (PSCFA) Spring Championship, hosted by Mount San Antonio College (Walnut, CA). In a competitive field of 37 colleges and universities, LCC finished fifth in two-year college team sweepstakes.

The Wahkiakum County Eagle | March 3, 2022

Lower Columbia College Fight Smelt Wins Oregon State University Tournament

The Lower Columbia College Fighting Smelt Speech & Debate Team won the two-year college division and finished fourth among colleges and universities at the Earl Wells Memorial Speakeasy tournament hosted by Oregon State University the weekend of Feb. 12.

The Daily News | February 26, 2022

LCC Speech & Debate wins OSU Tournament

The Lower Columbia College Fighting Smelt Speech & Debate Team won the 2-year college division and finished fourth among all colleges and universities at the Earl Wells Virtual Speakeasy tournament, hosted by Oregon State University.

The Wahkiakum County Eagle | February 17, 2022

Lower Columbia College Fighting Smelt take multiple honors at Fred Scheller Invitational Tournament

Lower Columbia College and the Fighting Smelt Speech and Debate team recently received multiple team and individual honors at the Fred Scheller Invitational tournament hosted by Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.

The Daily News | February 12, 2022

LCC's on campus eatery Fork & Flame reopens for first time since 2020

Lower Columbia College did not have an on-campus dining option between the first COVID-19 shutdown in March 2020 and the start of the winter quarter, when the Fork & Flame reopened with new coffee options but a smaller selection of meals.

The Daily News | February 10, 2022

Lower Columbia College Honors New Hall of Fame Class

Myklebust Gymnasium was a little more active than normal Wednesday night. Aside from having a men’s and women’s doubleheader of basketball games against NWAC rival Centralia, the Lower Columbia College Athletics Hall of Fame officially enshrined six new members as the class of 2022 to be remembered for their achievements in competition and life.

The Daily News | February 4, 2022

LCC Speech & Debate "Three-Peat" as Conference Champions

The Lower Columbia College Fighting Smelt Speech & Debate Team earned multiple team and individual honors at the Fred Scheller Invitational tournament hosted by Pacific University – the final Northwest Forensics Conference (NFC) Designated Tournament of the season. 

The Wahkiakum County Eagle | February 3, 2022

Lower Columbia College to honor six new Hall of Fame Members

The LCC Hall of Fame Committee recently announced the addition of six new members to the Lower Columbia College Athletics Hall of Fame and will honor their 2022 inductees during halftime of the LCC men’s game against Centralia at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The Daily News | January 28th, 2022

Lower Columbia College working to increase male enrollment and women in trade programs

As Lower Columbia College President Chris Bailey dug through the college’s enrollment data for the current school year, he ran into a surprising number: only 28% of the college’s current students are men.

The Daily News | January 18, 2022

LCC opens applications for new groups of four-year degree students

LCC is accepting applications for the Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership and Technical Management program and the Bachelor of Applied Science in Teacher Education program for classes starting this summer.

The Daily News | January 1, 2022

LCC Foundation names estate of Castle Rock teacher Don Lansing as Benefactor of the Year

The Lower Columbia College Foundation named the estate of former Castle Rock teacher and fire chief Donald Lansing the Benefactor of the Year for 2021-2022.

The Daily News | January 4, 2022

Apprenticeship can help meet state’s teacher needs

The Para Educator III Registered Apprenticeship launched just this fall in the Woodland School District, in partnership with Lower Columbia College and PSE 1948.

HeraldNet | December 19, 2021

Debate team hosts competition

The Lower Columbia College Fighting Smelt Speech & Debate Team hosted and competed at the 49th Annual Michael Dugaw Smelt Classic on December 4 – 6.

The Wahikiakum County Eagle | December 16, 2021

Lower Columbia College speech and debate team find success at competitive regional tournament

Members of the Lower Columbia College Fighting Smelt Speech & Debate Team finished second place in the Division III team sweepstakes at the 91st Annual Mahaffey Memorial Forensics Tournament hosted by Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore.

The Daily News | December 1, 2021

LCC Fighting Smelt find success at competitive regional tournament

The Lower Columbia College Fighting Smelt Speech & Debate Team finished competing at their most recent tournament hosted by Linfield University.

The Wahikiakum County Eagle | November 25, 2021

LCC still seeing low enrollment, but numbers are stabilizing

Lower Columbia College still is seeing lower enrollment than pre-pandemic, President Chris Bailey told the board of trustees Wednesday evening. Last year, the college dropped 15.2% in full-time enrollment, and then fell another 3.4% last spring and 3.3% combined this year in the summer and fall quarters.

The Daily News | October 25, 2021

LCC reports 90.9% vaccination rate, K-12 schools see lower percentages of staff choosing shots

Lower Columbia College still is seeing lower enrollment than pre-pandemic, President Chris Bailey told the board of trustees Wednesday evening. Last year, the college dropped 15.2% in full-time enrollment, and then fell another 3.4% last spring and 3.3% combined this year in the summer and fall quarters.

The Daily News | October 21, 2021

LCC instructor Lucas Myers wins national award

The pandemic had made for a long and often trying 18 months for teachers, so when Lower Columbia College biology instructor Lucas Myers received an email telling him he was named Instructure North American Educator of the Year, he said the appreciation “is definitely an honor for me.”

The Daily News | October 8, 2021

Thanks to you, LCC Welding Department

On Saturday, Sept. 11, the Longview Outdoor Gallery installed eight new sculptures in downtown Longview, moved one, and removed two. It was a huge undertaking, but thanks to the following people, it went very smoothly and the sculptures are now available for all to enjoy. Board member David Pittsley and the Lower Columbia College welding department deserve special thanks for welding all the sculptures in place.

The Daily News | October 2, 2021

LCC alum of the year never lost sight of educational goal

Ed Smith’s path to higher education was “not direct by any means,” but the musician and researcher’s determination to get there is one reason he has been named the Lower Columbia College Foundation Alumni of the Year.

The Daily News | August 1, 2021

Kelso, LCC offer new course in industrial trades for local upperclassmen

In response to community need, Kelso School District is adding a new course to the off-campus catalog this year: Industrial Trades Foundation, in partnership with Lower Columbia College.

The Daily News | July 31, 2021

2021 LCC Alumnus of the Year named

The LCCF Alumni of the Year award is to acknowledge Lower Columbia College alumni who have made significant contributions to the community, and whose accomplishments, relationships, and careers have exemplified the legacy of excellence at LCC. Lower Columbia College (LCC) and the Lower Columbia College Foundation have announced the selection of Dr. Edward L. Smith as the 2021 LCC Alumnus of the Year.

The Wahkiakum County Eagle | July 15, 2021

LCC reopening July 19

Lower Columbia College (LCC) will reopen many areas for in-person services beginning July 19. Because LCC is closed on Fridays during the summer, the hours for most services will be 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

The Wahkiakum County Eagle | July 15, 2021

LCC to offer vaccine incentive scholarships

Twenty Lower Columbia College (LCC) students will be selected to receive $500 “shot of a lifetime” vaccine incentive scholarships as part of a vaccine incentive program funded by the state of Washington.

The Wahkiakum County Eagle | July 15, 2021

LCC offers 'shot of a lifetime' scholarship drawing for vaccinated students

As vaccination rates have slowed across Washington, Lower Columbia College has joined other groups in offering a vaccine incentive: Twenty LCC students will win a $500 “shot of a lifetime” scholarship through a random drawing next week.

The Daily News | July 14, 2021

LCC's Courtney Shah drew from teaching for "Jeopardy!" winning streak

Lower Columbia College history instructor Courtney Shah had the ultimate pop-quiz experience this year, and she aced it, taking home a seven-game winning streak on “Jeopardy!”

The Daily News | July 13, 2021

Portlander's winning streak on "Jeopardy!" ends

Courtney Shah, a community college history instructor from Portland, won an impressive seven games in a row on “Jeopardy!” Her hot streak finally ended with the episode that aired Wednesday, July 7. But viewers will see Shah again. As guest host Sanjay Gupta said, Shah’s seven-day winning total of $118,558 means she’ll have a spot in the next Tournament of Champions.

The Oregonian | July 8, 2021

'Jeopardy!': Courtney Shah Extends Win Streak to 7 Days

“Jeopardy!” has a contestant going off on her very own epic winning streak.

OUTSIDER | July 7, 2021

Longview college instructor on a winning streak with 7th Jeopardy win

A Longview, Wash., community college instructor is now a seven-for-seven Jeopardy champion.

KOMO NEWS | July 7, 2021

Lower Columbia College instructor appears on Jeopardy

Monday night’s episode of Jeopardy featured a community college instructor from Portland. Courtney Shah teaches history at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Washington.

KATU 2 | June 29, 2021

A NW community college history instructor to compete on ‘Jeopardy!’ Monday

The parade of players with Northwest ties continues with the Monday, June 28, episode of “Jeopardy!” Among the three contestants is Courtney Shah, who the “Jeopardy!” bio says is a community college history instructor from Portland

The Oregonian | June 28, 2021

LCC passes $27M operating budget for 2022

Lower Columbia College’s $27 million operating budget for 2022 will allow the college to fill some positions left vacant due to COVID-19 cuts.

The Daily News | June 18, 2021

LCC graduate took advantage of local programs to earn bachelor's degree at 19

When Olivia Barella attends Lower Columbia College’s virtual graduation ceremony Friday evening, she will officially be 19 years old with a bachelor’s degree in teacher education, thanks to a network of community programs and support. 

The Daily News | June 17, 2021

LCC to hold 85th virtual commencement ceremony

Lower Columbia College’s (LCC’s) 85th annual Commencement ceremony will be held virtually on Friday, June 18 beginning at 6:30 pm. 

The Wahkiakum County Eagle | June 17, 2021

LCC to offer Summer Bridge Program

Lower Columbia College (LCC) has announced the lineup for the 2021 Summer Bridge Program, occurring on campus on June 29.

The Wahkiakum County Eagle | June 10, 2021

Lower Columbia College hosts summer bridge event June 29

Lower Columbia College will host a summer program for anyone interested in attending the college. The summer bridge program will happen June 29 and is open to "everyone who is thinking about attending college," including high school students and family members of interested students. 

The Daily News | June 7, 2021

As LCC's first bachelor's students near graduation, excitement for the program grows

While there’s plenty of excitement as Lower Columbia College’s first class of bachelor’s degree holders nears graduation, it’s also a little sad for the close-knit class of future teachers.

The Daily News | June 4, 2021

Students in Need drive surpasses goal, will help more students graduate from Lower Columbia College

The Daily News’ sixth annual Students in Need fund drive brought in well over its $30,000 goal this year, which will help Lower Columbia College students overcome financial burdens that might otherwise force them to drop out and not finish their degrees.

The Daily News | May 22, 2021

LCC has 'no plans' to require COVID-19 vaccine, will reopen more services in July

Lower Columbia College does not plan to require the COVID-19 vaccination for fall classes and is also eyeing a mid-July date to reopen more services.

The Daily News | May 21, 2021

Longview community supports its students

The community deserves a giant thumb of approval for helping exceed the goal for The Daily News’ sixth annual Students in Need drive.

The Daily News | May 16, 2021

LCC announces new Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree

Lower Columbia College has announced a new Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership and Technical Management (BAS-OLTM). Applications are being accepted now through June 30 for fall 2021.

The Wahkiakum County Eagle | May 13, 2021

Lower Columbia College to offer second bachelor's degree to meet demand for managers

Lower Columbia College announced Thursday it will offer a second bachelor’s degree program designed to train workers for management positions.

The Daily News | May 7, 2021

State awards Lower Columbia College $3.2M to design new $30M vocational building

A new vocational building at Lower Columbia College got the first thumbs-up it needed after the state legislature funded the $3.2 million design process.

The Daily News | April 28, 2021

LCC adding in-person element to graduation, planning for more students in fall

Lower Columbia College officials plan to bring more students back on campus this fall, reopen student services and bring a little in-person flair to graduation.

The Daily News | April 23, 2021

Local economic groups offer $25 basic business workshops at Lower Columbia College

About 250 local business owners told Cowlitz Economic Development Council Vice President Lindsey Cope what they needed to stay open and grow.

The Daily News | April 23, 2021

Lower Columbia College students win national debate contest

The Lower Columbia College (LCC) Fighting Smelt Speech and Debate Team recently competed for four days at the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament and came away with several awards.

The Daily News | April 3, 2021

Help Lower Columbia College students succeed by donating to The Daily News' Students in Need fund drive for the college's Student Success Fund

We’re gratified that our readers have revived their commitment to our Students In Need fund drive, and as the 2021 campaign enters its home stretch we'd like to encourage you all to help us reach our goal.

The Daily News | April 2, 2021

LCC Student wins national debate championship

The Lower Columbia College (LCC) Fighting Smelt Speech & Debate Team competed for four days at one of the most competitive national tournaments in the country, the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament, yielding impressive results.

The Wahkiakum County Eagle | March 25, 2021

LCC Student wins national debate championship

The Lower Columbia College (LCC) Fighting Smelt Speech & Debate Team competed for four days at one of the most competitive national tournaments in the country, the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament, yielding impressive results.

The Daily News | March 25, 2021

Letters: Small donations, big difference

Lower Columbia College truly lives up to its commitment to “transform lives through education.” That’s why I’m asking Daily News readers to donate to the sixth annual Students in Need campaign to benefit LCC’s Student Success Fund. Now more than ever, these students need our support.

The Daily News | March 20, 2021

Lower Columbia College to host second virtual-only graduation due to state restrictions

The 2021 graduating class of Lower Columbia College will have a virtual ceremony due to current state guidelines, the college announced this week.

The Daily News | March 15, 2021

Sixth annual Students in Need fundraiser kicks off to help students overcome barriers

The Daily News and Lower Columbia College Foundation today are launching the sixth annual Students in Need fundraising drive to help support students.

The Daily News | March 14, 2021

'There is always help': Adelina Machuca Santiago overcomes barriers to help others succeed

Adelina Machuca Santiago always worked hard for her education. In her childhood she walked miles to get to school in Mexico, and at Lower Columbia College she persevered through domestic violence, language barriers and financial hardship that at times made graduation seem like a distant dream.

The Daily News | March 14, 2021

Community Foundation of Southwest Washington extends scholarship deadlines through April

Calling all college or college-bound students: The Community Foundation of Southwest Washington is extending its scholarship deadlines through the end of April and encouraging more people to apply.

The Daily News | March 14, 2021

Lower Columbia College Fighting Smelt successful at consecutive tournaments

The Fighting Smelt Speech and Debate Team of Lower Columbia College recently was named the top community college at the Eddy Shell Invitational debate tournament hosted by Bossier Parish Community College based in Bossier City, La.

The Daily News | March 10, 2021

Success for LCC Speech & Debate at consecutive tournaments

The Lower Columbia College Fighting Smelt Speech & Debate Team completed its final tune-up before nationals with back-to-back weekends of challenging competition.

The Wahkiakum County Eagle | March 4, 2021

LCC's Fighting Smelt triumph in Southern California

The Fighting Smelt Speech and Debate Team of Lower Columbia College placed third in overall team sweepstakes at the recent Aztec Invitational Tournament. Twenty three colleges competed at the event hosted by San Diego State University.

The Daily News | February 25, 2021

LCC budget stable even with enrollment drop

While Lower Columbia’s College enrollment rates are still down, the college does not anticipate needing to make any midyear cuts because of earlier decisions to cut staff and programs, college officials said Wednesday.

The Daily News | February 18, 2021

LCC Fighting Smelt receives prestigious conference awards

At the final Northwest Forensics Conference Designated Tournament of the season, the Lower Columbia College Fighting Smelt Speech and Debate Team received multiple team and individual awards. The Viking Invitational was hosted by Western Washington University.

The Daily News | February 15, 2021

Proposed new vocational building would be 'game changer' for LCC, community

Lower Columbia College is making plans for a new nearly 55,000-square-foot vocational building to replace three older buildings on campus, but needs more state money before it break ground.

The Daily News | February 8, 2021

LCC Speech & Debate honored with conference awards

The Lower Columbia College Fighting Smelt Speech & Debate Team earned multiple team and individual awards at the Viking Invitational hosted by Western Washington University – the final Northwest Forensics Conference (NFC) Designated Tournament of the season.

The Wahkiakum County Eagle | January 28, 2021

Lower Columbia College 2020 fall quarter honor rolls

The Lower Columbia College president’s and dean’s lists for the 2020 fall quarter have been announced. To be named to the president’s list, students must be enrolled in 12 or more credits and maintain between a 3.8 and 4.0 grade-point average..

The Daily News | January 23, 2021

Rural Jobs Initiative helps local students overcome higher education hurdles

Vanessa Davis dreams of being a chemical dependency counselor, but as a single mother, living in rural Cowlitz County on disability income, it often felt there were more fences than roads to her goal.

The Daily News | January 21, 2021

LCC opens applications for next cohort of teacher bachelor's degree seekers

Applications for Lower Columbia College’s teaching bachelor’s degree are open again for full-time fall classes.

The Daily News | January 19, 2021

Fibre Federal Credit Union supports colleges

From 2018 through 2020, Fibre Federal Credit Union has distributed $87,000 in grants to four college foundations and eight hospital foundations.

The Daily News | January 17, 2021

John and Cathy Natt, Benefactors of the Year for LCC

Former Longview residents John and Cathy Natt of California, have been named Lower Columbia College Foundation Benefactor of the Year for 2020-2021. They will be honored at the Foundation's Horns and Halos Gala in September. 

The Daily News | January 14, 2021

Free public speaker series sponsored by Lower Columbia College

“Get the Message” is the topic of Lower Columbia College’s 2021 Winter Community Conversations speaker series.

The Daily News | January 14, 2021

LCC online winter lecture series offered

Lower Columbia College (LCC) has announced the line-up for the Winter 2021 Community Conversations lecture series. LCC's free, online, weekly lecture series focuses on a different theme each quarter. This quarter's theme is "Get the Message."

The Wahkiakum County Eagle | January 14, 2021

COVID-19 changed college applications process, but local schools here to help

Although the world, and especially K-12 education, has been turned inside out this last year, college advisors are reminding prospective students that application deadlines are fast approaching and they have stepped up student support services to make applying to college easier.

The Daily News | January 11, 2021

LCC's international program 'bucked the trend' of pandemic decline

At the end of 2019, International Programs Director Marie Boisvert thought the 2020 international program was going to be the “strongest ever.”

The Daily News | January 8, 2021

LCC Foundation names Benefactor of the Year

The Lower Columbia College Foundation has named John and Cathy Natt as the 2020-21 Benefactor of the Year.

The Wahkiakum County Eagle | January 7, 2021


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