Foundation Blog

How an emergency grant restored hope for this single mom

Thursday, January 4, 2018

As the first in her family to go to college, Rachelle Mendoza chose pre-nursing after caring for her cousin who is legally blind due to undiagnosed diabetes.

Cascade Gasket and Manufacturing Company: An All American Success Story

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Franklin and Mildred Terry – known as Mart and Mil – are the perfect example of an All-American success story. The business they started in a chicken coop with three employees in 1946 became Kent-based Cascade Gasket and Manufacturing Company, employing more than 180 people and making rubber parts for global companies like Boeing.

Student Spotlight

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Christian Ramos-Peña had a false start with college, lost financial aid and at one point was “pawning off everything he could” to pay for tuition while working seven days a week as a line cook.

A family steps up to improve women’s lives

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

“As a life-long supporter of education, I have seen first-hand how important the education of women is and how it helps their families and improves their lives.

Community comes out for a grand opening worth $20 million!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Over 400 people toured RTC’s new $20 million automotive technology complex May 11. Car collectors showcased their wheels, and everyone enjoyed live music, international cuisine and food truck fare. 

Foundation awards record number of scholarships in 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The scholarship committee awarded 72 scholarships for the 2017 spring quarter – the highest number for an academic quarter in foundation history!

Grand opening of automotive complex set for May 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

New state-of-the-art complex puts RTC at the center of new technology and training for the automotive industry.

Foundation hits new highs at Student Success Breakfast

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

We are grateful and humbled by the outpouring of support for this year’s Student Success Breakfast. The foundation literally hit new highs with 300 attendees, 27 sponsorships from local businesses and we are on track to hit $80,000 in donations to expand scholarships and emergency grants.

From Somalian refugee to computer science scholar

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Mo Abdullahi’s journey to RTC inspires hope and shows what’s possible when people are empowered as individuals, challenged and given the tools to succeed.

2017 marks inaugural Lifetime of Giving Award

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Meet Andee Jorgensen and Rich Wagner, two people who truly represent a lifetime of giving and service to RTC students and the community.