RTC in the News

Here is a roundup of recent press coverage of Renton Technical College. 


RTC President awarded fellowship
Renton Reporter
Feb. 29, 2020

President Kevin McCarthy received an Aspen New President's Fellowship. 

Celebrity Chef Angie Mar visits Renton with her head-turning new cookbook
425 Magazine
Feb. 5. 2020

Renowned NYC Chef Angie Mar impressed guests the Celebrity Chef reception and dinner. 


She never attended a university, but her estate will give nearly $10 million to community colleges
The Washington Post 
Dec. 28, 2019 

The estate of Eva Gordon will help 17 community colleges with gifts of $550,000 each. 

Local estate awards $10 million to local colleges
Renton Reporter
Dec. 13, 2019 

Seventeen technical and community colleges will use the funds for scholarships, grants

Woman who lived to 105 left nearly $10 million to community colleges
The Guardian
Dec. 27, 2019

Renton Technical College is one of the recipients of an extraordinary gift from the Eva Gordon estate. RTC will use the money to create student scholarships and grants for underserved students and those with financial barriers.

Celebrity Chef Dinner with Angie Mar
Northwest Asian Weekly
Dec. 23, 2019 

Acclaimed New York City chef Angie Mar will serve as the celebrity chef at two events at RTC Jan. 28.

2019 Best 2-year colleges for adult learners
Washington Monthly
September 2019 

RTC is the best two-year college for adult learners in the country, according to Washington Monthly. 

RTC recognized for efforts to improve students’ lives
Renton Reporter
Nov. 6, 2019

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program named Renton Technical College one of top 150 community colleges in the country.

RTC’s dragonfly honors passed advocate
Renton Reporter
Nov. 6, 2019 

RTC dedicated the Andee Jorgensen Student Success Center to honor her longtime commitment to the college. 



Nearly 19,000 youth in King County are neither working nor in school. How one Seattle nonprofit is changing that
The Seattle Times

Oct. 20, 2019

Advocates provide support for students at schools including RTC/



Cosplay with Renton City Comicon South King County's answer to all things nerdy 
King 5
Sept. 4, 2019 

RTC hosts Rencon Sept. 6=8. 

RTC announces new VP for Instruction 
Renton Reporter
Aug. 31, 2019

Stephanie Delaney started her new role Aug. 5.

New open-source tool delivers results for Washington
Tacoma Weekly
Aug. 30, 2019

The Credential Opportunities by Region and Industry (CORI) Matrix helps RTC prepare students for in-demand fields, President Kevin McCarthy said. 

New course on track for future med students
Renton Reporter
July 5, 2019 
RTC and Valley Medical Center partner to offer Health Coach Program. 

Technical college cuts the ribbon on a new center
Renton Reporter
June 5, 2019

RTC fulfilled a longtime goal of establishing a presence in downtown Renton with the opening of a new location.

Legislature passes bill to help struggling community, technical college students
Auburn Reporter
April 17, 2019

Community and technical college students struggling with food insecurity or unforeseen financial emergencies may soon have help, because of newly-passed legislation sponsored by Rep. Debra Entenman, chair of RTC's Board of Trustees.

Top 10 Head of the Class teachers surprised
Renton Reporter
April 11, 2019

The top 10 finalists include Marty Cooksey and Elizabeth Demong from RTC's math program. 

Teaching, training tomorrow’s leaders, workers
Auburn Reporter
March 27, 2019

RTC president Kevin McCarthy co-authored an editorial with the presidents of Green River and Highline colleges urging the Legislature to fully fund community and technical colleges. 

The future of career and technical education
Saul Spady Show - KTTH
March 19, 2019

RTC President Kevin McCarthy and Foundation Director Carrie Shaw had an in-depth conversation about how RTC is helping students succeed and preparing them to meet industry needs. 

New dual math credit class builds bridges
Renton Reporter
March 15, 2019

A partnership between RTC and the Renton School District introduces students to career and technical education opportunities.

State center Community College District names two new presidents
The Sentinel
March 8, 2019

Vice President for Instruction Angel Reyna was named the president of Madera Community College Center. 

Mayor puts emphasis on inclusion in 2019 State of the City
Renton Reporter
March 1, 2019

Mayor Denis Law's State of the City focused on inclusion and celebrated the partnership with RTC. 

Readers speak: The Legislature should prioritize... 
Seattle Times
Jan. 18, 2019

RTC Trustee Tyler Page writes that the Legislature should prioritize funding for the state's community and technical colleges. 


RTC Launches downtown center to offer classes and serve community 
Renton Reporter
Dec. 21, 2018 

Renton Technical College lanza un nuevo local en el centro de la ciudad para ofrecer clases y servir a la comunidad
La Raza del Noroeste
Dec. 19, 2018 

RTC Downtown willl open in January to serve students at convenient location in the heart of downtown Renton. 

Why your chapter should induct incarcerated students
The Reach (Phi Theta Kappa)
Dec. 5, 2018 

Director of Student Engagement Jessica Supinski writes about the importance of including all students, even those behind bars. 

Seattle Milk Fund’s CookieFest 2018—Seattle’s ultimate pop-up bake sale
Dec. 5, 2018
Tacoma Daily Index

RTC students baked cookies to benefit Seattle Milk Fund

Kent’s Entenman took campaign on foot to secure state House seat
Kent Reporter 
Nov. 20, 2018

RTC Board of Trustees Chair Debra Entenman was elected to the state House in the 47th District. 

RTC faculty member honored
Renton Reporter
Aug. 23, 2018

Alma Meza is one of five faculty members in the country to receive a regional award for teaching excellence.

Fairbanks Instrument Repairman hits all the right notes 
Daily News-Miner 
July 29, 2018

Joshua Tupper, a graduate of RTC's Band Instrument Repair Program, finds joy in his work in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Camp lets girls dip their toes into tech
Renton Reporter 
June 27, 2018

RTC hosted a weeklong boot camp introduce young women from Renton high schools to the opportunities available in the technology field called Girls Exploring Tech! 

Instructor de RTC honrado por su destacada enseñanza (RTC Instructor honored for outstanding teaching)
La Raza del Noroeste 
June 20, 2018

Instructor Alma Meza received the Faculty Award from the Washington Association of College Trustees. 

Hot culinary industry serving up hot careers 
Tacoma Weekly
June 7, 2018

Chef Tony Parker talks about how RTC's Culiary Program fills the need for skilled workers. 

Spotlight on RTC Mechatronics program 
May 16, 2018 

Instructor James Klein and students demonstrate how the cutting-edge Mechatronics lab prepares skilled workers for in-demand jobs.

Spotlight on RTC Nursing program 
May 16, 2018 

Associate Dean of Nursing Vicky Hertig and students discuss how the nursing program trains students for great health career careers.  

More than 70 employers attend Renton Career Fair
May 2, 2018

Students and grads can interview with employers who are hiring. 

Annual Renton Career Fair is May 2
Renton Reporter
April 30, 2018

Over 70 employers will be participating, representing a wide variety of industries and career functions.

Issaquah health care provider offers scholarships for nursing assistants 
Renton Reporter
April 27, 2018

RTC and Providence Marianwood are partnering to provide free training for 10 CNA students.

Estudiante de RTC recibe un premio estatal por liderazgo civico (RTC student receives award for civic leadership) 
La Raza Noroeste
April 20, 2018

Margarita Esquivias received the Governor's Civic Leadership Award. 

Renton educators honored at Ahead of the Class award ceremony
Renton Reporter
April 4, 2018

The five winners received $500 checks at the ceremony on April 2.

Renton in 'very good' condition, Mayor says at address at RTC 
Renton Reporter 
March 29, 2018

Renton May Denis Law presented his annual State of the City address at RTC.

RTC to host series about Islamophobia this month 
Renton Reporter 
March 6, 2018

Renton Technical College is hosting a month-long series on Islamophobia starting March 6.

Economic forecast for Renton is 'really good'
Renton Reporter
Feb. 5, 2018

The RTC Foundation Student Success Breakfast is highlighed. 

RTC names new VP for administration 
Renton Reporter
Feb. 12, 2018 

Eduardo Rodriguez started his new as vice president for administration and finance at Renton Technical College Feb. 1.Ja

With new program, Renton Tech will encourage more students to earn degrees.
The Seattle Times
Jan. 22, 2018

With $1 million in funding, RTC will implement Guided Pathways to ensure student success. 

Biscuit House: Classic Comfort Food Meets Homestyle Service
Thurston Talk
Jan. 2, 2018


RTC graduates and former employees find success with their own restaurants.

Renton Technical College da la bienvenida a estudiantes de todos los orígenes
La Raza de Noroeste
Dec. 13, 2017

RTC embraces equity and diversity. 

A fresh — and expanded — view of community colleges shows they’re doing better than many thought
Seattle Times
Nov. 14, 2017

A new way of looking at data shows RTC has the highest eight-year completion rate in the state - 74 percent. 

Boeing hiring for manufacturing jobs, but won’t say how many
The News Tribune
Nov. 10, 2018

Boeing seeks thousands of applicants for open manufacturing jobs 
KOMO news
Nov. 9, 2017 

Boeing held a recruiting event on the RTC campus that drew large crowds. 

Two simple words can help regional tech diversify its workforce: Community college 
Auburn Reporter
Nov. 2, 2017

RTC is part of AppConnectNW, a consortium of community and technical colleges funded by a NSF grant to diversify technical fields.  

Lucrative new manufacturing jobs are emerging; no college degree required
Nov. 3, 2017 

Colleges, including RTC, are offering Mechatronics programs to prepare students for changing industries. 

How affordable housing is disappearing in Seattle
Daily Journal of Commerce 
Oct. 26, 2017 

Former RTC Foundation President Rich Wagner says we need to think of education and skills-training as part of our solution to the affordable housing crisis.

RTC named top U.S. community college
Renton Reporter
Oct. 21, 2017

RTC was included as one of the options availble to students at a Bellvue School Board candidate forum. 

Six Washington community colleges up for $1 million Aspen Prize
Seattle Times
Oct. 12, 2017

RTC was named to the Top 150 colleges elegible for the Aspen Prize for the Community College Excellence.

Two South Sound schools in running for $1 million prize 
The News Tribune
Oct. 12, 2017

RTC is mentioned in this story about the Aspen Prize Top 150.

Hearing on county sale of property to RTC Oct. 16
Renton Reporter
Oct. 11, 2017

The King County Council will hear public hearing about the proposed sale of the former Public Health site to the college. 

Candidates discuss growth, transparency at forum 
Bellevue Reporter 
Oct. 9, 2017

Here are some of the top 20 schools
Washington Post
Sept. 1, 2017

RTC is mentioned in this roundup of the ranking releasec by Washington Monthly. 

2017 Best College Rankings 
Washington Montly 
September 2017

RTC was No. 8 in the country on Washington Monthly's ranking of the best two-year schools. 

Tulalips to build new casino
Everett Herald
Sept. 13, 2017

An apprenticeship program accredited by RTC benefits tribal members. 

The Best Colleges For Adults
Sept. 18, 2017
Forbes writes about the the Washington Monthly ranking that named RTC the 8th best two-year college. 

RTC to host free clinic for legal permanent residents
Renton Reporter
Sept. 21, 2017

RTC was proud to host Citizenship Day to help people on their path becoming citizens. 

Old Public Health Clinic to become new Renton Technical College health sciences facility
Renton Reporter
Sept. 29

A King County budget committee recommended approval of the sale of the former health clinic to the College. 

Renton Technical College To Open $20 Million Automotive Technology Complex
425 Business
Apr. 20

The college joins the future of automotive education and officially unveils its new Automotive Technology Complex, a $20 million renovation of four buildings totaling 63,550 square feet and housing the college’s automotive, auto body, and paint instructional programs.