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Charter College: Why Giving Back to the Community Is So Important

Published: November 6, 2019

Anyone in education understands exactly why they do what they do. It’s about the future. It’s about helping students edge closer to their potential, to fulfill their dreams. At Charter College, we are mission driven. We work to get students to work. In that way, we give back every day.

To Our Students

We provide our students a path to their dream of a better future by focusing on our responsibilities to inspire them to keep their commitment to themselves, their family, and their loved one. Once we’ve accepted students into our programs, we don’t just think of who they are now. Instead, we look to the future and who they can become. We are as committed to their success as they are and everyone—from support staff to faculty to administration—works tirelessly to help students achieve their goals.

To Employers

Because our programs and curriculum are built with employer feedback, we know they are foundationally sound. Our instructors are experienced professionals from the industries they teach about. And we take a hands-on approach to the classroom and lab environments so students understand the challenges they may face on the job, whether as a medical assistant, a pharmacy technician, an HVAC technician, or any of the other professions for which we train them. Many of our programs also require externship experience—where we send students out into the real world to try out the skills they’ve learned in the classroom. All this is to say that Charter College graduates are ready to get to work. We provide employers with dependable, skilled workers. We’re proud of that.

To the Community

Although the most important “why” of Charter College may be that we work to get students to work, we also understand that life isn’t only about work. That’s why it’s important to all of us here at Charter College that we give back to the community. Whether we’re helping to raise money and awareness for a worthy cause or helping our students network and find employment, it’s rewarding to be part of something bigger than ourselves. Here are just a few examples of how we try to give back:

Breast Cancer Awareness

Charter College—Pasco is always active in the community, giving of their time and money. When they chose to support breast cancer awareness, the whole campus embraced a “think pink” attitude. The campus was a sea of pink and fundraising efforts included a coin war and a silent auction. All proceeds were donated to the Tri-Center Cancer Care Foundation in Kennewick, WA.

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Polar Plunge

Charter College – Anchorage participates in the annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Alaska. The event encourages “freezin’ for a reason” and invites participates to gather pledges before they plunge into the icy waters of Goose Lake. All proceeds benefit the Special Olympics of Alaska which provides sports training and competition for people with intellectual disabilities.

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One of the more unique endeavors in which Charter College participated was helping pair premature babies with crocheted octopi. The Canyon Country campus provided supplies to knitters, who went on to knit small octopi for preemies in the NICU. The octopus idea originated in Denmark where hospital staff discovered that preemies benefited from having the small octopi join them in their recovery. It’s suggested that when the babies hold and squeeze the tentacles, it prevents them from pulling out tubes. The comforting octopi may even help babies grow and thrive.

charter college august foundationAugust Foundation

The August Foundation in Chugiak, AK is a nonprofit that rescues and rehomes sled dogs. As a passionate animal lover, Charter College—Wasilla Campus President Melissa Rigas was happy to volunteer—and bring along a couple of Charter College students. The team helped mend fences at the 2.5 acre property and, of course, got to spend some time with its four-legged residents.

Perfect Attendance

Charter College—Yakima joined other community partners to serve up treats to small scholars at Garfield Elementary School who achieved perfect attendance. Campus President Daisy Mendoza was on hand during recess to hand out hot chocolate (with marshmallows of course) and cookies to students who had achieved perfect attendance for the month. The event was even joined by the Yakima SunKings!

Teaching Dental Care

Our Dental Assisting students quickly become very knowledgeable about oral health from their coursework and lab experiences. So why not share that wealth of information? That’s exactly what the Charter College—Vancouver students did when they went to a local elementary school. Using great visuals, they sang and danced along to a catchy song to teach important lessons about teeth to their young learners.

Whatever the cause, it’s nice to know that Charter College is well-represented by staff and students who are great people who believe in the value of giving back.

Joshua Swayne

CEO/Charter College