Foundation Blog

Foundation support was there for Renton Technical College graduate Don Hawkins when he needed it most. "Thanks to RTC and the Foundation, I was able to pay for school when my dad experienced medical problems," Hawkins said. "I always felt welcomed here. It's a community school. I'm indebted to RTC."

Christine Nabatanzi crossed an ocean to start a better life, now the honors student and mother of two, is realizing her dream to work in the high-demand field of ophthalmology.

We call the kitchen the “heart of the home,” and for Renton Technical College’s Culinary Arts program, the kitchen is at the heart of training excellence for students.

Renton Technical College culinary students achieved top honors at this year’s Bite of the Apprentice, earning praises from the celebrity judges and over 600 guests who attended the competition April 8 at the Bell Harbor Conference Center.

Dental Assistant student Jianhua He was about to start his internship, but he couldn’t afford to have his own dental work done.

Seattle culinary icon Tom Douglas entertained and delighted diners with his delicious dishes and his signature humor at the 2018 Norma Cugini Celebrity Chef Dinner.

Here are a few favorite success stories that reflect the remarkable students you support through your gifts.

It doesn’t take long to discover that Alma Meza and Michele Lesmeister are driven by a lifelong passion for education. Their exceptional teaching and dedication to student success has earned them top recognition. For Alma, the Faculty Award from the Washington State Association of College Trustees and for Michele, the 2018 Ahead of the Class teacher award sponsored by the Renton Chamber of Commerce and Renton School District.

Carl Harris, a student leader and Foundation scholar at Renton Technical College, has been named to the 2018 All-USA Academic Team – one of only 20 students in the country to be recognized for outstanding academic achievement.

For Bernadene “Bernie” and Denny Dochnahl, their most celebrated title is that of Community Investors. As longtime residents of Renton – having lived within a seven mile radius for over 50 years – their shared history and imprint on the greater-Renton community is everywhere.