Foundation Blog

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.

2018 Foundation Student Success Video featuring Jasmine Holman and David Cleaves.

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.

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.

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.

“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.

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.