TACTC - Transforming Lives Award
The TACTC Transforming Lives award is presented annually by Washington’s Trustees Association of Community and Technical Colleges.
This Year's SFCC Nominee
SFCC education paraprofessional-special education program
Nominated for a 2014 Transforming Lives Award, Ryan now works with autistic and disabled adults at West Central Community
His educational journey at SFCC was not easy. In 1989, a freak electrical accident, which involved a 30-foot fall, left Ryan
with significant long-term physical and cognitive issues, including memory problems, bouts of depression and symptoms similar
to a bipolar disorder.
At 40 years of age, he returned to school. One of his instructors, Sandy Ross, writes, “Academically, Ryan climbed mountains
when others were climbing hills.” But he persevered, earning a 4.0 his last quarter at SFCC.
Ryan says, “Without SFCC, I would probably never be working with the disabled, which I am sure is my true calling and destiny.
. . . If it were possible to earn a master’s degree at SFCC, I would be there earning one!”
Ryan was honored, along with other Transforming Lives Award nominees from Washington community and technical colleges,
Sunday, Jan. 19, in Olympia.