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Alt, Jennifer; Associate Dean for Student Transitions

Alt, Jennifer; Associate Dean for Student Transitions Office: 17-140B

Phone: (509) 533-3723

Email: Jennifer.Alt@sfcc.spokane.edu

Hello! My name is Jennifer Alt and I recently relocated to Spokane to work with Gateway to College at Spokane Falls Community College. I grew up in Stockton, California and received my Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Sociology and my Master's degree in Education with a concentration in School Counseling from California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock, California. While I was in college, I became a student worker for a program called EOP (Educational Opportunity Program) and realized that my passion was working with educationally disadvantaged, lower-income, and first-generation youth to help them achieve their dream of a college education.

After graduating with my Master's degree, I accepted a position with Woodland Community College in Woodland, California with EOP&S and CARE, in which I continued working to help college students achieve their goals. In 2006, I accepted a position as a Counselor/Coordinator for Upward Bound at the University of Nevada, Reno and it was during this time that I served as the President for the Nevada Chapter of WESTOP, a professional organization dedicated to those who work in educational equity. Additionally, I enrolled as a full-time doctoral student in the Educational Leadership program at UNR and have recently completed my Ph.D. In March, 2012, I accepted the position as Director for Gateway to College at SFCC and made the move to Spokane.

As I continue to settle in to this wonderful new community, I look forward to exploring, traveling, and learning more about the Inland Northwest. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, dining, reading, great movies, and spending time with my loved ones. I look forward to meeting the new students in our program and continuing to work to expand opportunity and access to education for those who most need and desire it.

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DeFour, Julius; Instructor/Gateway to College Academic Success Coach

DeFour, Julius; Instructor/Gateway to College Academic Success Coach Office: 17-140F

Phone: (509) 533-3494

Email: Julius.DeFour@sfcc.spokane.edu

Hello, my name is Julius DeFour (pronounced DeFoo), and I am proudly from Spokane. After graduating from Lewis and Clark High School I attended Western Washington University for two years. I transferred after my sophomore year to Middle Tennessee State University where I earned a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Arts. As well during my time in University I was in athletics, competing for the track team as a high jumper. I began my experience in education while doing an Americorp Teaching Fellowship in the San Francisco-Bay Area. I earned a Master's Degree in Education through this fellowship and honed my skills as an educator. After 9 years of hopping around, exploring the world, and myself in it I landed back in Spokane where I've been working at Rogers High School for the past three years as an academic mentor, and coach. I'm very excited to be working with the students and staff at Gateway and the larger Spokane Falls Community.

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Kurtz, Stormy; Instructor/Gateway to College Academic Success Coach

Kurtz, Stormy; Instructor/Gateway to College Academic Success Coach Office: 17-140E

Phone: (509) 533-3171

Email: Stormy.Kurtz@sfcc.spokane.edu

Stormy Kurtz was born in Livingston, Montana. She grew up on a horse and cattle ranch in the Paradise Valley, where she lived for 22 years. Stormy graduated from the University of Montana with a BA in Secondary Education: English major; journalism minor. She moved to Spokane in 1975 where she raised her two sons, Buck and Skyler. In 1995, she returned to school to earn her Master's Degree in Literature from Eastern Washington University. She now lives on the West Plains with her husband, Ron, 21 chickens and 1 horse. She is also the grandmother of six granddaughters and one grandson. In her spare time, she writes young adult fiction novels. Her favorite saying is, "I do what I love, and I love what I do." Working with young adults is her passion. Her advice to teens is, “Take care of yourself, make wise choices and don't ever give up on yourself."

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