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Joanne Johanson: A Family Affair

Joanne on campusJoanne Johanson was employed at the Pateros School District and raising her family when she began working on her associate of arts and sciences degree at Wenatchee Valley College at Omak. After a move to Leavenworth, her employer encouraged her to continue her studies at WVC’s main campus.

"My experience at WVC was positive in so many ways," said Joanne, "from having inspiring and accessible instructors, to the scholarships that were available to help with my tuition. By taking a broad range of courses I was able to explore areas that interested me. This ultimately helped me decide on becoming an educator."

Joanne finds that the quality of her education continues in the elementary education program at Central Washington University-Wenatchee. She will graduate with a bachelor of arts in education this spring.

"The best things about the CWU-Wenatchee education program are the face-to-face instruction from Central’s professors, some who travel to Wenatchee from Ellensburg; continued affordable tuition; convenience of attending classes on the WVC campus; and the fact that I’ll be getting my degree from a reputable university right here in my backyard," she said.

Both of Joanne’s sons and her daughter-in-law are WVC graduates who went on to CWU’s education program. Her sons are now teaching in North Central Washington.

"I am so proud of my sons and can’t wait to be the next teacher in my family!" said Joanne.

Joanne Johanson and family


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