A Running Start
Running Start helped recent Wenatchee Valley College at Omak and Okanogan High School graduate, Antonio Montez, achieve his educational goals.
"The (WVC) instructors teach multiple classes, so you see them from year to year," Antonio said. "Plus, the small classes really help foster discussion."
However, he did admit it was sometimes difficult to leave his high school friends.
"Some of my friends gave me a hard time, but now those same friends are wishing they had taken the opportunity," he said. "You're ahead of the game for school. Overall, it's so worth it. At 18, I've already received my two-year degree."
While a student at WVC at Omak, Antonio served as sophomore representative for student government and was a member of the chess club. He also played lead guitar in the band Forecast and volunteered in the Civil Air Patrol.
Antonio spent the summer in basic training for the National Guard Reserve. This winter he'll enroll in the Eastern Washington University ROTC program and estimated he could become a commissioned officer by age 20 or 21.
Antonio is both a second-generation WVC graduate and a fifth generation Eagle. His mother graduated from WVC and transferred to EWU.
"It's cool to follow in the footsteps of my mom," he said. "I wanted a jump-start on my career and I could start close to home in Okanogan."