Tuition waivers available to dislocated mine employees

December 6, 2006

Evergreen responds to Centralia mine closure

In the wake of the closure of the Centralia coal mine by TransAlta Corp., The Evergreen State College is making tuition waivers of variable amounts up to $1200 and academic support available to displaced mine employees, the college announced.

"The closure of the mine in Centralia impacts thousands of people, and we're here to assist in any way we can," said Thomas L. Purce, Evergreen's president. "We are committed to being responsive to the needs of our community and the state," he said.

Tuition waivers from $300 to $1200 a quarter will be made available, along with academic guidance. Evergreen is also working with Centralia College to create an agreement for the Associate in Technical Arts in Power Operations, allowing students who graduate with that degree at Centralia and who meet the program's criteria, to make a seamless transition to Evergreen with junior standing and 90 credits.

The mine's closure was announced Monday, Nov. 27.

For more information about tuition waivers, transferring community college credit, or for general information about enrolling at The Evergreen State College call 360-867-6310 or e-mail

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