Still Time to Enter Grays Harbor Program

November 21, 2013
Grays Harbor

Grays Harbor resident Denise Carpenter was able to finish her Evergreen degree
through weekend classes on the Grays Harbor College campus.

(Olympia, Wash.) Harbor residents can enroll in a unique college program taught by top-level faculty from The Evergreen State College at Grays Harbor College this winter.

Community health expert Nancy Anderson and historian Frances Rains will lead “Health Inequality: Telling the Story and Changing It.” This program focuses on the region’s European settlement and Native people, examining how health, wellbeing and sustainability can be improved for all people of the Salish Sea. Successful completion of the winter and spring quarters of the program is worth 16 credits.

“Even though this is a three-quarter program, it’s certainly okay to take one or two quarters and still get a lot from the class,” said Evergreen’s dean for evening and weekend studies, Sarah Ryan. “Students who are new to Evergreen can register in person at the Olympia campus starting December 16.”

Started in 2000, Evergreen’s Grays Harbor program was designed to give local community college graduates the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree without having to leave the area. Classes take place on weekends and are taught by Evergreen faculty on the Grays Harbor College campus.

The focus of the program changes from year to year but centers on interdisciplinary management, leadership, and the health of individuals, communities, and organizations. Students benefit from meaningful instruction as they develop critical thinking and analytical skills, refine problem-solving techniques, and become effective team players.

The program has been the springboard for some notable published work by Harbor students. “Telling Our Stories: Voices of Grays Harbor,” is an anthology of original essays, oral histories and poetry by local residents, who took the ““Telling Our Stories” 2011-12 program, which focused on local history, creative writing and community studies.

For more information on the Evergreen Grays Harbor program, please visit