2 students receive cars from Peninsula College Foundation

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — Peninsula College students Chelsy Edgar and Sierra Shelden recently received the keys to a 1995 Plymouth Voyager and a 1995 Mitsubishi Gallantin, respectively, from the Peninsula College Foundation in special ceremonies on the Peninsula College campus.

Edgar is a student in the WorkFirst program.

She began her studies at Peninsula College in the fall of 2010 in family literacy and worked on her GED for several quarters during her pregnancies.

As part of WorkFirst, Edgar is required to work 20 hours a week in addition to going to school and caring for her two young sons, ages 1 and 2.

She successfully completed her GED and enrolled part time in the college's Administrative Office Assistant program and is attending full time this spring.

Shelden has managed to maintain a 2.57 GPA despite economic hardships, the trials of single parenting, working a 10-hour-per-week work-study job and commuting daily from Sequim, dropping her 17-month-old son at day care on the way.

She completed her general Associate of Arts in March and plans to pursue a degree and career in criminal justice.

Peninsula College's director of WorkFirst/Basic Food Employment and Training, Laura Brogden, nominated the two women.

“Having their own car made all the difference in the world to these young moms who juggle transporting kids to child-care centers, college classes and volunteer activities every day,” Brogden said.

“What used to be hours on the bus is now a few minutes on the road.”

One of the vehicles required almost $1,500 in body work and paint, which was donated by Angeles Collision Repair and Towing.

Most of the donated cars, however, require only electrical, engine or brake repair and maintenance.

For more information, phone the Peninsula College Foundation at 360-417-6400 or visit www.pencol.edu/foundation.

Last modified: April 15. 2014 6:02PM
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