TACOMA, Wash. –Governor Jay Inslee recently appointed Christina Blocker to serve on the Bates Technical College Board of Trustees.

Blocker most recently served as the program coordinator of the basic food program at Sound Outreach, a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting people with resources, like accessing public benefits and emergency assistance, free tax preparation, credit repair, housing, counseling and mortgage/loan modification. As the program coordinator, she assisted families in accessing essential resources across Pierce and Kitsap counties, built partnerships with several organizations, and created an internship program to provide students in surrounding areas an opportunity to engage in outreach work.

Prior to that post, she worked as a management aide for MDC Making a Difference in Community, a non-profit that provides services to homeless and low-income families. Blocker also served as vice chair of the Pierce County Young Democrats and currently serves as a board member for the Hilltop Action Coalition.

Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Blocker holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Ala.

“She joins an engaged and dedicated board, and I look forward to her advocacy at Bates Technical College.”

“I am excited to welcome Christina Blocker to our Board of Trustees,” said Bates Technical College President Ron Langrell. “She joins an engaged and dedicated board, and I look forward to her advocacy at Bates Technical College,” he said.

Blocker, whose term ends in 2021, replaces Calvin Pearson, a vice president at Columbia Bank, whose 10-year service on the Board of Trustees ended Sept. 30, 2016. She joins trustees Layne Bladow, Lillian Hunter, Cathy Pearsall-Stipek, and Karen Seinfeld.

Gov. Inslee appoints a five-member board of trustees composed of community representatives to govern Bates Technical College. The board’s role is to establish and review college policies, oversee general management of the college, set strategic direction, approve budget, and represent the public interest and function to ensure the college’s basic fiscal integrity.

For more information about the college’s Board of Trustees, go to www.bates.ctc.edu/Governance.

About Bates Technical College
Founded in 1940, Bates Technical College offers certificate and degree opportunities in nearly 50 career education programs, and serves approximately 3,000 career training students and 10,000 more community members annually in extended learning, distance learning, high school, and other programs. For more information, go to www.bates.ctc.edu, or call 253.680.7000. 

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