The Trustrees Assocation of Community and Technical Colleges (TACTC)’s Transforming Lives Awards recognize current and former students whose lives were transformed by attending a Washington state community or technical college.
The recent awardees are Lisa Cook, from Bellingham Technical College, Cristian Ramon, from Big Bend Community College, Margaret Debevec, from Centralia College, Chi Choi, from Tacoma Community College, and Patricia Denga, from Whatcom Community College.
After battling drug addiction and a 14-month stint in the Washington State Penitentiary System, Choi turned his life around with the help of his mother. He enrolled in Tacoma Community College and, as he says, “never looked back.”
In additional to his volunteer work, Choi is now on his way to earning his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. (end)