Distinguished Alumni Award

The 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award nominations are now closed!

Thank you for all the submissions. We will be announcing a winer soon!

About the Distinguished Alumni Award

Established by the Lake Washington Institute of Technology's (LWTech) Office of the President in 2013, this is the highest honor the institution can bestow upon an alumnus in recognition of professional accomplishments as well as service to the college and/or the community.

The winners of this award exhibit the qualities of community and professional leadership that are symbolic of the mission of LWTech. They promote excellence, inspire others to reach their potential, encourage personal growth, and promote the enrichment of life through education and community service.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to an individual who exemplifies at least one of the two following criteria:

  • Has achieved success in their business, profession, military, or other vocational endeavors
  • Has achieved success in their community, civic and/or volunteer activities

A distinguished alumnus is selected each spring from nominations received from the community. Each year's award recipient is honored at the LWTech Commencement ceremony held in June.

To be eligible for this prestigious award, nominees must have earned a minimum of 15 quarter credits from LWTech. Additionally, winners will be selected based upon notable achievement in his/her career, military or vocational field, outstanding service to the community and/or LWTech, and inspirational impact.

2017 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner

Nancy Dick

Nancy DickNancy Dick began her association with LWTech enrolling as a student, following a job layoff. She completed a Certificate in Graphics, Winter Quarter of 1999, and an Applied Associate of Science degree in Computer Graphics, Summer Quarter of 2002.

Leveraging her prior industry experience, Nancy started as a part-time instructor for LWTech in 1999, developing and teaching technical design-related courses in the college’s Multimedia Design & Production program. While teaching, she earned a B.S. from City University in 2005, and later, a Master of Communication in Digital Media from the University of Washington in 2008. Nancy rose to a full-time, tenure-track position and taught until 2008.

Nancy became Dean of Instruction, Applied Design Programs in January 2009, serving in that position until 2015.  Initially, Nancy led the design program followed by the addition of IT programs and eLearning.  She led the implementation, growth, and success of LWTech’s first baccalaureate program, the Bachelor of Technology in Applied Design (BTAD). This program enables Applied Associate program graduates from a variety of disciplines to continue with upper division study of design theory, process and strategy, project/team management, sustainability, and related topics. 

As an Adobe Certified Instructor and Adobe Education Leader, Nancy worked with leading software companies on certification exam development. She remains interested in educational pathways for non-traditional students, with the goal of empowering them to further their education and pursue career opportunities.

Nancy was inducted into the University of Washington, Department of Communication, Alumni Hall of Fame in 2013.

Nancy is currently enrolled in the Washington Executive Leadership Academy (WELA) as part of the 2016-2017 cohort.  WELA is an exemplary leadership program created by, and for, our community and technical college system, and assists participants in building their system knowledge and leadership capacity.  Nancy graduates from this prestigious program in July 2017.

Currently, Nancy serves as Director of Workforce Education at the Washington State Board of Technical and Community Colleges. She remains a friend, partner, and distinguished alumna of LWTech.

Past Winners