Last week, Bates Technical College President Lin Zhou, Ph.D., was appointed to the College Spark Washington board. The board, which is made up of 14 top leaders in business, industry, and education, provides funding for Washington programs that help prepare low-income students earn their degrees and prepare for higher education.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of this outstanding organization dedicated to addressing college readiness for low-income students,” Zhou said in a prepared statement. “With a majority of new jobs in our state requiring some form of postsecondary education, it’s important that we improve college completion rates, and I look forward to taking an active role on this board.”

Nonprofit College Spark began helping propel low-income students into higher education in 1978. Since 2005, the organization has given almost $60 million to grantees from school districts and community organizations to universities and educational nonprofits.

Photo courtesy Bates Technical College.