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The Washington state Association of College Trustees honored 34 community and technical college students on Jan. 21 at its annual Transforming Lives awards ceremony. 

Walla Walla Community College student Juan Gaytan is one of the current and former students of community and technical colleges whose lives were transformed by attending their college. 

Winners were nominated by their college’s board of trustees.

“Students overcome life’s obstacles every day, and we’re proud to support them,” said Jim Page, ACT president and trustee at Olympic College in Bremerton. “Transforming lives is a way we can recognize 34 outstanding current and former students as they achieve their goals.”

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313. 

Annie joined the U-B news staff in 1979 and since 1990 has written Etcetera, a daily community column. She was promoted to a copy editing post in 2007. She edits copy, designs and lays out pages, including the weekly arts and entertainment guide Marquee,

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