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Karen Vander Ark

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Karen began her career at the University of Denver Development office over 40 years ago and she’s been raising money for, speaking on behalf of and supporting education and community organizations since. Karen was a gubernatorial appointed college trustee and lead a community college through a leadership transition. Politics and education have been involved in her service and professional life while serving on numerous political campaigns, bond and levy campaigns and a statewide education initiative. Karen’s passion and life long goal of supporting her community and education has revolved around supporting the Boys & Girls Club teen center -EX3, Rotary, The MultiService Center, Federal Way Senior Center & Advancing Leadership youth programs. Karen holds a BSBA in Marketing from Waynesburg College.

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Not too much sparks the fury of the education status quo today than the privatization of education and specifically for profit colleges. Forgotten is the original mission of higher education from its origins at the start of our country: to deliver a practical, useful education. Would our founding fathers be embarrassed at the frivolities of the social programs and free form curriculum offered at many colleges and universities without any thought or reason to the useless degrees and unimaginable college debt accumulated to obtain those degrees?

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