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Dennis Carlton- 1965  Dennis Carlton

                                                                             Dennis- 1965                              Dennis- present

 Dennis Carlton - Distinguished Alumni 2023

The Wenatchee Valley College Foundation Board of Directors has selected Dennis Carlton as the 2023 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. The foundation received nominations for 12 alumni from across North Central Washington.

“This award was totally unexpected,” Carlton said. “WVC has been a part of me every step of the way. College should be a leaping point for everybody. Education is an opportunity to expand who we are and what we are.”

After growing up in Omak, Carlton enrolled at WVC in 1965 and attended classes on the Wenatchee campus since there was no Omak campus at the time. He said WVC professors made a significant impression on him.

“There were 55 Omak students that enrolled at WVC in 1965. But only five of us graduated in 1967,” Carlton said. “I decided to be responsible for myself. Are you a man or a mouse? That was my motto.”

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