What is TS?

Are you interested in attending college, but confused by the process or concerned about paying for it? TS is designed to provide a support system for students just like you! TS can help you to identify your career interests and sort through the colleges and programs that will best meet your needs. Program staff can also provide assistance with preparation for pre-college entrance examinations, college admission applications and financial aid paperwork. If this sounds good to you, then you may be a good candidate for TS, a federal TRiO program funded by the Department of Education and administered by Centralia College.

TS Services

TS program services are provided through classroom presentations, workshops, group and one-on-one activities to ensure academic success:

  • FREE Academic advice and assistance in secondary school and college course selection
  • FREE Assistance in completing college admission and financial aid applications
  • FREE Assistance in preparing for college entrance examinations
  • FREE Guidance on secondary school reentry or entry to other programs leading to a secondary school diploma or its equivalent
  • FREE Career advising/planning
  • FREE Tutorial services
  • FREE Exposure to college campuses as well as cultural events, academic programs, and other sites or activities not usually available to participants
  • FREE Workshops and counseling for parents of students served
  • FREE Mentoring programs
  • FREE Activities designed to meet the specific educational needs of individuals in grades six through eight

Other Programs

  • Expanding Your Horizons Conference: 6th-9th grade female students explore nontraditional math and science careers while parents attend college planning workshops
  • Life Management Conference: 9th grade students attend workshops with activities designed to develop life management skills
  • Rotary/TS Mentorship Day: 10-12th grade students explore careers of interest by spending time with an employer or business
  • College Planning Day: A one-stop opportunity for all high school sophomores, juniors and undecided seniors to learn about Washington State's higher education options
  • Financial Aid and College Information Workshops: Information sessions regarding college financial aid, admissions and application procedures
  • Field Trips: 7-12th grades visit college campuses, attend cultural events, academic programs, and other sites or activities not usually available to participants

TS students are also eligible for membership-exclusive programs, National Leadership Congress held in Washington D.C., and participation in various summer camps and activities (all of which are free to the student).

TS Eligibility

Eleven school districts in Lewis and Thurston counties receive services from the Centralia College TS Program. To be eligible for TS, you must attend one of the schools listed below:

Middle Schools
  • Centralia Middle School
  • Chehalis Middle School
  • Mossyrock Middle School
  • Napavine Middle School
  • Onalaska Middle School
  • Pe Ell Middle School
  • Rainier Middle School
  • Rochester Middle School
  • Tenino Middle School
  • Toledo Middle School
  • Winlock Middle School
High Schools
  • Centralia High School
  • Mossyrock High School
  • Napavine High School
  • Onalaska High School
  • Pe Ell High School
  • Rainier High School
  • Rochester High School
  • Tenino High School
  • Toledo High School
  • W.F.West High School
  • Winlock High School

TS Staff

Liisa Preslan

Name: Liisa Preslan
Position/Title: Director

Cindy Broadbent

Name: Cindy Broadbent
Position/Title: Program Specialist
Serves Tenino and Rochester Middle and High Schools

Kathleen Vodjansky-Ward

Name: Kathleen Vodjansky-Ward
Position/Title: Assistant Director
Serves Chehalis Middle School and W.F. West High School

Clarence Gundersen

Name: Clarence Gundersen
Position/Title: Program Specialist
Serves Centralia, Rainier, and Onalaska Middle and High Schools

Karen Brooks

Name: Karen Brooks
Position/Title: Specialist Support
Serves Pe Ell Middle and High School

Elva Villanueva

Name: Elva Villanueva
Position/Title:Secretary Senior

Naomi Huffman

Name: Naomi Huffman
Position/Title: Program Specialist
Serves Napavine, Toledo, and Winlock Middle and High Schools

Cindy Jones

Name: Cindy Jones
Position/Title: Specialist Support
Serves Mossyrock Middle and High School