Distinguished Alumni Award

The 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award nominations are now closed.

Established by the Lake Washington Institute of Technology's (LWTech) Office of the President in 2013, this is the highest honor the institution can bestow upon an alumnus in recognition of professional accomplishments as well as service to the college and/or the community.

The winners of this award exhibit the qualities of community and professional leadership that are symbolic of the mission of LWTech.

They promote excellence, inspire others to reach their potential, encourage personal growth, and promote the enrichment of life through education and community service.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to an individual who exemplifies at least one of the two following criteria:

  • Has achieved success in their business, profession, military, or other vocational endeavors
  • Has achieved success in their community, civic and/or volunteer activities

A distinguished alumnus is selected each spring from nominations received from the community. Each year's award recipient is honored at the LWTech Commencement ceremony held in June.

To be eligible for this prestigious award, nominees must have earned a minimum of 15 quarter credits from LWTech. Additionally, winners will be selected based upon notable achievement in his/her career, military or vocational field, outstanding service to the community and/or LWTech, and inspirational impact.

2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner

Josh Nesbit

Josh NesbitThe LWTech Foundation is pleased to announce Josh Nesbit as the recipient of the 2016 LWTech Foundation Annual Distinguished Alumni Award! Josh is a true LWTech success story, excelling as both at student and an employee at LWTech. His educational journey is a wonderful example of LWTech’s pathways approach to workforce education.

Josh graduated from the LWTech High School Academy and earned an AAS-T Degree in Computer Science Network Technology at LWTech. He continued his education with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Applied Technology at Eastern Washington University, Certificate of Project Management at the University of Washington. He is currently enrolled in an MBA Program at Western Governors University.

In 2007, Josh was hired in LWTech’s Information Technology Department as a computer/network maintenance technician. His “can do” spirit and dedication to customer service enabled him to make an immediate, positive impact. An innovative thinker with fresh skills, Josh earned three promotions at LWTech between 2007 and 2016, rising to the position of LWTech’s Acting Chief Information Officer.

Josh began his experience at LWTech as a sixteen year old high school student. In March, he left his position as Acting Chief Information Officer for an exciting new position as Network Systems Engineer and Constellation Software Inc. in Redmond.
At his going away party, Josh remarked “I’ve had several great mentors during my time as a student, IT Technician, Specialist, Director, and even CIO. Even though I’ve completed an undergrad and am working on an MBA, it is my time at this school that I’ll forever cherish.”

Congratulations, Josh, on this distinguished honor!

Past Winners