Laurie Potts

Laurie Potts

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COOS BAY — A local educator has received the 2017 Lynne Angland Award.

Laurie Potts is the newly retired director of the Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC) Family Center. She was presented with the award by the Oregon Department of Education’s Early Learning Council earlier this month.

This award “recognizes people and organizations who improve safety, quality, affordability and access to child care in Oregon at both state and local levels,” read a press release from SWOCC last week.

During Potts’ years as director at SWOCC, she helped create an online degree program for students across Oregon “seeking degrees in Early Childhood and Family Studies,” and worked to get both degree programs and the Family Center preschool nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Earning that accreditation made SWOCC one of only 11 community colleges nationwide to offer the degrees online.

“Laurie Potts works with the Southwestern Partnership Family Center in Coos Bay and has been a leader in early learning for over 20 years,” the release stated.

According to her nomination, Potts has proven to be an “outstanding service to the community as an innovator, contributor, and heroine. She has promoted education for college students, families, and quality care and education for children, and touched the lives of countless students, old and young, in our community and across the state.”

The Lynne Angland Award was established after a woman who was passionate about Oregon families. ODE’s Early Learning Council “continues to honor Lynne’s commitment to strengthening Oregon’s next generation, and the Lynne Angland Award shines a light on those who contribute to improving child care and the positive outcomes for Oregon children,” the release read.

The other recipient for the 2017 Lynne Angland Award went to Lynn Anderson with the Siuslaw School Districts.

Reporter Jillian Ward can be reached at 541-269-1222, ext. 235, or by email at jillian.ward@theworldlink.com. Follow her on Twitter: @JE_Wardwriter.

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