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Walla Walla woman tastes success with PEO grant

Published on March 1, 2018 11:50AM

Photo contributed by Gail Beeson
Shadra Sanchez, education committee co-chair of P.E.O. Chapter AP of Milton-Freewater, presents Laura Rose-Grabinski, right, with a P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education grant.

Photo contributed by Gail Beeson Shadra Sanchez, education committee co-chair of P.E.O. Chapter AP of Milton-Freewater, presents Laura Rose-Grabinski, right, with a P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education grant.

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P.E.O. Chapter AP of the Milton-Freewater recently announced that Laura Rose-Grabinski of Walla Walla is the latest recipient of a P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education grant.

The $1,100 grant will be used towards the completion of a program in Hospitality and Tourism Management at Walla Walla Community College. She has been placed on the school’s President’s List for maintaining a 4.0 grade point average.

Rose-Grabinski serves as the assistant director of the WWCC Business Club, works part-time at Wheatland Village Retirement Community and recently began managing Gino Cuneo/Cote de Ciel Tasting Room in downtown Walla Walla. She also does independent marketing management work for local wineries.

For several years, Rose-Grabinski worked with the Walla Walla YMCA as an exercise and swim instructor and served as lead lifeguard. She holds certifications for CPR/first aid, lifeguard, food handling and exercise programs.

Rose-Grabinski said her current studies allow her to learn both the business and management aspects of tourism in this region. She has taken several marketing courses, which sparked her interest in this line of endeavor. In the long run, she hopes to be the owner of her own business.

The P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education was established in 1973 to provide needs-based grants to women in the United States and Canada. Applicants must be women whose education has been interrupted for at least 24 months and find it necessary to return to school to support themselves and/or their families.

Founded in 1869, the P.E.O Sisterhood is a philanthropic and educational organization interested in providing increased opportunities for women. There are approximately 6,000 local chapters with 240,000 active members. The Milton-Freewater chapter was organized in 1928. For more information, visit www.peointernational.org.



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