By the time Charlotte Miettunen Hanson turned 75 she had all the "things" that she wanted.
She also had a lot of close friends who shared her desire to give back to the community.
Turning 75 is a milestone definitely worth celebrating and her friends decided that the
best way to honor her three quarters of a century was to contribute to something that would
leave a lasting legacy.
"My friends, unbeknownst to me, made a collection of several hundred dollars and added it to
the WCC scholarship that I established last year," says Charlotte. "It was the neatest thing
for them to do."
Charlotte began her affiliation with the College in 1966 as a part time English, speech and
"When the College opened they anticipated about 600 students to enroll. Instead they had over
1200 students. They had to hire instructors in a hurry. Back then we all felt like pioneers,"
After she retired in 1988, Charlotte has stayed connected to the College by attending classes.
She also travels as much as she can. She established the Charlotte Miettunen Hanson Scholarship
because she believes in the mission of the College and the spirit in which it was founded.
Charlotte still feels as close to the College as she did before she retired, and she remembers
her students fondly and the difference she made in their lives. "Some students are apprehensive
about college and some need a second chance. I am pleased to be able to support them with this