By Mark C. Robinson
Wrangell Sentinel 

Outer Coast educational program pulls in former Wrangell residents


January 17, 2024

Wrangell class of 2020 graduate Lillian "Jing" O'Brien credits the Sitka-based college program Outer Coast with changing the direction of her life.

When Lillian "Jing" O'Brien graduated from Wrangell High School in 2020, COVID-19 had taken over the nation and she had enrolled in Loyola University in Chicago with tentative plans to study pre-law and perhaps later corporate law. "I was fully planning to go, but then last minute around July, they sent out a message saying, unfortunately, due to the COVID restrictions, they were going to close down campus and move classes online."

That unexpected complication pushed O'Brien to explore different options, which led her to a relatively new program in Sitka. "I decided Outer Coast would be a m...

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