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Everett Community College is celebrating its 75th year with a display of college historical photos, publications and mementos April 10 to May 5 at EvCC’s Russell Day Gallery. The college, which opened its doors in September 1941 with 134 students, now educates more than 19,000 students every year. Artifacts from the college’s 75-year history will be on display by decade. Photos show the college’s humble beginnings in a converted elementary school and its progress to state-of-the-art facilities now in place in north Everett. In addition, many of the college yearbooks, student newspapers and other publications will be part of the show.
The National Science Foundation is giving Everett Community College a $649,961 grant for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) scholarships and support for low-income students. The grant, which will be paid out over five years, is part of a larger effort to recruit and retain a more diverse STEM student population. “This grant is going to be a huge help for students. Not only will they get a strong start at the college in the summer STEM Bridge program, but they'll get ongoing support with faculty mentoring and scholarships for the whole time they're at EvCC,” said EvCC physics instructor Kristine Washburn, who co-authored the grant.
Everett Community College’s Ocean Research College Academy (ORCA) will host a program information session at 6-7:15 p.m. April 20 at its waterfront location, 1205 Craftsman Way, Suite 203, in Everett. This is the last information session before ORCA applications are due May 1 for the 2017-18 school year. Visitors and prospective students can see student work, meet faculty members, learn about the program and see the facility, including the oceanography research lab and 120-gallon seawater tank. research lab and 120-gallon seawater tank. The application deadline for ORCA is May 1 for the 2017-18 school year.
More than 50 students from Everett Community College and Washington State University North Puget Sound celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day by volunteering at the Imagine Children’s Museum, HopeWorks Station and EvCC’s Early Learning Center. The group painted, organized, cleaned and helped with other projects, joining volunteers across the country in participating in the Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service.
Adults learning to speak English can practice their English-language conversation skills for free 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through March 18 at the Monroe Library. The conversation café is offered through Everett Community College’s East County Campus, the library and EvCC’s BRIDGES Center. Volunteer tutors will lead the drop-in sessions. The informal practice sessions include tutoring and individual practice at the library, 1070 Village Way in Monroe.
Everett Community College’s second student housing building now has a name – Cedar Hall. The name was suggested by EvCC student Jenna Mohr and selected by a committee of EvCC students and staff. Mohr will receive $250 from the developer, Teutsch Partners, for suggesting the winning name.
EvCC's Board of Trustees Post-Election statement, EvCC President David Beyer's message, and ways you can take action.
The Washington State Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Materials Manufacturing has received a grant from The Boeing Company to work with employers to create mechatronics internships for low-income students. The Center, located at Everett Community College, will build a web portal to match students with employer internships, encourage more employers to offer students work experience and share strategies with employers in four regional meetings. “Students need practice applying technical knowledge outside of the lab while building a career network, developing critical thinking skills and honing other workplace soft-skills that all employers look for in a job candidate,” said Mary Kaye Bredeson, Executive Director of the Washington State Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Materials Manufacturing.
Everett Community College medical transcription and editing instructor Elizabeth (Betsy) Stam and student Sarah Olson have received national awards from the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity. Stam, who has taught at EvCC since 2003, received the educator of the year award. She is an “extraordinary leader who sets herself apart by doing more and going farther than her peers and other educators in our industry. She's caring, compassionate and strives for excellence in all that she does. She's not only a great educator, administrator and advisor, but sets a high standard in how we should relate to and engage with students as well as others,” according to the ADHI award. Olson received the rising star award, presented to a student winner of this year’s essay contest “Make Your Dreams Become Your Reality.” Olson wrote about persevering to achieve her dream of attending college after several health-related setbacks.
EvCC partners with Workforce Snohomish to strengthen retail industry career services in Snohomish County
Workforce Snohomish will receive a $314,000 grant from The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership as part of an effort to increase the economic mobility of workers in retail and adjacent sectors in Snohomish County and around the U.S. The grant allows Workforce Snohomish to partner with Everett Community College to develop a career pathway and Retail Management Certificate program that culminates in an industry recognized credential. The grant also funds a Retail Employment Navigator position at Workforce Snohomish to help recruit students into the program, coordinate work experiences, and convene an employer Advisory Board. The Retail Management Program includes on-the-job training and paid work experiences.
College Spark Washington and the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) have selected Everett Community College to receive a $500,000 Guided Pathways implementation grant over the next five years. EvCC is one of five colleges in Washington state to receive the grant. Peninsula, Pierce, South Puget Sound and South Seattle colleges also received grant funding. Guided Pathways is an evidence-based approach that simplifies choices about college courses, informs and supports those choices and directs students into an intentional, comprehensive program of study that leads to a credential. EvCC will use the grant to add new resources, including technology tools, to help students navigate the systems to credential completion and transition to employment or transfer to a four-year college more smoothly. The college will also compensate faculty for their additional work to restructure the college's academic pathways.
For more than 50 years, Bill Deller was part of Everett Community College campus life. Now, his name is a permanent part of the college’s future. EvCC’s Board of Trustees named the outdoor plaza between the Parks Student Union, Henry M. Jackson Center and Gray Wolf Hall in honor of Deller. “This is a place where students gather,” said EvCC President David Beyer. “It’s a perfect location to honor a man who believes as strongly as anyone I’ve met in the mission of EvCC.”
A sculpture Russell Day once kept on his back deck now has a place of honor in Everett Community College’s Whitehorse Hall. Day, a 103-year-old former Everett Community College art instructor, joined more than 75 people May 27 in Whitehorse Hall to celebrate the installation of his untitled 238-pound Blenko glass and concrete sculpture. The sculpture, created by Day in 1955 and donated to the college in 2015, was painstakingly restored by retired EvCC art instructor Lowell Hanson and installed with the assistance of retired photography instructor Lloyd Weller, 3D design instructor Julie Berger and studio arts technician Miles Labitzke.
Everett Community College’s Volunteer Literacy Program is seeking volunteers who can tutor adult learners two or more hours per week in reading, writing, basic math and English-language skills. Volunteers must be patient, professional and have experience working or teaching in the K-12 system or higher education. Volunteers must also be sensitive to a variety of learning styles and cultural backgrounds. Training is free with a six month commitment. “Volunteers are often the key that leads to a student’s success in school, at work and in the community,” said Volunteer Literacy Program Specialist Chan Beattie. Volunteers are needed to work during the program’s drop-in hours 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at EvCC. Tutor hours are flexible.
In the past two years, EvCC has earned national recognition for its efforts to improve student success, raise graduation rates, and help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities.
A report issued today from the Aspen College Excellence Program profiles EvCC, UW, and WWU as partner institutions that are effectively improving outcomes for community college transfer students. Recognizing the critical need to help millions of community college students failed by current transfer practices and policies, a new report released today provides a detailed guide for two- and four-year colleges on how to improve bachelor’s degree outcomes for students who start at community college. The full report, The Transfer Playbook: Essential Practices for Two- and Four-Year Colleges, from the Aspen Institute and the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Teachers College, Columbia University, is available online at https://www.aspeninstitute.org/publications/transfer-playbook/?+release
Highlighting the critical importance of improving student success in America’s community colleges, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program named Everett Community College as one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million dollars in prize funds, as well as Siemens Technical Scholars Program student scholarships. The prize, awarded every two years, is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges and recognizes institutions for exceptional student outcomes in four areas: student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings, and access and success for minority and low-income students.
Everett Community College was recognized Sept. 24 as one of the nationwide leaders in student success by Achieving the Dream for its commitment to student completion and closing achievement gaps. “EvCC faculty and staff have worked hard to improve student completion in the past three years, and we are tremendously honored to be selected as a student success leader,” said EvCC President David Beyer. “But our work isn’t done. We are committed to streamlining the path to success for every student.” EvCC was one of 16 community colleges selected this year as an Achieving the Dream leader college. Achieving the Dream has 32 leader colleges nationwide, including six in Washington.