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The family of an Everett Community College Ocean Research College Academy (ORCA) graduate is donating 3.8 acres of waterfront property on south Whidbey Island for EvCC students to use for research. The undeveloped land is being donated by Gary and Kathi Lang. Kathi’s daughter, Rebekah, graduated from ORCA in 2013, finishing her last two years of high school and first two years of college at the same time. ORCA is an early college academy for high school students focused on marine science and hands-on student research. The family is donating the land to the ORCA program “because of everything it has done for my daughter,” Kathi Lang said. “To be able to do something for kids in the future, that’s really important to us.”
At Everett Community College’s annual Spring Awards breakfast June 9, the college community honored 18 employees with awards, acknowledged colleagues who reached years-of-service milestones and recognized retirees.
Everett Community College is the first community college in the nation to join five universities in a Boeing-led collaboration to close the skills gap in aerospace engineering. EvCC is the newest partner in AerosPACE (Aerospace Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering) along with Purdue, Georgia Institute of Technology, Tuskegee, BrighamYoung and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Universities. Boeing created the program in 2013 to help the next generation of aerospace employees learn through real-life collaboration on a project.
Everett Community College student journalists and the college’s media organization, The Clipper, took home 30 awards in May for reporting, photography and design. EvCC earned 26 awards from the Washington Press Association, including winning the WPA sweepstakes category, and four from the Pacific Northwest Association of Journalism Educators. “This year’s students really stressed the importance of reader-focused, community journalism,” said Clipper faculty adviser T. Andrew Wahl. “It was an amazing team, and I was delighted to see both their approach and hard work recognized.”
Forty-seven students from Everett Community College’s Ocean Research College Academy graduated Friday, earning both their associate’s degree and high school diplomas. ORCA is an early college academy for high school students, who can earn up to two years of college credit while completing their high school education. The program is the only early college academy of its kind in the country. ORCA uses research in the local marine environment as the unifying theme for all academic disciplines.
Everett Community College biology instructor Pamela Pape-Lindstrom is participating in a nationwide effort to strengthen college-level life sciences education. Pape-Lindstrom is leading an effort funded by a National Science Foundation grant to create a certification process for the Partnership for Undergraduate Life Science Education (PULSE). The PULSE project helps teams of life science faculty members from community colleges, universities and colleges transform their program of undergraduate biology education to emphasize scientific reasoning, critical thinking, laboratory work and student research.
Washington employees can now be certified as “work ready,” positioning the state to better compete for jobs, business growth and economic development. Work Ready Washington on Thursday announced statewide participation in ACT’s Work Ready Communities initiative, which uses the National Career Readiness certificate (NCRC) test to demonstrate employee skills. “This new initiative is a result of our commitment to building a world-class business climate. The program boosts Washington’s ability to compete as a business friendly state by helping to match qualified employees with world-class employers – a win for both workers and businesses,” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said.
Everett Community College has selected Snohomish County NAACP branch president Janice Greene and Bargreen Coffee Company president Howie Bargreen as the college’s 2015 Distinguished Alumni. The two were honored at the Everett Community College Foundation breakfast April 21.
Everett Community College nursing students are raising money and collecting donations of supplies for the college’s sixth annual trip to the Dominican Republic to provide care for impoverished families. Students are seeking donations of over-the-counter medications, hygiene supplies and money to purchase medications, such as antibiotics. The group of 22 students and two instructors will volunteer in December 2015 in the Dominican Republic’s capital, Santo Domingo.
Everett Community College’s Veterans’ Resource Center has new carpet, thanks to a donation from Rubenstein’s. The Seattle-based commercial flooring company donated more than $4,000 worth of carpet and labor, replacing worn, stained carpet that was more than two decades old.
Everett Community College’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to grant tenure to five EvCC faculty members. Tenure was granted to math instructor Andrea Cahan, engineering instructor Joseph Graber, nursing instructor Gail McLean, engineering instructor Matt Parsons and math instructor Michael Story.
The Everett Community College Foundation’s April 21 community breakfast raised more than $90,000 to support student scholarships and college programs. More than 450 people attended the breakfast, which included recognition of student parents and the college’s Early Learning Center. The keynote speaker for the breakfast was former Washington state first lady Mona Locke. “We asked community members and college employees to support students, and they very generously responded. The donations at today’s breakfast will quickly be put to work to help students stay in college and receive a high-quality education at EvCC,” said John Olson, executive director of the EvCC Foundation.
Top Medical Assistant Schools ranked Everett Community College’s medical assisting program as the 31st best in the United States in its 2014 list of the country’s top 50 programs. The TopMedicalAssistantSchools.com website evaluated programs considering graduation rates, retention rates, tuition and other factors to determine rankings. “We’re pleased that our program was recognized as one of the best in the country. We work closely with employers to ensure EvCC provides high quality training for medical assistants,” said EvCC Medical Assisting instructor Beth Adolphsen.
Everett Community College theatre instructor Beth Peterson is having a busy month. Two of her plays will be performed on stage. A reading of one of her other plays is happening at a major Seattle theatre. Everett Community College theatre instructor Beth Peterson is having a busy month. Two of her plays will be performed on stage. A reading of one of her other plays is happening at a major Seattle theatre.
After 15 weeks of training, 21 Everett Community College Fire Academy students earned Firefighter I & II and Hazardous Materials Awareness & Operations certificates in December. “We take pride in training firefighters who are dedicated to serving their communities and saving lives,” said EvCC Fire Science Program Director, Russell Colmore.
More than 120 educators, political leaders, students and their families gathered Jan. 10 to celebrate the 29 college students participating this year in the Latino Leadership Initiative and encourage more Latino youth to become leaders. The program, now in its third year, promotes leadership development and higher education through formal workshops, hands-on mentoring and service-learning projects. Participating students are from Edmonds Community College, Everett Community College and Skagit Valley College.
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Mike Deller to Everett Community College’s Board of Trustees. Deller, who graduated from EvCC in 1971, is a longtime supporter of the college. He’s the second of three generations connected to EvCC. His father, Bill Deller, was the dean of students at the college and later established the EvCC Foundation.
The Centers of Excellence announced today that 2014 marks the 10th year anniversary of their founding, including the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing at Everett Community College.
Everett Community College’s Ocean Research College Academy (ORCA) will launch its new custom-built research boat with a celebration at 11 a.m. Nov. 22 at the Port of Everett. The dedication of the Phocoena (the scientific name for harbor porpoise, pronounced FOE see nuh) will happen at the port’s travel lift, located in front of ORCA’s classrooms at 1205 Craftsman Way in Everett. After a ceremonial bottle of champagne is broken across the bow, visitors can take tours of the boat.
Everett Community College will receive a $1.5 million share of a nearly $10 million grant awarded through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) awarded Sept. 28 by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at the White House. Vice President Biden was joined by U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan during the announcement. Two hundred seventy community colleges will receive $450 million to expand job-driven training partnerships between community colleges and employers as part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The grantees will partner with 400 employers.
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.
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee will join Everett Community College in celebrating the opening of EvCC’s new Advanced Manufacturing Education & Training Center (AMTEC) at 2 p.m. Oct. 1 at the center, 909 N. Broadway. The 37,000-square-foot center is located in a remodeled college-owned warehouse on the east side of EvCC’s Broadway campus at 2000 Tower St. AMTEC opens for fall classes Sept. 22. The $3.75 million remodel of the building started in May 2014, including creating classrooms, computer labs, faculty and staff offices and abundant shop space.
Everett Community College nursing students are raising money and collecting donations of supplies for the college’s fifth annual trip to the Dominican Republic to provide care for impoverished families.
Two Everett Community College instructors are traveling to Indonesia Aug. 14-24 to establish a college program to teach English to impoverished Indonesian children thanks to donations from Rotary Club members in Lake Stevens and North Delta, British Columbia, an EvCC grant and individual contributions. Debe Franz and Karen Schilde are traveling to Bali, Indonesia to My Father’s Home, a home for 36 orphaned and impoverished children. The non-profit organization was created in 2008 and run by Kim Boyer of Snohomish. The instructors’ trip was funded by a $500 donation from the Rotary Club of Lake Stevens, $600 from the Rotary Club of North Delta, British Columbia, $700 from online donors and a $1,965 EvCC global initiative grant.
Everett Community College has hired María Peña as the college’s chief diversity officer, a new position created to lead the college’s efforts to create and sustain a climate of diversity and equity. Peña, of Mill Creek, brings 23 years of higher education experience to EvCC. Previously, she served as dean for Student Services and assistant to the president at Peninsula College. She also assumed leadership responsibilities as the steward of the Peninsula College longhouse since its creation in 2006.