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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.
Everett Community College’s Student LIFE office and the Puget Sound Blood Center are hosting a blood drive at EvCC Feb. 3 and 4. The blood drive is from 8:30 a.m-2:30 p.m. On Feb. 3, the blood drive is at EvCC’s Henry M. Jackson Center Wilderness Auditorium. On Feb. 4, donate blood at the Blood Center mobile bus unit outside Jackson Center.
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.
Everett Community College president David Beyer is joining leaders from community colleges throughout the nation in supporting President Barack Obama’s proposal for two free years of community 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.
See a blend of photography, drawing and sculpture by University of Washington art professor Ellen Garvens Jan. 12-Feb. 6 at Everett Community College’s Russell Day Gallery.
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 has been named a “Military Friendly School,” ranking it among the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools serving active duty military personal, veterans and military families. Victory Media selected EvCC for its 2015 Military Friendly Schools list after evaluating more than 8,000 schools nationwide. This was the fifth year EvCC earned the designation.
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.
The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) today launched OPEN Washington, a website that connects faculty to the nation’s finest open resources to save students money. With OPEN Washington, SBCTC assembles links to top quality open educational resource collections and adds step-by-step training and other tools to help instructors identify, adopt and modify relevant materials. The goal is to make the best materials available to all students at a cost much lower than that of published textbooks. The site features videos of six Everett Community College faculty members who used Open Educational Resources (OER) to save students money. The college’s Textbook Alternative Committee worked to develop open resources for history, environmental science, IT, art appreciation, adult basic education and math classes.
Everett Community College has hired Alison Stevens as the college’s new executive vice president of instruction and student services. Stevens, of Seattle, has more than 27 years of higher education experience. Prior to EvCC, she served as the interim vice president for Academic and Student Affairs at Shoreline Community College. “EvCC is doing fantastic work, and I’m excited to be part of the college’s future,” Stevens said. “The college is well known throughout the region and state for innovative initiatives, including that of combining student services with instruction under one umbrella to help students get what they need efficiently and effectively.”
Five Everett Community College basketball players and one baseball player have signed letters of intent to play for four-year schools next year.
Everett Community College has received an $18,500 grant from Washington Campus Compact for a program that encourages low-income students from two Snohomish County high schools and four middle schools to attend college. The grant pays for two AmeriCorps members to recruit and train EvCC student volunteers to serve as college access coaches at Weston High School in Arlington, Mountain View High School in Marysville, Marysville Middle School in Marysville, Totem Middle School in Marysville, North Middle School in Everett and Evergreen Middle School in Everett.
Everett Community College math instructor Andrea Cahan is the winner of the 2014 Washington state 2-year college mathematics teaching award. Cahan was selected for the award by her peers statewide. She was honored for excellence and innovation in teaching with influence beyond her institution. She received the award May 9 at the annual Washington state Two Year College Mathematics Conference in Wenatchee. The conference was co-sponsored by Everett and Shoreline community colleges.
Everett Community College and the Center of Excellence for Aerospace & Advanced Manufacturing at EvCC will receive more than $1.5 million in new state funding to train students for aerospace jobs. The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges awarded $1,577,703 to EvCC to pay for faculty, curriculum design, equipment and staffing to support aerospace programs as part of a statewide effort to increase training opportunities for aerospace jobs. “This investment will help Washington state continue to provide employers with the best-trained aerospace workforce in the world,” EvCC President David Beyer said. “We are thankful for Gov. Inslee and the Legislature’s support for aerospace education and training.”
Forty-two students from Everett Community College’s Ocean Research College Academy graduate June 13, earning both their associate’s degree and high school diplomas. ORCA graduation is at 3 p.m. June 13 at the Waterfront Center Blue Heron Room, 1205 Craftsman Way. ORCA graduates will also be recognized at EvCC’s graduation June 13 and at their high school graduations.
Everett Community College’s College in the High School program, which allows high school students to earn college credit at their schools, has earned accreditation from the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships. NACEP accreditation validates the quality of college courses offered in high schools and ensures that the course content and expectations for student work match the standards of the sponsoring post-secondary institution. EvCC’s College in the High school program was offered at 30 high schools in Snohomish County this year, with 2,431 students earning college credit to date.
A group of Everett Community College employees turned 1,500 donated plastic bottles into a greenhouse for kids at EvCC’s Early Learning Center. The 2-liter bottles, donated by Safeway Bottling, are the new greenhouse’s walls. The greenhouse will be used for the children to grow vegetables, fruit and herbs. “This is a great way to show children ways in which something we typically think of as trash might be used to improve the environment and promote sustainability,” said Holly McFaul, director of the Early Learning Center, which provides care for children ages 1 to 5 years old.
Everett Community College mechanical engineering student Amy Felt is returning to Kennedy Space Center this summer for her second internship in the past year with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Felt, 22, of Mount Vernon, will be a Fluids Research and Technology Development Engineer intern. She will be performing research with cryogenic fluids and insulating material.