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Future firefighters climb 69 flights to raise money to fight cancer - donate to their team

Colin Nash and Peter Evans haven’t fought a fire yet, but they’re joining professional firefighters in the battle against blood cancer. The two Everett Community College fire science students will climb the 69-flight Columbia Center tower on March 8 in The Big Climb, a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. They’ll make the climb wearing 55 pounds of protective gear, including a self-contained breathing apparatus. Unlike professional firefighters who regularly shoulder the gear, Nash and Evans have only had five months to practice.

Learn about EvCC's Ocean Research College Academy (ORCA) March 19

Everett Community College’s Ocean Research College Academy (ORCA) will host a program information session at 6 p.m. March 19 at its recently expanded waterfront location, 1205 Craftsman Way, Suite 203, in Everett. 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. Two new classrooms were added to existing ORCA space in fall 2014. The expansion will allow more junior and senior high school students to participate in ORCA. ORCA will also have a program information session April 23.

Snohomish County Kickoff for NW Sustainability Challenge March 3 at EvCC

Starbucks Director of Environmental Affairs Jim Hanna will join Snohomish County businesses and Everett Community College students March 3 to discuss sustainability and celebrate the start of the NW Sustainability Challenge. Free to enter, the NW Washington Sustainability Challenge is a regional competition for businesses and students designed to inspire innovative sustainability products and provide support for entrepreneurs in Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, Island and San Juan counties. “So many entrepreneurs have an idea, but are not sure how to begin acting on it. The challenge is an opportunity to try out an idea for a business and get assistance from experts,” said Diane Kamionka, executive director of NW Innovation Resource Center, which sponsors the challenge. “Entrepreneurs at every level are encouraged to participate.”

EvCC Students Perform Original Play Evil Twin March 5-7

verett Community College students will perform the original dark comedy thriller “Evil Twin” at 7:30 p.m. and March 5-7 in EvCC’s Baker Hall, Room 120. The play, written by EvCC theater instructor Beth Peterson, is a futuristic take on the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. “Evil Twin” is the story of twin brothers and a corporation that may have created a monster. The play is directed by Brett Rickaby, an actor who played Vince in the HBO series “True Blood,” and a farmer in the movie “A Million Ways to Die in the West.” Rickaby is Peterson’s friend and helped with suggestions for the final version of “Evil Twin.”

EvCC's Medical Assisting program ranks 31st in the country

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.

Three plays by EvCC's Beth Peterson in theatres in February

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.

EvCC Mass Media Speaker Series Continues March 11

Join Everett Community College’s award-winning student news-gathering organization, The Clipper, for a monthly speaker series exploring the history and current development of several types of popular mass media. The free series, featuring academics from the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau, kicks off Feb. 11 with a return visit from digital-technology expert Alex Alben.

Feb. 16-March 13: See A History of Quilting in America at the Russell Day Gallery

Quilts from the La Conner Textile and Quilt Museum collection will be on display at Everett Community College’s Russell Day Gallery Feb. 16-March 13. The quilts are from 1835 to 1950 and include a variety of needlework techniques. Meet Kathleen Kok, curator of the La Conner Textile and Quilt Museum, and learn about the construction of quilts, how designs have changed and the ways quilters have used available materials at a reception 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at the gallery.

EvCC Graduates 21 New Firefighters

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.

Latino Leadership Initiative Kicks Off Third Year with Celebration at EvCC

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.

EvCC President Beyer's Statement about President Obama's Community College Proposal

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.

Mike Deller Appointed to EvCC Board of Trustees

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.

EvCC Center of Excellence for Aerospace & Advanced Manufacturing Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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.

EvCC’s Ocean Research College Academy (ORCA) launches new research boat

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.

EvCC Gets Good News at the White House: $1.5 million grant

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.

Achieving the Dream Names EvCC as a National Student Success Leader

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.

EvCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Training & Education Center Grand Opening Oct. 1 Grand Opening Oct. 1

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.

Nursing Students to Volunteer in Dominican Republic

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.

Donors Fund EvCC Program to Teach English to Indonesian Children

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.

EvCC Welcomes Chief Diversity Officer María Peña

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.

EvCC Uses Open Resources to Save Students Money

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.

Alison Stevens is EvCC's New Vice President of Instruction and Student Services

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.”

Six EvCC Athletes to Play for Four-Year Schools

Five Everett Community College basketball players and one baseball player have signed letters of intent to play for four-year schools next year.

EvCC Awarded Grant for College Access Coaches for K-12 Students

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.

Instructor Andrea Cahan Earns Math Teaching Award

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.