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Everett Community College Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning Peg Balachowski has received a grant from the IDEA Foundation to test a way to provide faculty with weekly feedback. She was awarded $8,734 to pilot test an online model that would anonymously collect information from students about their instructor’s teaching and progress toward achieving the expected learning outcomes for the class.
Forty five students from Everett Community College’s Ocean Research College Academy (ORCA) graduated June 9, earning both their associate degree and high school diploma. ORCA graduation was held at EvCC's Walt Price Student Fitness Center. ORCA graduates were also recognized at EvCC’s graduation June 10 and at their high school graduations.
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.
Mostafa Ghous is Everett Community College’s new East County Campus director.“Everett Community College is fortunate to be able to recruit exceptional talent like Mostafa. His passion for student success and community engagement make him the perfect fit to take our campus in Monroe to the next level,” said Ryan Davis, EvCC Dean of Business and Applied Technology. Ghous, of Snohomish, relocated from Berkeley, California where he was the Director of Campus Life and Student Activities at Berkeley City College, managing the college’s Outreach and Retention services, student leadership initiatives, community relations, faculty and student events and district-wide diversity efforts.
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: http://as.pn/transfer1.
Everett Community College has selected Providence Health & Services chief operating officer Kim Williams and accountant Bill Fulton as the college’s 2016 distinguished alumni. The two will be honored at a ceremony at EvCC June 10.
Artwork created by Everett Community College students will be on display at EvCC’s Russell Day Gallery May 9 through June 3. The annual student exhibition includes the work of graduating and second-year students studying ceramics, interactive media, graphic design, painting, photography and printmaking. Many of the student artists will receive their Associate of Fine Arts degrees in June.
Everett Community College English instructor Aaron Barrell is Poetry Northwest's new co-editor, stepping into the role English instructor Kevin Craft previously held, along with co-editor poet Erin Malone. Poetry Northwest is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The magazine has been published in the Written Arts program of EvCC since 2010. The poems in the new Winter & Spring issue, along with those already selected for the next (Summer & Fall 2016), represent Craft's final curatorial endeavor for the magazine.
The Everett Community College Foundation’s April 26 breakfast raised more than $91,000 to support student scholarships and college programs. More than 475 people attended the breakfast, which featured University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce as the keynote speaker. “Through your support for EvCC, you’re also supporting access to life-changing education – education that advances equity, justice and opportunity for all,” Cauce said.
Jeff Noyes has only attended Everett Community College for two quarters, but he’s already made college history. Noyes, 20, of Lake Stevens suggested the winning name for the college’s new student housing building: Mountain View. He wins $250 from the developer, Kōz Development, Inc., and decades of bragging rights. Mountain View will open in September.
Everett Community College has been recognized as a platinum-level Fit-Friendly worksite by the American Heart Association. “Along with offering the highest quality education, we are committed to the healthiest workplace possible for everyone at all of our locations,” EvCC President David Beyer said. EvCC was one of 18 higher education organizations nationwide and the only college in Washington to receive the award this year. The college also received a worksite innovation award from the American Hear t Association. EvCC’s employee Wellness Team, formed in 2013, promotes a healthy worksite culture through nutrition, physical fitness and continuing education. College employees can enroll in free fitness classes, participate in the annual pedometer challenge, eat healthy options at the college’s café, go on employee walks, take EvCC classes at a reduced rate and more.
See Snohomish artist Paul Vexler’s abstract wood sculptures on display Feb. 16-March 5 at Everett Community College’s Russell Day Gallery. The exhibit includes several large sculptures that stand 5 to 8 feet tall and sketches showing Vexler’s design process. He often creates new tools and methods for his sculptures. “I want people to approach my work and feel compelled to walk around it and view it from different angles. I want them to walk around it two or three times because the work is helping them to learn to see things that they missed the first time. And most of all, I want them to experience the pleasure of seeing something beautiful,” Vexler said.
Retired Everett Police Department Capt. Bill Deckard has been hired to lead EvCC’s Public Safety programs. Deckard, of Snohomish, is the programs’ director. The area includes the criminal justice, fire science and EMT programs. “We couldn't be more excited to have Bill on our team. His previous experiences working with all the sectors involved with public safety made him the ideal person for this job and will allow EvCC to take our programs to a new level,” said Jason Smith, EvCC Dean of Health Sciences and Public Safety.
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.
Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech), the only public institute of technology in Washington state, has entered into a partnership with Everett Community College (EvCC) and Cascadia College (Cascadia) to provide corporate continuing education programs through EvCC’s Corporate and Continuing Education Center (CCEC) to LWTech’s service area which includes Kirkland, Bellevue, Issaquah, Redmond, Woodinville and Bothell. CCEC’s mission is to develop and deliver training programs that enrich lives and promote individual, corporate and community prosperity. LWTech joins Cascadia and EvCC, who have partnered to offer continuing education courses since 2012.
As presidents of Washington’s community and technical colleges we issue this clear response on behalf of our students and colleagues: We stand together. Harassment and prejudice of any type defies the very values of pluralism and religious freedom that we hold dear in this country.
Everett Community College will offer a new competency-based business degree starting in January. The transfer degree allows students to work at their own pace in online classes taught by faculty. Instructors and a completion coach guide students through the requirements for each part of the degree. Students with work experience in an area can move quickly through coursework they already know and spend time focusing on areas they have less experience. “Our ideal student is a career-minded professional who just never got around to getting a college degree,” said Dean of Business and Applied Technology Ryan Davis. “We hope to create a pathway to apply what someone has already learned and earn a college degree to document that knowledge.”
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Everett Community College Resource Conservation Manager Molly Beeman to the state Department of Transportation’s Commute Trip Reduction Board. Beeman is serving as a higher education representative on the seven-member board. She attended her first meeting Oct. 23.
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Toraya Miller to Everett Community College’s Board of Trustees. Miller, of Lake Stevens, is Vice-President/Internal Auditor at Coastal Community Bank and the chair of the board for United Way Snohomish County. “As a trustee, I’ll continue Everett Community College’s commitment to excellence, dedication to diversity and innovation while encouraging engagement in higher education. I’m excited and honored to share in this opportunity.”