Current EvCC College News

Learn about EvCC’s Ocean Research College Academy (ORCA) Jan. 25

Everett Community College’s Ocean Research College Academy (ORCA) will host a program information session at 6-7:15 p.m. on Jan. 25 at its 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. The application deadline for ORCA is May 1 for the 2018-19 school year.

High school students invited to EvCC’s East County Campus for Trojan Night Feb. 7

Everett Community College’s East County Campus is inviting high school students and their families to Trojan Night on Feb. 7 for an evening of college information. Trojan Night is 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the East County Campus, 14090 Fryelands Blvd. SE at the Lake Tye building in Monroe. Students are encouraged to register in advance online at The event includes information about programs, certificate and degree options, financial aid information (FAFSA, WAFSA and CollegeBound), student services and ways to earn college credit in high school. 

See photos by instructor Nancy Ellen Jones Jan. 16-Feb. 9 at the gallery

Photographer Nancy Ellen Jones used art to ease her grief. In her show “Death is Nothing at All,” on display Jan. 16-Feb. 9 at Everett Community College’s Russell Day Gallery, Jones asks viewers to contemplate how death changes us while not changing the physical landscape. “I did not set out to make work about death. I was simply making work while death was fastidiously working very nearby and, for what seemed like, quite a long time,” said Jones, who teaches photography at EvCC. “For myself, I just kept pressing the shutter not knowing why or what for, but knowing it was somehow easing my burden. When the dust and the ashes settled the images I had made began to speak to the images I now inherited. My family, in a box.”

Recycle Christmas trees for free at EvCC Jan. 2-Feb. 2

Everett Community College is recycling Christmas trees for free Jan. 2-Feb. 2. Trees can be dropped off between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays. Trees must be free of decorations, tinsel and other non-biodegradable materials. No flocked trees will be accepted. 

EvCC receives $90,000 National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

Everett Community College is receiving a $90,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop humanities curriculum, foster discussion about collective memory and bring a series of speakers to campus. The speakers’ series begins at 2 p.m. Jan. 16 with a presentation by U.S. Army Col. John Nelson, who teaches literature, film and cultural criticism at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Nelson has served for 35 years on active duty, including six deployments. He will speak about how veterans’ recent memories have been translated into film. The event is at EvCC’s Baker Hall, room 120, and is free and open to the public. 

EvCC baseball coach Levi Lacey hired by Texas Rangers

For the first time since 2002, the Everett Community College baseball team will start their season without Levi Lacey as their skipper.   Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers selected Lacey last week as their Four Corners area scout. Lacey, who began work for the Rangers Oct. 9, is based in Arizona. The Rangers finished the 2017 season tied with the Seattle Mariners in the American League West standings and seven games back from the final wild card playoff spot. Lacey resurrected EvCC’s baseball program in 2001 after a 19-year hiatus, finishing 3rd in the North Region in their first season back to Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) competition. Just one year later, the Trojans made their first trip back to postseason play in 37 years. 

Program supporting STEM students coming to EvCC

The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) today announced that six more colleges will now offer MESA — a program that helps students of color and women transfer to universities for STEM-related degrees and careers. MESA — which stands for Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement — will expand to: Clark College (Vancouver), Everett Community College, Green River College, Spokane Falls Community College, Tacoma Community College, and Wenatchee Valley College. MESA serves students who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields, including African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic/Latinos, Pacific Islanders and women.

EvCC Alert Update: Incident in Lot K Sept. 21

The Everett Police Department took a man into custody in EvCC parking lot K Sept. 21 after he reportedly made some threats to people in the parking lot. The man, who police believe is homeless, mentioning shooting and stabbing, which prompted calls to 911. Everett police were nearby responding to an accident, so they got to parking lot K quickly.

Rose Foundation grant funds equipment for EvCC ecological research

An Everett Community College instructor will soon have a set of new tools to help his students gain a deeper understanding of the environmental challenges involved in protecting the Puget Sound ecosystem. The Rose Foundation awarded $22,656 to EvCC geography instructor Kerry Lyste to purchase sampling instruments for students to conduct ecological research in his Physical Geography 205 class. The class goes on a weekend field trip each quarter in the Puget Sound to locations such as Orcas Island. “The students will use sophisticated scientific devices to collect field data in local saltwater and freshwater environments,” said Lyste, who has taught at EvCC for 10 years. “They’ll use this equipment to measure water quality and gather sediment data that will contribute directly to the work of scientists, researchers and environmental advocates working to restore one of Washington’s greatest natural resources.”

EvCC English instructor Josh Searle wins teaching and learning award

Everett Community College English instructor Josh Searle is a recipient of the 2017 Anna Sue McNeill Assessment, Teaching and Learning Award. He was recognized for his “extensive contribution to both teaching excellence and leadership” for creating interdisciplinary learning, English assessment and research. Searle is a founding faculty member of EvCC’s Ocean College Research Academy (ORCA) program and has taught at EvCC since 2002. In addition to English, he teaches humanities and political science.

Tammy Frankland is EvCC’s new executive vice president of Instruction and Student Services

Everett Community College’s has hired Tammy Frankland as the college’s new executive vice president of Instruction and Student Services. Frankland, formerly dean of Casper College’s School of Health Science in Casper, Wyoming, started at EvCC July 31. A hiring committee of faculty, staff, students and administrators selected Frankland for the position. She replaces interim executive vice president of Instruction and Student Services Gail Miulli who served from June 2016 to July 2017.

EvCC hires new soccer and cross country coaches 

Everett Community College has hired two new head coaches – women’s soccer coach Rafael dos Anjos Marins and cross country coach Tansey Lystad.

Sign up now for a tour of EvCC's new student housing building Aug. 31

Be among the first to see the inside of Everett Community College’s Cedar Hall by taking a tour of the new student housing building on Aug. 31. To take a tour, sign up online at Cedar Hall, located at 931 Broadway Ave., includes 132 beds in studio, 3-bedroom and 4-bedroom apartments. The 3-bed and 4-bed apartments have private bedrooms with shared living rooms and full kitchens in each unit. Rent includes all utilities, wireless internet and furniture.

Garet Studer is EvCC's new Athletic Director 

Northwest Athletic Conference Director of Operations Garet Studer has been hired as Everett Community College’s new athletics director.​​​​​​Studer replaces former athletic director Larry Walker, who retired in November. “Larry Walker has laid a tremendous foundation and I could not be more excited to serve as the athletic director at such a prestigious institution,” Studer said. “I’m impressed with the fact that there are high expectations for athletics here at EvCC. It shows passion, commitment and pride for athletics and demonstrates a true sense of value for this department on campus.” 

EvCC student housing open to WWU Everett students

Western Washington University students in Everett can now live on campus. WWU students can move into Everett Community College’s two residence halls under an agreement signed this week by both schools. About 200 students per year are enrolled in WWU bachelor’s and master’s degree programs offered through the University Center on EvCC’s Everett campus. “In 1986, Western brought programs to Everett for students in Snohomish and Island counties who wanted to continue their education. We now have 12 bachelor’s and master’s degree options. Giving our students an option for housing is the logical next step,” said Lois Longwood, WWU Director of Degree and Professional Programs for Extended Education.

EvCC student journalists win 15 regional awards

Everett Community College student journalists won 15 awards from the Pacific Northwest Association of Journalism Educators for their work with the college’s student media organization, The Clipper. The PNAJE competition was open to community colleges from Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

Delta Air Lines partners with EvCC aviation maintenance technology program

Delta Air Lines will work with Everett Community College’s aviation maintenance technology program to help meet the industry demand for aircraft maintenance technicians. EvCC was one of 38 schools nationwide selected for the Delta aviation maintenance technician training partnership after an evaluation of the program’s curriculum. “To be partnered with a commercial airlines as part of their workforce pipeline demonstrates not only our capabilities as a program, but our willingness to respond to their training needs,” said EvCC Associate Dean of Aviation Rob Prosch. “The partnership will open many doors to good-paying jobs for our students.” Aviation maintenance technicians, also known as aircraft mechanics, are responsible for keeping aircraft in peak condition. 

EvCC student, instructor earn American Technical Education Association awards

Everett Community College advanced manufacturing student Nicole Zupke and instructor Michael Patching received awards at the American Technical Education Association (ATEA) national conference. Zupke, 28, of Everett, received the national ATEA Student Award for Notable Performance in Composite Design. She was honored for her leadership in EvCC’s Boeing AerosPACE team, encouragement of future advanced manufacturing students, technical skill and 3.9 GPA, which she earned while taking 20-25 credits per quarter while working part-time. Patching, of Clinton, was honored as one of three finalists for the ATEA Outstanding Technical Teacher award. He has taught at EvCC since 2012.

American College Counseling Association names EvCC’s Earl Martin Counselor of the Year

The American College Counseling Association has named Everett Community College Counselor Earl Martin as ACCA’s “Counselor of the Year.” The national award recognizes a college counselor who has made a significant impact on the national, state or local level. Martin, a tenured faculty member who has worked at EvCC since 1990, was honored for his statewide leadership and longtime advocacy for counseling services at community and technical colleges. “His service to our students is his primary focus and, as his colleague, I can attest that our students consistently rate his counseling as excellent,” wrote EvCC Counselor Deanna Skinner in Martin’s award nomination.

EvCC Foundation breakfast raises $105,000 to support student scholarships, college programs

he Everett Community College Foundation’s April 25 breakfast raised a record-setting $105,000 to support student scholarships and college programs.  More than 450 people attended the breakfast, which featured keynote speaker Washington State University President Kirk Schulz. EvCC alumnus Dr. Luis Acevedo and advanced manufacturing student Jaxon Janet Kronberger also spoke about how their scholarships affected their futures.  “What I heard was that someone believed in me. That I was worth it. That I could do more and be more,” said Kronberger, who completed high school through EvCC then went on to study precision machining and mechatronics at the college’s Advanced Manufacturing Training & Education Center.

National Science Foundation awards $649,961 grant to EvCC for low-income STEM students

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.

EvCC Volunteer Literacy Program seeks tutors

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.