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EvCC art gallery showcases work of retired instructor Keith N. Imus Feb. 21-March 17

Artist Keith N. Imus likes experimenting. The retired Everett Community College art instructor’s work ranges from sumi ink drawings to stainless steel sculptures. He creates with acrylics, marble, bronze, oil paint, metal and words – authoring six books. EvCC’s Russell Day Gallery is showing a variety of Imus’ artwork Feb. 21-March 17. The public is also invited to a reception with Imus 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 23 at the gallery. Imus, of Seattle, has had artwork exhibited in Seattle, Bellingham, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Japan and Iran. He’s the author of the memoir “Isn’t Life Fun,” “IMUS/Art” coffee table book and the westerns “Outrage,” “Zero Smith,” “Cheyenne Williams” and Galway. 

EvCC’s East County Campus hosts Spanish-language family night March 10 in Monroe

Everett Community College’s East County Campus is hosting Noche Entre Familia, a college information session in Spanish for students and their families, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. March 10. Families will learn about ways to pay for college, how to earn free college credit in high school, c-ollege programs and classes to learn English and complete a GED. The event is free and open to the public.

Learn about EvCC’s Ocean Research College Academy (ORCA) March 2

Everett Community College’s Ocean Research College Academy (ORCA) will host a program information session at 6-7:15 p.m. March 2 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 2017-18 school year.

EvCC, WSU students help community organizations on National Day of Service

More than 50 students from Everett Community College and Washington State University North Puget Sound celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day by volunteering at the Imagine Children’s Museum, HopeWorks Station and EvCC’s Early Learning Center. The group painted, organized, cleaned and helped with other projects, joining volunteers across the country in participating in the Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service. 

Free English-language conversation practice Jan. 7-March 18 at the Monroe Library

Adults learning to speak English can practice their English-language conversation skills for free 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through March 18 at the Monroe Library. The conversation café is offered through Everett Community College’s East County Campus, the library and EvCC’s BRIDGES Center. Volunteer tutors will lead the drop-in sessions. The informal practice sessions include tutoring and individual practice at the library, 1070 Village Way in Monroe. 

EvCC second student housing building named Cedar Hall 

Everett Community College’s second student housing building now has a name – Cedar Hall. The name was suggested by EvCC student Jenna Mohr and selected by a committee of EvCC students and staff. Mohr will receive $250 from the developer, Teutsch Partners, for suggesting the winning name. 

EvCC statements about diversity and inclusion

EvCC's Board of Trustees Post-Election statement, EvCC President David Beyer's message, and ways you can take action.

Traditional algebra instruction doesn’t work, new study by EvCC instructor shows

Remember wondering “When am I ever going to use this?” in your algebra class? As it turns out, the answer to that question is just as important as knowing how to solve for x. Solving algebra problems without real-world context does not prepare students to succeed in college-level math classes, according to a recent study co-authored by Everett Community College math instructor Christopher Quarles. “Math skills are most valuable when they’re connected to what students already understand,” Quarles said. “Students seem to forget how to do algebra problems within a few months, unless the problems were connected with real-world applications or represented math in multiple ways, such as graphs.” 

Statement from EvCC President David Beyer about Black Lives Matter Rally

Everett Community College became aware this morning of concerns that students have raised about Black Lives Matter posters at the college. The students have said that “in the last week they (EvCC) have asked offices to take down” their Black Lives Matter posters from a couple locations on campus, which is a key reason students are rallying near Gray Wolf Hall at 11 a.m. today. EvCC supports peaceful, safe expressions of opinion on our campus. We also encourage academic discourse and learning about current issues, such as Black Lives Matter. I will inform the leaders of the rally that students, faculty, and staff are welcome to post Black Lives Matters posters at the college. We have a list of designated locations for campus posters and guidelines about where materials may be posted.

The Boeing Company awards grant to create mechatronics internships

The Washington State Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Materials Manufacturing has received a grant from The Boeing Company to work with employers to create mechatronics internships for low-income students. The Center, located at Everett Community College, will build a web portal to match students with employer internships, encourage more employers to offer students work experience and share strategies with employers in four regional meetings.  “Students need practice applying technical knowledge outside of the lab while building a career network, developing critical thinking skills and honing other workplace soft-skills that all employers look for in a job candidate,” said Mary Kaye Bredeson, Executive Director of the Washington State Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Materials Manufacturing.

Athletic Director Larry Walker to retire after 31 years at EvCC

Everett Community College Athletic Director Larry Walker will retire Nov. 15 after 31 years of working with EvCC athletes. “During his career at EvCC, Larry has had a positive impact on athletes, coaches, colleagues and the community. Dozens of players have come through the program and become teachers, coaches and mentors to youth. Former players have coached at the high school and college level,” said John Olson, EvCC Vice President of College Advancement, who has worked with Walker for 25 years. A community reception to honor Walker is at 1 p.m. Nov. 9 at EvCC’s Walt Price Student Fitness Center, 2206 Tower St. Everyone who has worked with Walker at the college and in the community is invited to attend. 

EvCC celebrates AMTEC expansion with Gov. Inslee

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee joined Everett Community College in celebrating the $2.5 million expansion of EvCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Training & Education Center (AMTEC) Oct. 25 at the center, 909 N. Broadway. “This really is an astounding achievement to see the progress in just two years,” said Inslee, who previously visited the building before it opened in 2014 and for AMTEC’s grand opening later that year. “This is one of the more innovative efforts in job skill development in the nation.”

EvCC student, instructor earn national awards

Everett Community College medical transcription and editing instructor Elizabeth (Betsy) Stam and student Sarah Olson have received national awards from the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity. Stam, who has taught at EvCC since 2003, received the educator of the year award. She is an “extraordinary leader who sets herself apart by doing more and going farther than her peers and other educators in our industry. She's caring, compassionate and strives for excellence in all that she does. She's not only a great educator, administrator and advisor, but sets a high standard in how we should relate to and engage with students as well as others,” according to the ADHI award. Olson received the rising star award, presented to a student winner of this year’s essay contest “Make Your Dreams Become Your Reality.” Olson wrote about persevering to achieve her dream of attending college after several health-related setbacks.

EvCC partners with Workforce Snohomish to strengthen retail industry career services in Snohomish County

Workforce Snohomish will receive a $314,000 grant from The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership as part of an effort to increase the economic mobility of workers in retail and adjacent sectors in Snohomish County and around the U.S. The grant allows Workforce Snohomish to partner with Everett Community College to develop a career pathway and Retail Management Certificate program that culminates in an industry recognized credential. The grant also funds a Retail Employment Navigator position at Workforce Snohomish to help recruit students into the program, coordinate work experiences, and convene an employer Advisory Board. The Retail Management Program includes on-the-job training and paid work experiences.

John Melson is EvCC's new director of educational technology

John Melson has been hired to lead Everett Community College’s eLearning department.  As the director of educational technology, Melson will work with EvCC faculty and students on a variety of digital tools and technologies including the college’s eLearning system, Canvas.  “I’m delighted to be working at Everett Community College, where it’s already become clear to me how passionate everyone is about teaching and the educational success of the students,” Melson said. “I’m looking forward to many collaborations that build on the great work already being done at EvCC and that help foster innovation in teaching and learning.”

EvCC earns grant to get real-time student feedback

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. 

College Spark awards $500,000 grant to EvCC for Guided Pathways work

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 EvCC’s new East County Campus director 

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. 

EvCC names outdoor plaza in honor of former Dean of Students Bill Deller

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.”

Retired art instructor Russell Day donates sculpture to Everett Community College

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.

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. 

EvCC recognized as a national leader in student success, college transfer

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.

EvCC Featured in National Guide on Improving Transfer Practices

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

EvCC student housing building named Mountain View

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.

American Heart Association names EvCC a Fit-Friendly worksite

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.