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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.