EvCC Awards and Accomplishments

Celebrating outstanding work by Everett Community College students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Also check out our Wall of Thanks.

Engineering Instructor Eric Davishahl
Named Best in the Northwest

Eric DavishahalEverett Community College engineering instructor Eric Davishahl received the American Society for Engineering Education's 2008 Outstanding Teaching Award for the Pacific Northwest section of ASEE.
Davishahl, who's taught at EvCC since 2001, is the first community college instructor in the region to receive this award. He's now one of 12 regional winners eligible for the national Outstanding Teaching medal.

The ASEE Pacific Northwest section includes Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Montana, and western Canada (Alberta, BC and Saskatchewan).

The award committee applauded Davishahl's outstanding teaching, curriculum development, advising and educational scholarship, noting his leadership for engineering initiatives in Washington state.

Find out how to get started in EvCC's engineering program

EvCC Hosts Region's Only
Students of Color Career Conference

Students of Color Career ConferenceEverett Community College hosts the region's annual Snohomish County Students of Color Career Conference for middle and high school students to learn about higher education and career options.
Local professionals of color representing more than 20 career fields talk with students every January about career options and encourage them to continue their education. Students can select up to three career panels, attend the career and education fair, and pick up information about college admission and financial aid. Scholarships are also awarded.

For more information, visit the Students of Color Conference page. 

Student Selected for NASA Internship

Rachael HumbergThe National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) selected Everett Community College aerospace engineering student Rachael Humberg for a 15-week internship at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center in California in 2007.

Humberg, 20, of Lake Stevens, will be paired with a NASA mentor and her internship will include Hypersonic Missile Testbed Support, Sonic Boom investigations and data analysis and Blended Wing Body flight support and data analysis.

The internship is part of NASA's Undergraduate Student Research Program. This is the first year that the Dryden Flight Center has offered an internship, and Humberg was one of two student interns chosen for Spring.

Learn more about the college's engineering program.

Student Athletes: Baseball Players
Drafted to the Major Leagues

Aaron CunninghamEverett Community College alumnus Aaron Cunningham has become the first player in college history to make it to the major leagues, playing in his first game Aug. 31, 2008 as an outfielder for the Oakland Athletics.

Cunningham, 22, graduated from South Kitsap High School and played at Everett Community College in the 2004-05 season.

Cunningham was one of three EvCC players drafted in the first eight rounds in 2005, selected by the Chicago White Sox. Seven players, including Cunningham, have been drafted out of EvCC since the college re-started its baseball program in 2000 after a 20-year hiatus.

Find out more about EvCC's athletic program.

History Instructor Jason Ripper Authors Two Books

Jason RipperEverett Community College history instructor Jason Ripper authored the two-volume "American Stories," published in 2008.

"American Stories: Living American History," tells the story of the United States through the biographies of well-known and lesser-known people. The book includes stories from the diverse people who lived American history – men, women and minorities.

Copies of the book are on sale in the Everett Community College bookstore.

Explore EvCC's history program. 

Diversity: Christina Castorena
Honored for Equity Work

Christina CastorenaThe Washington State Trustees Association of Community and Technical Colleges has selected Everett Community College Associate Dean Christina Castorena as the state's 2007 Outstanding Advocate for Equity.

Castorena, of Burlington, is EvCC's Associate Dean for Diversity and has worked at the college since 1998.

Castorena also recently was honored by the YMCA of Snohomish County Minority Achievers Program, which presented her the "Ray Sievers Adult Achievers" award at the MAP Recognition & Scholarship Banquet.

Learn more about the college's Diversity and Equity Center. 

International Outreach:
Joy Fitzpatrick Honored for Service

Joy FitzpatrickEnrollment Services Program Manager Joy Fitzpatrick received the NAFSA: Association of International Educators Outstanding Service award for Region One Oct. 17, 2007. The award was presented in front of 250 professionals from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and British Columbia at the annual conference of NAFSARegion One in Vancouver BC. The award noted Joy's long-standing participation in regional professional development activities, and her excellent service to colleagues and students - both domestic and international.

Find out more about EvCC's International Students program. 

Bethany Reid Wins Poetry Award

Bethany ReidEvCC English instructor Bethany Reid recently won second place in the Washington Poets Association 2007 Poetry Contest. Reid earned a William Stafford Award for her poem "Semantics" and was honored for her work June 10 at the Bellevue Arts Museum, along with other contest winners. Reid is the author of "The Coyotes and My Mom," and has published essays, book reviews and poetry in local and national journals.

Find out more about English classes at EvCC.