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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. 

Community and Technical College Diversity Career Fair is Nov. 5 at EvCC

Learn about career opportunities at Puget Sound region community and technical colleges at a diversity career fair Nov. 5 at Everett Community College, 2000 Tower St. Doors open at 8 a.m. at EvCC’s Henry M. Jackson Conference Center. Presentations and workshops are 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Colleges are recruiting diverse talent for jobs in instruction, counseling, library services and administration.

Gov. Inslee to speak at AMTEC expansion celebration Oct. 25

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee will join Everett Community College in celebrating the $2.5 million expansion of EvCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Training & Education Center (AMTEC) at 9 a.m. Oct. 25 at the center, 909 N. Broadway.

Take an EvCC survey for a chance to win a $150 Amazon gift card

Would you like to win a $150 Amazon gift card? Everett Community College invites you to participate in a survey about how you use the media and spend your time. Your participation in the survey will help the college with its future marketing plans. The college has hired Interact Communications to conduct the survey.  All responses are confidential. Your name will not be connected with your answers and the college will not know if you participated in the survey. If you decide to enter the drawing for a $150 Amazon gift card, you will be directed to a different web site to leave your personal information.

Take an EvCC survey for a chance to win a $150 Amazon gift card

Would you like to win a $150 Amazon gift card? Everett Community College invites you to participate in a survey about how you use the media and spend your time. Your participation in the survey will help the college with its future marketing plans.

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.

See Snohomish artist’s wood sculptures Feb. 16-March 5 at EvCC

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.

Bill Deckard is the college’s new Director of Public Safety programs

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.

EvCC named one of the top 150 community colleges in the country

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.

EvCC offers new competency-based business degree

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.”

EvCC funds College in the High School classes for low-income students

Everett Community College’s Board of Trustees on Tuesday unanimously approved spending up to $300,000 for low-income students to earn college credit for free through EvCC’s College in the High School program. “The funds allocated by the Board of Trustees will increase access to college, increase enrollment opportunities for low-income, first generation college students and strengthen pathways from Snohomish County High Schools to EvCC,” said EvCC President David Beyer. College in the High School, in partnership with school districts, allows high school students to earn college credit for select classes taught by teachers at their own high schools. The money will allow students who receive free and reduced lunch at 18 high schools within EvCC’s service district to earn five college credits per semester cost free starting Oct. 1.

Achieving the Dream Names EvCC as a National Student Success Leader

Everett Community College was recognized Sept. 24 as one of the nationwide leaders in student success by Achieving the Dream for its commitment to student completion and closing achievement gaps. “EvCC faculty and staff have worked hard to improve student completion in the past three years, and we are tremendously honored to be selected as a student success leader,” said EvCC President David Beyer. “But our work isn’t done. We are committed to streamlining the path to success for every student.” EvCC was one of 16 community colleges selected this year as an Achieving the Dream leader college. Achieving the Dream has 32 leader colleges nationwide, including six in Washington.