Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Edmonds CC instructors leading the field of digital forensics with CSFA certification

Ten years ago, Edmonds Community College instructors Steve Hailey and Mike Andrew created the CyberSecurity Forensic Analyst (CSFA) certification to fill the need for a competency-based certification in the field of digital forensics.

In a recently published report by Foote Research Group, a well-known IT industry benchmark research and advisory firm, the CSFA certification tied for third place worldwide for a certification earning the highest pay premiums in 2014. This was out of 357 professional certifications.

In addition, the CSFA was named one of 2015’s top ten certifications to have by channelinsider.com.

“I chose Edmonds CC’s Information Security and Digital Forensics program for its reputation, quality of instructors, and hands-on approach to applying essential concepts to real world situations,” said Edmonds CC student Elizabeth Houser.  

“The CSFA certification is increasingly recognized within the IT industry as a reputable benchmark for effective digital forensic training, which is proof that the knowledge and techniques taught in the program are not only sought after, but capable of producing the results necessary to perform in the field.”

The CSFA certification exam is an intense, three-day proctored exam where the certification candidates process a digital forensics case from start to finish and submit a comprehensive report on their findings.

Depending on the scenario the candidate receives, they may also need to create affidavits, declarations, search warrants, and/or assist with the creation of verbiage for subpoenas and motions in order to obtain additional items related to the case.

“I started my own business with a couple others and the training I took at Edmonds CC accompanied by the CSFA certification gave us credibility,” said Greg Wisdom, Edmonds CC alumnus and co-owner of Defsec Solutions. “The CSFA gave me knowledge, credibility, and hands-on experience to be successful.”

The CSFA exam is held at Edmonds CC a few times a year with certification candidates travelling from abroad to sit for it. Edmonds CC students working towards the Information Security and Digital Forensics ATA Degree or the Digital Forensics Certificate have the $750.00 examination fee waived.

Hailey and Andrew are instructors for Edmonds CC’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Division, and also instruct the PACE-IT Program’s Ethical Hacker Certificate curriculum. Both are internationally recognized experts in the field of information security and digital forensics, and are Cyberterrorism Subject Matter Experts for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cyberterrorism Defense Initiative.

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Edmonds CC’s Center for Families celebrates the Week of the Young Child™ with their 10th annual ladybug release joined by Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith

The Center for Families (CFF) at Edmonds Community College celebrated the Week of the Young Child™ (April 12-18), by participating in different events and activities throughout the month of April. The Week of the Young Child is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

One event is the CFF 10th annual ladybug release, held every Earth Day.

“This event is good for the earth and connects the children with learning experiences in the classroom,” said Lisa Neumann, Edmonds CC CFF Director. “It is safe for the children and they really enjoy it.”

This year, the CFF got a real treat when Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith came to release the ladybugs with the children.

“Connecting young children to nature is very important and freeing ladybugs is truly a hands-on way for children to learn about the importance of nature,” said Mayor Smith.

In addition, on April 27, Mayor Smith made a proclamation at the Lynnwood City Council meeting, declaring it the Week of the Young Child for the City of Lynnwood.

Washington State House of Representatives, Ruth Kagi was in attendance. Neumann was present to receive the proclamation, accompanied by Dan Johnson, Edmonds CC Dean of Student Life, and Jennifer Cole, Edmonds CC CFF Associate Director of Child Care.

Edmonds CC’s CFF provides childcare for children ranging in ages from infants to five-year-olds, providing them a great start while parents get the education they need to continue to provide for their families. The CFF also serves as a training facility to model best practices in childcare and parenting and educates students who are learning to become early childhood educators.

“Center for Families was modeled and built to be a best-practice early childhood learning center for Snohomish County and it has been true to that vision by being a constant site for families to get quality childcare and education while serving the community as a regional model,” said Mayor Smith.  

“I'm very proud to have been a part of the creation of the center and I remain a strong advocate for the important work they do in building a strong community.”

Prior to serving as the mayor for Lynnwood, Mayor Smith was the Dean of Student Life and Development at Edmonds CC. Mayor Smith was at Edmonds CC since 1987.

The NAEYC is the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children. According to the NAEYC website, the purpose of the Week of the Young Child™ is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Edmonds CC to send seven students to the Global Leadership Summit Conference in South Africa

Marisa DuBois, Edmonds Community College Director of Student Services for Adult Basic Education/English as a Second Language, has made the world seem a bit smaller by bridging the gap between the University of the Free State (UFS) in Bloemfontein, South Africa and Edmonds CC.

Edmonds CC has been invited to send seven students to the Global Leadership Summit conference at UFS in Bloemfontein, South Africa from July 5-18.

The international conference will be an exchange of ideas and experiences regarding diversity, racism, racial integration, social justice, and reconciliation within the higher education system.

“I am hoping that on a student-to-student level, they can see themselves in each other and continue to support each other as students, working professionals, and community members,” said DuBois.

International delegates from institutions in the U.S., Europe, and Asia will have an opportunity to understand South African society, and how university students are being looked to as the country’s future leaders.

In 2012, DuBois took a two-quarter leave of absence and went to Bloemfontein as a visiting student affairs scholar, to support the Leadership For Change (LFC) initiative, which was instituted in 2010. LFC aims to get a select group of students into a short term educational two week experience, along with a year-long leadership development program.

As a result of DuBois’s visit, Edmonds CC brought students from UFS here to visit classes, departments and areas within the community in September 2013.

“I was proud of our campus for embracing the students,” said DuBois. “There was a mutual fascination on both sides.”

The UFS students also connected with our Center for Student Engagement and Leadership (CSEL) leaders. A pivotal point was when they visited the Race exhibit at the Pacific Science Center. There was a pre-workshop and a post- workshop for the students to discuss racial inequality.

DuBois earned her Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington in 2011. 

The support of the college has been amazing. Jean Hernandez, President; International student services; Center for Student Engagement and Leadership; David Cordell, Vice President of International Education; Tonya Drake, Vice President for College Relations and Advancement, and Jesse Aspree, Associate Director for Global Engagement and Contracted Services whom without his support and guidance, this would not have happened.

When asked what inspired her to bring the Global Leadership Summit as an opportunity to Edmonds CC students, “My experience in South Africa was so profound there. I didn’t want it to be another thing on my checklist and I wanted to see how I could help facilitate change,” said DuBois. “This partnership has been a part of my growth — to see the experience that the students had here, I thought ‘it worked!’ and want it to continue to impact student’s lives.”

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Edmonds CC student Alexandra Serdyuk to attend the 29th annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research 2015

Alexandra Serdyuk, student at Edmonds Community College, had her research paper accepted at the 29th annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), to be held April 16-18 and hosted by Eastern Washington University.

Serdyuk’s research paper, “Experimental and Theoretical Determination of Geometric Dependence of Townsend Coefficients in Paschen's Model of Dielectric Breakdown in Gases,” focuses on voltage breakdown, more specifically lightning in a controlled chamber.  

“Basically, it is a study of cold static plasma that occurs in a low pressure environment (vessel) with applied to electrodes inside the vessel high voltage,” said Serdyuk.

She has been investigating this topic for one year and has discovered a plethora of conflicting research.

“The idea for my paper started in my General Physics I class where I had to measure the voltage breakdown from the coil,” stated Serdyuk.

Tom Fleming, Physics instructor has helped Serdyuk a great.

“He helped me to realize what I was doing wrong and what I was doing right,” said Serdyuk. “Tom made me like what I am doing.”

Serdyuk is an international student from Russia who came here three years ago and did not know English. Her original area of study was business, but she made the switch to physics, fittingly so, as her parents are both engineers.

Serdyuk is currently in her last quarter at Edmonds CC, studying Mechanical Engineering while pursuing her Associate in Science-T Track 2 degree and is planning to transfer to University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

Ultimately, Serdyuk wants to construct planes.

Serdyuk was competing against students at two and four-year schools from all over the country and was selected out of 3,700 submissions.

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and its affiliated colleges, universities, and individuals share a focus on providing undergraduate research opportunities for faculty and students at all institutions serving undergraduate students, according to the CUR website.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Scholarships awarded to Edmonds CC 2014/2015 Community Read winners

As part of the eighth annual Edmonds Community College Community Read, five Edmonds CC students — Megan McDermott, Denica McMillan, Shabina Pal, Ilene Ong, and Kathryn Severson — were awarded scholarships for their project submission inspired by the 2014/2015 Edmonds CC Community Read book, “You’ve Got It All Wrong.”
From left: Megan McDermott, Ilene Ong, Shabina Pal, and Denica McMillan. Kathryn Severson not pictured.
Two $1,300 scholarships, which covers spring quarter tuition; one $600 scholarship, which covers partial spring quarter tuition; and two $350 scholarships were all funded by the Edmonds CC Foundation.

The students of Scriber Lake high school and authors of “You’ve Got It All Wrong”, will be at the annual Community Read event on April 29, 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Black Box Theatre on campus, 20000 68th Ave. W., to discuss their book. The Community Read scholarship recipients will be recognized at this event. The community is invited to both times.

McDermott’s project is a painting titled, “Blue Lotus”. The painting shows eyes which are the windows to the soul. “The flower is like people — they are delicate and they bloom out of pain,” said McDermott. “The proverb ‘to hope to live like the lotus and bloom out of mud’ is similar to the stories in the book, which ended with students wanting to start anew.” McDermott is obtaining her Associate of Arts degree and hopes to transfer to an art school. McDermott serves on the college’s Powwow committee as a vendor coordinator.

McMillan created a 60 inch by 40 inch self-portrait painting titled, “Chameleon”, which depicts different sides of herself: a women's right advocate; a school girl; a worker; and a mother with a daughter. Her inspiration was drawn from writing a reflective essay for her CPR health class on what set herself apart from others in the class. “Different vignettes were centered around labels,” said McMillan. “All of us are a chameleon in the different places that we live and work – we blend in with our surroundings.” McMillan works as a peer advocate for the Health and Wellness department at Edmonds CC. She is pursuing her Associate of Arts degree. After Edmonds CC, she plans to double major in women's studies and communication at the University of Washington.

Pal’s project is a train titled, “The Wagons of Life,” where each wagon has two or three quotes and the name of a student. Her inspiration for the project came from watching her cousins play with trains. “Each student has their own journey and their own story,” said Pal. “Much like a train, once you reach the end you have to decide if you want to start over or keep going.” Pal is earning her Associate of Science degree and will be applying to University of Washington, Seattle University, John Hopkins University and Stanford University. Ultimately, she wants to be an orthodontist for kids.

Ong created a website, “youhavegotitallwrong.blogspot.com/.” The first page has one quote per day from the book, the second contains an introduction to the book, and the third contains a video titled, “You are more,” which is dedicated to the authors of “You’ve Got It All Wrong.” “Each of their stories were open about their lives,” said Ong. “I was able to relate to them and look at it from an open perspective. The website has a strong power to share with people; it is a good form of communication and offers a platform to share the people in the book.” Ong is studying international business and wants to be an entrepreneur. “I hope the website will be shared with as many people as possible and serve as encouragement for people to speak up more,” said Ong.

Severson’s project is three styrofoam heads: a blue head wrapped in chains to represent depression, a green head covered with barbed wire to represent jealousy, and a red head with vines to represent anger and cutting. The heads start with black at the base of the neck and fades up toward the top of the head into its color. “At the end of each section in the book they are currently in a better place, which is why the colors fade up from black,” said Severson. “No matter how bad it gets, it can always get better.” Severson is pursuing her Associate of Arts degree. She would like to study fashion design at Seattle Pacific University.   

Previous Edmonds CC Community Read books are “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” by Rebecca Skloot; "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet," by Jamie Ford; “The Big Burn,” by Timothy Egan; “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,” by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer; “Banana: The Fate of the Fruit that Changed the World,” by Dan Koeppel; “Middle Passage,” by Charles Johnson; and “Zaatar Days, Henna Nights, Adventures, Dreams, and Destinations Across the Middle East,” by Maliha Masood.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Edmonds CC students build an environmental educational facility in Florence, Italy

Two graduates from Edmonds Community College, Antonio and Kiersten Baiamonte, are building a sustainable educational study abroad facility named, Bio-Monte, “Retreats, Tours, and Education in Tuscany, Italy.”

The Baiamontes, a married couple, want to connect with students and educators to transform the land they have found in the Chianti region of Italy into educational organic vineyards, olive groves, vegetable gardens, fruit orchards, and medicinal herb gardens.

The profit gained from the products they produce will go towards scholarships to bring students to study at their facility.

They are currently running one-week tours and retreats for students and eco-minded tourists, but plan on expanding their program to provide a longer and more in-depth study abroad experience.

The Baiamontes signed up for the Edmonds CC study abroad program spring quarter 2011 with assistance from Jesse Aspree, Associate Director for Global Engagement and Contracted Services for the International Student Services department.

“Jesse helped make our study abroad possible through endless encouragement and a plethora of options on how to make study abroad affordable and attainable in our careers as students,” said Kiersten Baiamonte.

While studying abroad, the Baiamontes were inspired by the landscape and the culture. When they returned to the U.S., they immediately wanted to go back to Florence.

With perseverance, they returned to Florence in May of 2013 and found an agriturismo (a combination of the words for "agriculture" and "tourism" in Italian - a style of vacationing in farm house resorts) which consisted of three charming farmhouse style apartment buildings or mini villas and a grand main house. The property was run by a knowledgeable Tuscan married couple, who loved their idea of turning the facility and its forty acres into a place for people to come and learn about the Tuscan way of life and how their direct relationship to the earth is such an essential part of this life style.

The Baiamontes knew they had found the perfect location to bring students and guide them in a life changing experience like the one they had been blessed with.

Part of the program will consist of specialized retreats and eco tours of the Tuscany region including wine, cooking, yoga, and wellness, which are all focused on giving their guests authentic, cultural interactions and experiences so that they leave Italy having learned the universal languages of food, wine, and culture.

They are both currently seniors at Western Washington University completing their studies in urban planning and sustainable development.

“Our end goal is to become a completely self-sustaining facility and leave zero carbon impact/footprint,” said Antonio Baiamonte. 


Contact Antonio or Kiersten about study abroad oppurtunities at aebaiamonte@aol.com