Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Edmonds CC names dean for Humanities and Social Sciences divisions

Edmonds Community College Interim Executive Vice President for Instruction Gail Miulli has announced the appointment of new dean, Kim Chapman

Chapman will oversee the Humanities and Social Sciences divisions.

In her new position, Chapman plans to have a strong focus on collaboration, conflict resolution, and student advocacy.

"I'm dedicated to fostering diversity within the college environment," said Chapman.
Her expertise includes managing large educational programs, serving as a liaison with government and community leaders, and securing funding through state and federal grants and contracts.

Prior to this, Chapman worked at North Seattle College (formerly North Seattle Community College) for 12 years. Most recently, she was the Dean for Basic and Transitional Studies and also served in the role of Associate Dean, Assistant Dean, and Director of Adult Basic Education.

Before moving to the Seattle area to be closer to family, Chapman taught English in both part-time and full-time capacities — including serving as chair of the English department — at South Texas College.

Chapman received an Associate of Arts degree from North Lake College and a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree — both in English — from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

She also completed coursework toward a Ph.D. in Higher Education Human Resource Development through Texas A&M University.

Chapman started her new job at Edmonds CC on July 16.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

4th of July in Edmonds

From 11:30 to 1:30, Edmonds Conference Center will, once again, open its doors to the public during the Edmonds 4th of July parade. If you are out and about and find yourself in need of a refreshing pick-me-up, we will be offering complementary water and candy!

The 11:30am Children’s parade is immediately followed by the Main Parade at 12 noon, with the parade route passing directly in front of the Center. Bring a lawn Chair and grab a front row seat for the best show in town. The facility will be open to the public for use of the restrooms, a place to rest, or to tour the facility.

Handicapped parking spaces are available in front and back of the Center. In honor of our community’s senior citizens, approximately 20 parking spaces are reserved for them behind the Center in off-street lots. As an ADA compliant facility, it is easily accessible by all.

While you are being refreshed, be sure to check out our gallery, featuring work various media by our talented uLearn/ArtsNow instructors.

Information regarding the rental of the Edmonds Conference Center, the uLearn/ArtsNow program, Creative Retirement classes, and Edmonds Community College class schedules will be available in the lobby.

For driving directions, please visit Start you “Edmonds Kind of 4th” at the Edmonds Conference Center, 201 4th Ave N, in charming downtown Edmonds!!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Alumnus Daniel Pouley wins national web design award

Alumnus Daniel Pouley won the American Web Design Award for his development work on the Fluke Thermography website. See the designs. Daniel studied Visual Communications at Edmonds CC and graduated in 2009. Way to go, Daniel!

Alumna Anna Truss starts her own digital forensics business, DefSec Solutions, LLC

Read more about Anna Truss' story of fleeing her home country to pursue education in the Excelsior Life. After earning two associate degrees at Edmonds CC in computer science and information security and digital forensics, she went on to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology at Excelsior College. Most recently, she has just started her own business and now pursing a master's degree. Congratulations Anna!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Edmonds CC helps to prepare Northshore and Issaquah school district students for careers in composites and materials science

Northshore and Issaquah school district students, photo by Damen Schuneman, Northshore School District
Edmonds Community College’s Washington Aerospace Training and Research Center is partnering with the Northshore School District Composites Engineering and Manufacturing program to provide preparatory instruction and practice for careers in composites and materials science engineering, manufacturing, and repair.

Sixteen Composites Engineering and Manufacturing students representing the Northshore School District and Issaquah School District took the Washington Aerospace Training and Research Center Core Certification test in May. All of the students passed the exam while more than 80 percent of those passed with a score of 94 percent or better.

The program is part of the King County WANIC Skills Center program and students meet for three hours a day for the full year. This course is considered college level and is articulated with the Edmonds CC Materials Science program as well as the Washington Aerospace Training and Research Center.

Students have the opportunity to earn college credit and industry certification in this high demand field and experience many site visits to local industries and post secondary programs including Boeing, K2 Sports, ElectroImpact, Washington Areospace Training and Research, University of Washington Mechanical Engineering and Formula Motor Sports program, and Edmonds Community College.

Opened in 2010, the Washington Aerospace Training and Research Center ( is the educational resource for career pathways in the aerospace industry. Located at the Paine Field airport in Snohomish County, the center was built to create career opportunities and to serve the aerospace industry.

The Washington Aerospace Training and Research Center programs are delivered in five unique certificates of completion. The program begins with the Aerospace Manufacturing Core Skills Certificate and one Aerospace Specialty Program Certificate is required for successful completion of the program.

For more information about the Northshore School District Composites Engineering and Manufacturing program, please contact the instructor Mr. Calvin Pygott at or visit

Monday, June 16, 2014

Edmonds CC hosted 47th annual commencement ceremony June 13

Edmonds Community College celebrated its 47th annual commencement ceremony 7:30 p.m., June 13 at Comcast Arena in Everett.

"As William Butler Yeats once wrote: 'Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.' We agree," said Edmonds Community College President Jean Hernandez.

"We applaud the hard work, talent, and persistence of our graduates as they begin to realize their unlimited potential," Hernandez said. "They have taken a great step toward a brighter future. We value their motivation and look forward to the contributions they will make as volunteers, leaders, entrepreneurs, lifelong learners, and members of our local and global community."

In 2013-14, Edmonds CC awarded 2,044 degrees, certificates, diplomas, and GEDs. The youngest graduate is 17, and the oldest is 74.

This year's student commencement speakers are Gloria Song, 18, and Cindy Leung, 19.

Gloria Song
Gloria Song, student speaker at Edmonds CC's 2014 commencement
Song first discovered her passion for communications while volunteering at the broadcasting station at her high school in Chongqing, China. She came to Edmonds CC because the International High School Completion Program allowed her to take high school and college credits at the same time, giving her a head start on her future educational goals. Since she'll be transferring to Pennsylvania State University to complete her Bachelor's degree, and then pursuing a Master's degree after that—it was important to maximize her time at Edmonds CC.

"I left home to study abroad in the U.S. when I was 16. It was very challenging at first, but the past two years at Edmomds CC turned out to be my most amazing educational experience ever," Song said. "Someday I'm going to publish a book about my study abroad experience here in the U.S."

How did Song adapt to being alone in a foreign land? "When I first got here, I could barely understand anything in my history class due to the language barrier, and I was so terrified that I literally cried in front of the whole class," Song recalled. "My history instructor Melody Schneider not only encouraged me to stay in this class but also took one extra hour per week to tutor me in her office. She gave me confidence to do well on academics during my hardest time."

Song also stayed active outside of class — writing, reading, playing the flute, participating in service-learning projects, and hanging out with friends. One of her favorite memories — performing a mash-up of 17 Chinese songs in a flute-piano duet (she played the flute) at International Night.

She continued to challenge herself by taking a job as the Club Events Programmer at the Center for Student Engagement and Leadership a year ago.

"This work experience has empowered me to be a student leader. I loved the job and everyone in the office!"

Gloria's advice to students? "Keep challenging yourself. Ignore your insecurity and prove to yourself that you can do it."

Cindy Leung
Cindy Leung, student speaker at Edmonds CC's 2014 commencement
Leung, who was born in Los Angeles, was studying in a high school in Hong Kong when a friend recommended Edmonds CC. She wanted to continue her education and decided that Edmonds CC had just the right program.
The Edmonds Career Access Program (EdCAP) turned out to be one of Leung's best experiences. "They offered me a lot of support and guidance during my high school years," she said.

It was just the start Leung needed. She was able to continue on and is now earning the Associate of Arts transfer degree so that she can continue with her passion for learning.
While she doesn't know what her dream job is at this point, she knows that she wants to get a bachelor's degree because she wants "to be more intellectually competent before going out into the scary real world."

The encouragement she received from Edmonds CC's instructors prepared her well and she gained valuable leadership experience as well. Leung worked as the Executive Officer for Clubs in student government. She said this was one of her best experiences because she "got to express concerns on behalf of the student body and make positive changes at the school."

2013-14 Graduating Class — By the Numbers

2,044 degrees, certificates, diplomas, and GEDs (1,633 without GEDs)
34 percent earned college transfer degrees (696 degrees)
41 percent earned career degrees or certificates (836 degrees and certificates)
25 percent completed a GED® or high school diploma (411 GEDs, plus 101 diplomas for a total of 512)
31 – average age of graduates
56 percent female
44 percent male
16 percent international students
74 – age of oldest graduate, Accounting Certificate
17 – age of youngest graduate, Associate of Arts
Information based on May 2014 data.

2013-14 College Highlights

During the past year, some of our best moments were spent:
  • Cheering Kristyn Whisman, Edmonds CC Dean of Corrections Education at Monroe Correctional Complex, as she competed for the title of America's Strongest Woman. She's already won three times, in 2007, 2008, and 2011.
  • Applauding Edmonds CC's new PACE-IT (Progressive Accelerated Certifications for Employment in Information Technology) program that offers free tuition for online information technology certificates.
  • Congratulating John Jessup on being named the first student representative on the Edmonds CC Board of Trustees.
  • Appreciating photography instructor Michael Wewer's talent during his art gallery exhibit, "Wild Spaces of the Northwest." The exhibit featured black and white photographic images from locations in California, Idaho, Washington, Wyoming, and Canada.
  • Enjoying a music recital with Marcel W. Helland, an Edmonds CC music student, who played nine different saxophones, including the contrabass — of which there are only 40 in the world — and the soprillo saxophone — the world's smallest playable saxophone.
  • Adoring the dogs, as students de-stressed with Summit Assistance Dogs the week before nals each quarter.
  • Being amazed by the impact of technology when choir groups in Edmonds CC's Music department began learning with the aid of iPads.
  • Partnering with the Boeing Co. to sponsor an Ethics Challenge in which 30 Edmonds CC students from various academic programs competed. Teams of students discussed ethical strategies through three rounds of live scenarios.
  • Congratulating Edmonds CC student Anna Truss who proved her skills in ethical hacking at a National Cyber League competition where she earned first place in the first round of the Western division competition and placed sixth nationwide.
  • Recognizing all that veterans have done for us. The Edmonds CC Foundation embarked on a $1 million campaign to support student veterans, ensuring a supportive path from military service to Edmonds CC. Boots to Books and Beyond funds will support critical on-campus resources, services, and activities during the next five years and beyond.
  • Relishing the rewards of fresh produce at Salish Crossing, which supported the Edmonds CC Foundation with its Wednesday evening farmers market in Edmonds.
  • Celebrating Edmonds CC alumnus Timm Lovitt who was one of five community college students statewide to earn a $500 "Transforming Lives" award from the Trustees Association of Community and Technical Colleges.
  • Applauding the passage of the Real Hope Act in Washington state. The Real Hope Act (also called the Dream Act) allows undocumented immigrant high school graduates to apply for state-funded financial aid to help pay for college.
  • Awarding — for the seventh straight year — three $1,300 Edmonds CC Community Read scholarships to students Gloria Felicia, Jessica Pal, and Mark Von Weber. They each read "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" and submitted projects inspired by the book.
  • Applauding the college's Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) School, which the city of Lynnwood recognized for its effort in the environmental and cultural restoration of Lynnwood's Gold Park.
  • Cheering the induction of former head basketball coach Keith Kingsbury and former athletic director George Smith into the NWAACC Hall of Fame.
  • Congratulating our Edmonds CC baseball team for winning the NWAACC title. It is the eighth championship in the history of the baseball program and the first since 2008.
  • Applauding the Washington Aerospace Training and Research Center because Popular Mechanics named it an innovator that provided one of the six most creative new paths to great careers.
  • Raising the roof with Talib Kweli during the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration – "Hip-Hop as a Tool for Social Activism." Kweli gave both the long-time fan and the uninitiated an unforgettable experience.
  • Grieving with our community while our digital forensics students helped Oso mudslide victims recover photos and data from computers that were submerged in water and mud.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Edmonds CC Baseball team wins NWAACC championship title!

The college congratulates head coach Scott Kelly and the Edmonds Community College baseball team! The Tritons won the NWAACC championship, capped off with a 7-6 victory over Bellevue College in Monday, May 26's title game. It is the eighth championship in the history of the baseball program and the first since 2008.

Edmonds CC baseball put together a tremendous 2014 season, winning 39 games and three titles: the North Region regular season, the North Region tournament, and the NWAACC championship tournament. TC Florentine, who signed with Santa Clara, was named the NWAACC Player of the Year, and Scott Kelly was selected as Coach of the Year. In addition, Chris Osborne was named NWAACC tournament MVP after he hit .500 with 5 RBI.

Way to go, Tritons!